Bibliography

This is a bibliography of academic and public scholarship on heavy metal’s reception of antiquity and other relevant topics. This page will be updated as new publications come to my attention. Please notify me if you find works not listed here.

For a full bibliography of Metal Studies publications, go to https://metalstudies.org/biblio/

Monographs and Edited Volumes

  • Barratt-Peacock, R. & Hagen, R. (eds.). 2019. Medievalism and Metal Music Studies: Throwing Down the Gauntlet. Emerald Publishing.
  • Fletcher, KFB & Umurhan, O. (eds.). 2019. Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music. Bloomsbury.
  • Liverani, E. 2009. Da Eschilo ai Virgin Steele: il mito degli Atridi nella musica contemporanea. DuPress.
  • Spracklen, K. 2020. Metal Music and the Re-imagining of Masculinity, Place, Race, and Nation. Emerald Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Cavallini, E. 2009. “Achilles in the Age of Steel: Greek Myth in Modern Popular Music,” Con­servation Science in Cultural Heritage 9.1: 113–141.
  • Djurslev, C. T. 2015. “The Metal King: Alexander the Great in Heavy Metal Music.” Metal Music Studies 1.1: 127-141.
  • Fejes, J. 2017. “Strangers of Popular Culture – The Verbal and Pictorial Aesthetics of Mythological Metal Music.” Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Communicatio 4.1: 37-60.
  • Linder, M. & Wieland. R. 2018. “Horus and Zeus are Playing Tonight: Classical Reception in Heavy Metal Band Names.” New Voices in Classical Reception Studies 12: 32-46.
  • Lusty, H. L. 2013. “Rocking the Canon: Heavy Metal and Classical Literature.” Latch 6: 101–138.
  • Pichler, P. 2017. “The Power of the Imagination of Historical Distance: Melechesh’ ‘Mesopotamian Metal’ as a Musical Attempt of Solving Cultural Conflicts in the Twenty-First Century.” Metal Music Studies 3.1: 97-112.
  • Swist, J. 2019. “Satan’s Empire: Ancient Rome’s Anti-Christian Appeal in Extreme Metal.” Metal Music Studies 5.1: 35-51.
  • Umurhan, O. 2012. “Heavy Metal Music and the Appropriation of Greece and Rome.” Syllecta Classica 23: 127-152.

