Forever underground, forever black: the Indonesian death metal scene as mythscape and the Ujung Berung death metal scene as myth

Kieran Edmond James*, Rex John Walsh

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Because it has been integral to the history and marketing of Bandung Death Metal, the satellite-town of Ujung Berung aka Ujungbronx, in Bandung’s outer southeastern suburbs, has become a revered and romanticized myth throughout all of Indonesia’s underground scenes. The Indonesian underground as a whole constitutes the mythscape or page where alternative myths are promulgated, expanded, debated, opposed, or reimagined. While the governing myth of Ujung Berung scene as paramount is widely accepted in West Java province, it is accepted somewhat reluctantly, and with mild criticism, in the East Javanese and Jogjakarta scenes. However, in Surabaya, there is a recognition that the moment when the governing myth could have been overthrown, at least within East Java, is long past. History belongs to the victors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPopular Music History
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 May 2023

Keywords

  • Bandung death metal
  • governing myth
  • Indonesian popular music
  • industrialization
  • mythscape
  • Ujung Berung

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