Book review: NU METAL A DEFINITIVE GUIDE, ON TRACK…KORN by Matt Karpe

Nu Metal A Definitive Guide

Nu Metal A Definitive Guide SonicBond Publishing [Publication date 24.09.21]

Author Matt Karpe has been busy of late with two of his books published in quick succession.

This Nu Metal guide is very comprehensive and a perfect introduction to a genre that contains many fine bands from the ‘giants of the genre’ such as Tool, Korn, Slipknot and Linkin Park through to maybe lesser known, but equally as good musically like Cold and Taproot. These interviews add greatly to the book’s overall value and readability, giving a good insight into the start of the nu metal sound.

Laid out in an A-Z format, it includes interviews with the likes of Staind and Taproot, plus a look at the key music producers in the nu metal genre. Finally, the book rounds off with a clutch of bands leading the nu metal revival.

An excellent reference work to dip into as you explore and listen to the bands and their music.

On Track… Korn SonicBond Publishing [Publication date 03.12.21]

Second book penned by by Matt Karpe is one of the On Track… series that does what it says on the tin. The author is a big fan of Korn, yet refrains from being a ‘fanboy’ and casts a fair, critical eye on the band’s output to date. It goes right up to this year with the band’s livestream entitled ‘Monumental’.

Perfect for the Korn fan in your life or indeed yourself if you’re a fan of the band.

Review by Jason Ritchie





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