Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 07:38:15



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Music

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


This paper is a comprehensive essay on the history, form, and compositional techniques of Extreme Metal music. Within Extreme Metal this paper will cover three sub-genres using compositions by Burzum, Death, and Gojira. This paper is meant to show a link between the compositional techniques used in Western Classical music and Extreme Metal through analysis of form, harmony, and tonality/modality. The scope of this paper primarily focuses on the popular music form verse/chorus which is compared to a variety of Western Classical music forms. The goal is to promote future research into the Extreme Metal style and other popular music forms.

Research Sponsor

Dr. James Wilding

First Reader

Dr. Brooks Toliver

Second Reader

Dr. Robert Brownlow

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Kevin Lewis



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