Authored by American metal journalist David E. Gehlke, Damn the Machine features cover art by Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, and a foreword penned by Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kürsch. The book’s inner design was handled by EasyRabbit CreArtions, the team behind Helloween’s 2015 career-spanning Hellbook.
At over 500 pages, Damn the Machine tackles the complicated history of Germany's Noise Records, the most influential European independent heavy metal record company of the 1980s. The creation of Karl-Ulrich Walterbach, Noise was responsible for signing and developing the likes of Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Coroner, Gamma Ray, Grave Digger, Helloween, Kamelot, Kreator, Rage, Running Wild, Skyclad, Tankard, and many more, assembling a roster whose impact reverberates throughout the metal scene today. Paperback, 501 pages.