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date: 09 April 2020

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What does it mean to be an extreme band in northern England? How do female and male metal musicians come to feel part of a scene that is continuously splintering into spatial fragments and social circles? What sorts of sensual and affective intensities emerge during these music making performances and practices? These questions, which remain peripheral within popular music, leisure, and metal music studies, are central to this chapter. Drawing upon the author’s ethnographic research of Leeds’s extreme metal scene, this chapter draws on feminist poststructuralism to examine how the fluctuating socio-spatial landscape of Leeds’ metal scene has impacted the lives of fourteen metal musicians in regards to their interpersonal band relationships, class and gendered identities, affective engagements in the scene, and commitments to their music making practices. A performative, nonrepresentational approach is used to highlight the multiplicity of ways leisure identities and music making practices and performances are experienced, produced, challenged, and emotionally negotiated.

Keywords: extreme metal music-making practices, leisure, feminist poststructuralism, spatiality, non-representational theory, affect, performative ethnography, Leeds metal scene.

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