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Extreme Music for Extreme People? Norwegian Black Metal and Transcendent Violence


Phillipov, M, Extreme Music for Extreme People? Norwegian Black Metal and Transcendent Violence, Popular Music History, 6, (1-2) pp. 150-163. ISSN 1740-7133 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1558/pomh.v6i1/2.150


This article focuses on the events of the Norwegian black metal scene in the early 1990s, a period in which violent aesthetics in metal music became explicitly and deliberately articulated to real acts of violence. Concentrating on the musical and criminal activities of the band Emperor, the author suggests that the groupís success was, at least in part, the result of membersí simultaneous promotion and disavowal of their involvement in violent crime. The case highlights not only how not all claims of a link between music and violence are entirely fabricated, but also the necessity of rethinking conventional approaches to music, violence and controversy, given the ongoing legacy of the events of the early 1990s within the contemporary black metal scene.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:emperor, heavy metal, moral panic, neo-Nazism, Norwegian black metal
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Media studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Music
UTAS Author:Phillipov, M (Dr Michelle Phillipov)
ID Code:79420
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2012-09-11
Last Modified:2018-02-13
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