Heavy Metal Music and Sociological Imagination Duex: Just Add Religion and Stir?

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  1. Nathan says:

    I think what you are experiencing is actually “uncanny mimicry” as outlined by Kelly ([2007]2012)in his synthesis of Freud and Homi Bhabha, which in my opinion requires a little help from Berger and Luckmann (1966) to have true explanatory power. Basically, you already have an idea of what constitutes “metal” music and when confronted with this appropriation it seems somewhat familiar, but still odd (uncanny). Like when you try and make your family’s historical recipe (in my case my Grandmother’s Pumpkin Pie) and you follow it to a T, but still not quite there.
    This uncanny nature (in regard to the cultural artifact, not necessarily pie) arises from the appropriation of a cultural form that resides outside the larger symbolic universe of the appropriating group, in this case defined by evangelical Christianity, which invariably does hybridize the original form to fit within the parameters of their cultural reality(mimicry). However the new hybrid is not fully getting the idea and confronts the original social groups ideal type and social construction of the particular cultural artifact as something oddly familiar yet exponentially different. I think that is where your “just added religion and stirred” feeling is coming from.

    I listened to the song and it sounds almost identical to Graves era Misfits. The only difference being the lyrical subject matter. If you check out popular horror punk bands, like Blitzkid and even Only’s new conception of the Misfits the same stylistic parameters are met in regard to sound, song construction, and imagery.

    Berger, Peter L. and Thomas Luckmann. 1966. The Social Construction of Reality. New York: Anchor Books.

    Kelly, William W. [2007]2012. “Is Baseball a Global Sport? America’s ‘National Pastime’ as Global Field and International Sport.” Pp. 136-141 in The Globalization Reader, Fourth Edition, edited by F. J. Lechner and J. Boli. West Sussex, U.K.: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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