Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge

Posted on December 20, 2011 in Default


Published by Berg, 2007

Extreme metal–one step beyond heavy metal–can appear bizarre or terrifying to the uninitiated. Extreme metal musicians 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.


Reviews of ‘Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge’

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Metal Rules, February 2012

Circle of Destruction, February 2009

Journal of Popular Music Studies, Volume 20, Issue 2, Pages 194–207

Popular Music,Volume 27, Issue 2, May 2008, Pages 338-9

Nordicum- Mediterraneum, Vol 3, No 1, March 2008 2008

Zombiegirlsonline 2008

Metal Injection 11th July 2007

Decibel Magazine (US) July 2007

Times Higher Education Supplement March 16th 2007

Copyright Volume! 5/2 2006 [in French]