Two things I hold to be true: Dan Franklin is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and insightful writer. And the dissertation format is not the best application of his talents. For me and other listeners who’ve explored heavy music’s hidden and not-so-hidden depths, Heavy: How Metal Changes the Way We See the World is preaching to the converted. To anyone else who needs convincing, however, the academic structure mutes the author’s passion, while the scholarly mode verges on desperation (“Pleeeeease respect my genre?”).
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