author={A. R Brown},
  journal={Journalism Studies},
  pages={642 - 655}
  • A. R. Brown
  • Published 2 July 2007
  • Sociology
  • Journalism Studies
Within contemporary metal culture the apparently ludicrous request “can we have everything louder than everything else?” has come to acquire something of touchstone status in epitomising the desire to find a way of increasing the volume of individual elements within the limitations of overall volume excess. Metal music culture, both in the past and in its current variants, has always prided itself on being the loudest and most intense-sounding of all genres. This paper maps contemporary metal… 
Is Emo Metal? Gendered Boundaries and New Horizons in the Metal Community
This article examines debates in Kerrang! magazine around emo’s position in the metal community. The author asks: Why is emo vilified and rejected in British metal magazines, what can debates around
‘A Cockroach Preserved in Amber’: The Significance of Class in Critics' Representations of Heavy Metal Music and its Fans
In this paper we engage with new cultural theories of class that have identified media representations of ‘excessive’ white heterosexual working-class femininity as a ‘constitutive limit’ of
Kerrang! magazine and the representation of heavy metal masculinities (1981–95)
Metal magazines have been shown to play a significant role in communicating and shaping heavy metal culture. And, since the masculinist nature of heavy metal is perhaps its most discussed and agreed
Return from Exile: How Extreme Metal Culture Found Its Niche with Dethklok and Postnetwork TV
In the premiere episode of Metalocalypse, an original animated series entering its fifth season on the Adult Swim channel,1 300, 000 metalheads travel to the Artic Circle to witness Dethklok, “the
Gender, Metal and the Media: An Introduction
Hill offers a much needed discussion of the lack of consideration given to gender in academic discussions of hard rock and metal music and the media. Drawing on her own experience as a musician and
Heavy metal justice?: Calibrating the economic and aesthetic accreditation of the heavy metal genre in the pages of Rolling Stone, 1980‐91: Part two 1986‐911
Drawing on a comprehensive sample, composed of album reviews, lead or feature articles and interviews, drawn from the RS archive, my research, in Part Two of this article, shows how heavy metal in
The Media and the Imaginary Community
This chapter investigates how Kerrang! magazine, a key part of the metal media, creates an imaginary community of hard rock and metal fans. Using semiotic analysis, the author extrapolates four myths
Stone Deaf Forever: Discourses of Loudness
High volume in the form of high sound pressure level (SPL) is ingrained in the aesthetics of many forms of popular music, most obviously in rock and its associated sub-genres, but also in many other
Suicide solutions? Or, how the emo class of 2008 were able to contest their media demonization, whereas the headbangers, burnouts or ‘children of ZoSo’ generation were not
This article offers a comparative analysis of press mediated morality scares, concerned with the influence of types of heavy metal music on incidences of teen suicide, in two different periods. On
“Splendid Isolation”: The reproduction of music industry inequalities in Spotify’s recommendation system
It is argued that offline inequalities, such as core–periphery relations of the music industry, are reproduced by streaming platforms and illustrated through a small-scale network analysis case study of Hungarian metal bands’ connections on Spotify.


‘Living in the Past’?: value discourses in progressive rock fanzines
At the height of its success in the first half of the 1970s, progressive rock was perhaps a surprisingly popular genre; surprising since its exponents strove to fuse classical models of composition
Club Cultures: Music, Media, and Subcultural Capital
Focusing on youth cultures that revolve around dance clubs and raves in Great Britain and the U.S., Sarah Thornton highlights the values of authenticity and hipness and explores the complex
‘*1/2’ a critique of rock criticism in North America
As a particular type of gatekeeper, rock critics play a significant role in shaping the representations of artists for an admittedly small, but influential, population, as well as establishing an
Reading Women's Magazines
In the US, at least, debate about the politics of the women’s magazine has raged about as long as the genre has been popular—and proŽ table. Criticism of the genre’s intentions and its effects began
Policing Bohemia, pinning up grunge: the music press and generic change in British pop and rock
After a decade of relative stability a flurry of closures and launches has changed the face of the British popular music press (see Table 1). This article examines the new structure and its
Roll Over Beethoven: The Return of Cultural Strife.@@@My Music.@@@Rockin' the Boat: Mass Music and Mass Movements.@@@Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music.
A Choice Outstanding Academic Book. A musicologist and cultural critic as well as a professional musician, Robert Walser offers a comprehensive musical, social, and cultural analysis of heavy metal
Understanding Women's Magazines: Publishing, Markets and Readerships
Understanding Women's Magazines: Publishing, Markets and Readerships. Anna Gough-Yates. New York: Routledge, 2003.190 pp. $23.95 pbk. This is not a book merely for readers with a casual interest in
Making Sense of Men's Magazines
Acknowledgements. 1 Introduction. Reading Magazines. Theorizing Masculinities. Consumption, the Media and Audience Studies. 2 The Media and the Market. The Magazine Market. Contemporary Media
Postmodernism and Popular Culture
Postmodernism and Popular Culture brings together eleven recent essays by Angela McRobbie in a collection which deals with the issues which have dominated cultural studies over the last ten years. A
Sound Effects: Youth, Leisure, and the Politics of Rock `n' Roll.
After tracing the evolution of pop music, the book focuses on the roots of rock music and the everchanging components of the modern record making process. By analyzing both the possibilities and the