Heavy metal and the deafening threat of the apolitical

Scott, Niall William Richard orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5120-4132 (2011) Heavy metal and the deafening threat of the apolitical. Popular Music History, 6 (1-2). pp. 224-239.

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This article focuses on the relationship of heavy metal to the political. The political is often rejected in heavy metal scenes in favour of a desired apolitical autonomy. At the same time, as the author argues, there are also more political strains in metal, as in Napalm Death’s anti-fascist stance for example. Drawing on the work of Marcuse, the author affirms the potency and subversion inherent in metal’s apolitical stance. Metal provides a ‘liberated environment’ in which the rejection of politics creates a space for community and art.

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