Melancology: Black Metal Theory and Ecology

Melancology: Black Metal Theory and Ecology

by Scott Wilson


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Melancology: Black Metal Theory and Ecology by Scott Wilson

Melancology addresses the notorious musical genre black metal as a negative form of environmental writing that ‘blackens’ the cosmos. This book conjures a new word and concept that conjoins ‘black’ and ‘ecology’: melancology, a word in which can be heard the melancholy affect appropriate to the conjunction. Black metal resounds from the abyss and it is precisely only in relation to its sonic forces that the question of intervention in the environment arises in the articulation of melancology with ethics. That is, in deciding ‘which way out’ we should take, in deciding with what surpluses to dwell, with what waste, what detritus or decay in a process of unbinding with sonic forces that traverse an earth choking in wealth and death. The book thus provides a provocative and challenging contribution both to popular and intellectual debates on ecology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780991894
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Scott Wilson is Professor of Media and Communication in the London Graduate School, Kingston University.

Table of Contents

Catena 1

Introduction to Melancology Scott Wilson 5

Corpsepaint as Necro-Minstrelsy, or Towards the Re-Occultation of Black Blood Drew Daniel 26

Black Sun Aspasia Stephana 50

Blackening the Green Niall Scott 66

Worm Sign Nicola Masciandaro 81

Shuddering: Black Metal on the Edge of the Earth Steven Shakespeare 102

Black Metal In the White Tower: Metal's Formless Presence in Contemporary Art Amelia Ishmael 122

In the Abyss of Lies: A Short Essay on Failure in Black Metal Liviu Mantescu 149

To the Mountains: The Implications of Black Metal's Geophilosophy Dominik Irtenkauf 157

The Hot, Wet Breath of Extinction Evan Calder Williams 172

Sound of the Abyss Eugene Thacker 179

Irreversible Sludge: Troubled Energetics, Eco-purification, and Self-Inhumanization Ben Woodard 192

Musca Amusica Scott Wilson 210

Black Metal Theory Dominik Irtenkauf Nicola Masciandaro 237

Discography 244

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