"Popoff reviews each entry in the wildly wordy style that has become his trademark, and since his tastes don't always jibe with the vox populi, his comments range from gushing praise to vicious condemnation... one hell of a fun read."
Revolver


"The massive tome contains hundreds of quotes and opinions from today's most respected metal musicians and more than 400 pages of critical analysis."
Guitar World


"Martin Popoff has no doubt supplied the raw material for all manner of intense, bong-inflamed debates among the former denizens of basement bedrooms everywhere.”
The Toronto Star


"Given Popoff's Rainmain-like knowledge of the genre, it's unlikely a more credible bible of heavy metal is likely to come along. Popoff's passion shines through his strong writing voice, bringing to heavy metal something that many rock journalists have never given it - its due respect."
Echo


"Martin Popoff, like an elderly statesman amongst the metal faithful, once again delivers onto us a handbook by which to follow. A fun informative read, it's no wonder the metal community continues to trust Popoff's words of guidance.”
Lollipop


"Nobody writes about metal like Martin Popoff. His words fly off the page like the razor sharp, blasting guitar solos he describes so well. Popoff is the evil spawnchild of Robert Christgau and Lester Bangs.”
Rockcritics.Com


"I had a great time reading this book; I devoured it. I started with merely glancing at the Top 10 to confirm or refute my suspicions/predictions. Then came an in-depth reading of the intro, appendixes and so on. Then a quick scan of ten personal favorites and then I read the book backwards. A pain in the ass to keep flipping pages back and forth but the pay-off was worth it.”
Metal-rules.com


"If you're a fan of the genre, Martin Popoff's books are a must, and the latest is no exception. Great reading for those hot summer nights! Next up for Popoff will be the Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time. I can hardly wait. Four stars.”
Perrin Wolfson, KNAC


"Popoff is one of the brightest burning torches in the ever shrinking world of hard rock journalism. He has made a name for himself and is quickly making a legacy. This book is a true gift to hard rock music fans. It is pure and simple genius!”
Classic Rock Revisited


"Other than his profound knowledge of the genre and everything on the periphery (southern rock anyone?), Martin also has a writing style all his own, seemingly off-the-cuff, a bit abstract and ultimately, in reality, in possession of a finely tuned capacity to nail the vibe of a record. He is firmly on the pulse of what has made metal what it was and is today, having analyzed, more successfully than most, the nooks and crannies that make up loud music.”
Electric Basement


"The trick, of course, is to find interesting things to say about songs everyone knows, and that Popoff does. It's odd to hear someone describing, say, "Iron Man" or "Creeping Death" to you - it's like someone writing 250 words on what that big yellow thingy in the sky is. But to Popoff's credit, he paints a picture of the song as if hearing it for the first time (and he never shies from telling you what he thinks).”
Infernal Combustion


"Instead of plain facts, you get a great book that you can easily read from start to finish as it is very diverse. Especially all the quotes of the involved bandmembers is quite interesting to read. Anyway, the book is an awesome read, more interesting for its comments and quotes than the real list.”
Strutter Magazine (Holland)


"Reading The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time left me with tender eyeballs and a zillion riff fragments competing for airtime in my battered brain. It was that good. Luckily for the reader, Popoff doesn't necessarily approve of the results, and he expresses his dismay hilariously throughout. "Stairway to Heaven" (#35) "would have made a good b-side," while "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" (#29) is Judas Priest's "Gene Simmons tribute, sweaty leathers, percussive retardation post-Peter Criss." His connoisseur's disdain for the general consensus is one of the many things that breathes life into the book. Basically it's a riot to read, and once you're finished it you' ll have an overwhelming urge to compile a 500-song CD-R box set of the tunes dissected within.”
Unrestrained!


"Journalist Martin Popoff is one of the bigger, if not the biggest, heavy metal connoisseur in print nowadays. The book is highly, highly recommended. The only thing we have to complain about is the lack of great stuff like this book in the shelves of our bookstores. As Brazil is one of the biggest buyers of heavy metal music in the world, one can only lament the non-existance of books such as this in our stores, as this is a very fun and informative read. Congratulations to Popoff's creativity and sense of humour and to ECW, for putting out and supporting such work.”
Strikemag (Brazil)



The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time celebrates the 500 pounding, screeching, squealing, screaming, power chord classics destined to deck the walls of The Heavy Metal Hall Of Flame...

Sabbath, Slayer, Metallica, Maiden, Priest, Megadeth, Motorhead, Ozzy... who's got the #1 greatest metal anthem EVER!?! Who rules the Top 40... the Top 100... the Top 500? What new bands have made a lasting heavy metal impression? How did thrash do? Death metal? Hair metal? Doom, grunge, black or nu-metal? What recent songs have YOU THE HEADBANGING MASSES already designated as classics?

The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time is the end result of a massive, worldwide poll asking the metal minions to list their favourite heavy metal songs from the late '60s into the '00s. As 18,000 individual votes were tallied and entered into a database, Martin Popoff began interviewing the bands that made the final heavy grade, gathering their often explosive, revealing recollections of creating these classic tracks.

Martin then set about, in his celebrated and controversial (some say convoluted and impermeable!) manner, reviewing each track, digging into the history of each song, the context, why we care, and in some cases, why we shouldn't!

Additionally, dozens of top rockers have been polled, and some of their lists are displayed throughout the book, along with approximately 80 shots of rare single covers for the songs in question. Finally, a set of appendices looks at the data, revealing trends, surprises and endless grist for arguments amongst the metal masses.

Containing hundreds of quotes from dozens of multi-platinum artists as well as many respected underground artists that have made an indelible mark, The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time is sure to create a firestorm of discussion throughout all facets of the metal world.

THIS BOOK IS NOW BACK IN PRINT!

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