• Enter Night

  • A Biography of Metallica
  • By: Mick Wall
  • Narrated by: Alister Austin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Sprung from the roots of '70s hard rock, Metallica defined the look and sound of 1980s heavy metal, just as Led Zeppelin had for hard rock and the Sex Pistols for punk before them. Inventors of thrash metal - Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth followed - it was always Metallica who led the way, who pushed to another level, who became the last of the superstar rockers.

Though plagued by adversities, including the death of their bassist in a bus crash, infighting and substance abuse, they survived to became the biggest-selling band in the world. With 100 million records sold worldwide, their music has extended its reach beyond rock and metal, and into the pop mainstream, as they went from speed metal to MTV with their hit single "Enter Sandman". Until now there hasn't been a critical, authoritative, in-depth portrait of the band. Mick Wall's thoroughly researched, insightful work is enriched by his interviews with band members, record company execs, roadies, and fellow musicians. He tells the story of how a tennis-playing, music-loving Danish immigrant named Lars Ulrich created a band with singer James Hetfield and made his dreams a reality. Enter Night delves into the various incarnations of the band, and the personalities of all key members, past and present - especially Ulrich and Hetfield - to produce the definitive word on the biggest metal band on the planet

©2011 Mick Wall (P)2021 Upfront Books

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Great book. Take with a grain of salt

I understand that when you write a book you need to put a little bit of yourself into it. But I think the author should keep his personal opinions about music and production out of the story and just base the book on fact. it was a great book up until the end but the author sounded very bitter about the music and the way Metallica was going. did they screw him over somehow? Anyway, it was still entertaining. If you like metal, biographies or books about what goes on backstage this is a must read.

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IF you told me Jason slept with his Fiancé I’d believe it…

Between the timeline inaccuracies and that one time at bandcanp he interviewed them in 2009 (This book could’ve been titled “Lars told me back in 2009…”) I couldn’t make it all the way through I tried but I had to cut it off at the last two chapters. This is a standard length magazine article stepped on and fluffed up into a book. Save your audible credit and buy one Mustaine’s books. To paraphrase Cameron Crowe paraphrasing Lester Bangs: “ and Lisa Mustain has the courage to be a buffoon”

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wish it never ended

this book everything i want in a metallica book. whens the movie happening? dying here

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Not for younger or teenage readers

The content is inappropriate for young readers.
I did not enjoy it due to foul language.

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Great inside look especially at the early years

Mick displays his obvious history and incredible knowledge of the band and isn’t afraid to give his own opinions where he wants. This book is a good companion piece to the Ian Winwood/Paul Brannigan biographies though both cover pretty similar material it is interesting the events that the different biographers choose to go in depth on. The history of the latter half of the band’s career towards Death Magnetic feels a bit rushed just compared to how in depth Mick was able to get on the bands first 3 albums.

Definitely worth a purchase for the beginner fan learning about the band or the die hard fan looking for those one or two nuggets they’ve never heard before.

Narration was great for the story. I only had minor gripes with a couple of errors that may have been text or narration issues but don’t take away from the story as a whole (i.e. AT&T park is a baseball stadium not a football pitch though it has hosted American football games occasionally)

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  • J. McHugh
  • 11-26-21

A history or a moan?

The Metallica autobiography written by someone who sounds like he doesn't like them.
There are a few slips on facts and bypasses a lot of the good stuff the band has achieved. Instead it focuses on being highly critical of the band and their personality, and I feel plays too much on the negatives to the point of over playing them.