You may not consider an exercise in diagramming sentences as being very metal, but there's a West Texas A&M University professor named Martin Jacobsen that will prove you wrong. The professor has recently managed to successfully fuse metal music and literature classes. And it's not just any metal we're talking about, but the British heavy legends Iron Maiden.
Jacobsen used the "Out Of The Silent Planet" track off their 2000 album "Brave New World" during a class exercise, presenting visual diagrams of lyrics construction with the music playing at the same time. The students' reaction? They loved it, of course. Who wouldn't, right?
"The students were mad for it. They just thought it was crazy and they loved it. I threw it out there just as an offhand comment one day - 'What we ought to do is have a class in heavy metal' - and there was universal agreement from the students in the class, like, 'Yes, we should actually do that.'", the professor tells Amarillo.com.
The 'metal exercise' was such a hit that Jacobsen is now teaching a new course called Introduction to Literature: Heavy Metal as a Literary Genre. The professor explains that many metal lyricist have been inspired by some of the greatest writers of all time.
"You constantly see these nods to the intellectual tradition that these writers, these lyricists come from. It's connected itself and grounded itself in literary tradition. Therefore it's reasonable to conclude that it is a form of literature as well as a form of music. In much the same way, you might say country music is a species of folklore."
The class has now got all the metalheads flocking into classrooms. 22-year-old student Eric Bauer says that in the metal lyrics domain, everything is possible.
"In the lyrics of heavy metal you can write about anything. Social issues, the human experience, wizards and dragons - if you're interested in a subject, there's probably a heavy metal song about it."
So is this awesome or what? And would you consider taking this metal class, or do you prefer sticking to traditional ones instead? Let us know in the comments section below.