MIT Heavy Metal 101: Heavy Metal 101: Music and Culture (2023)

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Virtual Event

An introduction to Heavy Metal. Topics include the musicology of Heavy Metal as well as an examination of its culture. This multimedia extravaganza covers everything you ever wanted to know about Heavy Metal!

All classes will be held using the Zoom platform. To participate, click here ( to get the Zoom link in advance or click "Join Event" during the time of the class! All are welcome. Cost is free. Seating doesn't matter anymore. To learn more about this series and the class schedule, visit

Not a Metallurgy class! This veteran crash-course is coming back in full force and will have you head banging, air guitaring, and devil horn raising in no time! Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Heavy Metal, including how Metallica continues to evolve, why Lemmy IS God (RIP), how the genre tackles some of today's biggest sociopolitical challenges, why metal bands exist in every country on Earth, and why you're probably already a metalhead without even knowing it.

We'll look at metal cultures, explore the fringes of the most extreme forms of metal, and, of course, listen to some SCREAMING HEAVY METAL! This is guaranteed to be the most BRUTAL class ever offered at MIT! WARNING: This series most definitely goes to 11! Earplugs optional.

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IAP (Independent Activities Period)

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Academic, Arts/Music/Film, IAP (Independent Activities Period), General

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Public, MIT Community, Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff


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