This book defines the key ideas, scholarly debates, and research
activities that have contributed to the formation of the
international and interdisciplinary field of Metal Studies. Drawing
on insights from a wide range of disciplines including popular
music, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and
ethics, this volume offers new and innovative research on metal
musicology, global/local scenes studies, fandom, gender and metal
identity, metal media, and commerce. Offering a wide-ranging focus
on bands, scenes, periods, and sounds, contributors explore topics
such as the riff-based song writing of classic heavy metal bands
and their modern equivalents, and the musical-aesthetics of
Grindcore, Doom metal, Death metal, and Progressive metal. They
interrogate production technologies, sound engineering, album
artwork and band promotion, logos and merchandising, t-shirt and
jewellery design, and fan communities that define the global metal
music economy and subcultural scene. The volume explores how the
new academic discipline of metal studies was formed, also looking
forward to the future of metal music and its relationship to metal
scholarship and fandom. With an international range of
contributors, this volume will appeal to scholars of popular music,
cultural studies, and sociology, as well as those interested in
metal communities around the world.
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