Myth and Magic in Heavy Metal Music, Paperback / softback Book

Myth and Magic in Heavy Metal Music Paperback / softback



Heavy metal is a mythical genre of heroes, outlaws, ominous gods, grotesques, and monsters.

It is a proud world of intense battles with chaos and confrontation with modern alienation.

Myth pervades heavy metal. Its visual elements draw upon the horror story or film, suggesting chaos and disruption.

It calls forth images of Promethean rebellion and mythic heroism, adopting a proud and determined oppositional stance to the conventional.

It often intends to appear ominous, threatening, and disturbing.

Heavy metal is in dialogue with our contemporary world.

When its discourse of power and imagination appeals to ancient mythology, heavy metal offers us fresh perspectives on our current situation. Myths seek to take us beyond ordinary perception. Mythic stories, however fantastic, connect with human experience.

They are revised and retold across generations and these revisions bring the myths alive within each new cultural context.

Myths, legends, and folk tales may be recited or sung for the delight of audiences.

They are entertaining and also can be told for a serious purpose.

Rock song lyrics are a form of popular literature that suggest attitudes or tell stories and continue myth's involvement in creating meaning.

Previous book-length studies have tended to investigate heavy metal from the perspectives of sociology, musicology, or cultural studies.

There has also been much work in psychology on the impact of heavy metal on youth.

This study of myth and metal is an attempt to approach heavy metal primarily from a mythological and literary perspective.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 151 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
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  • Category: Music
  • ISBN: 9781476673356



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