Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge

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Extreme metal - one step beyond heavy metal - can appear bizarre or terrifying to the uninitiated. Musicians of this genre have developed an often impenetrable sound that teeters on the edge of screaming, incomprehensible noise. Extreme metal circulates on the edge of mainstream culture within the confines of an obscure 'scene', in which members explore dangerous themes such as death, war and the occult, sometimes embracing violence, neo-fascism and Satanism. In the first book-length study of extreme metal, Keith...
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Overview

Extreme metal - one step beyond heavy metal - can appear bizarre or terrifying to the uninitiated. Musicians of this genre have developed an often impenetrable sound that teeters on the edge of screaming, incomprehensible noise. Extreme metal circulates on the edge of mainstream culture within the confines of an obscure 'scene', in which members explore dangerous themes such as death, war and the occult, sometimes embracing violence, neo-fascism and Satanism. In the first book-length study of extreme metal, Keith Kahn-Harris draws on first-hand research to explore the global extreme metal scene. He shows how the scene is a space in which members creatively explore destructive themes, but also a space in which members experience the everyday pleasures of community and friendship. Including interviews with band members and fans, from countries ranging from the UK and US to Israel and Sweden, Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge demonstrates the power and subtlety of an often surprising and misunderstood musical form.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845203993
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/24/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Kahn-Harris is Associate Lecturer, The Open University, UK.

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Table of Contents


Illustrations     vii
Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction: From Heavy Metal to Extreme Metal     1
The Extreme Metal Scene     9
The Scene and Transgression     27
Experiencing the Scene     51
Capital, Power, Infrastructure     69
Comparing Extreme Metal Scenes     97
Extreme Metal and Subcultural Capital     121
Reflexivity, Music and Politics     141
The Scene and Modernity     157
Details of Quoted Interviewees     167
Notes     169
References     171
Index     183
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