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Starting a Band: The Four Cities You Should Visit for Inspiration

Starting a Band: The Four Cities You Should Visit for Inspiration

It is said that music makes the world go round. It transcends across countries, continents, cultures, and language barriers and cuts right to the heart and soul of people. No matter what genre of music someone connects to, the fact is that there is that connection. As a musician yourself, you understand just how incredible it is to play in front of a live audience, feel their reaction, make that connection, and affect people.

Black Metal takes Norway’s Everyday Racisms to the Extreme

Black Metal takes Norway’s Everyday Racisms to the Extreme

Norwegian black metal represents an intersection between locality and genre: its locality figures the scene as a national expression within a global metal underground, its genre as a particular set of stylistic and ideological practices within the broader category of metal music.

Demons, Devils and Witches: The Occult in Heavy Metal Music

Demons, Devils and Witches: The Occult in Heavy Metal Music

Eugene Martone, his Fender Telecaster slung around his shoulder, walks tentatively onto the stage. He is here to play for the soul of his friend, bluesman Willie Brown, a harmonica player who in his youth made a deal with the Devil in return for musical virtuosity.

Corpsepaint Towards the Re-Occultation of Black Metal Blood

Corpsepaint Towards the Re-Occultation of Black Metal Blood

What forces are at work when blood runs black? From Beherit’s ‘Oath of Black Blood’ to Mütilation’s ‘Black Imperial Blood’ to Behexen’s ‘My Stigmas Bleeding Black’ to Xasthur, for whom “shadows of human suffering have found a home, watered with blackened blood”, black metal hotwires the historical poetics of early modern humoral theory, summoning the sanguine urge of celebration, and the choleric rage of the berserker, only to pollute these Hippocratic streams of blood and bile with the cold and dry essence of black bile.

The Defilement and Profaned Symbols in Extreme Metal

The Defilement and Profaned Symbols in Extreme Metal

Ricoeur’s interpretation of symbols allows us to analyse symbols as structuring elements in the expression of our worlds of meaning. Defilement is an exemplary expression of this nature of symbols since it is through the demythologisation of symbols and understandings of fault that allows an aesthetic resonance to develop within the genre. Therefore, people are able to employ certain symbols within the genre in myriad ways precisely because these symbols are (always) already profaned.

Edmonton and the Canadian Underground Metal Scene

Edmonton and the Canadian Underground Metal Scene

Since a large measure of my fieldwork has been in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, I will spend some time here talking about the Edmonton underground metal scene. Edmonton has an interesting, unique and vibrant underground extreme metal scene with some obscure yet pivotal acts.

A Brief Introduction to Death in Depressive Suicidal Black Metal

A Brief Introduction to Death in Depressive Suicidal Black Metal

Death plays a fundamental and defining role in human life, and there have been many theories about how this inevitability affects human thought, and social life. According to anthropological studies (Bloch & Parry 1982), death and death-related phenomena, including rituals, music, the meaning of death are shaped by the cultural context in question.

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The Vile Atrocities of Blood Countess Erzsébet Báthory

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