Articles about Heavy Metal Music

Accept(ing) the other (Metallic[a]) hypermasculine image: Case studies towards an alternative understanding of hypermasculinity in the aesthetics of 1980s heavy metal
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 57-68

Machismo and other thematic representations of masculinity have informed much of the scholarly research into 1980s heavy metal's aesthetics. Although some studies have provided more substantial insights than others, the discourse has largely been shaped by scholars who criticize 1980s ...

Blackletter logotypes and metal music
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 109-124

Text and band logos based on blackletter scripts are a common sight in visual metal music culture such as on album covers. This article develops a framework for analysing the affinity between blackletter script and metal music. The analytical framework ...

Almafuerte: Metal pesado argento and its construction of Argentinian nationalism
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 21-38

This article analyses the tension between the local and the global in metal pesado argento of Almafuerte, the most massive band in the metal scene of Argentina. This group reinforces their local identity through their dialogue with tango and folklore, ...

'Hypocritical bullshit performed through gritted teeth': Authenticity discourses in Nickelback's album reviews in Finnish media
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 39-56

The Canadian band Nickelback has faced substantial negative feedback in the media. This article examines discourses constructed in the critiques of the band, focusing on the theme of authenticity, by analysing reviews of the band from Finnish media in the ...

Are we evil? Yes we are--but at least not crazy! How to test implicit associations of fans and non-fans with metal music
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 69-86

Studies from social and media psychology on the impact of heavy metal music are mostly concerned with negative effects while the main reason to listen to any kind of music has not been taken into account: positive expectations. Besides, many ...

Finally getting out of the maze: Understanding the narrative structure of extreme metal through a study of 'Mad Architect' by Septicflesh
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 87-108

Many academics assume that extreme metal music cannot be identified to an understandable narrative, because of the difficulty to perceive the lyrics and the poor harmonic and melodic structure. The author of this paper demonstrates the opposite, using a methodology ...

Forms of capital in the Dhaka metal scene
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 5-20

This article examines the metal scene in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and attempts to explain how the resources crucial to its birth and continued existence can be understood through Bourdieu's different forms of capital. This local metal scene, which is part of ...

'Satan demands total annihilation': Heavy metal in the German Democratic Republic
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 199-214

East German Heavy Metal fans established themselves as the largest or second largest subculture of the GDR in the 1980s. Yet, only few academic works have explored this group. Using sources from the Stasi Record Agency (BStU), documents from the ...

'Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids' (and irony)--The covert social satire of Cradle of Filth
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 125-134

Cradle of Filth has certainly received considerable commercial and critical success, but one area neglected by commentators is the essentially satirical and ironic tone underpinning their work. Indeed, there are obvious parallels between the band's music, lyrics and public image ...