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Extreme metal--one step beyond heavy metal--can appear bizarre or terrifying to the uninitiated. Musicians of this genre 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 Extreme metal--one step beyond heavy metal--can appear bizarre or terrifying to the uninitiated. Musicians of this genre 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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Extreme metal--one step beyond heavy metal--can appear bizarre or terrifying to the uninitiated. Musicians of this genre 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 Extreme metal--one step beyond heavy metal--can appear bizarre or terrifying to the uninitiated. Musicians of this genre 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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  1. 4 out of 5

    Felix

    While Kahn-Harris's sociological jargon can at times detract from the joy of reading the book, it is nevertheless one of the very few adequate (non-polemical and non-fannish) academic studies of the music. His refusal to distinguish between Black and Death metal - legitimate as it may be from a sociological point of view - is sometimes diminishing the critical impact of his results. I sorely missed a discussion of any form of content (of the lyrics as well as the artwork and/or self-fashioning of While Kahn-Harris's sociological jargon can at times detract from the joy of reading the book, it is nevertheless one of the very few adequate (non-polemical and non-fannish) academic studies of the music. His refusal to distinguish between Black and Death metal - legitimate as it may be from a sociological point of view - is sometimes diminishing the critical impact of his results. I sorely missed a discussion of any form of content (of the lyrics as well as the artwork and/or self-fashioning of scene-members) that might have helped to situate the music within a wider cultural or artistical context and to establish historical connections. That said, I found this book to be a valuable and insightful addition to metal studies. Recommended for anyone who wants to look at the music from an academic/scholarly perspective.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ersin Tas

    A comprehensive phD thesis of Keith Kahn Harris on the scene analysis of death metal metal underground. Harris defined and analyzed the capital flow of extreme metal underground scene, the gender relations and the development of the scene in this book. I recommend this to anyone who wants to understand the scene from a political scientists view. If you are looking for a fun interview type of book you will be disappointed because this book is written from a perspective of a political scientist.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dan Weiss

    It would be impossible to cover this topic thoroughly and comprehensively while still being readable. There is so much fragmentation and ongoing development in the wider 'scene' and smaller scenes that few blanket statements can adhere. It is a little Brito-centric but that is to be expected. As extreme metal becomes more intellectual, Kahn-Harris' use of sociological terminology creates a field in which academia and fandom can operate. -Pure [email protected]&*ing Academia? Just a thought. It would be impossible to cover this topic thoroughly and comprehensively while still being readable. There is so much fragmentation and ongoing development in the wider 'scene' and smaller scenes that few blanket statements can adhere. It is a little Brito-centric but that is to be expected. As extreme metal becomes more intellectual, Kahn-Harris' use of sociological terminology creates a field in which academia and fandom can operate. -Pure [email protected]&*ing Academia? Just a thought.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Najema

    it was a good read, more seriousness needed in heavy metal and/or extreme music in general

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samuel

    If you’re expecting a wide-eyed appreciation of the genre or even a history of the music, this is probably not the best book to go for. This is essentially an adapted sociology PhD that analyses the “scene” of extreme metal and how it operates as an ecosystem. Kahn-Harris weighs in on the scene’s predominantly white male bias, its complex history with censorship, and the racism, sexism and misogyny that some of the scene’s notable bands have been guilty of. Having said that, he also reveals the If you’re expecting a wide-eyed appreciation of the genre or even a history of the music, this is probably not the best book to go for. This is essentially an adapted sociology PhD that analyses the “scene” of extreme metal and how it operates as an ecosystem. Kahn-Harris weighs in on the scene’s predominantly white male bias, its complex history with censorship, and the racism, sexism and misogyny that some of the scene’s notable bands have been guilty of. Having said that, he also reveals the vibrancy and diversity of the different local scenes of extreme metal that exist across the world, from Israel to South-East Asia, to the USA and the north of England. There are interviews with a variety of different scene members, fans and musicians, giving their thoughts on what attracts them to this kind of music and how they feel their scene operates. Just be aware before you buy that this is an academic, sociological, critical study, rather than something created for entertainment. You might want to try Andrew O’Neill’s A History of Heavy Metal for a less cerebral (but more fun) chronicle of the genre.

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