On This Battlefield No One Wins: Who Lives Metal? Why? How?

Damage, Inc.: A Crash Course in Metal

As Sam Dunn points out in Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, the world of metal has become a global sub-culture. You can be in Mumbai, India or Stockholm, Sweden or Blairsville, Pennsylvania and spot a metal head. They embody its culture. That is, they enact “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time.”

Like all cultures, metal has created codes of conduct, rites of passage, and an extensive range of materials to consume including art, dress, and most importantly the music. Of course it has mores and statements of belief. Take a look at videos of Metallica playing “Master of Puppets,” Lamb of God playing “Laid to Rest” or Arch Enemy playing at the Bang Your Head festival. Fans raise their arms and flash their horns, pump their fists, and start moshing as ways of uniting behind the music. All around, people…

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