Metal Music Studies

Authenticity, artifice, ideology: Heavy metal video and MTV's 'Second Launch', 1983-1985
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 405

Music video scholars have identified a 'second launch' of MTV during 1983-1985, a period when, as Andrew Goodwin writes, 'MTV programmed heavy metal with a vengeance'. My article expands on the research of Goodwin, Lisa Lewis, Carol Vernallis and others ...

(Mis)representation of Burmese metal music in the western media
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 395-404

Heavy metal music is performed in Burma (also known as Myanmar) by two distinct groups of musicians: generalists, who are part of the mainstream music industry, and underground bands, who differentiate themselves from the mainstream industry in a number of ...

Let there be rock: 'Western' heavy metal in Soviet press and public opinion during the Soviet Union's final decade
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 377-394

In recent years, heavy metal music and its fans have received heightened consideration from the academic community, not only from a cultural perspective but also from a social, psychological and cultural standpoint; yet metal's role as a valid political force ...

Metal militia behind the Iron Curtain: Scene formation in 1980s East Germany
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 357-376

The article offers results from a three-year Ph.D. research about the East German metal scene in the 1980s. Due to the political circumstances of a divided Germany, two separate German metal scenes arose. In focus will be aspects of politics ...

Community at the extremes: The death metal underground as being-in-common
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 341-356

This article asks what the early death metal underground teaches us about the relations between community and aesthetics. After tracing the emergence of death metal as a genre, the article examines the accounts of musicians, artists and recording engineers collected ...

Five djentlemen and a girl walk into a metal bar: Thoughts on a 'metal after metal' metal studies
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 325-340

As a nascent academic field of study, it is an optimal time for metal music scholars to fashion a metal (music) studies focused on (heavy) metal's status and development as genre, as tradition, as culture--in other words, as subject/object of ...

Swahili-tongued devils: Kenya's heavy metal at the crossroads of identity
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 311-324

With an interested global audience noting the rise of rock and heavy metal throughout Africa, Internet-savvy Kenyan musicians have taken advantage of this attention by promoting their bands to audiences over the world. One aspect that separates Kenyan rock and ...

Methodological strategies and challenges in research with small heavy metal scenes: A reflection on entrance, evolution and permanence
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 273-290

Research on small heavy metal (HM) scenes throughout the world has mostly used ethnographic and qualitative approaches to richly describe the scene and its members. As these research efforts continue to grow around the world, methodological strategies have the opportunity ...

'Power has a penis': Cost reduction, social exchange and sexism in metal--reviewing the work of Sonia Vasan
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 263-272

In this short article I review Sonia Vasan's contribution to understandings of women's negotiations of sexism within death metal. Women's experiences and identities as metal fans has been a growing area of interest amongst metal scholars, and Vasan's work makes ...