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

Latest Updates

Mexico 2022

Heavy Metal Music in the Global South: Multiregional Perspectives

ISMMS 5th Biennial Research Conference will be held in June 2022 at Mexico’s National Autonomous University (San Ildefonso College).

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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Metal Methodology – Our Podcast Series

Metal Music Studies – The Journal