• MountainDwarf
    82
    https://www.wikihow.com/Write-Metal-Song-Lyrics

    Above is an article on how to write metal lyrics. Metal began, according to the wikihow article, as a way to protest the Vietnam war. The topic list in step number two I would think would resonate with many a philosopher's mind. We look at step three and it becomes very obvious that metal has a philosophical nature.

    What are your thoughts about Metal now that you've read all this?
  • Noble Dust
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    This is amazing
  • Sir2u
    1.5k
    Most musics is philosophical in some way.

    Some glories the good of a culture, some protests the bad. And some just makes the makers and fans more stupid.
  • Thorongil
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    As a composer of both metal and lyrics, I often incorporate philosophical themes and ideas, though not always self-consciously. However, as song lyrics are a form of poetry, and poetry is not the same thing as philosophy, I cannot agree that metal lyrics are a form of philosophy.

    By the way, conforming to a prearranged list of topics and instructions from a WikiHow page is not very "metal." Most metalheads I know, including myself, would laugh at such a thing. Compose what you want, conventions be damned.
  • MountainDwarf
    82
    By the way, conforming to a prearranged list of topics and instructions from a WikiHow page is not very "metal." Most metalheads I know, including myself, would laugh at such a thing.Thorongil

    You know, in a way you're right. I'm not sure that metal focuses only on negative aspects of existence, true. I think that it's just to get the ball rolling as like a beginners guide. They do make the distinction between what society says about such and such a topic and what you believe. Call me a conformist, but I think if you take away the list of topics it does inspire you to think differently.
  • Snakes Alive
    347
    One of my favorite strands in metal lyrics is the paranoia over immanent nuclear destruction. It's died down in recent years, but it was great.

  • MountainDwarf
    82
    I personally love the nu metal scene. My first classic metal album was ride the lightning. Do you consider AC/DC to be metal? Cause I know some would debate that.
  • Πετροκότσυφας
    1k
    Do you consider AC/DC to be metal?MountainDwarf

    Nope!

    . I'm not sure that metal focuses only on negative aspects of existence, true.MountainDwarf



    Reveal
    We never ever will die 'cause Heavy Metal is life
    And not eternal hell
    We always will believe destroying Satan's league
    We take a drink from The Well
    [...]
    O masters of darkness
    Beware of our songs
    For they shall destroy thee
    And save only the strong
    There's good and there's evil
    There's no in between
    For we shall slay evil with logic
    Crystal Logic, Crystal Magik, Crystal Logic


    And while we're at it...



    Reveal
    I sail the seas of negativity
    To banish evil from this place
    I fight with sword of fire and lightning
    I am the guardian come this day

    I will never put my sword down
    I will never run away
    In The Veils of Negative Existence
    I am the master here to stay
    [...]
    Upon the Island of Damnation
    The Horde of Hades screams and wails
    The blood of life and execution
    Has put back light into the Veils
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