Book Chapters

  • Apergis, C. 2019. “Screaming Ancient Greek Hymns: The Case of Kawir and the Greek Black Metal Scene.” In KFB Fletcher & O. Umurhan (eds.), Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music. Bloomsbury: 77-96.
  • Åshede, L. & Foka, A. 2019. “Cassandra’s Plight: Gender, Genre, and Historical Concepts of Femininity in Goth and Power Metal.” In KFB Fletcher & O. Umurhan (eds.), Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music. Bloomsbury: 97-114.
  • Bosselmann-Ruickbie, A. 2018. “Heavy Metal Meets Byzantium! Contact between Scandinavia and Byzantium in the Albums The Varangian Way (2007) and Stand Up and Fight (2011) by the Finnish Band Turisas.” In F. Daim, C. Gastgeber, D. Heher, & C. Rapp (eds.), Menschen, Bilder, Sprache, Dinge: Wege der Kommunikation zwischen Byzanz und dem Westen 2: Menschen und Worte. Römisches-Germanisches Zentralmuseum: 391-419.
  • Boyarin, S. 2019. “The New Metal Medievalism: Alexander the Great, Islamic historiography and Nile’s “Iskander Dhul Kharnon.” In Barratt-Peacock, R. & Hagen, R. (eds.), Medievalism and Metal Music Studies: Throwing Down the Gauntlet. Emerald Publishing: 81-92.
  • Campbell, I. 2009. “From Achilles to Alexander: The Classical World and the World of Metal.” In G. Bayer (ed.), Heavy Metal Music in Britain. Ashgate: 111-124.
  • Cecchini, F., Franzini, G., & Passarotti, M. 2019. “Verba Bestiae: How Latin Conquered Heavy Metal.” In R.-L. Valijärvi, C. Doesburg, & A. DiGioia (eds.), Multilingual Metal Music: Sociocultural, Linguistic and Literary Perspectives on Heavy Metal Lyrics. Emerald Publishing: 241-262.
  • Crofton-Sleigh, L. 2019. “Heavy Metal Dido: Heimdall’s “Ballad of the Queen.” In KFB Fletcher & O. Umurhan (eds.), Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music. Bloomsbury: 115-129.
  • Fletcher, KFB. 2019. “Vergil’s Aeneid and Nationalism in Italian Metal.” In KFB Fletcher & O. Umurhan (eds.), Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music. Bloomsbury: 23-51.
  • Fletcher, KFB. 2019. “Classical Antiquity, Heavy Metal Music, and European Identity.” In F. Lozano Gómez, A. Álvarez-Ossorio Rivas, & C. Alarcon Hernandez (eds.). The Present of Antiquity: Reception, Recovery, Reinvention of the Ancient World in Current Popular Culture. Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté: 223-246.
  • Fletcher, KFB & Umurhan, O. 2019. “Introduction: Where Metal and Classics Meet.” In KFB Fletcher & O. Umurhan (eds.), Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music. Bloomsbury: 1-21.
  • González Vaquerizo, H. 2019. “Heavy Rome-Roma de metal. La imagen de Roma en el heavy metal y el metal.” In L. Unceta Gómez & C. Sánchez Pérez (eds.), En los márgenes de Roma: la antigüedad romana en la cultura de masas contemporánea. Catarata: 39-62.
  • González Vaquerizo, H. 2020. “Κλέα ἀνδρῶν: Classical Heroes in the Heavy Metal.” In R. López Gregoris & C. Macías Villalobos (eds.), The Hero Reloaded: The Reinvention of the Classical Hero in Contemporary Mass Media. John Benjamins: 51-72.
  • Magro-Martínez, I. 2019. “A Metal Monstrum: Ex Deo’s Caligula.” In KFB Fletcher & O. Umurhan (eds.), Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music. Bloomsbury: 131-153.
  • Michalewicz, A. 2007. “Gods amongst us/gods within: the black metal aesthetic.” In W. Haslem, A. Ndalianis, & C. Mackie (eds.), Super/Heroes: From Hercules to Superman. New Academia Publishing: 211–222, 385–388.
  • Naylor Davis, C. 2015. ‘When Marduk reads Romans: Biblical texts as a hermeneutic in heavy metal, heavy metal as biblical exegesis.” In T.-M. Karjalainen & K. Kärki (eds.), Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures. Aalto University: 474–82.
  • Olabarria, L. 2019. “‘When the Land was Milk and Honey and Magic was Strong and True’: Edward Said, Ancient Egypt, and Heavy Metal.” In KFB Fletcher & O. Umurhan (eds.), Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music. Bloomsbury: 173-199.
  • Rosa, D. F. 2020. “Ye Go to Thy Abzu How Norwegian Black Metal Used Mesopotamian References, Where It Took Them from, and How It Usually Got Them Wrong.” In A. Garcia-Ventura & L. Verderame (eds.), Receptions of the Ancient Near East in Popular Culture and Beyond. Lockwood Press: 105-116.
  • Secord, J. 2019. “Occult and Pulp Visions of Greece and Rome in Heavy Metal.” In KFB Fletcher & O. Umurhan (eds.), Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music. Bloomsbury: 155-171.
  • Swist, J. 2021. “Headbanging to Byzantium: The Reception of the Byzantine Empire in Heavy Metal Music.” In E. Alışık (ed.), İstanbul’da Bu Ne Bizantinizm! / What Byzantinism is this in Istanbul! (Istanbul: İstanbul Araştırmaları Enstitüsü Yayınları: 200-229.
  • Taylor, M. 2019. “Eternal Defiance: Celtic Identity and the Classical Past in Heavy Metal.” In KFB Fletcher & O. Umurhan (eds.), Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music. Bloomsbury: 53-76.
  • Umurhan, O. 2019. “Coda: Some Trends in Metal’s Use of Classical Antiquity.” In KFB Fletcher & O. Umurhan (eds.), Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music. Bloomsbury: 201-216.

Public Scholarship