Articles about Subcultures

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

'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 ...

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 ...

Dancefloor massive
Mixmag (2016) , No. 297, pp. 68-70