A plethora of bizarre material crosses our desks here at the Scene on a regular basis. More often than not, the daily flow consists of albums and EPKs from artists like…hell, let me look around and I’ll tell you. Erin McCarley, Sun Domingo, Parenthetical Girls, Vivian Girls, Hootie. And those are just the ones that haven’t disappeared beneath press releases and Cream stickers yet.
But every once in a while, someone out there in the PR ether sends us a luminous sliver of solid gold. And what, without fail, is solid gold? Why, metal, of course. More specifically, the Metal Gods. Most specifically, Time Flies When You’re in a Coma: Wisdom of the Metal Gods.
The glossy, handily tiny book features an introduction from Michael Azerrad, famed author of Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana and Our Band Could Be Your Life. After Azerrad’s brief but astute musings on the aggressive nature of metal, the book turns to author Mike Daly’s insistence, however tongue-in-cheek, that metal lyricists from Ozzy to Alice to Diamond Dave can help you achieve ultimate wisdom. The book is divided into four sections—“Meditations,” “Zen Questions,” “Daily Affirmations” and “Words of Wisdom”—that contain applicable quotes. It's out Oct. 28, but you can check out some excerpts here.