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Hillier, B 2020 , 'Considering genre in metal music' , Metal Music Studies, vol. 6, no. 1 , pp. 5-26 , doi: 10.1386/mms_00002_1.

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Abstract

This article considers how genre is treated in metal fan communities and metal scholarship. In identifying shortcomings in the existing literature with regard to genre definitions, it argues that musical characteristics should be the primary defining characteristics of metal subgenres. To this end, this article posits both a taxonomy for classifying metal genres and a model for analysing their characteristics. This model consists of five characteristics - pitch, timbre, form, rhythm and aesthetics - which, when combined, can elucidate the specific musical and extra-musical elements that comprise metal's various subgenres. This provides a framework through which metal musicology and other scholarship can develop a common background and work towards concrete definitions of metal subgenres.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hillier, B
Keywords: extreme metal, genre, heavy metal, metal musicology, metal studies, music analysis
Journal or Publication Title: Metal Music Studies
Publisher: Intellect Ltd.
ISSN: 2052-3998
DOI / ID Number: 10.1386/mms_00002_1
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© Benjamin Hillier, 2020. The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Metal Music Studies, volume 6, issue 1, pages 5-26,2020 https://doi.org/10.1386/mms_00002_1

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