The soundtrack to our new infected reality, and indeed to the broader effects of anthropogenic climate change, is already here. It is authentically global. It speaks to both the dark isolation of lockdown and the potent emotional connections that bind communities together. It is extraordinarily creative. And it is heavy.
In this piece Dr Sam Thomas argues that metal, more than any other form of popular/underground music, is profoundly concerned with viroid life and death — with contagion and trauma, with the breakdown of bodily, societal, and geographical boundaries.
Dr Sam Thomas is Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies, Durham University.
New Ideas for the New Normal is a series of newly commissioned video essays from leading researchers and academics at Durham University. Each ten–minute piece considers how we might live now in a post-pandemic world, offering hope and fresh new ideas across a range of disciplines.