Decay as a Black Metal Symbol

Hoffin, Kevin (2018) Decay as a Black Metal Symbol. Metal Music Studies, 4 (1). pp. 81-94. ISSN 20523998

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Abstract

This article intends to dissect black metal’s interestingly twisted relationship with decay. A deep study encompassing symbols of atrophy, with the eventual intention of observing and analysing them through a kaleidoscope of philosophical thought, influenced by, amongst others, the musings of Bataille, Kant and Nietzsche. Issues appearing in both the real and the metaphorical will be placed under inspection, and a suitably blackened light will be shone towards the extent of how black metal exists and thrives in the organic collapse of matter and sound. There will be discussions on how black metal has itself become attuned to decay and how the two processes feed off each other, exist in harmonic conjunction and on rare occasions, oppose the other’s being. How black metal has metastasized with atrophy. Here we shall see two forces inexplicably intertwined, the numerous links given exposure and attempted understanding in the realm of black metal theory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: black metal, decay, atrophy, subculture,entropy, metal
Subjects: L300 Sociology
P300 Media studies
V500 Philosophy
W300 Music
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA23: Sociology
Depositing User: Kevin Hoffin
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2018 08:58
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 08:58
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5727

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