In defence of stupidity in black metal, a tedious and roundabout justification for my love of the music made by people you should hate

In order to survive in the day to day, we possess a wealth of behavioural norms carefully cultivated to navigate the complex world of the civilian. To engross oneself in the world of metal is to temporarily take leave of these things. Part of the point of subcultures is their offer of an alternative and … Continue reading In defence of stupidity in black metal, a tedious and roundabout justification for my love of the music made by people you should hate

The insistent ignobility of fun finds nobility through the lens of black metal?

Conventionally conceived, fun is a life affirming disposition that takes hold of people when partaking in certain activities, it is associated with smiling, laughing, socialising, colour, activity, and sharing. Black metal is a subset of extreme metal music, dark, fast, depressive, atmospheric, preoccupied with the occult, sometimes satanic, sometimes pagan, unlike its cousin death metal … Continue reading The insistent ignobility of fun finds nobility through the lens of black metal?

Positive Discrimination and Heavy Metal, absurdity or requirement?

Given the recent meditations I have been posting on race and gender I feel the need to redress the balance in the wake of unashamedly apologist pieces for the culturally backward elements in heavy metal. For all my suggestions that extreme metal is just one of those things that exists in a different context to … Continue reading Positive Discrimination and Heavy Metal, absurdity or requirement?

Sustainability as a prudential ethical requirement, metalheads and the magpie mentality, the enduring popularity of the minidisc player

Sonic travellers in the age bracket of around 25 to 35 have witnessed something of a revolution in music consumption as they journeyed through adolescence. Through vinyl to CD, through the first revolution of file sharing, the Napster vs Metallica battle, through to the revival of illegal file sharing sites and the failed attempts by … Continue reading Sustainability as a prudential ethical requirement, metalheads and the magpie mentality, the enduring popularity of the minidisc player

Labour: join for Corbyn, stay for what remains the best hope for repairing the madness and the damage done.

In this meditation I move beyond my brief as a heavy metal rhetorician. If you have been out on the streets in the past few weeks expressing your views on Trump, the EU, the NHS, signing petitions, and drenching social media in opinions, then you’ve taken part in an aspect of democracy. However, in doing … Continue reading Labour: join for Corbyn, stay for what remains the best hope for repairing the madness and the damage done.