Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge

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Berg, Dec 1, 2006 - Social Science - 208 pages
Extreme metal--one step beyond heavy metal--can appear bizarre or terrifying to the uninitiated. Extreme metal musicians 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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Contents

INTRODUCTION FROM HEAVY METAL TO EXTREME METAL
1
1 THE EXTREME METAL SCENE
9
2 THE SCENE AND TRANSGRESSION
26
3 EXPERIENCING THE SCENE
51
4 CAPITALPOWERINFRASTRUCTURE
69
5 COMPARING EXTREME METAL SCENES
97
6 EXTREME METAL AND SUBCULTURAL CAPITAL
120
7 REFLEXIVITYMUSIC AND POLITICS
141
8 THE SCENE AND MODERNITY
157
APPENDIX DETAILS OF QUOTED INTERVIEWEES
167
NOTES
168
REFERENCES
171
INDEX
183
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Dr. Keith Kahn-Harris is an independent scholar, an associate lecturer at the Open University, an associate at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College and a founder of the Centre for New Jewish Thought. His website is www.kahn-harris.org.

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