Русская рок-поэзия: текст и контекст
The paper analyses Russian heavy metal music as a musical gen-re. As a key component of the genre, a fantastic theme stands out, which was presented in song lyrics, as well as in music, visual images and live performanc-es. Based on the material of several heavy metal bands of the 1980s and 1990s («Black Coffee», «Legion», «Aria», «Black Obelisk», «Master» and «Ep-idemia»), the paper discovers how the «fantastic world» was represented in Russian heavy metal music. The main images were the follows – history and military subjects, religion and mythology, fantasy, devastating disasters.
The article considers the use of two concepts by Walter Benjamin – the destructive character and the angel of history – in the works of the German group «Einstuerzende Neubauten». It is concluded that the ideas of W. Benjamin define the purpose of musicians' creativity, express their attitude to the national past and history. The interest in Benjamin's work is connected with his political views and the correspondence of ideas to the circumstances of life in West Berlin in the final period of the Cold War