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All Known Metal Bands [Hardcover]

By Dan Nelson (Compiler)
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This volume contains the names of over 50,000 metal bands. Presuming that each of these bands had an average of four members, and multipling that by the number of bands, one might figure that at least a quarter of a million humans have pledged allegiance to one of them at some point is his or her lifetime. Never has a genre of music relegated to the underground of a civilization had so many devotees; no radio needs to transmit the power of this music, for it is sought out fiercely and freely by the doomed and the dispossessed, whose ears are never soiled by songs of love and weakness.

These names are invisible tokens to be spoken aloud, each representing a human quest for superhuman spectacle: shaking floorboards and quivering walls, split ears leaking blood, with faces painted and ornaments pointy, voices uttering eternal truths shunned by woman and man alike.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 10" Height: 6.25"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 28, 2008
Publisher   McSweeney's
ISBN  1932416927  
ISBN13  9781932416923  

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2Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Music > Musical Genres > Heavy Metal
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Rip off and a shame  Aug 15, 2008
I totally agree with vitamin. Any metal fan knows the Metal Archives, and just by looking at the "Search inside this book", you can tell this book is taking advantage (as in making money) from a great and free site such as the Metal Archives. If you really want to know EVERYTHING there is to know from metal bands. Go to the Metal Archives. And nope, I'm not from the Metal Archives staff, I just use it as my best guide to metal music.
Nothing Special  Jul 31, 2008
This book is just what the title says,"All Known Metal Bands." As of 2007. Very nice looking hard bound book. I'm not disappointed in buying it. Cover price on the book is $22.00. I paid less than $10.00 making it worth it.
AKMB  Jul 30, 2008
This is my second attempt at publishing my review for this lovely little book. Apparently I was too explicit and passionate the first time.

Days before discovering this book I wondered if someone out there thought about compiling a list of all known metal bands. I got what I asked for, and more. Despite the controversy surrounding the compiler's sources, I rate it a 5/5 because it is what I was looking for.
I don't care where he got this list from, and I am also sure there isn't a single accurate place that has a list of all known metal bands! I wanted to access AKMB in my hands, not online. Not only does he name each band name as many times as necessary if there are more than 1,2,3,... bands with the same name, but I am enamored with his "homage" to the art of Metal music at the end of the list.

Beautiful layout, silver on black pages.
Unoriginal  Jul 9, 2008
I read about this book on the invisible oranges blog today. The author of that blog, Cosmo Lee, seems to think the book is plagiarized, and I agree with him. Is it foolish of me to want to post an this site review to spread the word? Maybe it's a little impotent. But a lot of people buy books here (duh) and so it seems like a reasonable place to complain.

Basically, the book is a printed version of the lists on the (much more) encyclopedic Metal Archives website, which is user edited and operated without profit. Dan Nelson claims to have researched the book's contents on his own, but that seems unlikely: Metal Archives is too prominent a source for him to be unaware of it, and too comprehensive a source to justify doing the legwork on his own. Metal Archives might be cited somewhere in the book--I admit, I should have checked--but I haven't seen it cited in any product descriptions, and so the ethicality of this book is suspicious to me. That's me being moderate: in fact, this book seems like a minor act of villainy. Academic careers have been ruined for less.

Admittedly, the book is nicely designed, and I understand the desire to have things in book form instead of having to read from a screen. I also understand how a list of metal band names could be considered a sort of cool found art object--I actually like that idea, and might be on board with it if the author were more upfront about where he got the names from. On the other hand, the cheap irony of this product annoys me. There's no way I could buy this and not feel like a jerk. Coffee table books aren't metal. Paying twenty bucks for free (potentially stolen) information is definitely not metal. Even if you dislike metal, this book won't help you articulate why. Save your money and go get a nice dinner or something. Or, if you really do like metal, donate a couple bucks to the Metal Archives (they need it) and be the bigger person.
Amusing, great conversation starter/drinking game catalyst  Jul 7, 2008
Book is very interesting and has a beautiful design and layout. It's a lot of fun going through on any random page and reading metal band names. In addition, the post-script in the back (in which electricity is referred to as a "refined form of lightning") is absolutely hysterical. Probably not great for people that don't "get" metal or whatever, but an amusing book to have propping up your collection of ultra-rare 7"s from obscure Norwegian bands nobody's ever heard of.

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