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The more dedicated fan will be left with the feeling of wanting something more in-depth.

Published by: Plexus

Primarily known for covering the punk scene, Mick O'Shea has written an entertaining book covering some of metal's most famous and not-so-well-known but still iconic metal stars that have lived and/or died by the sword. The premise behind 'Cemetery Gates' is an interesting one: ten saints (i.e. metal musicians who have died) and ten survivors (i.e. metal musicians who have miraculously lived despite years of debauched decadence). The book is thus divided into two even halves with each musician getting several pages of coverage. Within each biography for the saints there are various sub-headings: 'Born', 'Alter-egos', '(Pre) Occupations', 'In Memoriam', 'Deadly Sins', 'From Cradle To Grave' and 'Moments Of Madness'. And for the survivors the chapters are broken down into similar sub-headings: 'Born', 'Alter-egos', '(Pre) Occupations', 'Live By This', 'Deadly Sins', 'On A Highway To Hell' and 'Moments Of Madness'.

Obviously the book is open to debate about who should and shouldn't be included, as these sorts of books usually are. Bon Scott, John Bonham and Slash et al have been written about so many times that it's hardly worthy reading about them again, and so the lesser known names such as the late Peter Steele of Type O Negative prove to be the most fascinating. Obviously Lemmy and Ozzy are included as are Nikki Sixx and Axl Rose but there are also some less mainstream names such as the controversial Varg Vikernes and the late drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan of Avenged Sevenfold. Axl, Slash and the late Layne Staley of Alice In Chains were never metal and nor was John Bonham so that opens a further debate about the exact definition of heavy metal (which throughout the book, and in the sub-title, is hyphenated for some reason).

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Personally, I would have included Steve Clark of Def Leppard and other, less frequently written about names, rather than the usual suspects but I suppose the bigger names make the book more commercial. Metal has always been a man's world but, as the book includes other forms of rock that aren't really classed as metal (grunge as in Alice In Chains and hard rock as in Guns N' Roses), I think perhaps the late Wendy O. Williams (The Plasmatics) and Joan Jett (The Runaways) or even that dreaded woman Courtney Love could have been involved simply to prove that rock and metal has its fair share of badass women.

With twenty chapters and potted biographies of each musician it's very much a book that can be dipped in and out of rather than read from cover to cover. O'Shea is certainly a good writer, who has a strong knowledge of his subjects, and he has written an illuminating book, but while the casual metal fan may enjoy its contents many of these stories are so well known that the more dedicated fan will be left with the feeling of wanting something more in-depth.

Neil Daniels

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