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

“Let Me In:” Some Reflections on Indigenous Participation in Local Metal Scenes

The colonization of North America is an oft mentioned subject in metal, most famously in Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills.” Colonialism and its impact on First Nations and Inuit peoples in North America is typically talked about in a historical context in metal, and typically from the side of settler culture, as is the dominant culture in metal. Songs like “Run to the Hills” do some justice to the acts of violence done against Indigenous peoples, but there is an overlooked and unnoticed side to this story. As most metal fans can attest, metal’s appeal lies in its ability to provide a space to express a variety of emotions and discuss subjects which are difficult to deal with (namely, death and violence). Because of this, metal’s appeal is broad and reaches a variety of people with different experiences and backgrounds. Continue reading “Let Me In:” Some Reflections on Indigenous Participation in Local Metal Scenes

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:

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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

Works of art, painted black

I went to a heavy metal art exhibition on Sunday. Not only did I go to the exhibition, but I spent the rest of the weekend ‘casually’ telling people that I went to the exhibition. This was for two key reasons: 1) As a cover for my otherwise unfulfilling social life and 2) because it featured work by incredibly talented artists ‘inspired by the heavier realms of art and music’. Arte Diabolica II was the second annual event showcasing the work of visual artists influenced by the cultures and aesthetics of heavy metal – many of whom are also Continue reading Works of art, painted black

ISMMS Membership open!

We are delighted to announce that ISMMS official membership is now open! Memberships are yearly and you will get online access to the whole catalogue of Metal Music Studies Journal as well as the hard copy of the journal for the year.
We have two membership options:
– Waged membership for £35/year
– Unwaged/Student membership for £15/year
In order to become a member, please follow the ‘Become a Member’ link on the menu and follow the instructions. The membership fees can be paid via PayPal or bank transfer.
If you have any questions regarding the membership, please contact either Niall W. R. Scott (NWRScott@uclan.ac.uk) or M Selim Yavuz (M.S.Yavuz@leedsbeckett.ac.uk). For technical issues, please contact Selim.
Thank you.
Niall W. R. Scott, ISMMS Chair
M Selim Yavuz, ISMMS Communications Officer

The Musings of an Egghead Metal Head at an Amon Amarth/Testament Gig

When I attended a sold out Amon Amarth/Testament gig in London on November 4th, I was fully prepared to take of my academic hat, and to enjoy the gig as a fan. 15 minutes into the show, I was made fully aware that this was not going to happen: unfortunately, my academic brain does not turn off so easily.

Testament @ Roundhouse, London 4 November 2016
Testament @ Roundhouse, London 4 November 2016

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