publisher: McSweeney’s

type: Book

spec notes: One-piece wrapped hard cover. Cover is black cloth, stamped with gold, blue, and yes, black again. Interior pages are tinted black, text printed with metallic Pantone silver.

This painstaking collection of the names of every single heavy metal band ever simply cried out for a (darkly) liturgic interpretation of the standard alphabetic list, and it was carried out through large uncial initials for each alphabet section, page headers and footers slightly larger than the text announce the page toward navigation of the text without repeating it, and a devoutly exhaustive mention of every instance of a band’s name use (hence the mention of the band name “Nemesis” umpteen times).