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After Forever: The Inside Story Of Black Sabbath’s Greatest Tour - review

A right Sabbath romp

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This is as personal as it gets. Krusher was the DJ, MC and confidante on the 1999 Ozzfest tour of America. Now, whether this truly was the greatest of all the band’s tours is irrelevant. What matters is that the combination of anecdotes, insights and previously unseen photos make this a delightful celebration of the era.

Without any hindrance from official sources, Krusher tells the story his way, never holding back on revealing the ridiculousness, hilarity and problems faced not just by Sabbath, but other bands on the road, such as Pantera and Slipknot.

Krusher documents the long, strange trip with vividness and vivacity. Some of the characters involved will doubtless be furious with certain revelations, but it’s all done with affection.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.