All Known Metal Bands

Dan Nelson

Beauty Till Death, Beaverstore, Bechard, Becksvart, Becoming, Becoming a Corpse, Becoming Dust, Becoming the Archetype, Bed Sores, Bed Toys, Bedatra Dezum, Bedeiah, Bedemon, Bedesdom, Bedevilment, Bedim, BeDimmed, Bedlam, Bedlam, Bedlam, Bedlam, Bedlam, Bedlam … That’s all this book is, an alphabetical listing (in silver ink on flat-black paper) of every metal band ever (“as of 2007 C.E.”), nearly 51,000 “invisible tokens to be uttered aloud, each conjuring a group of humans formed to play rock in its extreme forms—with the greatest impact of sound, in which floorboards shake and walls quiver and ears split and leak blood.” And it’s addictive! I can’t stop sharing every new menacing, silly, strange or seriously messed-up moniker I come across: Chainsaw Surgery, Erotic Funeral, Chum, Midnight Mass, Wœród Majestatu Starych Dêbów, Deboning Method, Satanic Sega Genesis, Jim Jones and the Kool-Ade Kids. There are fifteen named Prophecy, five called Goatlord (and one Goatlord Corp.), five Yggdrasils, three Wolfshades and just one Satanic (but, amazingly, no Devil or The Devil). There are also a few Chico crews contained within the mighty tome—The Makai, Fallon, Blood of Cain and The Abominable Iron Sloth—and even one named after Butte County’s famous Yahi tribesman, Ishi.