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I det glimrande mörkrets djup: om religiöst gränsöverskridande, identitetssökande och meningsskapande i svensk extrem metal-lyrik
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Educational Sciences.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study is an attempt to investigate religious perceptions and its development, function and connection to religious practise within the Swedish extreme metal scene. This is performed mainly by a qualitative method of investigation, studying lyrical content published on a number of extreme metal albums, thereafter relating the lyrical progression to the progession of the scene as a whole and also to the development of individual religious belief and practise.

The lyrically expressed manifestations of religiosity within the extreme metal scene prove to be related to religious practise in some cases, most visibly in the Christian parts of the scene.The study also indicates that development of religious expression often is evident regardless of religious preference. This development also regularly relates to an increase in musical evolution and prowess often achieved with increased age and maturity.

Musically and lyrically, the extreme metal scene displays transgressive attributes which assist both individual and group in the process of creating identity, meaning and individuality.Experiencing extreme metal, in concert or in the privacy of one´s own home, can be one way of perceiving spirituality in this modern age.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
identity, music, music lyrics, christianity, satanism, asatrú, esotericism, heavy metal, extreme metal, black metal, religious practise, religious development, meaning
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Humanities Religious Studies Religious Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Musicology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-6849Archive number: HRV:C10:22OAI: diva2:323226
Subject / course
Religious studies
Educational program
Humans – nature – religion
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-07-06 Created: 2010-06-09 Last updated: 2012-07-06Bibliographically approved

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