Cover of book called The Art of Metal
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The Art of Metal

Consultant editors: Martin Popoff & Malcolm Dome; Foreword by Lemmy

Five decades of heavy metal album covers, posters, T-shirts, and more

Metal, in all its genres – from ‘NWoBHM’ to Thrash, among others – is larger than life, demanding the listener’s attention like no other style of music. The cover and poster art reflects the force of the music: sometimes colourful and vibrant, sometimes dark and sombre; always challenging, always imaginative. With some 400 examples of the best material, together with features on key (graphic) artists, labels and associated topics, from ‘merch’ to stagecraft, The Art of Metal reviews 50 years of heavy metal art in all its amazing variety. Compiled and with full accompanying text — including interviews with artists — by a stellar team of the most highly regarded writers on metal, under the guidance of consultant editors Malcolm Dome and Martin Popoff, this is the first book to offer a full-scale homage to the art of metal.

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A sumptuous trawl through metal’s visual imagery … Expertly assembled by Martin Popoff and Malcolm Dome, [a] high-quality production . . . [in] the category marked ‘essential’.
Classic Rock magazine
‘Wow’ is one expression that comes to mind . . . a beautiful hard cover- coffee table book that would be proud to be displayed on any metal head’s desk. (‘he loudest dot com on the planet’)
Bona fide metal-heads will fetish over the book like a kid thumbing through toy store catalogs at Christmas, or a toddler marking up the glass counter at a candy shop with palm prints and drool.
Peter Roche, The Cleveland Sound
A must-have for every head banger out there . . .
Philadelphia Examiner
A knowledgably and arrestingly compiled collection of art.
Record Collector


h 279 x w 248 mm
w 9 ¾ x h 11 inches
224 pages
400+ images

Rights sold
UK and Commonwealth, French