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The Lure of Metal

The other day I got talking about Heavy Metal songs. Yes, there are the black sheep and the “shock therapy” acts; but the better bands’ songs have meaning to them. Don’t believe me? Well… I’m sure you have heard the following lines from Coleridge’s poem:

Water, water everywhere, and all the boards did shrink

Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink

Well, I’ve heard the same lines too, albeit in a metal song – “The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner”.

This was sung by my favorite metal act – Iron Maiden (though I also love Metallica, Sabbath, Children of Bodom & Motorhead). Between them, they sing about Mythology, Literature, History, Movies, Social Commentary, War & Drugs (against the last two of course). Here’s a sampling:

To Tame A Land: About Herbert Frank’s acclaimed “Dune” series

Stranger In A Strange Land: Arctic Exploration

Two Minutes To Midnight: The Doomsday Clock

The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner: Allan Sillitoe’s short story by the same name

The Flight Of Icarus: Icarus’ Flight, adapted to Teenage Rebellion

Ride The Lightning: Capital Punishment

War Pigs, One: Against War

Run To The Hills: European Conquest of America

Aces High: The Battle Of Britain

My Favorites, though, are:

Harvester Of Sorrow, Master Of Puppets: Drug Abuse

“Master of Puppets I’m pulling your strings”

Out Of The Silent Planet: Forbidden Planet(1956 Sci-Fi Movie, a must watch)

“Deserted by the hand of Gods of your own creation”

    (you’ll need to see the movie to appreciate this one)

Brave New World:Orwell’s 1984 & Huxley’s Brave New World

“What you see is not real, those who know will not tell
All is lost sold your souls to this brave new world”

So, the next time you find someone violently shaking his head and playing a guitar in thin air, wipe that smirk off your face. He’s a metal-head, and this is how we worship.

Headbanging and Metal

    That’s how we were raised

Maiden and Priest

    Were the Gods we praised
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  1. July 21, 2011 at 11:35 PM

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