The 3rd Global Conference on Heavy Fundametalisms: Music, Metal and Politics was held in November 2010. This eBook is a snapshot of that conference, entitled ‘Can I Play with Madness? Metal, Dissonance, Madness and Alienation’.
Madness has been one of the prevailing themes in metal from the very outset, not only in the lyrical and musical expressions of the artists and bands and the genre’s fascination with insanity, but is an important feature in how metal itself is perceived by others, whether through aggressive exuberance, alienation, the chaotic theatre of the pit or the links in the mainstream mind between metal, suicide and mental illness.
The conference drew together scholars and writers from around the world to discuss and present on various topics of metal and madness, including representations of aggression in the music and fans, concepts and portrayals of madness in sub-genres such as black and death metal, gender roles and the subversion of those roles, perceptions and prejudices, self-therapy, and depression and suicidality.
The editors are proud to present this collection of papers; all of those included demonstrate the sociological, philosophical and psychological depth of metal and include questions and insights into the future of metal music studies.