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Michael Aronovitz‘s debut novel features some serious chills, delicious trope navigation in an insightful and imaginative perspective of the adolescent protagonist, and a brilliant ending that pulls together a valiant first effort from a new writer who we are proud to say has also joined the writing team at PureGrainAudio.

“Sierra Court Blues” is the debut novel from Lawrence Parlier; a former front man for the heavy metal group The Malevolent. Parlier taps into his music background and constructs a detailed drama based around the troubles and exploits of an up-and-coming heavy metal band. The book’s main character and front man for the band Bo Kineally attempts to juggle family, work, and music with varying degrees of success and soon learns that something has to give.

Veteran visual artist Paul Raymond Gregory seems to be one of the busiest personalities in the world of heavy Metal. The British painter and illustrator recently completed the cover artwork for Saxon’s upcoming album Sacrifice (his 12th for the band), as he continues producing large, detailed canvases based on Tolkien’s literary works. Also, he’s preparing the 2013 edition of the popular UK festival “Bloodstock Open Air”, a massive Heavy Metal gathering of bands and fans that Gregory helped to create more than 10 years ago. On top of all this, Gregory just published a book titled “Beyond Time And Place”. These glossy, 176 illustrated pages showcases the artist’s visual works and achievements over the past 35 years of his career. It includes most of his major Tolkien-inspired pieces and many artworks he has produced for bands such as Saxon, Dio, Molly Hatchet, and Blind Guardian among others. A true feast for the eyes, no doubt about it!

If you’re like me and really dig all things Black Sabbath, then this book is a must for you! Author Brian Aberback has created what I would call a “condensed” version of one of the greatest heavy bands of all-time. I say condensed because the book tops out at only 112 pages, yet still manages to cover the key highlights from the past four decades; including the band’s lineup changes and well-documented breakups and reunions.

I’m not sure if any one person has had more of an impact on heavy metal than Tony Iommi. His crushing riffs came to define the genre long before there was even a term for it. For me there is not a more definitive moment in my musical life than the first time I heard the crushing riff of, “Black Sabbath” – I was changed forever. The heavy, haunting tone became the back on which metal was built. Iron Man chronicles Black Sabbath from before its inception until present day, touching on the band’s start, their numerous lineup changes and the personal life of the man behind the riff, Iommi.

The Stooges were pioneers and innovators of the early punk scene. To this day the band and its larger than life front man Iggy Pop embody the spirit of punk and the early “do it yourself” attitude. For this book author Brett Callwood goes back to the humble beginnings and documents the band’s formative years through in-depth interviews with Iggy, the band members and those close to the band. Through first-hand accounts and interviews the reader really gets up close and personal with this seminal act.

The Armageddon Chord is the debut novel from music industry veteran, Jeremy Wagner. Combining the world of heavy metal with malevolent supernatural forces Wagner has created quite a fantastic read. The story line revolves around the discovery of an ancient Egyptian song written in Hieroglyphics that if played in its entirety will unleash Hell on earth, ushering in Armageddon. The ensuing struggle between those who wish to bring about the apocalypse and a world famous heavy metal guitar player drive the story along creating a riveting thriller that is sure to keep readers glued to the pages until the very end.

Author Mick Wall takes on the task of documenting the rise of what is arguably the biggest heavy metal band of all time, Metallica. As a fan of the band from the very beginning back in the early 1980’s, I was more than ecstatic to dig into this incredibly detailed and lengthy biography. As a personal friend of the band Wall has access to and incredible insight into the musicians and has done a wonderful job of compiling his first hand observations and interviews to construct an unbelievable portrait of the machine that is Metallica.