Ideologies and Discourses: Extreme Narratives in Extreme Metal Music


  • Bojana Radovanović



extreme metal, extreme narratives, black metal, discourse, transgressions, Serbian black metal


Historically speaking, metal music has always been about provoking a strong reaction. Depending on the characteristics of different sub-genres, one can focus on the sound, technique, visual appearance, and furthermore, the ideologies and ideas that are the foundation for each of the sub-genres. Although the majority of the metal community rejects accusations of being racially intolerant, some ideologies of extreme sub-genres (such as black metal) are in fact formed around the ideas of self-conscious elitism expressed through interest in pagan mythology, racism, Nazism and fascism. There has been much interest in the Nazi era within the extreme metal scene thus influencing other sub-genres and artists. The aim of this paper is to examine various appearances of extreme narratives such as Nazism and racism in different sub-genres of metal, bearing in mind variations dependent on geographical, political, and other factors.

Author Biography

Bojana Radovanović

Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade


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How to Cite

Radovanović, B. (2016). Ideologies and Discourses: Extreme Narratives in Extreme Metal Music. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (10), 51–58.