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Metal Music Research: Scholarly Sources

What are Scholarly Sources?

Scholarly sources are books and articles published by experts in their field. These experts are typically academics, and in the realm of heavy metal studies, come from a variety of backgrounds including music, psychology, sociology, history, and anthropology.  The audience is typically other academics and researchers, not necessarily the general public.  These sources undergo a process called peer-review, which is when an a publication is read and vetted by other experts in the field. This helps guarantee that the research is sound and can be trusted.  

Below is a small sample of peer-reviewed books and journals. For even more, including some specific articles, see the Artists & Subgenres page.


Metal Music Studies

Metal Music Studies is the journal of the International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS). It has been published since 2015 and is one of the only academic journals specifically about heavy metal music. 


Journal of Popular Music Studies

The Journal of Popular Music Studies (JPMS) is the peer-reviewed, quarterly publication of the U.S. Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US).