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.
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Full 2019 Schedule of Events Coming Soon! (All events start at 6:30 PM in Room 4-153!). Click here for a map.)
Heavy Metal 101: Music and Culture
Monday January 7, 2019
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!
History of Heavy Metal: Part I
Tuesday January 8, 2019
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: Paul Buckley
Thursday January 10, 2019
MIT Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Paul Buckley. A powerful and versatile vocalist, he 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:Görebläster Körpse-härvest Lunden
Monday January 14, 2019
MIT Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Görebläster Körpse-härvest Lunden. Görebläster’s session will focus on the role the guitar has played in shaping the sound of heavy metal. He will demonstrate how the mechanics of the instrument have led people to utilize it in specific ways in various genres of metal, how the characteristically “flashy” lead guitar sounds are made and how they’ve evolved over the years, and how modern equipment and production are used to mitigate some inherent limitations of the instrument when it’s used to play some specific styles of metal. Explanations will be accompanied by some (loud) performances.
History of Heavy Metal: Part II
Tuesday January 15, 2019
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.
Metal in Everything!
Thursday January 17, 2019
Now that you've got a handle on the basics of metal music, where else can its influence be found? We'll look at where metal has invaded and conquered in pop culture, literature, science, and vice versa!
History of Heavy Metal: Part III
Tuesday January 22, 2019
A seminar examining more genres of Heavy Metal. Topics include Progressive Metal and its variants, Djent, Folk and Viking Metal among others.
History of Heavy Metal: Part IV
Wednesday January 23, 2019
A seminar examining the many of the remaining genres of Heavy Metal. Topics will include Metal Fusion, and other forms of Experimental and Avant-Garde Metal. It's going to get weird.
MIT Heavy Metal 101: Aaron Gray
Thursday January 24, 2019
MIT Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Aaron Grey. An accomplished musician and fellow in the metal scene, he will be discussing some of the specifics for how talent can make the transition from playing local venues to becoming a touring act. This session will also largely be Q&A. So, if you have questions about how to help and progress your own band, please bring them!
Metal and Fashion
Monday January 28, 2019
We've looked a lot at how metal formed and took shape. Though, how can you better look the part? Come by as we look at various metal fashions. P.S. Bring your battle vests, cuffs, and best corpse paint for this lecture.
MIT Heavy Metal 101: Matt Zappa
Tuesday January 29, 2019
MIT Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Matt Zappa. An accomplished metal drummer, his talk will comprise of three sections: (1) a metal drumming masterclass, (2) life as a touring musician, and (3) tech of metal drumming all while breaking down the evolution of metal drumming with a live demonstration.
MIT Heavy Metal 101: Tim Ma
Thursday January 31, 2019
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 as well as looking at music production and mastering along with a live mixing demonstration.