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All Known Metal Bands Hardcover – May 28, 2008
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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.
I am considering writing to his publisher and letting him know they've been had by this "author." Ridiculous.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I never got the item, I paid for it months ago and tried contacting the responsible. I just wasted money on this and it is really disappointing, annoying and sad.Published on June 15, 2013 by R. Peralta
I saw this book on the shelf at a local independent store. I was immediately disappointed by an obvious omission (A.C. Read morePublished on February 2, 2009 by J. Bishop
This book is worthless. It is a list of bands that have existed that would qualify as "metal." There is nothing offered here that is insightful, informative, or original. Read morePublished on December 5, 2008 by kcsdarwin
Wow. I had selfish reasons to buy this book. I read a review that commented on some of the more bizarre names in this who's who of Metal Bands. Read morePublished on October 15, 2008 by Sue J. Honeybrook
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... Read morePublished on August 15, 2008 by Quiahuitzin
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. Read morePublished on July 31, 2008 by Paul D. Harris