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Book Examines Link Between Spirituality and Metal

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A new book entitled "The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition" has recently been released by editor Justin St. Vincent examining the connection between spirituality and metal music. The bands referenced in the book include Angelcorpse, Asva, Blackmass, Breed 77, Brujeria, Cannibal Corpse, Dawn Of Azazel, Enslaved, Enthroned, Evocation, Faith No More, Fantômas, Gorgoroth, Hatesphere, Metal Church, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, Pitchshifter, Purgatory, Requiem, Resurrection, Samael, Striborg, Tarot, Unleashed, and Vile.

The website for the book gave the following explanation on what it covers:

The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition provides an exciting exploration of how music powerfully impacts spirituality, and why spirituality influences music. Readers will discover sincere expressions of spiritual beliefs from the world of metal music. This portfolio includes an eclectic mix of musicians playing many forms of metal music; ambient metal, avant-garde death-metal, black metal, brutal metal, death metal, doom metal, experimental metal, funeral-doom, gothic metal, grindcore, heavy metal, industrial metal, melodic metal, power metal, progressive metal, psychedelic metal, Satanic metal, sludge metal, speed metal, symphonic metal, technical metal, thrash metal, and includes musicians from alternative-rock, avant-rock, and hardcore-punk bands. Metal Edition provides readers with an important introduction to metal music’s affinity with demonology, divination, magic, mysticism, Satanism, spiritualism, the occult, and witchcraft.

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Jenny's avatar

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1. Jenny writes:

This is VERY interesting; I'll have to check this out sometime. There are countless ways to go about this topic in itself. Should be an uplifting read for me. I love these sort of things.

# Jan 2, 2009 @ 10:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
metalheaddrummer101's avatar

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2. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

I wouldn't mind giving this a read...

# Jan 2, 2009 @ 11:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. psythe writes:

I tried researching this exact topic years ago. Being a mere school student at the time, I had no idea where to start, or how to go about it. This sounds like a great read.

# Jan 3, 2009 @ 6:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
metalheaddrummer101's avatar

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4. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

college, right?

# Jan 3, 2009 @ 10:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

I can't find where to buy this...

# Jan 3, 2009 @ 11:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. That_One_Guy writes:

Sounds like a good read, I may have to pick this up.

# Jan 3, 2009 @ 11:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. InfernoNecrosis writes:

Something on metal that doesn't sound sh**ty. Might pick it up at Chapters if I see it there.

# Jan 3, 2009 @ 4:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. psythe writes:

if post 4 was directed at me, no, highschool. I'm at uni now tho.

# Jan 3, 2009 @ 6:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

yeah, it was directed at you.

# Jan 3, 2009 @ 6:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. deathfreak writes:

look kinda cool. ill have to check it out.

# Jan 3, 2009 @ 9:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Bind.Torture.Kill. writes:

Sounds like someone did their homework when writing it.

# Jan 4, 2009 @ 12:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. BoltThrower writes:

What? This is total nonsense.

# Jan 4, 2009 @ 5:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. InfernoNecrosis writes:

I just have to say this: BoltThrower, you look like my cat :P

# Jan 4, 2009 @ 5:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. BoltThrower writes:

A new book entitled, "The absolute non-significance of two totally differnt things" is due to be released by Totally Bogus Books. The tome attempts to join oil and water into some sort of nonexistent symbiotic relationship that gives meaning to lame existence in a cold, dark, but yet perfect for human life universe.

ON

# Jan 4, 2009 @ 5:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. BoltThrower writes:

ON BOOKSTORE SHELVES NOW!! WHILE THEY LAST!!

# Jan 4, 2009 @ 5:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. InfernoNecrosis writes:

Is comment #14 about what I said? That was too confusing for me. f*** you - I'm 18, I don't think! :P

# Jan 4, 2009 @ 5:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. InfernoNecrosis writes:

Oh wait.. nevermind. Sorry, sleep deprivation due to someone's loud alarm clock... got me all stupid.

# Jan 4, 2009 @ 6:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. That_One_Guy writes:

BoltThrower -- If nothing else, it could be good for a few laughs?

# Jan 7, 2009 @ 12:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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