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The Merciless Book of Metal Lists

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The Merciless Book of Metal Lists is an irreverent and illustrated compendium of the most random, funny, and challenging information about Heavy Metal from the last 40 years. You want to know which Metal albums “jumped the shark”? Curious to know what non-Metal bands Metalheads love, which album covers feature goats, embarrassing Metal fashion faux pas, and the ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Harry N. Abrams (first published April 1st 2013)
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Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Todd by: Library shelf
And I thought the lists on That Metal Show were lame... this is pretty much an utter waste of time, with only a few tidbits worth hearing more about, even if you're a giant metalhead. Easily a Top 10 Book I'd Never Recommend.
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world of heavy metal music is broader than almost anyone who hasn't spent time in it is likely to guess, so if you're contemplating this book as a gift for a metalhead in your life (which might be yourself) it's helpful to know the focus and bias. For Abrams and Jenkins the core of metal is first and foremost Black Sabbath, and secondarily the "big four" American thrash* bands: Anthrax/Megadeth/Metallica/Slayer (although they think Megadeth's Dave Mustaine is a prick). They're explicitly not ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I love lists and what's better than a book full of metal lists? Well, not much actually, but while some of the lists were interesting, a great many of them held no interest for me and seems as if they focused too much on the same artists list after list after list. I know everyone has their favorites that they gravitate towards, but I think the addition of more writers making their own lists would have made for a much more interesting read.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
So this author has a very eccentric definition of what is considered metal and it even contradicts itself on many lists. He will list a band or sub genre as not metal but then include those bands or bands from those genres in his list. Strangest for me would be the singers or musicians from bands and then not seeing those bands listed in other lists. Can only part of a band or a single person be me metal while the rest isn't? Lists are nothing more than a person's opinions and sometimes those ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it did not like it

Not much of a book really, just a collection of silly lists stapled together. The only one that really interested me was the obligatory list of "Greatest Metal Albums of all Time", top 20 as it turned out, since there's always a chance there's something I haven't heard, but even this list I found myself dubious of. Okay, I understand that in some sense Black Sabbath invented metal with their self-titled debut album, and maybe that justifies ranking it #1 all-time, but is there anyone who really
Pedro Pascoe
As I'm about 50 pages into the book (yup, not finished yet), I decided to do a kind of live review, responding as I'm reading on the fly. And, true to the spirit of the book, and with my tongue firmly planted in my check, here's my list of responses, from my own deep metal background.

1. Motorhead are metal, Kiss are not. Preach.
2. Dokken, Ratt Van Halen and the Scorpions are NOT metal? Dude, them's fighting words!
3. After that list of bands that are NOT metal, you guys proclaim Ghost's 'Opus
Antal Wozniak
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it
A funny little book with highly subjective and partly arbitrary lists. Could have been better with some more of the more insightful listings such as the "Top 10 NWOBHM Bands You Don't Know" by Brian Slagel. It's still fun to have as a metal fan and a perfect gift for your metal-affine office mate (such as me).
He's a black album defender.

He lists the bass player for Mudvayne as being better than Tom Araya, Ian Hill, Lemmy, Tim Hansen, etc.

And, according to this guy, Motley Crue is a metal band but The Scorpions are not.

That's really all you need to know. If you need an intro to metal music, do your research on the internet instead.
Danny Marianino
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the coolest books of 2014! I laughed and enjoyed reminiscing in some of the things I thought were really bad ass as a kid but are super dorky today. Get this book!
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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Kind of a childish book. Some good stuff...but a lot of silly useless stuff. If 1/2 stars were available I'd give the book 2.5 stars.
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