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#1
How much do you guys care about the lyrical content for a band?
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#2
I think lyrics are a major part. They are basically what you can relate to in the music. Even though alot of hardcore bands have ****ty lyrics, the ones that have good lyrics i canrelate to and feel the same emotion.
#3
its not that huge of a deal to me, but its a giant plus

thats why ive been into Paint It Black lately, his lyrics are so well done
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#4
I don't pay attention to lyrics for the most part, but if I really like the lyrics, it's a huge plus. In bands like Necrophagist, The Faceless, etc, it doesn't matter, but in a band like mewithoutYou, it's a big part of why I love the band.
#5
I LOVE straightedge hardcore because of the lyrics. While I am far from straightedge, I just love the empowering and motivational lyrics of the band. I'd rather scream "The dealers deplete you, the dealers beat you like a drum without a tone" than "I take drugs, I take drugs, I take drugs and you should too".
#6
lyrics are very very important. 50percent of a song is made up by the lyrics i must say.
but i hate lyrics preaching about straight edge. you dont need 10 songs in an album to tell people you're straight edge. worst thing is when they start to attack people who are not straight edge.
posi ftw.
#7
^ By loving straightedge hardcore, I'm not saying I love the straightedge themes of no drugs, no alcohol, no promiscuous sex or whatever, but just the lyrics that convey what the lyricists believe, and I love the power behind those words.

But yeah, I love Kids Like Us, best positive hardcore I've heard, I'd say.
#8
lyrics are so important, to me anyway. good lyrics can transform a song from good to great or ruin it. theyre like the filling in the middle of a cake.
#9
Lyrics are the main reasons why I like heavy music in general.


I love MLIW and Shipwreck's lyrics.


SO WHAT THE **** ARE YOU GOING TO DO, KID?
#11
They only really matter in hardcore, where I can somewhat discern what they're saying. An album with good lyrics, though, is always fantastic. The new Advent, for example, has great, great lyrics. Like, I actually try to learn them so I can "sing along" in my head.
#12
i agree with saxaxe. It really depends on the genre of music. In hardcore, lyrics mean a ton, deathcore, not so much, screamo, definitely, indie yes, and instrumental, no lol
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#14
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Pretty much some of the best lyrics in hardcore for me.



definitely. midnight in america gets me every time.
#17
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I LOVE straightedge hardcore because of the lyrics. While I am far from straightedge, I just love the empowering and motivational lyrics of the band. I'd rather scream "The dealers deplete you, the dealers beat you like a drum without a tone" than "I take drugs, I take drugs, I take drugs and you should too".


this is exactly what i mean.
#18
My favourite lyrics would probably Have Heart - The Machinist. While it's talking about the rules in straightedge, the words aren't all like "if you take drugs, I'mma bash ya, y'dig?", it's just SO empowering.

I see the free which you enslave
The walking you keep chained
I see the growth which keep caged
And I've seen the minds that go unraged

I see the body robbed of soul
To be the fuel for your control
I see the standing knocked to their knees
And I've seen the human beings you treat

Like machines

MACHINIST

I am not, I am not, I am not a machine
I am, I am, I am a human being

What the fuck?

A stagnant life's a victory
For the lover of life that never breeds
Perpetuate and obliterate
Those addicted to living on their knees
The dealers deplete you
The dealers beat you like a drum without a tone

YOU'RE JUST SKIN AND BONES
Until you say
NO MORE, NO MORE
Unlike the silent machines who will not settle
THE SCORE, THE SCORE
Unlike the lifeless objects they want you to be

You want your object? Well you fucking got it

I could be the knife in your back
The noose around your neck
I could be the bullet running through your skull
But I'd rather use the force of my spoken word

Let our voices form the weapons
Our voices

No silence
No compliance
In defiance of the rape of growth
#19
I like the empowering theme that some hardcore (Yes David, I mean HARDCORE ) lyrics have, but some of the "Our voices are our weapons, raise your fist, etc etc" stuff CAN be a bit tedious for me

edit: Oh and on personal preference with lyrics, it depends on the band. If I'm listening to something like Black Dahlia Murder, the lyrics don't really matter. The fact that they are awesome is a bonus, but with some bands like Parkway Drive, or Into Eternity, that whole feeling of "empowerment" without actually being empowerment themed is really important to me.
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#20
i love the lyrics for promises kept by champion. there not the best but just really like them
#21
^ Speaking of, everyone talks in the recommendation and breakdown threads in the allegiance, but there isn't a single comment on my Hardcore thread, or my Crust/B-beat/Powerviolence thread. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PLACE!?!

But I can understand what you mean. If I was at a straightedge hardcore festival, but the 8th band I'd be starting to hate straightedge.
#22
Exactly. I mean, I get sick of gore lyrics after a bunch of listens, but the empowerment thing gets old, real quick, no matter how much the vocalist believes in it
#23
so the moral of this story is

paint it black lyrics > you
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#24
Well, they were written by The Rolling Stones but still translate amazingly well as a death metal song....

What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse lyrics > you

"Unholy inversion of hope, twisting the faith of the meek into hate.
Driven insane by the dark one, to bring forth the foul biddings he speaks.
The undead crawl among us, before they shrink back to their silken beds.
They dance by night and drink the blood of a child's broken neck."
#25
Quote by Magero
Well, they were written by The Rolling Stones but still translate amazingly well as a death metal song....

Wrong paint it black dude. I'm pretty sure he means Paint It Black the band.
And you can't spell funeral
without fun
hope you had a good time
cuz now your life is done
#27
Quote by tomohawkjoe
Wrong paint it black dude. I'm pretty sure he means Paint It Black the band.

