Heavy Metal at the Movies

1st Edition

Gerd Bayer

Published January 30, 2019
Reference - 204 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138571594 - CAT# Y382251
Series: Ashgate Screen Music Series

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The chapters collected in this volume shed light on the areas of interaction between film studies and heavy metal research, exploring how the audio-visual medium of film relates to, builds on and shapes metal culture. At one end of the spectrum, metal music serves as a form of ambient background in horror films that creates an intense and somewhat threatening atmosphere; at the other end, the high level of performativity attached to the metal spectacle is emphasized. Alongside these tendencies, the recent and ongoing wave of metal documentaries has taken off, relying on either satire or hagiography.

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