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The International Society for Metal Music Studies

Our mission is to:

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encourage and facilitate academic research related to heavy metal music and culture

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adopt interdisciplinary approaches inclusive of sub-genres and related genres

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establish metal music studies as a relevant and respected academic discipline

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contribute to the growth of knowledge within academic and music communities

7th ISMMS Conference

3-6 June 2025

University of Granada

Seville, Spain

New Metal Worlds:

Building Bridges and Mending Broken Backs

Latest posts

  • CfP: Metal and Change: Metal’s Role in an Ever-Changing World
    Since its inception Metal music has been in constant flux, whether in the development of new genres and subgenres to the way that it has been perceived in society over time. Metal music and culture, to survive, need to adapt to a world constantly in upheaval, whether through changing attitudes toward the music, changes in … Read more
  • Philharmonic Metal
    Metal: Diabolus in musica exhibition, open 5 April to 29 September 2024, Philharmonie de Paris Owen Coggins Metal at the Philharmonie de Paris At the beginning of April 2024 I attended the opening of easily the biggest and most impressive museum exhibition on heavy metal in the world to date. Metal, as a subculture of … Read more
  • CfP: Between Riffs and Rebellions: Female and Queer Presence in Latin American Heavy Metal
    Please see the below call for a special issue of the Chilean journal Contrapulso. They accept papers in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. The call is printed in that order below. Llamado a Contrapulso 6/2 (noviembre 2024) cierre 9 de septiembre 2024 Contrapulsoes una revista semestral de acceso libre publicada por la Universidad Alberto Hurtado de … Read more
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Metal Studies Bibliography

Maintained by Amaranta Saguar García & Brian Arnold Hickam, the Metal Studies Bibliography is an open access database of academic literature and a vital resource for researchers in metal music studies.

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