Not a Metallurgy course! Returning after a brief hiatus, 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.


2017 Schedule of Events (All events held in 4-149 at 5:30 PM. See here for a map.)

Heavy Metal 101: Music and Culture

Monday January 9, 2017

A one-hour 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!

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MIT Heavy Metal 101 Presents Tim Ma

Thursday January 12, 2017

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.

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History of Heavy Metal: Part I

Tuesday January 17, 2017

A one-hour 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.

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MIT Heavy Metal 101 Presents Paul Buckley and Haydee Irizarry

Thursday January 19, 2017

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. 

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History of Heavy Metal: Part II

Monday January 23, 2017

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.

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MIT Heavy Metal 101 Presents Görebläster Körpse-härvest Lunden

Thursday January 26, 2017

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.

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History of Heavy Metal: Part III

Monday January 30, 2017

A one-hour 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.

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MIT Heavy Metal 101 Presents Matt Zappa

Thursday February 2, 2017

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. 

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