Considering genre in metal music
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 22:10 authored by Benjamin HillierBenjamin Hillier
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.
Publication titleMetal Music Studies
Department/SchoolSchool of Creative Arts and Media
Place of publicationUK
Rights statement© 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