DOI: 10.1386/mms_00128_2 ISSN: 2052-3998


Nedim Hassan, Niall Scott, Nelson Varas-Díaz, Ross Hagen

This editorial was written as ongoing conflicts were unfolding in the Middle East, Ukraine, Sudan and elsewhere. Heavy metal music has previously been considered as an evocative medium through which war and conflict can be conveyed and understood in a range of ways. Here, the authors discuss how several metal music studies have had a role in enabling people to reflect both on the nature of war and on its relationship with lived experience, notions of national identity, music production and scenes.