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A two-year foundation degree in heavy metal being offered by New College Nottingham has been labelled as an “easy option” and a qualification that would “lack weight” in finding work by education campaigners.

The degree, which was developed by music lecturer Liam Maloy and will teach students about a range of subjects including the composition of heavy metal and its effect on popular culture, film and even video games, is planned to start this September, despite causing some controversy amongst critics who feel it isn’t a degree that can be taken seriously when it comes to looking for work.

Could we soon be seeing whole modules dedicated to Maiden and Sabbath?

“There are too many degrees being offered that lack credibility in the marketplace,” says Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education.

“I suspect that may be the case with this course, unless you want to be a heavy metal star, in which case why would you need a degree in the subject? It might seem an attractive, easy option to some people. But you don’t need to do a degree in heavy metal. It’s a waste of time.”

“It’s a degree, so it will be academically rigorous,” counters Liam Maloy. “In the past, heavy metal has not been taken seriously and is seen as lacking academic credibility when compared with other genres such as jazz and classical music. But that’s just a cultural construction.”

Read more over on the BBC website

What do you think? Is it really necessary to have a whole degree dedicated to one genre of music or is there an argument for metal’s rich history being ripe for study? Let us know over on Facebook.

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A new report by the BBC has highlighted a new movement of churches that unite their followers through their love of heavy metal. No really. Naturally, we had to investigate.

“Before he was a minister in the Church of England, Mark Broomhead took thrash metal very seriously,” says the article.”His band, Seventh Angel, toured the world, sharing a record label with heavy metal acts Metallica and Slayer. Now he is vicar of the Order of the Black Sheep, a church in Chesterfield. It’s part of the Church of England, but Broomhead doesn’t appear to have mellowed.”

“We want it to be as uncomfortable as possible for people who’d go to an ordinary church,” says Mark himself. What a meanie.

“He is not alone in his endeavour,” continues the report. “A number of underground Christian groups are at work across the country, reaching out to people and subcultures that feel alienated by the traditional Church. As media attention remains focused on the Church of England’s stance on issues like women bishops and gay marriage, this very different type of Christian scene has gone largely unnoticed.”

The report also notes a church whose group meetings happen in the Intrepid Fox (yes,that one) and a vicar who DJs at Christian metal nights, which, if we’re being totally honest, we didn’t know was a thing.

The Intrepid Fox: Now an official church. Maybe.

Read the full feature here

We found this article particularly interesting, not least because it saw the term “pornogrind” used on the BBC website, which is amazing, but because of some of the questions it raises about metal’s relationship with faith. “Christian metal” is nothing new, and plenty of metal fans and bands around the world are religious, but to actually form a church that unites people of faith based on their music taste? Is that not being a bit exclusive? And doesn’t it essentially defeat some of the morals preached by Christianity, not to mention seem at odds with metal’s oft-highlighted if perhaps sometimes confused convictions of being “anti-establishment”?

What do you lot reckon? Can metal and faith co-exist in such an intense manner? Drop us a comment on the Metal Hammer Facebook page and let us know. That is if you’re not sitting in floods of tears waiting for a Valentine’s Day card to come through the post. *Sniff*

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Baroness, which recently released new album “Yellow & Green” (reviewed here), recorded a four-song BBC Session while in London earlier this month. Listeners can tune in via the BBC website at this location.

The set, which includes “Take My Bones Away,” “March to the Sea,” “Cocainium,” and “The Line Between,” was recorded at Maida Vale Studios in London on July 13th.

The official live music video for “Take My Bones Away” also premieres today on Rolling Stone’s website here.

Baroness is in the midst of a seven-week trek across Europe, and a North American tour for fall will be announced soon. Tour dates are:

July 25 Wiesbaden, Germany Raucherkammer
July 26 Basel, Switzerland Sommercasino
July 27 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo
July 28 Florence, Italy Viper Theatre
July 30 Milan, Italy Civic Arena

August 1 Munich, Germany 59to1
August 3 Prague, Czech Republic Klub 007
August 4 Katowice, Poland Off Festival
August 5 Berlin, Germany Magnet
August 6 Hamburg, Germany Logo
August 9 Oslo, Norway Oya Festival
August 13 Sheffield, UK Corporation
August 14 Bristol, UK The Fleece
August 15 Southampton, UK Talking Heads
August 17 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop
August 18 Leipzig, Germany Highfield Festival
August 19 Ludinghausen, Germany Area4 Festival
August 29 Brooklyn, NY House of Vans

September Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
September 6 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Music Festival
September 22 Lexington, KY Boomslang

October 27 Gainesville, FL The Fest 11

November Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest

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News has emerged suggesting that alternative Iraqi youths are being violently targeted by conservative religious militias for their look, resulting in numerous serious attacks by local police on young people and dozens of deaths being reported in recent weeks as a result.

Reports vary that between 50 and 90 youths – the majority of whom were men – have been killed in such attacks, with a general belief being held that the youths’, hair, clothes and personal lifestyle, described by Iraqi authorities as “emo”, caused violents crackdowns to be made by both religious police and groups of young men who took exception to the style.

Mustafa, a young Iraqi, told the BBC he feels “threatened” when he wears black clothing.

“The Iraqi people look at you in a bad way,” he says. “It is even worse when the Iraqi security for example arrest those in black or in the emo groups.”

The man pictured above is believed to have been killed by religious police for donning what they describe as an “emo” haircut, with countless other cases seemingly now coming to light. Local critics suggest that the emo tag is often conflated with homosexuality, which is technically legal in Iraq, but still remains taboo both socially and relgiously.

To read more on the case, you can head to the BBC website and we’ll have more on this story when more details emerge, but for now it goes without saying that we hope this is an issue that people will become more increasingly aware of as time goes on. It’s unbelievably disheartening to see that this level of intolerance is still alive and well.

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