Death Doom Metal and the divergence from tradition: A viewpoint from a pioneer

my-dying-bride-4ffd87ba8e6c1Interviews with influential people can be invaluable resources for investigating their ideas more intimately and focused, thus giving the opportunity to reach more informed conclusions in a research. Doom metal in the extreme metal paradigm, as opposed to traditional doom metal, being my current and planned future research topic, my idea for an interview is to conduct one with an influential musician whose music may be thought as showing this genre’s musical qualities.

My Dying Bride is a band of UK origin, Bradford, West Yorkshire to be exact, that formed in 1989 (See O2backstagechat, My Dying Bride: Doom Metal Heroes, 2012). They released twelve albums, and currently working on their thirteenth. They are largely considered as one of the pioneering bands in the death doom metal subgenre, which represents one of the most important breakpoints from the traditional doom metal that began with Black Sabbath in the 1970s. Also, My Dying Bride’s music has been developing in the last three decades continuously, hence they remain an influence in the doom metal scene in general, especially death doom metal, and gothic doom metal subgenres. I hope to do an interview with the vocalist, songwriter, and one of the founding members of My Dying Bride, Aaron Stainthorpe.

3221264791.11My involvement with doom metal scene in one or another goes back almost fifteen years, so this will present one of the challenges of conducting an interview within this scene. Reflexivity and the idea of autoethnography, while considering the crucial differences between ethnography and oral history, will be important issues to be considered. Another challenge specific to this interview will be not reiterating information that is already available. Because of My Dying Bride’s history, there are many interviews currently readily available around the Internet and other journalistic sources. Thus this interview will not solely be a life history interview, but an interview focusing on the musician and his musical ideas, acknowledging his life story in the relevant places, especially regarding the issues raised with the aid of applying affect theory into doom metal music making.

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One Comment on “Death Doom Metal and the divergence from tradition: A viewpoint from a pioneer”

  1. Graham Smith says:

    I’m pretty excited about this project – not least how your interviewee will respond to being interviewed…


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