Sparrow Songs: Metal that’s not about death

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts! So, one image that people have of metal music is “Oh, it’s all screaming about death and Satan and so on”. But this is not true! So, in this blog post I’m going to just post some metal songs about really random topics. Enjoy!

“Lord of the Rings”, Blind Guardian

It should be obvious what this one’s about. I actually prefer their “Wheel of Time”, which is about Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time books, which I have never read and have no intention of ever doing on account of them being 11,300 pages (or 4 million words) long.

“I Speak Astronomy”, Jinjer

Again, it should be pretty obvious what this about. Astronomy! Flying around in a spaceship! Dark matter! Screaming!

“Medusa Misgendered”, Cryptodira

I’m not sure what gave Cryptodira the idea to make an album based on Theodor Adorno’s Negative Dialectics, but they went and did it anyway. Enjoy what’s probably the first metal song ever to include the word “misgendered”. (It’s about Medusa as a mythical archetype of war, the idea being that if war is masculine then making Medusa female is incorrect. You’d only know this if you looked at the lyrics booklet, tbh.)

“All is One”, Orphaned Land

Orphaned Land is an Israeli band, and their songs are all about peace between Christians, Jews and Muslims. They like to say they’re the first metal band nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (less of a feat than it seems, since anyone can write a letter to the prize committee to nominate someone). If this kind of metal isn’t your thing, they also have a rather charming English-language translation of an old Hebrew pop song called “As I Stare At The Ocean Alone”.

“Twelve”, ¡Forward, Russia!

It’s never entirely clear what ¡Forward, Russia! songs are about, but this seems to be about Einstein’s struggles to create a theory of everything that wasn’t quantum physics. It’s a weird topic, but it’s still more obvious than the meaning just about any other ¡F,R! song.

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