Living Metal (Book)

Metal Scenes around the World

This collection of thirteen essays is an exploration of metal scenes throughout the world, from Dayton to Hull, from Copenhagen to Osaka. Unique portrayal of how these scenes developed, are experienced by fans, and are influenced by the contexts in which they are embedded. Foreword by Henkka Seppälä. 36 b&w illus.

Category: Cultural Studies, Music


This is the first study of its kind, focusing exclusively on scenes throughout the world; it makes an important contribution to metal studies.

Metal Scenes around the World is a collection of thirteen chapters that examine metal scenes from smaller communities like Dayton, Ohio in the USA, to entire countries, such as Estonia. The goal of the book is to expand the research on metal scenes.

This is the only book produced on metal scenes to date, and it will lead the way to more research in this new area of metal studies. The strongest element of the book is its international focus, with chapters from such diverse settings as post-apartheid South Africa, Graz, Nantes, Brazil and Turkey. The chapters are detailed, richly embedded in local histories and contexts, and provide important analyses of their respective scenes.

Foreword from Henkka Seppälä, former bassist with the Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom.

Primary readership will be composed of fans and scholars of metal music, and those in the fields of anthropology, musicology and history. The diversity of the chapters connects metal to other disciplines in the music field and the book is likely to have appeal more widely to anyone who likes music.

Bryan Bardine is associate professor of English at the University of Dayton, where he teaches courses in metal studies, composition, pedagogy, and American and Gothic literature.

Jerome Stueart is assistant professor of English (Creative Writing) at Thomas More University, and is a freelance writer, editor, and artist living in Northern Kentucky. His writing has been nominated for a number of awards, including the World Fantasy Award.


List of Figures


Henkka Seppala, M.A.



Dr. Bryan A. Bardine and Dr. Jerome Stueart,

Chapter 1: From The Ashes of the Fallen Empire: Heavy Metal and Community in

                   Post-Apartheid South Africa

       Edward Banchs, MA

Chapter 2: Polar Fate: Mapping Metal at the Southern Edge of the World  

        Dr. Catherine Hoad


Chapter 3: The Enemy Within:  Conceptualizing  Turkish Metalheads as the Ideological


          Dr. Pierre Hecter and Douglas Mattsson, M.A.


Chapter 4: ‘Métal noir épique patriotique’: Analysis of historical, sociological and cultural discourses uniting metal noir québécois and Québec society.

          Mei-Ra St. Laurent, PhD


Chapter 5: Living Sonic Knowledge in South-Eastern Austria: The Sound History of the Metal Scene in Graz and Styria, c. 1980 to the Present

                    Dr. Peter Pichler


Chapter 6: Heavy Metal Scene in Osaka: Localness Now and Then

   Dr. Kei Saito


Chapter 7: Heart of Sadness: Fieldwork in the Copenhagen Black Metal

                   Undergrounds  Dr. Tore’ Tvarno Lind


Chapter 8: "Dit is Berlin":[1] Local metal scene building and transformation in Berlin,


                  Dr. Wolf-Georg  Zaddach

Chapter  9:  Old and New: Cross-Generational Community in the Dayton Metal Scene       

                     Dr. Bryan A. Bardine and Jacob Hale, M.A.  

Chapter 10:  La Belle Endormie Awakened by Hellfest Open Air?: A Study of the Nantes

                     Heavy Metal Music Scene

                     Dr. Gerome Guibert and Dr. Sophie Turbe’

Chapter 11: Heavy Metal in Estonia: Cohesions and Divisions, Past and Present

                     Dr. Toni-Matti Karjalainen

Chapter 12: From the Sound of the Lathes to the Noise of the Amplifiers: The Heavy Metal          

                     And the Music Scene in the ABC Region of Brazil (1980-1990)

                     Rui Luiz Ferreira Granado, M.A. and Dr. Heloisa de Aaujo Duarte Valente     

Chapter 13 : ‘This Is the City of Hate’: Surveying the Hull Metal/Hardcore Scene

                        Dr. Lewis Kennedy



'In the introduction Bardine and Stueart suggest eight questions for scholars interested in doing future research in the global metal scene. As the editors suggest, Living Metal offers readers new tools and methods to pursue these questions. – Recommended.'

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