Prove Your Metal

So you might have read the metalhead on the street claim that their music is positive in statements in the newspapers. What exactly do they mean?

Let me take a few examples:

Heavy Metal:
Black Sabbath – War Pigs
Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor

Go do yourselves a favor and listen to it online, through online streaming sites or other methods. You will find it to sound very, very old and classic-rock like. Except that classic rock sings about love, and less worldly topics.

Power/speed metal:
Stratovarius – Eagleheart
Heart of an eagle
He flies through the rainbow
Into a new world and finds the sun
Spreading his wings
Above all the sorrows
The glory of Eagleheart

This is also the cheesiest sounding of all metal – high-pitched vocal singalongs, no screaming, no growling, and lots of very classical elvish-sounding guitar solos. Girls will dig Nightwish, which is like Evanescence but more operatic.

Thrash Metal:
Metallica – One
Fed through the tube that sticks in me
Just like a wartime novelty
Tied to machines that make me be
Cut this life off from me

This is also an easy-to-find song and video; it won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.

Yes, it does touch on the sensitive subject of suicide, and *gasp* euthanasia, and war again. However, watch the video, and you will see why – the protagonist, as a young boy, is told “for democracy, any man would give his only begotten son”. He is sent off to war and is hit by a grenade and is left a shell of himself, paralyzed from the neck down. Stuck in the ward, he cannot sleep, traumatized by the events. He then uses Morse Code to signal to the doctors that he does not want to live anymore. Whether or not the doctors did anything we don’t know, but it cuts to a funeral hymn.

Death Metal:
Death – Mentally Blind
You see your vision and no one else’s
Your every word filled with sarcasm
Crucify people with invisible knowledge
Verbal destruction with each compulsion
We will see where you go
The future for you is nowhere
Every minute a cliche of your kind
Too much to say from a person with no respect
Your accusations you will regret
From the mentally blind come ideas that are poison
Take away the power, a shallow person you will find

Death metal is pounding, and heavier than thrash, but one of the identifying factors is heavily growled vocals. Those are not voices of Satan! It is merely the style. Go read around. Go educate yourself. I’m already helping out here. I don’t have the following songs, but these can be Googled nevertheless:

Death – Living Monstrosity:
Living monstrosity
A freak for life they’ll always be
Never knowing love or hate
Only pain the drug creates

(Oh look, an anti-drug song!)

Death – Without Judgement:
Guilty until proven innocent
We condemn your soul and fate
Never mind the possibilities
Too busy for logic or to calculate

Anddd Death – Spiritual Healing:
Blinded by the twisted ways you live
Kill for religion, will the Lord forgive?
Idiocy has stricken your mind
A real-life hell you will find

If anything, Death‘s lyrics are merely championing that you should not blindly accept the false teachings of others. In other words, don’t be stupid.

I will not deny that black metal is morbid, rhymes in occult, and talks about crushing skulls, or that Pantera has violent lyrics, or that Death has a song called Mutilation. However, read beyond the sound, and you will find some very intelligent lyrics.

I’d like to give as much detail as possible, but I don’t have any black metal songs. The hardest I have is just by the band Death, and I don’t listen to them a lot.

Now let’s look at rappers, who champion free sex, drugs and alcohol.

Nelly – Ride Wit Me:
If you wanna go and get high wit me
Smoke an L in the back with the Benz

Let me spell L out for you. LSD. Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. A drug that creates illusions and vivid daydreams.

50 Cent – In Da Club:
You can find me in the club, bottle full of Bud
Mama, I got that X, if you into takin’ drugs
I’m into having sex, I ain’t into making love
So come give me a hug if you into getting rubbed

X is also E which is also Esctasy. A Bud is a Budweiser, a brand of beer. These hip hop songs are being played on the radio and being sung along by girls and boys, underaged alike!

I have been to many underground gigs on the more urban rock side, and have never seen somebody smoking a joint publicly. I have never seen anybody having sex in a rock gig either. Look for these things in nightclubs, people.

The more heavy the music played, the less girls you’d find.

Why are there so few venues to have rock gigs as opposed to hiphop/R&B gigs? Venues complain that the rockers don’t drink; this is especially so with the Malay crowds. Hiphop and R&B is more profitable. Don’t assume that there’s debauchery there, either – there will be more in a dangdut club.

15 thoughts on “Prove Your Metal

  1. Laynie Post author

    Oh man, so so true. Although I’m not that into rock and more into hip hop: I wish there were more Will Smiths and less 50s, if you know what I mean.

  2. tech the greato Post author

    what a kick ass post!!

    salut you on the post! well thought and well written. stupid double standards. stupid medias too. i remember that they almost destroyed the underground scene back in early 2000 with their so called "expose’" on their black metal issue.

    tv’s too have become tabloids nowadays. it’s bad considering that our ppl, are easily paranoid.

    i do agree 100% on your claims about hip hop lyrics and all that bling. i mean look at the charts now man, half of those songs are talking about the same thing! sex, money, blings, alcohol, and others bad vices.

    just because someone dresses in black, doesn’t mean they are Satan worshippers. stupidity…

  3. Cheneille Post author

    omg i got a shock when i buka-ed ur blog.

    very… er… interesting layout.

    are black blogs going to be labelled as black metal blogs hence the change?


  4. Yuenqi Post author

    That’s how people usually bring up the argument (by comparing metal with hip-hop). So do I.

    (I’m a fan of Kotipelto~ and yes, I like <i>Eagleheart</i>)

  5. Broken Scar Post author

    This is by far the best post and potentially an article for a music analysis study. Gotta love the details!


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