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A renown classical music university in Australia has asked its students to copy techniques from a stunning heavy metal band – hear the song they’re studying here.

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TEACHING IS METAL

The creator of the heavy metal degree being offered by New College Nottingham has appeared on BBC Breakfast News to talk about the merits of the qualification, which were brought into question by education campaigners last week.

Music lecturer Liam Maloy has previously responded to accusations that the degree is a “waste of time” and an “easy option” for students by pledging that the course will be “will be academically rigorous”, adding that, “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.”

Find out what else he had to say on the course – which has so far signed up more than 20 students at a cost of £5,750 each per year – below:

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Class dismisse-oh shit

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

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Black bloody Sabbath

Chris Beardshaw, award-winning UK gardening expert and regular contributor to flagship BBC show Gardener’s World, has claimed that cranking Black Sabbath in a greenhouse full of plants sees them grow extremely healthily, while blasting a bit of Cliff Richard kills them all off. Presumably in waves of pure, abject horror.

“We set up four glasshouses with different sorts of music in to see what happened to the plants,” Chris tells the reliably rubbish Daily Mail. ”We had one that was silent — that was a control house — and we had one that was played classical music, we had one that was played Cliff Richard and we had one that was played Black Sabbath.

“It was alstroemerias we were growing and we bombarded these glasshouses with sound for the life of the plant.

“We were measuring incidence of pest and disease, we were measuring inter-nodal distance, we were measuring the floriferous nature of them and that sort of thing and so the one that was grown as a control house grew really well as you’d expect.

“The one that was grown with classical music — a soft, almost a caressing of the plant when it is hit with that sort of soundwave — those grew slightly shorter because of the soundwaves bombarding them and were slightly more floriferous and there was slightly less pest and disease.

“And the ones with Black Sabbath — great big, thumping noise, rowdy music — they were the shortest, but they had the best flowers and the best resistance to pest and disease.

“The alstroemerias in the Cliff Richard house all died. Sabotage was suspected, but we couldn’t prove it.”

Sabotage our arse. Cliff’s just rubbish. Black Sabbath released new single God Is Dead? earlier today, and you can listen to it right here. Maybe have your plants handy.

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Forbidden Records has set March 20th as the date on which Goatcraft’s “All for Naught” will be released. Comprised of equal parts dark ambient, horror movie soundtrack and death metal-inspired violent neo-classical piano, “All for Naught” is music for a new millennium.

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As a band, OBLIVION doesn’t want to just fit into the typical death metal category. Let the video and their speech be heard:

Sure, we come from primarily a death metal background and we fulfill all the stylistic criteria associated with it. But we want our music to have broad conceptions and extreme depth. I composed a piece called “Multiverse” that exists within two universes: Metal and Classical. The notes are identical and the music functions both as modern art music and modern extreme metal. We hired some of the top string players in the Bay Area to perform the work and recorded video of the sessions. One of aspects that I want to bring from the metal world into the classical is the physical embodiment of the music. Notice how the musicians are almost obligated to move their bodies and headbang to the music in order to rhythmically play it. Shred is very rhythmic and, like a metal musician, requires total physical involvement with the music. The second movement “Long Deaf Hate” is a tribute to a band that every metalhead knows and by the end of the piece they should recognize the quotation from which I draw all the musical material from. Shred is just one example of the Classical music aspects that encompass our structural composition.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzRPagKdJ-g

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According to a new study by a Colorado State University associate professor, dogs in animal shelters were less likely to bark and more likely to sleep to classical music than heavy metal.

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One man Italian black metal act Lord Agheros announced that the new LP will be entitled “Demiurgo”, which is defined as “a magnificent Atmospheric Black Metal masterpiece!” Lord Agheros is the product of Gerassimos Evangelou (Spoilshroud), and according to the press release, the new LP is “a wonderful atmospheric piece of music that fits in well with these dark times. Musically it is a perfect balance between the obscure and extreme Black Metal elements overwhelmed with atmospheric and Ambient parts, so to represent in sounds the real essence of this decadent era.” “Demiurgo” is scheduled for a November 26, 2012 release through My Kingdom Music. The album will be released as a deluxe digipack edition.

With the strength of the sound of Summoning, with the film score influences of Ulver, through classical music and theatrical opera elements, Lord Agheros,molds an atmospheric extreme metal soundtrack.

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One man Italian black metal act Lord Agheros announced that the new LP will be entitled “Demiurgo”, which is defined as “a magnificent Atmospheric Black Metal masterpiece!” Lord Agheros is the product of Gerassimos Evangelou (Spoilshroud), and according to the press release, the new LP is “a wonderful atmospheric piece of music that fits in well with these dark times. Musically it is a perfect balance between the obscure and extreme Black Metal elements overwhelmed with atmospheric and Ambient parts, so to represent in sounds the real essence of this decadent era.” “Demiurgo” is scheduled for a November 26, 2012 release through My Kingdom Music. The album will be released as a deluxe digipack edition.

With the strength of the sound of Summoning, with the film score influences of Ulver, through classical music and theatrical opera elements, Lord Agheros,molds an atmospheric extreme metal soundtrack.

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When rock ‘n’ roll began, it was music of rebellion, fighting against the strait-laced world of classical music.

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