June 22nd, 2010 / 3:40 pm
Music

Metal

(young Matt Pike of Sleep/High on Fire)

What novels actively feature metalheads and/or metal culture in their narratives? Period is the only oneĀ  that comes to my mind.

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56 Comments

  1. lorrie

      none, since the subject is bereft of literary value.

  2. eric

      Just like drugs and boredom, right?

  3. keedee

      Every subject has literary value. Not all writers do.

  4. Garett Strickland

      The Prose Edda.

  5. peter

      The Restraint of Beasts, a little

  6. brian

      Lorrie, what a boring, close-minded answer.

  7. magick mike

      there is no lorrie listed on fecalface’s staff, i was gon’ ask if you know ryan christian

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  9. Death

      Master of Reality by John Darnielle (one of the 33 1/3 books). The diary of a teenage metalhead while spending time in a mental institution and beyond.

  10. lorrie

      I was just kidding around.

      It was an intentionally snobby joke which I see has incited judgement on the way I think.

  11. lorrie

      no, i’m just a fan.

  12. brian foley

      if a joke, then i apologize.

  13. lorrie

      accepted

  14. Margo

      Is Christopher Krovatin’s novel too obvious?

  15. brian

      don’t know it.

  16. Reynard Seifert

      working on it

  17. Margo
  18. Davey Houle

      Cooper’s Try is all Slayer n shit.

  19. lorrie

      none, since the subject is bereft of literary value.

  20. eric

      Just like drugs and boredom, right?

  21. Death

      Yeah. I already said that. Look above.

  22. keedee

      Every subject has literary value. Not all writers do.

  23. Garett Strickland

      The Prose Edda.

  24. peter

      The Restraint of Beasts, a little

  25. brian

      Lorrie, what a boring, close-minded answer.

  26. magick mike

      there is no lorrie listed on fecalface’s staff, i was gon’ ask if you know ryan christian

  27. Death

      Master of Reality by John Darnielle (one of the 33 1/3 books). The diary of a teenage metalhead while spending time in a mental institution and beyond.

  28. lorrie

      I was just kidding around.

      It was an intentionally snobby joke which I see has incited judgement on the way I think.

  29. lorrie

      no, i’m just a fan.

  30. brian foley

      if a joke, then i apologize.

  31. lorrie

      accepted

  32. Margo

      Is Christopher Krovatin’s novel too obvious?

  33. Mark C

      does Adam’s Glenn Tipton poem count?

  34. brian

      don’t know it.

  35. Reynard Seifert

      working on it

  36. Margo
  37. Davey Houle

      Cooper’s Try is all Slayer n shit.

  38. Death

      Yeah. I already said that. Look above.

  39. Mark C

      does Adam’s Glenn Tipton poem count?

  40. I. Fontana

      “My Life In Heavy Metal” by Steve Almond. Actually kind of lame. How narrowly is “metal” here defined? Black Metal vs Death Metal vs Dark Metal etc… I had arguments about this with my then-wife’s sister’s boyfriend in France. He complained that French metal gets no respect. He had played in Nothingness, somewhat akin to Godflesh — or Kill the Thrill (who are Swiss). What about “Jerusalem,” the greatest 63 minute song ever recorded (well, possibly, because who knows)?

      Is the Velvet Underground “metal”? The Stooges? Joy Division? Nirvana? Sonic Youth?

      (The hair-bands of the 80s like Poison and Motley Crue don’t count for me, nor does Kiss. Led Zeppelin of course, Black Sabbath, but then Ozzy was just a joke. Gun N Roses might register, if you put together the right songs.)

      When you want to note literature inflected by the aesthetic, you soon move into the realm of drugs. But then, all sorts of music can accompany drug use, or serve as in effect a drug itself. Louis Armstrong in the 1920s and 30s, Bix Beiderbecke, or the slurred wahwah trumpet stylings of Bubber Miley, whom I once dreamed about when I had not yet heard his name.

  41. Justin Sirois
  42. I. Fontana

      “My Life In Heavy Metal” by Steve Almond. Actually kind of lame. How narrowly is “metal” here defined? Black Metal vs Death Metal vs Dark Metal etc… I had arguments about this with my then-wife’s sister’s boyfriend in France. He complained that French metal gets no respect. He had played in Nothingness, somewhat akin to Godflesh — or Kill the Thrill (who are Swiss). What about “Jerusalem,” the greatest 63 minute song ever recorded (well, possibly, because who knows)?

      Is the Velvet Underground “metal”? The Stooges? Joy Division? Nirvana? Sonic Youth?

      (The hair-bands of the 80s like Poison and Motley Crue don’t count for me, nor does Kiss. Led Zeppelin of course, Black Sabbath, but then Ozzy was just a joke. Gun N Roses might register, if you put together the right songs.)

      When you want to note literature inflected by the aesthetic, you soon move into the realm of drugs. But then, all sorts of music can accompany drug use, or serve as in effect a drug itself. Louis Armstrong in the 1920s and 30s, Bix Beiderbecke, or the slurred wahwah trumpet stylings of Bubber Miley, whom I once dreamed about when I had not yet heard his name.

  43. brian

      Looking forward to it Justin. Seems to be an untapped market.

      I, Steve Almond’s book is terrible. His metal is glam metal, and the employment of it into his narrative comes off as a misguided affectation.

      Other than Deathspell Omega, Gojira, or Blut Aus Nord, French metal really doesn’t get much respect. Or if not respect, then press.

  44. Matt

      SNORE, lorrie.

  45. Justin Sirois
  46. Matthew Simmons

      Am I the only person who thinks there are two or three really good stories in My Life In Heavy Metal?

  47. Cameron Pierce

      Not sure if I can think of any metal-themed novels off the top of my head. Maybe something will come to me later. I’m halfway through the first draft of an untitled novel about black metal. Also on the fourth or so draft of a novella called The Roadkill Quarterback of Heavy Metal High.

  48. brian

      Looking forward to it Justin. Seems to be an untapped market.

      I, Steve Almond’s book is terrible. His metal is glam metal, and the employment of it into his narrative comes off as a misguided affectation.

      Other than Deathspell Omega, Gojira, or Blut Aus Nord, French metal really doesn’t get much respect. Or if not respect, then press.

  49. Matt

      SNORE, lorrie.

  50. Matthew Simmons

      Am I the only person who thinks there are two or three really good stories in My Life In Heavy Metal?

  51. Cameron Pierce

      Not sure if I can think of any metal-themed novels off the top of my head. Maybe something will come to me later. I’m halfway through the first draft of an untitled novel about black metal. Also on the fourth or so draft of a novella called The Roadkill Quarterback of Heavy Metal High.

  52. I. Fontana

      If that.

  53. Steve

      Treading the water of “novel” and “nonfiction” (to me): “Killing Yourself to Live,” or anything else by Chuck Klosterman.

  54. I. Fontana

      If that.

  55. Steve

      Treading the water of “novel” and “nonfiction” (to me): “Killing Yourself to Live,” or anything else by Chuck Klosterman.

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