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Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2052-3998
  • E-ISSN: 2052-4005



This article considers the differing philosophies towards artistic expression of Metallica and Iron Maiden, two defining bands in the heavy metal genre. It explores the contrasting mentalities that have seen Metallica adapt their musical style on numerous occasions, while Iron Maiden have stuck doggedly to a particular musical path. This article has two aims. First, it sheds light on why two of the heavy metal genres most load-bearing creative and commercial pillars are so unevenly fashioned in terms of creative ethos. Second, it extrapolates wider insights into notions of authenticity in heavy metal music. What are the implications of a band relying on a self-referential sense of how its music ought to be fashioned, versus welcoming in outside influences to reshape one’s artistic core?


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): authenticity; creativity; experimentation; heavy metal; Iron Maiden; Metallica
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