Фантастическая тематика в российской хеви-метал музыке 1980-1990-х гг.
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.