Cultural Heritage and History in the Metal Scene by Stefan de Klepper, Sophia Molpheta, Simon Pille, Reem Saouma

By Stefan de Klepper, Sophia Molpheta, Simon Pille, Reem Saouma

This paper represents an inquiry at the use of historical past and cultural historical past within the steel scene. it truly is an try to exhibit how background and cultural background can potentially be unfold between humans utilizing an unconventional method. The examine technique was once equipped on an explorative examine that incorporated an research of components of the song, corresponding to lyrics, functionality and style, including interviews of bands and folks from the steel scene. even if, the learn fascinated about 5 diversified steel types in Europe: the early steel (60’s and early 70’s), the recent wave of British heavy steel (around the 80’s), the Swedish demise steel (’90-present), the Norwegian black steel (’90-present) and the folks steel (mid 90’s-present). The research exhibits that cultural historical past performs a job in definite types of steel or specific bands. specially in Black steel and within the heavily comparable Viking steel, using heritage and cultural history is most typical. There arebands inside of those types that inform tales via their lyrics and convey the ancient feeling via the final photo and appearances at live shows. The study exhibits how background and cultural background are utilized by many bands as an concept in addition to the way it can play a task in forming a typical id between enthusiasts and musicians

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Blinded I run down these paths. By heart I know them. They lead to the soaring cliffs. ” (With strength I burn) Borknagar is a band from Bergen, Norway. Borknagar’s lyrics often deal with philosophy, paganism, nature, and the cosmos. The name Borknagar is an anagram of “Ragnarök”, with a B thrown in to make it pronounceable. However, Øystein Brun stated once that the name was inspired by a Scottish legend about a man who climbed Lochnagar, a mountain in Scotland. The band uses a whole scale of instruments, like clean vocals, choirs and grim vocals, electric, acoustic and high string guitars, synthesizers, Hammond organ, grand piano, backing vocals and drums.

For Mateusz Wata personally, on the other hand, (cultural) history isn’t important. It’s not the theme in the music that’s important, but the sound itself. the importance of history in music importance 45 None of the interviewed persons questioned the fact that history is a used topic in metal. They all say that cultural history is a common theme in certain metal styles and bands. The style where the use of history is most common is Black metal. Jochem Jacobs (Textures) presumes that, since in Black metal they have a connection with traditions, rituals and religion.

They sing for example about Gjallarhorn, Heimdall, that is an old Norse god. Although they record now in English, their early albums were in Icelandic or Old Norse. Figure 22: Cover of the Creed of Iron album of Graveland, showing an army of Vikings Viking metal band Graveland from Poland is a band that uses the Viking theme, combined with an anti-Christian attitude and some Nazism and White Power ideology. Their Viking image can also be found in their appearance. They wear a whole Viking outfit and played for example in 2007 on a Viking-festival.

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