With talks about Thor: The Dark World circulating, I figured it would be worthwhile to weigh in from the heavy metal realm. I was not quite beaming with the excitement of a fangirl about Thor: The Dark World, but I really would not mind seeing it because I liked The Avengers; my first up close encounter with the Marvel crew was when I rented The Avengers months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. As I have never been an avid comic book reader, expect no critiques, opinions on character background and other trivia. One thing made sense to me, though: Thor wielding mjölnir.
The metal fan within me knows that Thor, Loki, Asgard, etc. have also been longtime, popular topics in metaldom, probably because an abundance of metal bands natives of Scandinavia. A good (yet, worn) example is the melodic death band, Amon Amarth. Just have a listen to “Twilight of the Thunder God,” and be blown away:
A parallel exists between Thor: The Dark World and the mythology-loving scope of heavy metal. Let’s be honest; both forms of entertainment are a bit (wait for it…) geeky. The camaraderie that builds around comic book and on film Thor is the same that surrounds Amon Amarth’s Thor; upholding facets of Norse mythology within lyrics and onstage antics, this is rather obvious. For the uninitiated, Amon Amarth released a mini documentary, Forging Mjölnir. In the doc, the band discusses the theme of Loki of their latest album, Deceiver of the Gods:
Forging Mjölnir: Part I. Video: YouTube
Let’s go a tad further. King of Asgard, another melodic death metal band, explores these, typically, uncommon ideas. One of my favorite songs is “Gap of Ginnungs” from their album, …To North, where the band talks about the mythological Ginnungagap (“seeming emptiness”): “In the beginning there was nought but distant past. There was nothing… nothing but a yawning Gap. A great emptiness, unending formless and void.”
Now, are there aspects that make metal unique? Of course. I just don’t believe most people think of metal as a part of geekdom. Traditionally, metal is celebrated for going against the norm—even if metal still falls within the range of an offshoot culture, way of being.
My point is that atypical pop culture is broader than imagined, reaching to the underground of appeal metal. This is significant because it questions the nature of metal culture and the overall offbeat culture, also known as geek culture. When the view of traditional geek culture is narrowed, it is irritating to me. Being discerning, many metalheads deny the quirkiness of their own interests; being creators of classic geek criteria, some inadvertently push others out of what is traditionally considered, well, geeky! From a widened perspective, all deviations from the norm funnel into same category. I would not mind picking up a comic book at some point, and I am sure some folks are curious about that Anthrax album they saw in the record store. I believe a there is a well-deserved space for metalheads within the world of geekiness. (It may be a bit more sinister and mysterious, though.)
So, do you think of metal as a part of geekdom or not?