Helvete: a Journal of Black Metal Theory (Journal)

  • Jasmine Shadrack (Editor)
  • Niall Scott (Editor in chief)

Activity: Publication Peer-review and Editorial WorkEditorial workResearch


Helvete is dedicated to continuing the mutual blackening of metal and theory inaugurated by the Black Metal Theory Symposia. Not to be confused with a metal studies, music criticism, ethnography, or sociology, black metal theory is a speculative and creative endeavor, one which seeks ways of thinking that “count” as black metal events—and, indeed, to see how black metal might count as thinking. Theory of black metal, and black metal of theory. Mutual blackening. Therefore, we eschew any approach that treats theory and metal discretely, preferring to take the left-hand path by insisting on some kind of connaturality between the two, a shared capacity for nigredo.
Period2019 → …
Type of journalJournal
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • black metal