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Has Metal Lost Its Edge?

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,. 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, get to the bottom of how and why it's happened, and what's coming next.


Brandon Stosuy

Sr Editor

Pitchfork Media


Chris Grigg



Founder, guitarist, and vocalist of the black metal band Woe; tech and music blogger; producer, mixer, and abuser of sounds; developer, tinkerer, all-around person who likes making and breaking things.

Emilie Friedlander

Sr Editor

The Fader

Fred Pessaro

Editor in Chief



Kim Kelly


Pitchfork Media

Kim Kelly is a New York-based writer and music journalist. She analyzes heavy metal and the culture surrounding it for Pitchfork, the Atlantic, NPR, the Guardian, Decibel, Iron Fist, Terrorizer, the Daily Telegraph, the Quietus, Kerrang, Vice, the Wire, and others. She blogs at Necrolust.

Twitter: @grimkim

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