The Bandung (Indonesia) Death Metal scene is known for its secular orientation whereby religion and religious belief are viewed as personal matters that should be restricted to the private realm. Metalheads may freely go the mosque or church but in their capacities as private citizens only; religious identification and activity is not permitted to infringe upon the scene’s discourses and practices. We look at the differences in discourses and practices between the Jakarta-based One Finger Movement (Islamic) bands and the Bandung secular Death Metal scene. We also study Bandung band Saffar, which was known for its Islamic lyrics on its debut album but which has been for a few years in limbo due to the departure of vocalist and lyricist Parjo. We also look at Saffar’s positioning of itself as a “secular” band with Islamic and anti-Zionist lyrical themes rather than as an Islamic band per se. The secular Bandung scene context is a significant explanatory factor.
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Research Article| September 03 2018
Islamic Religion and Death Metal Music in Indonesia
Journal of Popular Music Studies (2018) 30 (3): 129–152.
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Kierlan James, Rex John Walsh; Islamic Religion and Death Metal Music in Indonesia. Journal of Popular Music Studies 3 September 2018; 30 (3): 129–152. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jpms.2018.200007
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