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Title Classical antiquity in heavy metal music / edited by K.F.B. Fletcher and Osman Umurhan.

Publication Info. London, UK : New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    781.66 CLA    Available
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Description xi, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Series Imagines - classical receptions in the visual performing arts
Imagines - Classical receptions in the visual and performing arts.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : where metal and Classics meet / K.F.B. Fletcher and Osman Umurhan -- Vergil's Aeneid and nationalism in Italian metal / K.F.B. Fletcher -- Eternal defiance : Celtic identity and the classical past in heavy metal / Matthew Taylor -- Screaming ancient Greek hymns : the case of Kawir and the Greek black metal scene / Christodoulos Apergis -- Cassandra's plight : gender, genre, and historical concepts of femininity in goth and power metal / Linnea Åshede and Anna Foka -- Heavy metal Dido : Heimdall's Ballad of the Queen / Lissa Crofton-Sleigh -- A metal monstrum : Ex Deo's Caligula / Iker Magro-Martínez -- Occult and pulp visions of Greece and Rome in heavy metal / Jared Secord -- When the land was milk and honey and magic was strong and true : Edward Said, ancient Egypt, and heavy metal / Leire Olabarria -- Coda : some trends in metal's use of classical antiquity / Osman Umurhan.
Summary This book demonstrates the rich and varied ways in which heavy metal music draws on the ancient Greek and Roman world. Contributors examine bands from across the globe, including: Blind Guardian (Germany), Therion (Sweden), Celtic Frost, Eluveitie (Switzerland), Ex Deo (Canada/Italy), Heimdall, Stormlord, Ade (Italy), Kawir (Greece), Theatre of Tragedy (Norway), Iron Maiden, Bal-Sagoth (UK), and Nile (US). These and other bands are shown to draw inspiration from Classical literature and mythology such as the Homeric Hymns, Vergil's Aeneid, and Caesar's Gallic Wars, historical figures from Rome and ancient Egypt, and even pagan and occult aspects of antiquity. These bands' engagements with Classical antiquity also speak to contemporary issues of nationalism, identity, sexuality, gender, and globalization. The contributors show how the genre of heavy metal brings its own perspectives to Classical reception, and demonstrate that this music-often dismissed as lowbrow-engages in sophisticated dialogue with ancient texts, myths, and historical figures. The authors reveal aspects of Classics' continued appeal while also arguing that the engagement with myth and history is a defining characteristic of heavy metal music, especially in countries that were once part of the Roman Empire.
Subject Heavy metal (Music) -- History and criticism.
Classical antiquities in music.
Added Author Fletcher, K. F. B., editor.
Umurhan, Osman, 1976- editor.
ISBN 9781350075351 (hb)
Standard No. 40029483833

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