January 17, 2011 | 4:36pm
Heavy metal is a seriously fan-driven musical world, possibly more so than any other scene going. It's fans who have kept metal thriving for years, even when it went back underground or served as a punchline. Metal fans are some of the most passionate around -- they will call favorite bands on their shit when they start slipping, but they'll also crowd the front row to headbang through thick and thin.
Journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman duly recognize this in their upcoming book for Harper Collins, Louder Than Hell: The Unflinching History of Metal. As the title implies, it's a first-hand account of the scene, told in person through exhaustive interviews. And while many of the photos and illustrations will come from pros, the authors and publishers realize that the soul of metal is often best captured by regular people in the audience.
Enter the "Photos From Hell" contest. Anyone with "quintessential metal images" is invited to submit photos for consideration. Winners will get published in the book with full credit, and many more will be featured on the book's web site, at louderthanhellthebook.com
. The top five entries of course get a copy of the book, plus memorabilia signed by Alice Cooper.
The guidelines: The photos must be in a digital format, you must own the photos (duh), and the photos must be of a heavy rock band (double duh). Beyond that, anything is fair game: great stage shots, crowd pictures, whatever, and from any little subgenre within -- industrial, thrash, death, black, metalcore, deathcore, and many more you could just make up.
To enter, visit the Louder Than Hell web site
before March 1. Winners will be notified by e-mail, then announced on the web site and published in the book, which is due out later this year or in early 2012.
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