Armageddon

One of my all-time favorite songs is Dying Breed (from Manifesto) by Deadlock. Amazing music. Deep lyrics. Can life get better? I submit that it cannot! Note that the quoted lyrics are explicit. This song shows that humans are creating their own Armageddon, and it is atrocious. Consider this:

(It is utterly exhausting, an awful bore
Such a miserable life, nothing left to adore
it is utterly disappointing, the most awful bore
Our miserable lives, nothing left to live for)

Just to start, the song declares that this life is miserably disappointing, and it is, as we will read in a moment, a direct result of the misuse, the abuse, of our instruments, which bring us to our own Armageddon.

No instrument of torture, no weapon
Not any fucking technical horrible machine
Can put the disaster to the next level
Evocation of Armageddon

All that we can kill, has been killed before
In every single possible way
Where is the extreme
That beats everything?

No, the blight of humanity is itself, for humanity dominates to the point of its own extinction:

Humanity is always innovation
Improvement of a controlled
And dominated creation
Our breed has been elected

To discover all varieties of perversion
And become social neglected

Furthermore, perceptions have become warped and perverted:

Pain isn’t what it was anymore
Rape somebody, kill a child, an awful bore
Pain has to be reinvented, putting murder and violation
On a higher non-human level, to become godlike

Deadlock is showing that humanity is depraved, and a true transformation is necessary at a transcendent level. We must forsake power and extremes and remember altruism:

(Ultima ratio, murder the murderers
Pile up their torment and let’s throw ourselves straight into it
The next step is becoming godlike
And to steal his fucking throne)

Megalomania is creation
Extremism loved to distraction
Altruism is forced to rest
Such a sorrowful manifest

We are the dying breed.

Is it not true that humans specialize in all things depraved? This song highlights the fact that humanity is destroying itself and is responsible for its own destruction. Friends, contemplate on these things.

Paradise is Falling Down

While the lyrics within the song are explicit, the song offers something worth pondering. This song, We Shall All Bleed (from Wolves), was what caught my attention to listen to Deadlock, but not because of the lyrics. The music is amazing, especially with the female lead vocals in stark contrast with the growling male vocals. But this post concerns the lyrics.

The song starts off in deep growling fury, describing the destructiveness of life and the suffering being caused due to insatiable greed:

Another heart another life just another test
Another murder another lie just another death

And ours is to suffer for you want always more
And ours is to suffer cause you kill all that we adore

The next two lines seem to sum up such a life:

I don’t need no master to command
I am the law by myself

As a result, paradise is lost.

Paradise is falling down
And you try to leave this god damn town
And your world is burning down
Like rats forsaking a sinking ship
Down to your knees and pray

But we shall all bleed together eternally
For this is the hell we all created

Paradise is lost; it is burning down, and it is the result of the life we live. Deadlock has poignantly declared that we fail to take ownership of this failed life and need to seek forgiveness. In fact, the song narrows the scope, stating that it is the lack of love that causes paradise to be lost:

With every lie you whisper to our ears
(While you wander through all you created)
A town underfed with love born up from pain
(There will be no more water
while your paradise is burning down)

Hell, love. Paradise, greed. While we don’t live in paradise, we do suffer together. What can we all use more of? Love. Thought provoking.

Angels of Mercy

Deadlock is one of my favorite bands. While they cuss, there seems to be something more than meets the ears behind the lyrical inspirations for this band. Check out the lyrics from May Angels Come from Earth.Revolt:

. . . All your pretty faces hide demons inside
Take me from this hell or take the hell away from me
Like the decaying Babylon your empires shall burn and now you cry for freedom
May angels come to save our souls from the lies of this world
Now angels of mercy go find your way through all the decay come and take us away
Up in the skies the storm is raging mankind is now on the gateway to extinction
Through all the pain and misery out in the ruins you seek shelter you will lie screaming in agony until we rip your heart out
An army risen from the graves to regain our place on earth
An alliance with angels of vengeance let the prophecy come true
Now when I hold your cold face to mine I can see that the sun will shine again

Something to think about.

Light in a Darkened World

Like a broken record, I will tell you as I have before that Killswitch Engage writes deep lyrics. In fact, they might even be religious or come from a religious background. The proof is in the pudding. Light in a Darkened World (from their most recent self-titled album) seems to quote Joshua 24:15 while combining elements from Eph 5:14, Isaiah 60, and 1 John. The topic is morality, which isn’t exactly a very metal topic. Read on.

I’ve seen so much corruption
And it’s hard to endure
Living on greed and positions
Is this what were dying for?

The band sets the stage–this world is dark. As such, they call us to make a choice:

Now choose this day
Who you will serve
To be the light
In the darkened world

Straight out of Joshua 24, “Choose you this day whom you will serve,” right? Or maybe it is bearing strong overtones from Ephesians and 1 John? But, wait, there’s more:

Many are willing
To only live for themselves
Turning away from morality
Nothing can turn you now

Is this not the calling that Christians both Catholic, Reformed, and Protestant alike aspire to, willingly to live morally dedicated lives?

While the idea is not very metal, the song is fantastic if not for its lyrics.

Heal The Brokenhearted

I said it before, and I will say it again. Killswitch Engage is deep. Metal, sure, but deep nonetheless. Case in point: Reject Yourself (from As Daylight Dies).

Check these lyrics out:

Their cries are blown away with the wind
How passive can we be before humanity is lost?
Turning our backs on those who need love
We must not rest while healing is needed

Now there’s a thought–hurting humanity needs someone to take action, to embrace love, to provide healing. It’s not a very metal idea, but it is embraced by KSE.

Tear down the veil
That bars your heart from feeling this
Dedicate yourself
Give your souls to compassion

The guys in KSE encourage compassion. Not metal at all. In fact, read on:

With open arms embrace this heart
With open eyes behold the truth
Embrace this life

Something else must be driving KSE besides the drums.

Note the following:

So little time is left
We must be relentless
In our pursuit of those in torment

This language sounds a lot like religious hellfire and brimstone street preachers, doesn’t it?

Now read this:

Can you reject yourself?
Can you feel their agony?
In a world that feeds on disregard
Heal the brokenhearted.

Okay, this last quote seems like it could be straight out of The Gospel of Luke. Dare I say that KSE is comprised of religious members? Maybe they have a religious background? Well, compare this song with Luke 4:18, which quotes from Isaiah 61:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (KJV)

They they thrash and rock hard, their lyrics are deep in meaning.

Love Will Overcome

I have been a huge Killswitch Engage fan ever since I first got into metal back in 2008. This band, I tell you, is deep. And they write awesome music. This post is about a topic that is not very metal, despite the band’s genre. This post is about the lyrics from one of KSE’s earlier songs, Rise Inside (from Alive or Just Breathing). Hear this:

. . . (Chorus) Time has come to make a difference.
Why have we forsaken love?
Time has come to raise our voices.
So rise up, and fight with me. . . .

And note this:

(Bridge) Hatred is a weakness.
You’ve become the victim.
I believe love will overcome. . . .

Love is not very metal. Yet, KSE has no problem declaring the power of love over and above hatred.

Powerful, no?