Thursday, November 6, 2008

Drones since the dawn of timeCompelled to live your sheltered lives
Not once has anyone ever seen
Such a rise of pure hypocracy
I'll instigate I'll free your mind
I'll show you what I've known all this time

God HATES Us All, God HATES Us All
You know it's true God hates this place
You know it's true he hates this race

Homicide-SuicideHate heals, you should try it sometime
Strive for Peace with acts of war
The beauty of death we all adore
I have no faith distracting me
I know why your prayers will never be answered

God HATES Us All; God HATES Us All
He F$@*in' hates me

Pessimist, Terrorist targeting the next mark
Global chaos feeding on hysteria
Cut throat, slit your wrist, shoot you in the back fair game
Drug abuse, self abuse searching for the next high
Sounds a lot like hell is spreading all the time
I'm waiting for the day the whole world f$@*ing dies

I never said I wanted to be God's disciple
I'll never be the one to blindly follow

Man made virus infecting the world
Self-destruct human time bomb
What if there is no God would you think the f$@*in' same
Wasting your life in a leap of blind faith
Wake the f$*k up can't ignore what I say
I got my own philosophy

I hate everyone equallyYou can't tear that out of me
No segregation -separation
Just me in my world of enemies

I never said I wanted to be God's disciple
I'll never be the one to blindly follow
I'll never be the one to bear the cross-disciple

I reject this f$@*in' race
I despise this f$@*in' place(x4)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Slayer's "Disciple"

The tone in which someone is speaking is just as important as the actual words they are saying. Tone conveys emotion and with it it's easy to tell if someone is angry, morose, or euphoric. Without it speech would be monotone and colorless. Slayer is a heavy metal band with a very distinct tone. Songs like "Disciple" push their anti-religion views and their harsh, angry tone.
"Disciple" is very critical of the constricting, blind following that religion commands. Slayer conveys their opinion on the followers of religion, "Drones since the dawn of time/compelled to live your sheltered lives." People have been blindly following an ideal based off nothing since time began. There is no proof, yet humanity is content to sit back and believe what religious leaders tell them. The song goes on to say, "I'll instigate I'll free your mind/I'll show you what I've known all this time/God Hates us all, God Hates us all." The singer knows what most people think, but are too afraid to voice. Perhaps God is not real, for if he is he surely hates us to allow so many terrible things to happen. This adds to the constant tone of anger throughout, the singer finds humanity ignorant and they have no one to blame but themselves. The song gets more angry as it goes on, "I have no faith distracting me/Sounds a lot like hell is spreading all the time/I never said I wanted to be God's disciple." Without faith based on nothing the singer can see the truth. Wouldn't God put an end to hell spreading on earth between all the drugs and violence? He never volunteered to blindly follow an old, tired ideal and neither should the rest of humanity.
The tone used throughout is one of anger and blame. Ultimately it's humanity's fault for what they follow and the consequences that come with it. The singer blames humanity as a whole and hopes that one day they will see through the charade that is religion and correct their mistakes.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Contrasting Diction

Metal is often thought of as all very fast and very heavy. However there are many different forms of metal and many different songs that are considered metal. Metallica is a perfect example of how metal can have contrasting diction, or varying word choice. Metallica's "One" is an excellent demonstration of how heavy metal solos can be combined with slow melodic lyrics and a strong storyline. Metallica's "Seek and Destroy" is a great example of the opposite of "One", very angry lyrics and extremelly fast paced heavy music. Each song is metal, but are very different in their own way.
"One" is a song based on the novel, Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo. It's about a man that lost all his limbs and senses in the war. He cannot speak, all he can do is hear. This song is sung in a slow, melodic, storytelling way. They detail the man's thoughts, "Hold my breath as I wish for death oh please god, wake me." Obviously the man is in pain and he is suffering, yet he cannot tell anyone. This is the tempo of the entire song, a slow, melodious story of one man's suffering. It does pick up towards the end with the raging triplets, "darkness imprisoning me" and ends with a ripping solo. However this is more to keep the song metal at heart, for "One" is a true rock ballad.
"Seek and Destroy" is a completely different song than "One." This song is the definition of speed metal, hard, fast, and loud. Unlike the slow, melodious singing of Hetfield in "One", this song is a mixture of intense screaming and growling. Also instead of sympathy for pain this song wants it, "We're looking for you/to start up a fight." No sympathy here, Metallica encourages fighting and violence. Metallica is also getting in on the fighting, "Running,/On our way/Hiding,/You will be/Dying,/A thousand deaths." A threat being passed on to the listener and more ideas of violence. Unlike "One", "Seek and Destroy" is a loud, vulgar display of violence.
"One" and "Seek and Destroy", both great songs by the great band of Metallica. However they're two completely different songs. One is a slow, melodic rock ballad about pain, suffering, and sympathy. The other a raging, fast-paced, screaming speed metal song. Using contrasting diction is what allows bands to stay fresh and stay around. As long as Metallica sticks to that I have a feeling they won't be going anywhere.

Friday, October 3, 2008