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 suchExtreme 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: Music and Culture on the Edge Reviews
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.
it was a good read, more seriousness needed in heavy metal and/or extreme music in general
Kahn talks about transgression, extreme music's reflexive anti-reflexivity when exploring the depth of extreme metal's appeal to its fans. From what I understand of the interviews, extreme metal is like a sanctuary, which is enriched with fan and artist contribution. It feeds on itself. Although this is not new to, I enjoyed reading about this in an academic tone. However this is not a typical metalhead-fan book. It has an academic concern and approach to it. It is much more serious in tone and has an objective approach to extreme music.
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.
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.