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Has Metal Lost Its Edge? Ask The New York Times...

Over the course of the past decade, more and more mainstream media outlets have begun acknowledging the existence of heavy metal, even in its more extreme forms. Some of them have even taken a shine to it, exemplified by sites like Pitchfork, Stereogum, and NPR's willingness to publish death metal reviews and streams with bands like Wolves in the Throne Room and Autopsy. Doom veterans YOB were invited to tour with Tool, Scion's marketing division has poured money into booking an annual metal festival and releasing metal records, and even The New York Times making space for black metal bands besides its usual highbrow fare. What gives? Somewhere along the course of its forty-odd raucous years, heavy metal became...acceptable. Respectable, even. Whether it's curiosity, novelty, or the simple realization that metal's history, complexity, and global impact more than afford it a place at the cultural table, we want to get to the bottom of how and why it's happened, and what's coming next.

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Kimberly Kelly, Journalist, Pitchfork


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