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Wolf in sheep’s clothing: extreme right wing ideologies in Australian black metal


Hillier, BP and Barnes, A, Wolf in sheep's clothing: extreme right wing ideologies in Australian black metal, IASMPM Journal, 10, (2) pp. 38-57. ISSN 2079-3871 (2020) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.5429/2079-3871


This paper examines the presence of extreme right-wing ideologies in the Australian black metal bands Spear of Longinus and Deströyer 666. We demonstrate how album artwork, lyrics, and live performances of these bands reflect, influence, and communicate the ideological and political opinions of band members. Our focus is on ultra-nationalist, fascist and ‘alt-right’ political views. We combine this analysis of various texts and paratexts by these bands with an examination of how these bands justify the presence of extreme right-wing and political beliefs within their work, drawing on the frameworks of reflexive anti-reflexivity (Kahn-Harris, 2007) and ‘black metal as gesamtkusntwerk’ (Lesourd, 2013). Finally, we show how fans of these band deploy their songs as political tools when commenting on social issues.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:musicology, politics, sociology, Australian extreme metal, fascism, black metal, popular music, reflexive anti-reflexivity
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Social class and inequalities
UTAS Author:Hillier, BP (Mr Benjamin Hillier)
UTAS Author:Barnes, A ( Ashleigh Barnes)
ID Code:142253
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Media
Deposited On:2021-01-04
Last Modified:2021-02-03

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