Not a Metallurgy class! This veteran crash-course is coming back in full force and will have you head banging, air guitaring, and devil horn raising in no time! Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Heavy Metal, including how Metallica tries too hard to be cool, why Lemmy IS God (RIP), and why you might already be a metalhead and not even know it.
We'll look at metal cultures, explore the fringes of the most extreme forms of metal, and, of course, listen to some SCREAMING HEAVY METAL! This is guaranteed to be the most BRUTAL class ever offered at MIT!
WARNING: This series most definitely goes to 11! Earplugs optional.
2019's classes will be posted soon, but read below to learn about what happened last year!
2018 Schedule of Events (All events start at 6:30 PM. See each event for the room number! Click here for a map.)
Heavy Metal 101: Music and Culture
Tuesday January 9, 2018; Room 4-159
An introduction to Heavy Metal. Topics include the musicology of Heavy Metal as well as an examination of Heavy Metal culture. This multimedia extravaganza covers everything you ever wanted to know about Heavy Metal!
MIT Heavy Metal 101 Presents Tim Ma
Friday January 12, 2018; Room 4-153
MIT's Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Tim Ma. A practiced metal bassist, he will be discussing his how his musical interests led him towards metal and breaking down the many styles of bass playing with a live demonstration.
History of Heavy Metal: Part I
Tuesday January 16, 2018; Room 4-145
A seminar examining the history of Heavy Metal from the late 1960s through the early 1990s. Topics will include Hard Rock, Archetypal Heavy Metal, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), Power Metal, Thrash Metal, and the Big 4.
MIT Heavy Metal 101 Presents Haydee Irizarry and Paul Buckley
Friday January 19, 2018; Room 4-153
MIT's Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturers, Paul Buckley and Haydee Irizarry. Both powerful and versatile vocalists, they will be discussing the local metal scene around the Boston area and breaking down the different styles of metal vocals with live demonstrations.
MIT Heavy Metal 101 Presents Görebläster Körpse-härvest Lunden
Monday January 22, 2018; Room 4-145
MIT's Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Görebläster Körpse-härvest Lunden. A skillful metal guitarist, he will be discussing his time with his band, The Beast of Nod, and demonstrating various playing techniques associated with metal guitar.
History of Heavy Metal: Part II
Friday January 26, 2018; Room 4-153
A one-hour seminar examining the history of Heavy Metal from the early 1990s to the present. Topics include New American Metal, Metalcore and Grindcore, Black Metal, Death Metal, and Extreme Metal.
History of Heavy Metal: Part III
Monday January 29, 2018; Room 4-145
A seminar examining the many of the remaining genres of Heavy Metal. Topics include Progressive Metal and its variants, Djent, Folk and Viking Metal, Metal Fusion, and other forms of Experimental and Avant-Garde Metal.
MIT Heavy Metal 101 Presents Matt Zappa
Friday February 2, 2018; Room 4-153
MIT's Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Matt Zappa. An accomplished metal drummer, he will be discussing his upbringing in the metal scene and breaking down the evolution of metal drumming with a live demonstration.