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Deadline for the next issue of Metal Music Studies (4.1) – 10 September 2017

Please note that the deadline for the first issue of 2018 (4.1) of Metal Music Studies is 10 September 2017. Send your contributions now! We consider submissions at any time. We accept full papers up to 8000 words in the first section, and shorter contributions of up to 3000 words in the second section. Style guidelines can be found at the Intellect web-site (follow link below). Please email Karl Spracklen ( for details about submitting to the first section, and Niall Scott ( for details about the second section. You can also email submissions straight to Karl for the first section, and Niall for the second section, at the email addresses previously listed.

ISMMS Elections to the Executive Board 2017

International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS) Elections to the Executive Board, 2017:

At the Annual General Meeting of ISMMS in 2017, which will be held in connection to the ISMMS Conference in Victoria, Canada, between June 9-11 2017, two posts on the Executive Board will become vacant: The Chair, and one ordinary member. The elections to these posts will take place online prior to the Annual General Meeting and are open to all ISMMS members. Anyone who wishes to stand for the posts should submit a 100 word election statement and CV detailing relevant experience to the ISMMS Secretary, Toni-Matti Karjalainen (, by Wednesday May 31st (midnight, British Summer Time/UTC+1). Candidates for election must be active in metal music studies, as a student, academic, or author. The posts will be for four years and are not renewable. For more details about the roles and responsibilities please contact Toni-Matti Karjalainen by email ( or the current ISMMS Chair Niall Scott (

Rock the Uni with Heavy Metal – Metal Summer School

Rock the Uni with Heavy Metal
“Heavy Metal needs more researchers.”
“Tour” dates (8th to 24th Aug) at Helsinki Summer School, Finland announced

Hellsinki, Finland, April 21, 2017

Metal is often considered to be mainstream only in Finland. And indeed as Heavy Metal music and the subculture related to it is particularly strong in this country, and Finnish Heavy Metal is recognised worldwide as a key manifestation of this musical style, it is only natural that Finland’s leading university, the University of Helsinki, offers this August an academic course about the history of Heavy Metal music and its importance in contemporary western society. Continue reading Rock the Uni with Heavy Metal – Metal Summer School

Metal Music Studies journal is looking for reviewers

We are creating a database of reviewers for the journal to get more people involved from ISMMS and metal scholars around the world. If you are interested in reviewing material for the journal at some point, please fill out the form (also accessible from the menu above, under MMS Journal).

These are academic reviews written in English, however we are happy to have reviews of publications in any language.

Metal Music Manual and musings on ‘heavy’

Written by Mark Mynett,

If you are reading this, then you likely share a passion for metal music; so hopefully you’ll bear with me whilst, briefly, I wax lyrical about my love for the genre.

I was just 12 years old when my Dad took me to see Thin Lizzy at Preston Guildhall (FYI; 1981– the ‘Renegade’ tour). It was the closest thing I could imagine to a religious experience; the power, energy and glory of the show was mind-blowing beyond belief. This was quickly followed by a moment of clarity in the form of ‘That’s what I want to do with my life – rock musician!’ I got a guitar for my thirteenth birthday, and after entirely losing my teens to my newfound obsession, joined a band and played my first gig. Continue reading Metal Music Manual and musings on ‘heavy’

CfP: Metal and the Middle-Ages

Call for chapter contributions to Metal Music and the Middle-Ages

As part of the Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture book series, we are calling for chapter contributions for a collected edition on metal music and the middle-ages. This collection examines the ways in which metal music utilises images, texts, historical figures, music, and ideologies from the medieval period. We aim not only to examine the range of ways in which the middle-ages are referenced in metal music, but also to open up a discourse around the forms and reasons for the enduring fascination with this period within the genre.

We welcome proposals for chapter-length contributions on the topic including musical, textual, and media-based case studies; theoretical and methodological contributions; and in particular, international contributions on the use of European and non-European medieval cultural good outside Europe.

Please send a short English-language abstract (300-400 words, in Word or Open Office format, clearly marked with author’s name and affiliation) detailing your contribution to editors Ruth Barratt-Peacock and Ross Hagen by the 15th of April 2017.

Gender, Metal and the Media: Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music

By Rosemary Lucy Hill


Women fans of popular culture are often derided or overlooked – and music is no exception. But academic work about music fans does not tend to think about the ways in which women music fans might experience their musical engagements differently to men – in part because of the derision. In fact, when it comes to rock music, a lot of work about fans does not think very hard about pleasure in music at all; it tends to use a framework of subcultural theory which means that consumer practices like attending concerts and buying records are prioritised. Music itself, and enjoyment of it, gets left out. Continue reading Gender, Metal and the Media: Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music