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Heavy metal and the deafening threat of the apolitical

Issue: Vol 6 No. 1 (2011) Vol 6, No 1/Vol 6, no 2 (2011)

Journal: Popular Music History

Subject Areas: Popular Music

DOI: 10.1558/pomh.v6i1.224


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.

Author: Niall Scott

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