The International Society for Metal Music Studies

Our mission is to:

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

adopt interdisciplinary approaches inclusive of sub-genres and related genres

establish metal music studies as a relevant and respected academic discipline

contribute to the growth of knowledge within academic and music communities

Do you study metal music?

Join ISMMS to be a part of the society dedicated to developing the field of metal music studies. Gain access to the journal Metal Music Studies, the latest information from the society, newsletters, and more!

Latest posts

  • 2023 ISMMS Elections Open: Vote Now
    Voting in the 2023 ISMMS elections is now open in the Members’ Area of the ISMMS website. All current members of the society are welcome (and encouraged!) to vote. You will need to be a current member to vote, so please consider joining the society to have your say. There are three board positions open: 2 Ordinary Member … Read more
  • Elections for ISMMS Executive Board Positions, Nov-Dec 2023
    The positions of Secretary and two Ordinary Members on the ISMMS Executive Board will become available at the end of the current terms of Dr Owen Coggins, Dr Reinhard Kopanski and Douglas Mattsson, none of whom intend to stand for re-election. We therefore call on the ISMMS membership to elect candidates to serve four year … Read more
  • Call for Chapters – Breaking the Silence: Minority languages in contemporary music as reclamation, resistance and revitalisation
    Lead Editor: Gareth Schott (University of Waikato, NZ)  We invite extended abstract proposals for chapters that explore the significance of songs sung in marginalised or minority languages within contemporary music genres (from indige-punk, metal, hardcore, hip hop, rap, pop and so on). For so many minority cultures, language signifies survival. Language presence in contemporary music … Read more

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.

Metal Methodology – Our Podcast Series

Metal Music Studies – The Journal