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People don't appreciate themes, they appreciate art.
If I were to write a poem that went like this:
DEATH IS BAD
IT MAKES ME SAD
I LIKE TO KILL
ALL THE PEOPLE
No one would like it because it's a pile a turds.
Same thing goes for music, if it's not approached in an artistic way, then no one aside from the subgroup that's trained themselves to like that music will appreciate it.
I looked up "best death metal bands" and sure enough "Death" was on the top of on the top of most of their lists.
Here's some of their lyrics:
go in for the kill
always in sight-prey
the time always right-feast
feed on the pain-taste
In my opinion, that's not exactly up to the standard of poetry.
Suicide machine - A song about euthanasia
"Robbed of natural abilities
In death they now seek tranquility
In a confused state of mind
Extending agony, they must be blind
When it comes to living, no one seems to care
But when it comes to wanting out
Those with power, will be there
Prolong the pain
How long will it last?
A request to die with dignity
Is that too much to ask? "
Altering the future - about abortion
"Life for a life should remain the rule
The innocent victim that is what's cruel
Look to the past is what we should do
When justice was done and justice was true
Using our laws to help their escape
An easy way out is what they create
Claiming insane is the way to freedom
People are stupid enough to believe them"
See through dreams - About being born blind
"Born into darkness
Where sounds portray the images that are out
Out of reach from my sight
Which has been denied
Hands change into my eyes
Body senses intensified
Sight so close yet far away
In dreams my thoughts take their form
To give memories identity
Through dreams I obtain
The ability to connect sight with sound "
Flesh and the Power it Hold - [I think it's about obsession]
"Passion is a poison laced with pleasure bitter sweet
One of many faces that hide deep beneath
It will take you in
It will spit you out
Behold the flesh
And the power it holds!
Together as one - about conjoined twins
"Displayed as a nightmare
Criticised through words and eyes
As they stare
To the normal it seems grotesque
Connected by a bond of flesh
Sharing both please and pain
Two minds, two hearts, one soul
An illusion of privacy"
Exactly. It's not the subject matter that's being reviled; it's the QUALITY of the work that's in question.
You'll not find a band with more lyrical quality on these subjects than Death.
Sorry, but no. I've given this genre, and some of the bands you mentioned a fair chance. When it comes to music (and most forms of art), I form an opinion after personal experience. While there are bits & pieces here & there that have potential, there's too much mediocre, and in some cases, outright terrible prose. Add in the caustic quality of the music that accompanies the lyrics, and you have a few specks of gold mixed in with
I'm not willing to dig through a pile of
to find a tiny speck of gold.
Additionally, if this music appeals to you, and it's available to you, why do you care so much about the opinions of other people? Just enjoy your music, and stop whining about how it's not 'appreciated by the masses'.
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