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Living Metal

Metal Scenes around the World

With a Foreword by Henkka Seppälä

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

Living Metal

Metal Scenes around the World

With a Foreword by Henkka Seppälä
An international study of metal music communities and subcultures.

This edited volume expands the research in the field of metal studies by examining metal music communities around the world, from Dayton, Ohio, to Estonia to post-apartheid South Africa and beyond. The chapters are detailed, richly embedded in local histories and contexts, and provide important analyses of their respective scenes. The diversity of the chapters connects metal to other disciplines in the music field and a foreword by Henkka Seppälä, former bassist of the Finnish extreme metal band Children of Bodom, accompanies the essays. Living Metal is a groundbreaking contribution to the field, with much appeal for fans and scholars of metal music as well as those in the fields of anthropology, musicology, and history. 

312 pages | 39 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Advances in Metal Music and Culture

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“In the introduction Bardine and Stueart suggest eight questions for scholars interested in doing future research in the global metal scene. As the editors suggest, Living Metal offers readers new tools and methods to pursue these questions. . . . Recommended.”


Table of Contents


List of Figures


Henkka Seppala, M.A.



Dr. Bryan A. Bardine and Dr. Jerome Stueart,

Chapter 1: From The Ashes of the Fallen Empire: Heavy Metal and Community in

                   Post-Apartheid South Africa

       Edward Banchs, MA

Chapter 2: Polar Fate: Mapping Metal at the Southern Edge of the World  

        Dr. Catherine Hoad


Chapter 3: The Enemy Within:  Conceptualizing  Turkish Metalheads as the Ideological


          Dr. Pierre Hecter and Douglas Mattsson, M.A.


Chapter 4: ‘Métal noir épique patriotique’: Analysis of historical, sociological and cultural discourses uniting metal noir québécois and Québec society.

          Mei-Ra St. Laurent, PhD


Chapter 5: Living Sonic Knowledge in South-Eastern Austria: The Sound History of the Metal Scene in Graz and Styria, c. 1980 to the Present

                    Dr. Peter Pichler


Chapter 6: Heavy Metal Scene in Osaka: Localness Now and Then

   Dr. Kei Saito


Chapter 7: Heart of Sadness: Fieldwork in the Copenhagen Black Metal

                   Undergrounds  Dr. Tore’ Tvarno Lind


Chapter 8: "Dit is Berlin":[1] Local metal scene building and transformation in Berlin,


                  Dr. Wolf-Georg  Zaddach

Chapter 9:  Old and New: Cross-Generational Community in the Dayton Metal Scene       

                     Dr. Bryan A. Bardine and Jacob Hale, M.A.  

Chapter 10:  La Belle Endormie Awakened by Hellfest Open Air?: A Study of the Nantes

                     Heavy Metal Music Scene

                     Dr. Gerome Guibert and Dr. Sophie Turbe’

Chapter 11: Heavy Metal in Estonia: Cohesions and Divisions, Past and Present

                     Dr. Toni-Matti Karjalainen

Chapter 12: From the Sound of the Lathes to the Noise of the Amplifiers: The Heavy Metal          

                     And the Music Scene in the ABC Region of Brazil (1980-1990)

                     Rui Luiz Ferreira Granado, M.A. and Dr. Heloisa de Aaujo Duarte Valente     

Chapter 13 : ‘This Is the City of Hate’: Surveying the Hull Metal/Hardcore Scene

                        Dr. Lewis Kennedy



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