|"Anything But Heavy Metal": Symbolic Exclusion and Musical Dislikespaper, by Bethany Bryson, 1996, American Sociological Review|
Examines the relationship between musical selectivity and such things as cultural/racial selectivity, level of education, political orientation, etc.
|Black mass or innocent games with Devilarticle, by Darek Kempny, 2008, Metal-Portal.net|
In context of prosecution by Polish court of black metal band Gorgoroth for offending Christian sensibilities, talks about Polish opposition towards black metal's darker elements and the extent to which this opposition might be politically motivated.
|* Defeated Rallies, Mournful Anthems, and the Origins of Brazilian Heavy Metalarticle, by Idelber Avelar, 2001, Brazilian popular music & globalization|
Explores the origins of metal in Brazil and how the music and Brazilian politics and activism influenced each other.
|Diplomats trained in black metalnews article, by Aled-Dilwyn Fisher, 2011, Views and News from Norway|
Norwegian foreign ministry trains aspiring diplomats on the subject of Norwegian black metal after foreign service missions reported a rise in inquiries from other nations about the music.
|Ex-Gorgoroth Frontman's Appearance In Black Metal Musical Generates Controversynews article, 2010, Blabbermouth.net|
Opponents are concerned over Gaahl's extremist views such as the condoning of church burnings and question his casting in a theater production that's supported by public financing.
|Extreme Politics and Extreme Metal: Strange Bedfellows or Fellow Travelers?paper, by Justin Davisson, 2008, presented at the first "Heavy Fundametalisms: Music, Metal and Politics" conference in Salzburg|
Examines how far and how often metal has pushed the limits of ideas, from ultra-right racism and neo-Nazism to ultra-left communism and anarchism.
|From Heavy Metal to the Hajj: A former Iron Maiden vocalist shows that one can be politically active, religiously observant and a rock 'n rollernews article, by David Lee Wilson, 2006, Egypt Today|
|Gee, Is Anti-God Anti-Government? A moral panic in Malaysiapaper, by Umi Khattab, 2002, presented at the 23rd Conference of the IAMCR in Barcelona|
Premised on the moral panic theory and using the black metal scene and satanic worship as a case study, argues that reports of youth deviance are exaggerated by Malaysia's mass media which is largely owned by political parties and is stringently controlled, that the media ironically has greater power to orchestrate panics and promote hidden agendas since the sacking, trial and sentencing of the former Deputy Prime Minister and with the advent of the internet, and that a complex pattern of relationships between Islam, the media and the government results in conflation between anti-God sentiment and anti-government sentiment.
|Glasnost Being Tested by Heavy Metal Rocknews article, by Celestine Bohlen, 1987, The Washington Post|
Newly-appointed Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of openness faces opposition by other members of his party, leading to a clampdown on rock and metal music.
|Headbanging Against Repressive Regimespaper, by Mark LeVine, 2009, Freemuse.org|
In Egypt, Morocco, Iran, China, Indonesia and Malaysia, examines metal censorship and repression, metal's capacity for being a tool for social activism, and various other significant variables in metals' equation such as politics and Islamic religion.
|Heavy metal becoming increasingly politicalarticle, associated press, 2010, MSNBC.msn.com|
|Heavy Metal Music Contributes to Teen Suicidearticle, by Raymond Kuntz, Sam Brownback
and Joseph Lieberman, 2000, Teen Suicide|
Transcript of testimony given by Raymond Kuntz to U.S. Senate Subcommittee in 1997 regarding the suicide of his teenage son Richard Kuntz in 1996. [The Subcommittee's chair senator Sam Brownback and ranking member senator Joseph Liebermann were both actively involved in investigating the effect of violent lyrics on youth and in encouraging music corporations to take responsibility for those lyrics.]
|Heavy metal Törycolumn, by Michael Taube, 2011, National Post|
A personal account of the metal music preference of Michael Taube who is a Canadian conservative ('Töry') columnist and former speech writer for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
|Hessian Politics, Nationalism, and the Design for Hessiandomarticle, by Helmholtz, 2010, DeathMetal.org|
Examines the poor state of modern civilization and the possibilities for a stronger and wiser Hessian (metal) society to evolve, addressing such topics as political ideology, nationalism, gender roles, etc.
|'I'd Sell You Suicide': Pop Music and Moral Panic in the Age of Marilyn Mansonarticle, by Robert Wright, 2000, Popular Music|
Argues the impulse to silence music is linked to a generalised and seemingly intractable youth crisis the cultural symptoms of which have become inextricably confused as an aspect of 1980s neo-conservative political agenda and with their root social, economic and psychological causes, that in the mainstream this confusion manifests itself as a moral panic and a profoundly conformist cultural imperative, and that Marilyn Manson has significantly deconstructed and subverted this movement.
|IDoS task force send US President a petition to make June 6 a Hessian holiday, and White House denies us on Presidential Proclamation|
documents, 2009, Hessian.org
Scans of petition mailed to White House and White House response.
|Inside the 'Satan Scare' Industry - The Devil Makes Them Do It: While nation's cops chase demons, taxpayers get burnedarticle, by Debbie Nathan, The ROC magazine|
|Is it "only rock 'n' roll"? Far from being just a youthful fad, rock and roll music is a powerful force for subversive cultural, social, and political changearticle, by Steve Bonta, 2002, The New American|
Discusses positive and negative themes and ideologies associated with rock and metal over the years and the capacity for the music to influence the listener.
|It Turns Out Korn Does Wanna Talk About Politicsnews article, by Zach Shaw, 2011, MetalInsider.net|
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis tells Billboard some of the band's music is politically-motivated and calls Obama an Illuminati puppet.
