The Child in Metal Music w/ Ruth Barratt-Peacock

THE BEAST UNDER YOUR BED: THE CHILD IN METAL MUSIC  Ruth Barratt-Peacock    “She said that childhood was a frightening time and that hearing scary stories was a way of feeling less alone” – Kate Morton, The Clock Maker’s Daughter (2018)    The combination of children and heavy metal has prompted widespread panic from the beginning. Now, over four … Read more

New Executive Board Position – Webmaster

The International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS), the only professional organization for metal music scholars, is pleased to announce we are looking to add a Webmaster to our Executive Board. The webmaster will manage, construct, and maintain the ISMMS website and its interface with the society’s other online profiles across social media.  This will … Read more

Drone Metal Mysticism with Owen Coggins

DRONE METAL MYSTICISM: THE POWER OF HEAVY SOUND ON BODIES AND LANGUAGE  Owen Coggins    Despite writing a PhD thesis and a book about it, I’m not totally convinced that ‘drone metal’ exists. Some people use other genre terms for the music I’m talking about, drone doom, just drone, or power ambient sometimes. It’s connected to avant-garde … Read more

Metal and Literature w/ Charlotte Doesburg

METAL AND LITERATURE  Charlotte Doesburg    As a metalhead, you have probably heard songs about Odin, Thor and other gods of Norse mythology. But have you heard of Väinämöinen, Lemminkäinen, or Ilmarinen? The funny thing is, you probably have heard the stories of these characters from Finnish mythology in the lyrics of songs, but you might not have been aware of it.   Finnish metal … Read more

ISMMS Mexico City Update

Regarding the upcoming ISMMS Biennial Research Conference in Mexico City, the Organizing Committee of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the ISMMS Board have decided to postpone the conference. Until further notice, the meeting will now be from June 7 to June 10 of 2022. While fortunately, there have been advancements with existing vaccines, … Read more

Introducing MMS 101 & Metal Methodology

Metal Music Studies 101, Metal Methodology and ISMMS  The International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS) is excited to announce two projects which will share new and existing research with metal scholars and others through its distribution on ISMMS’ website and social media.  The first is called Metal Music Studies 101 and is the brainchild of Didier Goossens, an … Read more