Reviews

“It is rare to find an anthology that realizes the possibilities of the form… The book excels in two ways. First, it presents a strong introduction that anchors the contributions to an emerging research agenda. Second, the editors have arranged the chapters in such a way that enables them to converse with one another, and not just with the research agenda outlined in the introduction. This is something that editors of collections often hope to achieve, but rarely do.”

— Emma Baulch, Journal of World Popular Music

Metal Rules the Globe is set to become required reading for anybody interested in how heavy metal has turned from a minor taste in small post-industrial British and, later, American working class communities into a global phenomenon.”

-Gerd Bayer, Music and Letters

“[I]f you are interested in Metal in Japan, there is something here for you. If you are into Sepultura there is something here for you. If you like Kiss and Zeppelin, we got ya covered. Don’t think of this book as homework, think of it as a collection of Metal Essays Greatest Hits, with a bonus track being the Afterword by Robert [Walser], author of [1993]’s, Running with the Devil. . . . I believe the editors and authors can all be proud of this monumental work. . . . Me like!”

—Josh Wood, Metal Rules

Metal Rules the Globe is incredibly diverse. It is comprehensive and covers the effect metal has had worldwide, the ways in which unique cultures and subgenres have utilized heavy metal to make it achieve their own goals, and how it is reflected in their own struggles and lives. The authors are a range of academics from around the world. A number of them are also heavy metal musicians. It’s safe to say that all of them are fans of the music. Even though the text may be academic, beneath a number of the chapters you can tell there are some serious fanboys and girls, which is pretty awesome.”

—Kurt Morris, Razorcake

“I would recommend this book highly to ethnomusicologists, popular culture scholars, and social scientists interested heavy metal music. . . . [M]ost of the articles are written in such a way that they present and embrace the historical depth of their subjects in such a way that a fairly educated reader would still find the book interesting. Many anthropology professors assign a general reading list for introductory courses. This book is well suited for such practices because it might provide a disinterested student a chance to apply anthropology to something they already enjoy.”

—Troy Belford, Anthropology Review Database

Metal Rules the Globe is a groundbreaking work for the field of metal studies, demonstrating through a wide selection of case studies how metal fans and musicians make meaning and offer social critique in the loci of global/local tensions resulting from globalization. . . . The editors have synthesized decades’ worth of theory with a survey of the global field of metal studies today, thus making this volume a must-read for any scholar of metal.”

—Lauren Welker, Journal of Folklore Research

“If you’re a fan of musicology, sociology, anthropology or ethnographic discourse, then Metal Rules the Globe is well worth exploring. It underscores just why metal is such a crucial medium of support and nourishment for millions of fans. It’s a fascinating insight into how metal constructs different notions of identity around the world, yet reinforces those all-important commonalities we share as fans.”

—Craig Hayes, PopMatters

“This anthology is very instructive and any reader will find these various accounts very enlightening.”

—Hélène Laurin, Popular Music

“The book deserves a prominent place among the scholarship of heavy metal and readers interested in this musical genre will certainly have their knowledge enhanced by reading it. Readers may also be inspired (as I was) to seek out the music of some of the bands mentioned in the essays. . . . Metal Rules the Globe is an important book that makes valuable scholarly contributions to the literature about heavy metal and globalization.”

—Michael P. Marino, Popular Music and Society

“Given the range of perspectives, genres, and geographic locales, this book will appeal to a broad audience—academic and popular, graduate and undergraduate, metalhead and uninitiated alike—and provides both a journey and destination.”

-John Fenn, Western Folklore

“[A] very instructive read that directly addresses the quickly changing landscape of cultural studies, and answers a very real and current need in popular music studies.”

— Daniel Ferreras Savoye, Popular Culture Review