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Opinions: Worst and best lyricists.

Discussion in 'Non-Opeth Music Chat' started by Kamel, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. metal_wrath

    metal_wrath I dip my forefinger...

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    Compared to other genres Death metal has more thoughtful subject matter arguably, and well constructed lyrics.
     
  2. Khayman666

    Khayman666 Lord of the tomb

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    Care to elaborate?

    I'm open to being completely wrong, I just think that it's one hell of a task to find thought provoking lyrics in DM. Er, superficially at least, most bands don't go beyond evil-ness or "kill, splash, insert willy, eat."
     
  3. NicholasDWolfwood

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    Origin's lyrics are fairly well written. So are Immolation's.
     
  4. Lateralus14

    Lateralus14 New Metal Member

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    All genres have weaknesses such as that. Where its Satan in DM/BM its "oooh baby baby" in pop, etc. etc. And like those other genres, there is also a fair share of decent lyrics.
     
  5. Don Corleone

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    actually, it's partially true, death metal has a lot of well-crafted lyrics, starting off with Death and celtic frost
     
  6. metal_wrath

    metal_wrath I dip my forefinger...

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    Yours is more a description of goregrind than DM. While pop bands are spewing out non-stop nursery rhyme lyrics about a disfunctional relationship or some trivial topic with intentionally simple lyrics and massively repeated themes... Death Metal bands have covered a wide range of topics, that could be considered "deep" or mentally stimulating, often intellegently constructed and with more lyrics per song and including more "big words".

    At the Gates - City Of Screaming Statues

    City of screaming statues
    Your soul will grow to understand and respect this place
    It will be with you in your heart, on your journey

    The gates of the city lies before you
    The temples of truth whispering their waves
    Chase your visions, slay your fears
    What moves the truth is the sound of your thoughts

    Scream

    The struggle of the soul
    Depends on the strenght of your will
    Among the twisted shapes of your madness
    You will find your light and your genius
    In this city where the statues they scream
    For their truth is to be real

    The dreams and the visions
    The reality and the light
    Within the soul of the city
    may be whatever you wish it to be
    In the city where the statues they scream
    For their truth is to be real

    Stand up and turn your back on reality
    Lie down and let your dreams attack
    The silence of the soul that is true
    Is the silence that you lack
    Fell the strengeth pulsating through you
    As the gates, they close behind you

    The answers lie within the city of light
    Within the light
    In the sunrise of your soul, time is the key
    The music of the truth, now behold

    Rise and crush them

    The gates of the city lies before you
    The temples of truth whispering their waves
    Chase your visions, slay your fears
    What moves the truth is the sound of your thoughts

    The statues they scream
    For their truth is to be real
    Within the walls of the city
    Where death ain't the end

    The music of the truth, the light of the end
     
  7. pero_o

    pero_o New Metal Member

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    My favourites are Anders from In Flames and Dave Mustaine from Megadeth. Mikael's lyrics are pretty good too, especially in the ballad-type songs.
     
  8. FJChaos

    FJChaos Señor Member

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    Yeah, In Flames has really interesting lyrics. Some are even thought provoking.
    Lyrics like this are where they are at their best. (including your sig)

    "Between the two of my eyes
    feverish fractals soar
    dance like were they on drugs
    peyote labyrinths re-mapped exits
    A hasty blink
    and a million life-to-comes
    will never be the same
    as they never were"

    "Black clouds embraces your soul
    Slowly passing through repeating lacunas of anguish
    When time takes your life
    I will transfer you into the bare grip of thinking twanquility
    Voices frilling the emptiness of the dead floating
    Seamless across the surface into chilling stillness
    Nothing can help you now"

    "Bible Arm on social hell spins its downward spiral
    with each year of unprogression a fine of failure is added
    closer than ever to the edge, a faith in resident martyrs
    strong object track my body, my body down."

    "with his silence, he passes the
    judgement over them
    "with your feverish signs of force
    you�ll make them and yourself to
    believe that he still retains his full power""

    "Towards the rich archaic heavens; towards the black diorama
    you are the artist and the texture
    that plays with the mantle of the earth"
     
  9. Space Butler

    Space Butler Varg stabbed first

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    My Dying Bride has great lyrics, IMO.
     
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    biggsy New Metal Member

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    so does john mayer :gay:
     
  12. Frosties

    Frosties Blind @ heart

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    Can I be your personal demon?
    Sit back absorb the words
    And feast on my mind's semen
    Can I be the devil on your shoulder
    We all fall down as the world gets colder
     
  13. Antyman

    Antyman En Ful Jävel

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    You know my only pleasure
    Is to hear you cry
    I'd love to hear you cry
    I'd love to feel you die
    And I'll be the first
    To watch your funeral
    And I'll be the last to leave
    I'd love to hear you cry

    [SOLO: HANK]

    And when you're down beyond the ground
    I'll dig up your body again
    And make love to shame
    Oh lady cry, and say goodbye
    Oh lady cry, and say goodbye

    You've gotta say goodbye
    'Cause I will eat your mind

    King Diamond is the master of being BROOTAL! :lol:
     
  14. Space Butler

    Space Butler Varg stabbed first

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    Tom Bombadil has some bad lyrics:

    Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo!
    Ring a dong! hop along! fal lal the willow!
    Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo!

    and

    Hey! Come derry dol! Hop along, my hearties!
    Hobbits! Ponies all! We are fond of parties.
    Now let the fun begin! Let us sing together!

    and

    Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow;
    Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow.

    :loco:
     
  15. Wander

    Wander 10+2=6

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    ^Don't you dare! Tom Bombadil is a genius, perhaps the greatest lyricist of all Middle Earth.
     
  16. Frosties

    Frosties Blind @ heart

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    Isn't there a theory that he's God or something?
     
  17. pero_o

    pero_o New Metal Member

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    I like them because they are kind of cryptic but they still hold a lot of meaning (at least for me). I'm not sure if your comment was sarcastic or not, though. But seeing that you have the In Flames logo in your signature I'm gonna take it as genuine :)
     
  18. FJChaos

    FJChaos Señor Member

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    Wasn't sarcastic. It's just really hard to describe something with that much talent. :p
    And Whoracle has probably the most cryptic concept, beacuse it relates to how we are now. Dependent on technology and selfish.
     
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    Lateralus14 New Metal Member

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    Idk, looks kinda like MAYH lyrics in that both seem to be lacking a mastery of the english language yet try and use a lot of nifty diction as if to fool listeners into thinking their super deep or w/e. So I'm not entirely convinced on whether or not those lyrics are good or complete bullshit.
     
  20. Kamel

    Kamel Trollhunter

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    don't you get tired of bashing Opeth?

    now you're telling us that Mikael thinks his fans are just fools?
     

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