|Liberalism, individualism and heavy metalarticle, by Andrew Kemp, 2006, IPA Review magazine|
Discusses metal as being aligned with libertarianism, in contrast to the majority of popular music of the time being aligned with the Left.
|Mark LeVine: Heavy Metal and Islamvideo interview, 2006, Freemuse.org|
Mark LeVine, author of Heavy Metal Islam, discusses the highly political nature of metal in the Middle East, the music's criticism of the government, and the relationship between the music and Islam.
|Metal Maddow's Republican National Death Metal Conventionblog column, by Axl Rosenberg, 2010, MetalSucks.net|
A humorous bit of media attention for metal on MSNBC television.
|Mike Weatherley: MP and Iron Maiden fannews article, by Justin Parkinson, 2011, bbc.co.uk|
it's a point of political intrigue when it's learned in Britain that the conservative MP for Hove and Portslade is a big fan of metal, especially Iron Maiden
|Music and Moral Entrepreneurs: Competing Narratives of the 1985 Senate PMRC Hearingpaper, by Josh Adams, 2009, presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco|
Examines the PMRC's argument that rock and metal promotes things like Satanism and suicidality and examines counter-arguments thereto in a 1985 Senate hearing on obscenity in popular music and freedom of speech.
|Muslim metalarticle, by Mark LeVine, 2009, New Humanist magazine|
Discusses the collision in the Muslim world of metal music, politics, corruption, and religion.
|Politics in Grindcore – Are they necessary?column, 2009, Grindcore.org|
|Politics not quite as usual: Jedrzej Wijas' Polish death metal campaign ad strays from the normnews article, by Jay Gorania, 2011, Hellbound.ca|
Politician with Poland's Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) party delivers message via death metal television ad (video included).
|* Post-industrial gothic punk 'n' roll on Route 666: Labeling theory, moral crusades and Marilyn Manson's Dead to the World Tourthesis, by Stephen L. Muzzatti, 2001, York University|
Examines how the deviant and criminal status of Marilyn Manson is a socially constructed label resulting from a carefully orchestrated and well organised campaign by moral entrepreneurs of the American political and religious Right.
|Rand Paul's spokesperson is a Satanic Metal God in KKK gearnews article, by Joe Sonka, 2009, BarefootAndProgressive.com|
Controversy errupts as spokesperson for Republican Rand Paul (son of Ron Paul) is found to be the ex-singer of death metal band Commander and to harbor racist attitudes on his public MySpace profile.
|Red & Anarchist Black Metalblog, r-a-b-m.blogspot.com|
Movement promoting anarchism, communism and other radical leftist ideologies in black metal, and denouncing fascism, other rightist ideologies and Christianity in metal.
|Remain true to the earth!: Remarks on the Politics of Black Metalpaper, by Benjamin Noys, 2009, presented at the "Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium" in Brooklyn|
Discusses black metal hostility towards the liberal-capitalist institution, the nature of black metal as right-wing rather than left-wing/socialist, and the role of nationalism and racialism in black metal.
|Republicans Test Their Metalcolumn, by Jacob Weisberg, 2000, Slate.com|
During a Republican presidential debate in 2000, Gary Bauer criticized fellow Republican Alan Keyes for getting into a mosh pit to the music of Rage Against the Machine.
|Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: A Libertarian Viewarticle, by Andrew Ian Dodge, 2004, Cultural Notes|
Discusses metal music as being libertarian in nature, emphasizing individualism and 'doing one's own thing'.
|Taiwanese Heavy Metal Band Takes Government Backing, Political Message on World Tournews article, by Andrew Ryan, 2007, Voice of America|
Chthonic speaks out against Taiwan's exclusion from the United Nations due to Chinese opposition.
|The Construction of 'Peoplehood' in the Second Wave of Norwegian Black Metalpaper, by Owen Fung, 2010, Reinvention|
"This paper aims to provide an analysis of the use of various racial discourses within the second-wave Norwegian black metal scene in the construction of a 'Norwegian peoplehood'. Firstly, the analysis will demonstrate how musicians reproduce discourses of monogenism, polygenism and the encoding of culture as 'race' in constructing a particular representation of 'Norwegian peoplehood'. The second part of the analysis will draw comparisons between the racial discourses in second wave Norwegian black metal with discourses on immigration and egalitarian individualism in the wider Norwegian social and political landscape."
|The Headless Horsemen of the Apocalypsepaper, by Evan Calder Williams, 2009, presented at the "Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium" in Brooklyn|
Discusses black metal ideology as self-defeating and in fact as a prime example of the failure of the very liberal-capitalist institution its ideology rejects.
|The PMRC and the 80's Crusade Against Heavy Metalnews article, by Seth Mullins, 2007, AssociatedContent.com|
Looks at the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), a political advocacy group that formed in 1984 and pushed to put warning labels on records and adopt a rating system for mature content.
|* Time to Surrender: A Call for Understanding and the Re-Evaluation of Heavy Metal Music within the Contexts of Legal Liability and Womenarticle, by Alexis A. Lury, 1999, Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies|
Examines cases of proposed metal censorship legislation in the USA where the music is seen to encourage violence against women, and argues the legislation ignores and obfuscates the real underlying reasons why women become a target for violence.
|Underground Rock Music and Democratization in Indonesiaarticle, by Jeremy Wallach, 2005, World Literature Today|
|USA: Religious lobby groups influence politicians and recording industry & the Marilyn Manson Sagaarticle, 2001, Freemuse.org|
Speech given by Nina Crowley at the 1st Freemuse World Conference in 1998 examines how the religious right can attack popular music, using the "Marilyn Manson saga" as a case study.