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Black Metal, Trauma, Subjectivity and Sound: Screaming the Abyss
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ISBN: 978-1-78756-925-6

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Publication date: 18 December 2020

Tore Tvarnø Lind

Through the prism of intimacy, this chapter discusses how experiences of pain and loss in relation to bereavement by suicide is expressed in the black metal music and…

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Through the prism of intimacy, this chapter discusses how experiences of pain and loss in relation to bereavement by suicide is expressed in the black metal music and lyrics by Danish band Orm. Orm's 2019-album Ir ‘verdigris’, entangles the emotional complex and personal relations to the local, natural surroundings of the island Bornholm, including a named tree and lake, as well as local folklore and Norse mythology. As part of fieldwork, the author muddles with intimacy to define an approach sensitive enough to deal with strong and unspeakable emotions, including the idea of cultural intimacy and public embarrassment related to the issue of suicide. The author also reflects on how my participation in the pain of others informs the interpretation. The chapter suggests that Orm's black metal is doing important pain work, opening to listeners a path towards disembarrassment.

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Multilingual Metal Music: Sociocultural, Linguistic and Literary Perspectives on Heavy Metal Lyrics
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ISBN: 978-1-83909-948-9

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Publication date: 6 September 2019

Eric Smialek

This chapter explores how medieval signifiers function in black metal’s musical style, lyrics, and album imagery, specifically albums using woodcut engravings. It analyses…

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This chapter explores how medieval signifiers function in black metal’s musical style, lyrics, and album imagery, specifically albums using woodcut engravings. It analyses how the word ‘medieval’ functions in ­discourses about those albums, including reviews, magazines, forum discussions, and YouTube comments. The analysis combines qualitative close readings with quantitative analyses of word frequencies, indicating which albums have provoked the term ‘medieval’ most. I then show which other terms are closely paired with it – descriptive adjectives, analogies and associative imagery, and various aesthetic judgments. I compare these findings with close music analyses to offer stylistic explanations for black metal’s enduring fascination with the medieval. Finally, the chapter explores how black metal’s associations with the medieval also intersect with notions of cultural purity and political controversies within medieval studies itself.

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Medievalism and Metal Music Studies: Throwing Down the Gauntlet
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ISBN: 978-1-78756-395-7

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Black Metal, Trauma, Subjectivity and Sound: Screaming the Abyss
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ISBN: 978-1-78756-925-6

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Heavy Metal Youth Identities: Researching the Musical Empowerment of Youth Transitions and Psychosocial Wellbeing
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ISBN: 978-1-78756-849-5

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Metal Music and the Re-imagining of Masculinity, Place, Race and Nation
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ISBN: 978-1-83867-444-1

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Black Metal, Trauma, Subjectivity and Sound: Screaming the Abyss
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ISBN: 978-1-78756-925-6

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Publication date: 6 September 2019

Brenda S. Gardenour Walter

Black metal has the power to stimulate the mind, to bring the listener to the very edge of an intellectual nihilistic abyss. While the experience of black metal can be one…

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Black metal has the power to stimulate the mind, to bring the listener to the very edge of an intellectual nihilistic abyss. While the experience of black metal can be one of transcendence and annihilation, it is nevertheless rooted in the embodiment of the listener. Black metal’s primal sound and aesthetic are closely associated with the chaotic lower abdomen, including the generative organs and the bowels, which in medieval cosmology represented torment, melancholia, and demonic forces. Black metal bowellism translates this medieval visceral inversion into an expression of the Bakhtian Grotesque, a gleeful and anarchic rejection of the hierarchical order. This chapter connects this metaphysical inversion to a desire to return to an imagined medieval world, but one of dissolution and decay rather than a reconstitution of older hierarchies.

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Medievalism and Metal Music Studies: Throwing Down the Gauntlet
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78756-395-7

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Metal Music and the Re-imagining of Masculinity, Place, Race and Nation
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83867-444-1

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Black Metal, Trauma, Subjectivity and Sound: Screaming the Abyss
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78756-925-6

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