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By Keith Kahn-Harris

Severe metal--one step past heavy metal--can look strange or terrifying to the uninitiated. severe steel musicians have built a frequently impenetrable sound that teeters at the fringe of screaming, incomprehensible noise. severe steel circulates at the fringe of mainstream tradition in the confines of an imprecise 'scene', within which participants discover risky subject matters similar to loss of life, warfare and the occult, occasionally embracing violence, neo-fascism and Satanism. within the first book-length research of utmost steel, Keith Kahn-Harris attracts on first-hand study to discover the worldwide severe steel scene. He exhibits how the scene is an area during which contributors creatively discover damaging issues, but in addition an area during which individuals event the standard pleasures of neighborhood and friendship.Including interviews with band participants and enthusiasts, from international locations starting from the united kingdom and US to Israel and Sweden, severe steel: track and tradition at the aspect demonstrates the ability and subtlety of a frequently superb and misunderstood musical shape.

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