If you happen to be a rap fan trying to get into metal, we have just the thing - "A Rap Fan's Guide to Metal."
Published by Complex, it's a genuine page-turner and will easily bring the extreme guitar-driven style closer to hip-hop aficionados through nine crucial metal terms.
We recommend reading the guide out in full here, and to encourage you in doing so, check out some of the top quotes below.
"A brief note on 'black metal.' This is not metal made by black people, rather a Norwegian offshoot of heavy metal who actually took the over-the-top 'Satanic' imagery of early '80s bands like Venom seriously."
"If there is such thing as a perfect metal album, Slayer's 'Reign in Blood' is it. ... Think of it as metal's 'Yeezus.'"
"Aside from Maiden's obvious musicianship, their strength was in their storytelling - a strength any rap fan should be able to appreciate. Although their stories were a bit different from, say, Slick Rick's."
"As Ozzy Osbourne devolved into pure camp, Gene Simmons became a business, man, and other metal stalwarts either stayed in the background or died, Lemmy emerged as the patron saint of all things metal, its Biggie and Pac."
"Metallica has endured much over the years - James Hetfield's addictions, Bob Rock's production, Lars Ulrich's general existence - but no single episode has been nearly as tragic as the bus accident in 1986 that claimed the life of 24-year-old bassist Cliff Burton ... It wouldn't be out of line to compare Metallica to Run DMC, as both contributed heavily to the worldwide acceptance of their style of music, and set the stage for all to come."
"[KISS] are a more shameless - and admittedly more influential - version of MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice, a tremendously successful commercial band wishing desperately for critical acclaim that will never, ever come."