Heavy metal might not often be found in an academic environment, but one university in Australia is starting to think different.
Professor Matthew Hindson at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music has shaken their classical music curriculum by introducing a song by Australian metal band Ne Obliviscaris to his students.
What's more surprising is that Hindons is himself a world-renown classical composer, but he was so struck by the band's song "And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope" that he's asking students to use their techniques in an assignment.
"It is my pleasure to introduce such high quality music making to our students, alongside other music by composers including Beethoven, Gershwin, Steve Reich and Peter Sculthorpe. Musicians deserve to hear the music of Ne Obliviscaris, and the music of many other metal bands, in order to appreciate the compositional complexity that lies within it, no matter what their musical tastes," said Hindson (via Blabbermouth).
It's not the first time this year that metal and education have hit the headlines. In May, the world's first Heavy Metal degree was announced, but education campaigners were quick to dub the course a waste of time.
Hear the song "And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope" by Ne Obliviscaris here:
What songs would you recommend to universities if they wanted to study music? Post your suggestions in the comments.