All Known Metal Bands (2008)

I spent about two years researching all the heavy metal band names I could find, using the internet, publications, and by going to record stores. The result was 51,000 names total, 300 pages, 6 columns per page, and was published by McSweeney’s. This piece originated in the idea of trying to know something unknowable, and came from the same part of my brain as the idea to count the grains of one cup of sand (unrealized as of yet, though I’m still game).

“All Known Metal Bands” book

“All Known Metal Bands” book – spread

“All Known Metal Bands” book – page view