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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, m.j.mynett@hud.ac.uk

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 ruth.barratt-peacock@uni-jena.de and Ross Hagen ross.hagen@uvu.edu by the 15th of April 2017.

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

By Rosemary Lucy Hill

@rosemarylhill

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

New book series in Metal Music and Culture

Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture Series editors – Rosemary Hill and Keith Kahn-Harris

We are delighted to announce the first scholarly book series on heavy metal: Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture publishes monographs, edited collections and research books about metal and its associated subgenres within the humanities and social sciences. Continue reading New book series in Metal Music and Culture

ISMMS 2017 Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities Deadline Extended to 31st December!

ISMMS 2017 Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities Deadline Extended to 31st December!

Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities
The Biennial International Society for Metal Music Studies Conference at the University of Victoria
(Previously held at Bowling Green in 2013, and Helsinki in 2015)
June 9-11, 2017
Metal Studies at the University of Victoria and ISMMS are pleased to announce the following Call for Papers:

Continue reading ISMMS 2017 Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities Deadline Extended to 31st December!

CfP deadline in less than two weeks for ISMMS 2017: Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities

CfP deadline is in less than two weeks for ISMMS 2017: Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities. See the call below:

Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities
The Biennial International Society for Metal Music Studies Conference at the University of Victoria
(Previously held at Bowling Green in 2013, and Helsinki in 2015)
June 9-11, 2017
Metal Studies at the University of Victoria and ISMMS are pleased to announce the following Call for Papers: Continue reading CfP deadline in less than two weeks for ISMMS 2017: Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities