Beer, blokes and brutality: whiteness and banal nationalism in Australian extreme metal scenes

Catherine Hoad

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Abstract

This paper maps how Australia's extreme metal scenes present visual and verbal symbols that draw upon the canon of white Australian identity, while reflecting a desire for independence, authenticity and power through the 'brutality' of scenic space. I argue that Australian extreme metal's glorification of 'everyday blokes' has the dual effect of exalting Australian men as legends while simultaneously crafting a transhistorical essence of normative masculinity that shapes nationalist narratives. This consecration of sameness and the subsequent exscription of difference establishes stringent boundaries of who may claim to belong, both within the culture of the scene and the nation itself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModern heavy metal
Subtitle of host publicationmarkets, practices and cultures
EditorsToni-Matti Karjalainen, Kimi Kärki
Place of PublicationHelsinki, Finland
PublisherAalto University
Pages300-308
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789526062174
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventModern heavy metal conference (1st: 2015) - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 8 Jun 201512 Jun 2015

Conference

ConferenceModern heavy metal conference (1st: 2015)
CityHelsinki, Finland
Period8/06/1512/06/15

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