As many of you have said, metal is generally anti-religious, as a subculture. Many claim (falsely?) that religion aids in the search for meaning. In classic philosophy, the search for purpose and meaning can lead one to the highest truth - which some would call God. This falls under an area of classical philosophy called Metaphysics. Some brief questions: 1) Does metal, in denying religion (for those of you who follow this trend) abandon its search for meaning? 2) Is there meaning? Or is the search a waste of energy better spent enjoying the pleasures of life? Lastly, 3) Does abandonment of the search for meaning and purpose free us? Or is it the search that frees us from our desire for knowledge?