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Considering genre in metal music


Hillier, B, Considering genre in metal music, Metal Music Studies, 6, (1) pp. 5-26. ISSN 2052-3998 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Benjamin Hillier, 2020. The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Metal Music Studies, volume 6, issue 1, pages 5-26,2020

DOI: doi:10.1386/mms_00002_1


This article considers how genre is treated in metal fan communities and metal scholarship. In identifying shortcomings in the existing literature with regard to genre definitions, it argues that musical characteristics should be the primary defining characteristics of metal subgenres. To this end, this article posits both a taxonomy for classifying metal genres and a model for analysing their characteristics. This model consists of five characteristics - pitch, timbre, form, rhythm and aesthetics - which, when combined, can elucidate the specific musical and extra-musical elements that comprise metal's various subgenres. This provides a framework through which metal musicology and other scholarship can develop a common background and work towards concrete definitions of metal subgenres.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:extreme metal, genre, heavy metal, metal musicology, metal studies, music analysis
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Music
UTAS Author:Hillier, B (Mr Benjamin Hillier)
ID Code:143564
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2021-03-24
Last Modified:2021-04-29
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