Heavy Metal Music in Argentina (Book)
In Black We Are Seen
This work is an interdisciplinary study of heavy metal culture in Argentina between 1983 and 2002. The seven authors address the music’s rituals, circulations, cultural products, lyrics, and intertexts, thus allowing readers to rethink the place of national heavy metal within the Argentinean politics and economics, after the end of the dictatorship.
Heavy Metal Music in Argentina: In Black We Are Seen is an interdisciplinary study of Argentina’s heavy metal subculture between 1983 and 2002: A period in which metal music withstood the onslaught of military dictatorship and survived the neoliberal policies of bourgeois democracy.
Edited by leading researchers, this collection addresses the music’s rituals, circulations, cultural products, lyrics and intertexts, allowing readers to rethink national heavy metal’s place within Argentinean politics and economics. Exclusively written by members of the Group for Interdisciplinary Research on Argentinian Heavy Metal (GIIHMA) in a communal approach to scholarship, the book echoes the working-class voices that marked early post-dictatorship metal music in Argentina. An in-depth regional discussion of heavy metal music, Heavy Metal Music in Argentina explores metal music as a catalyst for social change and site for engaging political reflection.
Preface to the Second Edition vii
Group for Interdisciplinary Research on Argentinian Heavy Metal (GIIHMA)
Translator’s Note xiii
Juan Manuel López Baio
Introduction: A Window into Heavy Metal Scholarship in the Global South xv
Nelson Varas-Díaz, Daniel Nevárez Araújo, and Emiliano Scaricaciottoli
1. Heavy Metal as a Subculture in Argentina: Identity and Resistance 2
2. Genre Violence: Argentinean Heavy Metal in the Music Market 16
3. Heavenly Hosts and Other Demons: Reflections Concerning a
Difficult and Transversal Relationship in the History of Our Heavy Music 28
4. Walkabout, Just Walking about for the Sake of Walking: The Journey
as an Ethos in the Poetics of Ricardo Iorio 46
Manuel Bernal and Diego Caballero
5. Passion and Ethics: A Space for Voice and Tradition in Iorio’s Lyrics 58
Juan Ignacio Pisano
6. The Reason Behind My Writing: Another Day of Being 72
7. Piedra Libre: Referential Tensions in Argentinean Heavy Metal
Lyrics Since the Political Crisis of 2001/2002 84
Notes on Contributors 100
This book asserts that metal music is part of Argentinian culture. It is a compelling read, as both an illuminating and a pointed rebuke. Illuminating in that it opens a window onto a contained and vibrant subculture kept within Argentinian borders, emerging in the 1980s under a military dictatorship; a rebuke in the sense that the reach of metal music and metal music studies can no longer be confined to the global North. This collection of chapters, translated from Spanish, shows that the Argentinean metal scene is deeply embedded in a social and political currency that reaches far beyond its borders. The hope is that this work paves the way for an increased attention to metal music subcultures, one that generates new knowledge for a truly global audience.
This is an indispensable collection for anyone who cares about metal in the global south, or about music and politics in general. A fascinating, groundbreaking contribution to the emerging field of global metal studies.