Death Metal Music

The Passion and Politics of a Subculture

“Purcell is an intelligent, articulate and concerned fan, and she lets that come through. Some might argue that ‘metalness’ is a symptom of alienation. Purcell rightfully considers it a balm for it, a unique form of identification”—Pop Matters

The usual assumptions about the Death Metal scene and its fans have rarely been challenged. This book investigates the demographic trends, attitudes, philosophical beliefs, ethical systems, and behavioral patterns within the scene, seeking to situate death metal in the larger social order. The Death Metal community proves to be a useful microcosm for much of American subculture and lends insight into the psychological and social functions of other forbidden entertainments. The author’s analysis--rich in interviews with rock stars, radio hosts, and average adolescent fans--provides a key to comprehending modern American culture.

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