When it comes to underground music, the black metal genre is about as subterranean as it gets.
It may be no coincidence that the festival's main sponsor is Rockstar Energy Drink, a corporation with ties to a homophobic, conservative political pundit.
Composed of two musical pieces, each over 30 minutes in length, the release offers a poetic perspective on the current state of the natural world.
Students enrolled in the degree program will learn the history of metal, from past censorship issues to major events and achievements.
"Twenty-four years to the day when John Lennon was shot and killed in front of his New York City apartment building, emerged from behind a seven-foot-high stack of amplifiers."
The school shooting has cut like a knife through the metal community, which itself has experienced its own fair share of tragedy.
"It is shocking to me that one could be seriously interested in black metal and not be deeply committed to radical ecology," says Wolves in the Throne Room's Aaron Weaver.
Today, new and aggressive underground genres are re-connecting with environmental activism, and metal - and its most abrasive subgenres - is no exception.
With the critical 2012 presidential election coming up, metal music is getting political.