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Malc Macmillan
The NWOBHM Metal Encyclopedia
Type: Book
Company: Iron Pages
Release: 2001
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 4/21/2004
EVERYTHING there is to know about the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal
The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Encyclopedia - Malc Macmillan 2001 Iron Pages

This seemingly mythical collection of all things New Wave was out of my reach for years. I have never seen the book listed for sale anywhere, nor have I been able to locate anyone in the world that owned a copy of it. Fellow MM staff member Josh (also known as the Chevy Astro-Van Speedracer) finally targeted and captured this holy grail of metal literature, generously letting me borrow his "bible" for a weekend browse. Brought to life by publisher Iron Pages, Malc Macmillan has manged to capture EVERYTHING there is to know about the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Folks, this huge metal reference tool is all you need to know about this wonderful genre of metal.

Macmillan has carefully constructed an 800 page monster, a resourceful history of New Wave, complete with introductions by former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Dianno, and Tygers Of Pan Tang shouter Jess Cox. This book has a great little section on the beginnings of New Wave through the state of the genre, but the book really comes out and shines with its huge index of bands, filling up with over 500 bands, including everyone from genre leaders like Maiden and Saxon to small club acts like Samurai and Blade Runner.

Each band in this book gets its own section, complete with a lineup, biography, discography, demo and EP releases, and entertaining, detailed write-ups spanning the band's beginnings to the group's breakups, all neatly packaged around photos, album covers, and even cross references with other bands within the book. Hours upon hours could be spent looking back at this great place in metal history, and now with this tool, it makes pinpointing and tracking metal gems and classics that much easier.

Iron Pages has a slam-dunk here, creating the perfect companion piece and offering up the same sort of thing that made Martin Popoff's Heavy Metal Guide so useful and entertaining. This is the perfect read and should always be within arm's reach while sorting through your albums, tapes, discs, and well....burns. Now if I could just get my own copy!
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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