The more I listen to certain types of metal, the more I think that, as much as the writers of the songs claim to hate God and religion, they really crave it. I once read a story about a metal band that was searching for more ways to denigrate religion and the Catholic Church, and what they found in their searches actually changed their minds. They all converted to Catholicism.
My initial thought is that metal music and the “image” that comes with it are both quite silly, really. The lead singers railing about how much they hate religion don’t seem to realize that they are not changing the status quo. They are catering to a group of people who are senselessly rebelling. The only ones who really take them seriously are others who have fallen into the same trap.
Sometimes I wonder if the members of these bands really believe what they are singing about or if it’s just a front or a stage presence. If the latter is true, then how long would it be before that “fake” presence begins to become their reality?
Many who listen to metal say they listen for the sound of the music, not the lyrics, which are often screamed and growled and indecipherable anyway. I don’t really believe that. It seems to me that the lyrics will work their way into a person’s subconscious mind, whether the person consciously understands them or not. Music can be a powerful influential force in a person’s life, and the content of what a person listens to can make a difference in the way he or she sees the world.
But what I do believe is that all metal music, even the most blasphemous and disgusting, is a desperate prayer.