Guys- I’ve got to tell you that this is a very awesome book.  It’s definitely one any metal fan needs or would cherish as a gift.  This is not a read as much as a list of all things metal that make you think back, discover, argue, and maybe even move ahead.  Pittsburgh Music Magazine devoured our copy and it’s already pretty dogeared around here!

See what the press is saying about THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS:

A “Lovingly compiled bible of all things metal.” – Entertainment Weekly

The lists are literary (“Best Metal Blogs”), humorous (“Completely Unnecessary Heavy Metal Subgenres”) and fight-stirring (“The Best Metal Albums Ever!”). – New York Times


The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists, compiled by Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins, is the ultimate look at the world of heavy metal via the ease and convenience of a list. No stone is left unturned here, and I mean no stone. If you think you have a list about metal that isn’t in this book, chances are you’re wrong. Both Jenkins and Abrams have exhaustively researched and brainstormed Merciless and delivered a look at their beloved genre that is informative and fun.” – Iann Robinson,


“If you love metal and you love lists like I do, you must check this book out.” – Richard Christy, Charred Walls of the Damned/The Howard Stern Show


“I love lists and even more than loving them, I love to call them out for being wrong.  Normally it’s the bullshit that Rolling Stone or Revolver puts out that gets me the most angry, but now there’s a real book I can look at with my elitist mindset… There have been a lot of metal books coming out over the last year or so, this one actually has me interested.” – Sam Roon,


“This April, there’s sure to be plenty of arguments coming between metalheads as ‘The Merciless Book of Metal Lists’ arrives in bookstores everywhere.” – Chad Childers,



THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS is out NOW! Today, is exclusively hosting a new testimonial video for the book, this time featuring SOULFLY’s Max Cavalera! Max took a brief break from writing the new SOULFLY record to read the “The 10 Hardcore Punk Albums that Shaped Thrash Metal” list and comment on the book. Check out the video here:

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THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS Co-Author Howie Abrams will be teaming up with VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, on Friday, May 10th at 12:00pm ET to host their Metal YouTube channel! Howie also picked and reviewed his five favorite Metal videos available across VEVO. You can tune into that channel here: and read more about his picks here:

In its first week, THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS has landed at #1 on the Heavy Metal Book list on! Pick up the book at your nearest major book retailer or online at now! The E-Book version of THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS will be available later this month with an official date being announced soon.


Written by NYC music scene veterans Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins and touted as being “the most opinionated compendium ever written concerning Heavy Metal”, THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS is comprised of 208 jam-packed pages representing all that is glorious across the world of Heavy Metal. The book also features dozens of never-before-seen photographs from iconic East Coast photographer Frank White.


The foreword for THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS comes from one of the most respected names in the genre, Slayer guitarist extraordinaire Kerry King, with a candid and passionate afterword from Pantera/Down frontman Philip Anselmo. The book also features numerous other contributions from key metal luminaries and industry personnel like Scott Ian (Anthrax), Gary Holt (Exodus),Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly), Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show), and more.


You can learn more about THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS at the official Facebook page or Abrams Books.