Gerd Bayer (editor of the collection Heavy Metal Music in Britain) alerted me to an interesting exchange on metal on the unlikely forum of paleoconservative publication Taki's Magazine (Taki being Spectator columnist, playboy and all-round dodgy character Taki Theodoracopulos). Spurred by this sarcy and superficial blog post on Bayer's book, a number of other Takimag contributors have rallied round the metal flag. Most interesting is this piece by Alex Kurtagic. Kurtagic runs the UK label Supernal Music (home to the wonderful Meads of Asphodel (can't be bothered to put in a link) amongst others). Kurtagic and Supernal have been accused of far right sympathies and some of his acts appear to have NSBM connections, but in truth his views seem to be based on a loathing for modernity as much as any obviously Nazi views. The debate on Taki's Mag seems to have provoked a number of contributors to praise elements of metal, particularly black metal for its potential as a conservative critique of modernity.
There's clearly a long and detailed blog post to be done on the subject. As ever though, I don't have the time to devote to it. Hopefully at some point in the future I will write something more substantial on conservatism and metal.