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.

Anti-War Sentiment and Transgression in Death Doom Metal

Anti-War Sentiment and Transgression in Death Doom Metal

Anti-war culture made its way into popular culture as a high point during the 1960s and 1970s as part of the hippie culture movement. Metal music, being originated around the same time with bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, could be thought of having connections to this hippie movement.

Enter the Labyrinth: A Psychedelic Topography of Goth Music

Enter the Labyrinth: A Psychedelic Topography of Goth Music

This article concerns the question of what it means to describe music as psychedelic. As an adjective, the term denotes something “of or causing extreme changes in the conscious mind, as hallucinations, [and] intensification of awareness and sensory perception” [Stafford 2003:VIII].

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