“Sounds Which Filled Me with an Indefinable Dread”: The Cthulhu Mythopoeia of H. P. Lovecraft in “Extreme” Metal

@inproceedings{Norman2013SoundsWF,
  title={“Sounds Which Filled Me with an Indefinable Dread”: The Cthulhu Mythopoeia of H. P. Lovecraft in “Extreme” Metal},
  author={Joseph Norman},
  year={2013}
}
Mythical and mythopoeic references permeate the lyrics, imagery, and music of “extreme metal,” an umbrella term that collects heavy metal’s most subversive subgenres: “death,” “black,” and “doom.” While there are other prominent mythopoeias in extreme metal, such as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, the “Cthulhu” Mythos, originally instigated by H. P. Lovecraft, is one of the most significant. Keith Kahn-Harris’s observation that “the stories of H. P. Lovecraft … have provided inspiration to many across… 
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