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Well put, Tom. In my view, metal music has endless potential as a subject
of ethnomusicological study. Folk metal, which the blog post touches on,
just scratches the surface.

On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 9:51 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Interesting blog post from the WSJ yesterday:
>
> http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2016/02/18/sample-five-heavy-metal-bands-from-around-the-world/
>
> Here is the related article:
>
> http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-weird-global-appeal-of-heavy-metal-1455819419?tesla=y
>
> I don't find it "weird" that heavy metal music, attitude and culture have
> a global appeal today. Metal is related to punk, but probably more widely
> acceptable because it is less overtly political. Both deal with rage,
> alienation, injustice, the same theme of fighting a perceived "machine"
> that goes back to Bartleby the Scrivener and back. There are many millions,
> perhaps billions, of people in this world who feel alienated, disempowered
> to varying degrees and chaffed if not enraged by it. Some music soothes the
> soul, some stokes the fires. Metal is more the latter.
>
> -- Tom Fine
>



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