M Selim Yavuz deposited ‘Death – Pierce Me’: A case study considering a Freudian repetition-compulsion view in depressive suicidal black metal in the group Music and Sound on Humanities Commons 3 years, 7 months ago
In the post-modern era, the domination of repetition in aesthetics allows for deeper meaning to be conveyed with limited musical material. The repetition, within Sigmund Freud’s interpretation in Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920), becomes a ‘repetition-compulsion’ that resonates beyond the aural recurrences. Obsession inherent in depressive suicidal black metal (DSBM) music may be explored under this heading. Richard Middleton asks ‘why do listeners find interest and [‘]pleasure[’] in hearing the same thing over again?’; motivated by this question, the proposed paper explores a case from DSBM, the band Silencer from Sweden, and the implications of Nattramn’s preoccupation of death in the act’s only album Death – Pierce Me. This album, and more generally DSBM elucidate the Freudian idea well, as DSBM seeks to express death and death-related notions in the music. Moreover, the manifestation of compulsion may be construed either as a binding, or a movement in time happening ‘back and forth’ in a Kierkegaardian sense, appropriately tying a musical structure together. The proposed exploration results in a closer view of repetitive qualities in Silencer’s music from musical and psychoanalytical standpoints as well as aesthetics, considering compulsion as a musical tool.