Vitalizing Ancient Cultures Mythological Storytelling in Metal Music

Vitalizing Ancient Cultures Mythological Storytelling in Metal Music

Uğur Kilinç (Ondokuz Mayıs University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch638
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In this study, principally the conceptual framework will be specified by surveying literature reviews on 'metal music' and 'mythology'. In the praxis, semiotic analysis will be practiced upon. The reason of utilizing this method is that the band Amon Amarth enables us to read and study the mythological images on their album cover under the light of semiotic analysis, inasmuch as the reading method which semiotic analysis offers, assists us to reveal the mythological meanings in the visual product that the band released.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Denotation: The first and direct meaning of a sign.

Jörmungandr: In Norse mythology, the serpent that lives in Midgard, the world inhabited by humans, and that Thor will battle against on judgement day.

Norns, The: The female beings who rule the destiny are named Urd, Verdandi and Skuld in Norse mythology.

Mjölnir: The magical hammer that belongs to god Thor in Norse mythology.

Odin: The main god that is “the father of all things” in Norse mythology.

Connotation: It represents the secondary, suppressive meaning of a sign, that is related to the personal knowledge of the one interprets the sign with.

Ragnarök: Judgement day in Norse mythology.

Thor: The most powerful god in Norse mythology.

Loki: The god that represents evil in Norse mythology.

Myth: A narrative genre that explains the values of a society (its belief, philosophy, lifestyle, guidance, art etc.) it emerges into through supernatural events and people.

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