Another book of heavy metal lists? Hell’s yeah.
We all know Metal heads will argue their opinion on what they think is the best till they run out of breath. It’s our favourite past time and we need all the tools we can get our horned hands on to help validate our point.
Where Merciless Book of Metal Lists differentiates from other known books on metal lists is this has more detail, more humour and includes worst lists. The books composers, respected music scene veterans Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins have gone to great detail to include the expected lists of drummers, guitarists, vocalists, but delve into the absurd as well. Album covers that feature goats, it’s all here. Besides the factual lists, there’s the opinion based ones and the authors wit stands out, none more so than the blank pages dedicated to the best of Metallica’s Load and Re-load. Its appeal is it could’ve been any conversation you would have with your buddies at any pub or bbq.
What makes this book even better, real bona fide legends of metal have contributed their lists too. The foreword is by Slayer’s Kerry King who’s always got something to say that pisses people off and the afterword is by Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo, who’s always pissed off. These two compliment the start and end of the book like two perfect book ends.
Inside, other luminaries of the scene add their own lists, Gary Holt (Exodus), Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly), Danny Lilker (Anthrax, Nuclear Assault), Jon and Marsha Zazula (the team behind Megaforce Records), Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, former Roadrunner Records vice president of A&R Monte Conner (now with Nuclear Blast) and Eddie Trunk are just some of the notables.
So arm yourself with the power of knowledge so you can be the victor in your debates with your mates, it’s a must for your arsenal of wisdom.
Out now, order.