Artist: Slayer -- Disciple (God Hate Us All)
Let us ask ourselves the question, "What message does this vile music provide this world gone mad! It is hateful, aggressive, and mocks the many religious and government institutions of the world." Or does it? Could it not be the brutal truth we experience through this dark satyrical take on the world?
To me, the music is beautiful for the sheer intensity of anger and frustration that it conveys. It is honest, and reflects the non-politically-correct, brutal honesty about the world we can experience no where else. Heavy metal, with its many sub-genres, stands a beacon for the cumulative discontentment of humanity as we exist within the malign world our governmental and religious institutions force upon us. There is magic in their ruthless discourse. Their lyrics shout forth a accurate reflection of the world today, as well as where it is going. This is the heart of it's purpose; to tell us what we dare not face ourselves.
Artist: Meshuggah -- Bleed
The ultimate Mythic message hidden with the many CD covers (Yes, I still like my cds, not downloads.) is that we are truly lost. Just as the ancient myths of the world spoke of the trials each culture faced thorough history, so this too is what heavy metal music tells us today. Just as the ancient cultures of the world changed their myths to better understand their changing environment and ritualize it into their culture, so too does metal music today.
With all of this beings said, you might wonder how this has influenced my novel. Well, you might ask yourself, how hasn't it? I experience vivid imagery through so many lyrics. They inspire me and inform me of the world around me through another individuals personal and spiritual interpretation of the energies of the world as the exist today. Listen to, "Iron Man by Black Sabbath" and interpret the meaning behind the lyrics. Listen to the subtle melodies of Opeth on their Damnation album, and you will be witnessing the beautiful grace that takes place between the spirit world and our reality, it is that magical. And lastly, sit back and admire the raw power of any Pantera album from front to back; it is a genuine treat which I still engage in regularly to this day.
Artist: Megadeth -- Peace Sells but who's buying
I urge you watch the videos posted here and leave your comments. They are each strong examples about the message. I would love to here what you have to say.