The Transnational Christian Metal Scene Expressing Alternative Christian Identity through a Form of Popular Music

Markus Moberg
Department of Comparative Religion. Åbo Akademi University, Finland

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Ingår i: Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 25:45, s. 423-432

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Publicerad: 2007-11-27


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Christian metal music emerged in the late 1970’s as a means of evangelization among secular metal fans. In recent years it has grown significantly and developed into a trans-national Christian music-based youth culture. In addition to the music; Christian metal has adopted the metal style; rhetoric and attitude. At the same time; Christian metal is as much about religion as it is about music or style. This paper examines some of the most important ways in which Christian metal scenes in a number of countries all over the world have come together with the formation of a trans-national scene. Particular focus is put on the ways in which a trans-national scene supports the spreading of central discourses about the function and meaning of Christian metal as a way of expressing an alternative Christian identity.


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