Covid-19 update

Monorail Music continues to follow Scottish Government advice with regard to Covid-19. We're delighted to announce our re-opening from Monday 26 April at 11am. We will have reduced capacity with social distancing and ask that customers wear masks while in the shop. However, browsing is possible.

Entrance for now is via Osborne Street. We will be closed on Sundays, open Monday to Saturday 11-6.

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Herb Lester

Metal Mappa Mundi

Herb Lester

Released: 19th March 2021

Map / Book£12.00 Buy Now In Stock. Dispatched tomorrow.


For over 50 years, heavy metal has endured. During that time it’s topped the charts and languished in cutout bins, mutated into myriad strains, and created as many cultural icons as moral panics. It’s taken root on every continent and steadfastly refused to leave. Death Metal, Black Metal, Hair Metal, Thrash or NWOBHM – it’s all identifiably metal.

In this fold-out guide we chart heavy metal’s evolution by genre and geography, from its progenitors in the British steel towns to church-burning Norwegians. Iran, Nepal, Botswana, China and Japan are all represented, along with the US and UK’s many monsters of rock.

The large format works as a fold-out guide or a poster and comes in its own bespoke folder with three hard-rockin’ stickers.

This is the Metal Mappa Mundi; it’s a metal world, we just live in it.