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Nameless, but not blameless: Motherhood in Finnish heavy metal music

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This article argues that, in some specific cases, Finnish heavy metal lyrics are horror texts, and that mothers in Finnish heavy metal lyrics are often relegated to tropes, like being ‘othered’. This shows that motherhood in Finnish heavy metal lyrics, much like motherhood in horror texts, is rarely depicted subversively. This article will address aspects of what makes motherhood horrifying and monstrous in Finnish heavy metal music. Because Pekka Kainulainen, the lyricist for Amorphis (a Finnish heavy metal band), was interviewed specifically for this project, the main example used in this article will be the lyrics of Amorphis. However, several other Finnish metal bands will also be utilized to support this thesis.

Keywords: Amorphis; Finnish heavy metal music; Pekka Kainulainen; horror texts; lyrical analysis; monstrous mothers; motherhood

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000121901201University College London

Publication date: June 1, 2020

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