• Into the Black

  • The Inside Story of Metallica, 1991-2014
  • By: Paul Brannigan, Ian Winwood
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (453 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The final chapter of Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood's in-depth coverage of Metallica details the latter half of the band's extraordinary, decades-long career.

The second volume of Metallica's definitive biography opens as the band breaks through to mainstream with its fifth album, Metallica (a.k.a. The Black Album), topping the Billboard charts and its hit single "Enter Sandman" dominating the airwaves. By 1993, after a two-year tour, Metallica had become the biggest hard-rock band in the world. Success naturally brought new challenges, and the band ran the risk of alienating its original fans. It was beset by controversy over stylistic shifts, concessions to the mainstream, its stance on file sharing (in Metallica v. Napster), even the band members' haircut decisions. By the end of the century, they were a band teetering on the brink of self-destruction. A stunning return to form awaited, however.

Brilliantly chronicled by top UK music writers Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood, this is a masterful conclusion to an epic rock tome.

©2014 Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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I was hesitant to purchase..

...this volume as it covers the period of the band I am least interested in. Suffice it to say, this book turned out to be more engaging than the music it covers. Volume 1 was fantastic, surprisingly this volume is no less so. Give it a shot. It's not like it's going to make you listen to St. Anger, et al., but the stories during the makings of these latter albums still contain enough to keep even the most jaded Mwtallica fan eager to hear more.

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Authors Opinions Ruin the Book

I enjoyed the first book. It was for the most part a straightforward telling of the bands history. The 2nd book fails due to the authors interjecting snide opinions. It hits you over the head at times. I was looking for a collection of the bands timeline with stories and facts. Instead I got a mix of that with the authors trying to be witty by shitting on anything they don’t like. I am not a fan of all the bands work but I wanted to hear about how the projects started, were created, and how the public received it. Not how listen to snotty authorizes try to be internet trolls.

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Wow, what crawled up author’s butt

Jeez, this guy got some confidence between the first book and this. The guy all of a sudden knows everything. He spends half of the time preaching about what is right and what is wrong and who is smart and who is dumb and which music is good and which music is terrible and only stupid people listen to terrible music and God doesn’t exist and on and on and on. Sorry I don’t need some guy basically writing a glorified book report telling me God doesn’t exist or is evil if he does exist like he is the first person to ever have that thought. Nobody cares about you two idiots and your opinions, just tell me the Metallica story WTH????

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Not a fan

I got the impression the writer did not like Metallica very much. Hard to listen to.

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I would like to get my money back

The author seems to be angry. Doesn’t seem to like Metallica or other bands from 80’s and 90’s. Not an enjoyable read.

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Follow Up To An Amazing First Book

Not anyone's favorite era in their legacy but well done writing. GET THE FIRST BOOK!

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Really good, but...

I learned a lot from Metallica's story, but It feels biased from the authors.

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Informative

Pretty good overall but would have been much better without the author’s irrelevant opinions added in. Specifically their Anti God dogma.

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very good book

much of thus book is known to loyal fans, but very nice to hear fresh stories too. recommend

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It's NOT a shame about Ray

Ray Porter, once again and as usual, does great work narrating the material. He can make any book SOUND better. The root of the problem here is the story and the writing. Certainly, the best parts of Metallica's stories end where this book begins.

Into The Black starts at their peak and slowly covers their increasingly sad and boring decline. The title of the book is aptly chosen. It's the story of angry but talented metal heads dealing with that age-old question- is it better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all? I'd rather read Metallica's origin story, but this is Spinal Tap.

Perhaps, it's just my problem, because I'm sure "Part One" exists and I simply chose the wrong book. Still, the real problem does not lie in where the story takes place along the timeline. The issue is much more basic and supersedes all other concerns- the authors are, at best, sophomores at writing. It's just not very well-written. Oft-times, it sounds as if it was penned by one of the band members, without a ghost writer. On the bright side, it makes me feel like I could write a book, or anyone, for that matter (and, truth be told, anyone can). On the other hand, poor writing makes a mediocre tale really drag on. And that's a... drag.

Ultimately, it's a listenable story because of Ray Porter. He saves the audiobook. If you only have the physical book, maybe you can get him to read it to you. This wasn't the story I wanted to hear nor the words I wanted to read/hear, but I came out on the other end just a little older and no worse for wear.

TL;DR This is the rather uninspired story of Metallica learning that the bell does, indeed, toll for thee.

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