My bad
I assumed because he said that after I mentioned BDM....
#28
Saright, it happens alot here.
And you can't spell funeral
without fun
hope you had a good time
cuz now your life is done
#30
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We don take kindly to yer kind round here son


...
Man, kinda want to listen to Limp Wrist now.
And you can't spell funeral
without fun
hope you had a good time
cuz now your life is done
#31
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We don take kindly to yer kind round here son


...
Man, kinda want to listen to Limp Wrist now.


you mean limp bizkit
#32
best lyrics i've read in a while -

All aboard the conductor screamed,
he knew he was the only one who could save their dreams.
He had to pick who lived and died.
Solely by occupation, he played God in all their lives.
He was the reason why a million people had to die on that day.
And as he stared into all their faces,
he heard the screams of those trying to be saved.
He played God in all their lives that day.
Nothing’s as scary as the earth crumbling;
nothing could numb the pain of knowing tomorrow will never be.
He lit up a cigarette in hopes to calm his nerves,
and as smoke filled his lungs,
he prayed to an unmerciful lord.
Excuse me sir I forgot your name,
I’m just another nameless face that won’t see another day.
Excuse me sir, I’m sorry
that my worst nightmares are my only grasp on sanity.
I wish I could save this world from dying,
but now it’s my turn to become another piece of matter floating endlessly
through the abyss above.
No love can save me.
Time stopped, it went all black,
all the memories that I had from my past escaped through my brain.
The silence, deafening, could drive one insane
All that I’ve worked for and all the friends that I’ve made
are just as useless as hoping a god might come save.
No one can blame faith for trying to ease the pain,
but when the world ends their will just be nothing.
Nothing.

Can't get enough of this band.
#34
Not hardcore, but these are on my top list of best lyrics.

Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself-Well...How did I get here ?

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the money´s gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.

And you may ask yourself
How do I work this ?
And you may ask yourself
Where is that large automobile ?
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful house !
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful wife !
Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the money´s gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.

Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...

Water dissolving...and water removing
There is water at the bottom of the ocean
Carry the water at the bottom of the ocean
Remove the water at the bottom of the ocean !

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/in the silent water
Under the rocks and stones/there is water underground.

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the money´s gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.

And you may ask yourself
What is that beautiful house ?
And you may ask yourself
Where does that highway go ?
And you may ask yourself
Am I right ?...Am I wrong ?
And you may tell yourself
MY GOD !...WHAT HAVE I DONE ?

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/in the silent water
Under the rocks and stones/there is water underground.

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the money´s gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.

Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...

I mean, I just love the whole message that being normal isn't selling out if your happy. You don't have to have a 2 story mansion and a super model wife, just what makes you happy. Being normal.
And you can't spell funeral
without fun
hope you had a good time
cuz now your life is done
#36
For me music has to be 80% appealing but lyrics really need to be 100%. Honestly, if a guy can't write good lyrics I can't listen to the band, maybe I'm just a literary snob but I can't stand bad lyrics. I'm not necessarily saying that all songs should read like a Dylan song or a Shakespearean sonnet but they have to at least be good.

Take for example most Bane songs, let's us Count Me Out for instance:

'I can still see the reasons that I opened my eyes to this scene in the first place
I can still feel my beliefs growing stronger everyday
I can still count the ways
But for you it's all over the meaning is gone and you're moving on
And tearing us down with you
You've shed your past, grown up fast
Demanding that we all mature at your pace, but here I remain refusing to change
Remembering when we were the same
I support your decision, I believe in change and you find
Just what it is that you are looking for?
But when you sit around and talk shit about everything that you once based your whole life on
That is where you can count me out
Because I will be here tomorrow and I will be here next year
Just like this X on the back of my hand, I'm not going nowhere'

These are not the most literary of lyrics but they are still good. They're appealing and speak to me on a number of levels. However some bands just go over the top on certain things and detract from their lyrics by being too 'artsy' as it were and ruining whatever message the song had.

So basically lyrics are hugely important in any kind of music that I listen to.
All-O-Gistics:

Thou shalt always go for greatness
Thou shalt not commit adulthood (ALL)
Thou shalt not partake of decaf (ALL!)
Thou shalt not have no idea (ALL)
Thou shalt not allow anything to deter you in your quest for all (ALL!)
#37
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Wrong paint it black dude. I'm pretty sure he means Paint It Black the band.

seriously dude

the new album has some of the best lyrics ive ever heard, past tense future perfect makes me so happy
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#38
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For me music has to be 80% appealing but lyrics really need to be 100%. Honestly, if a guy can't write good lyrics I can't listen to the band, maybe I'm just a literary snob but I can't stand bad lyrics. I'm not necessarily saying that all songs should read like a Dylan song or a Shakespearean sonnet but they have to at least be good.

Take for example most Bane songs, let's us Count Me Out for instance:

'I can still see the reasons that I opened my eyes to this scene in the first place
I can still feel my beliefs growing stronger everyday
I can still count the ways
But for you it's all over the meaning is gone and you're moving on
And tearing us down with you
You've shed your past, grown up fast
Demanding that we all mature at your pace, but here I remain refusing to change
Remembering when we were the same
I support your decision, I believe in change and you find
Just what it is that you are looking for?
But when you sit around and talk shit about everything that you once based your whole life on
That is where you can count me out
Because I will be here tomorrow and I will be here next year
Just like this X on the back of my hand, I'm not going nowhere'

These are not the most literary of lyrics but they are still good. They're appealing and speak to me on a number of levels. However some bands just go over the top on certain things and detract from their lyrics by being too 'artsy' as it were and ruining whatever message the song had.

So basically lyrics are hugely important in any kind of music that I listen to.



I'm pretty much the opposite, though it depends on the genre. I only listen to a few artists for the lyrics more than the music, Dylan and Springsteen are 2 that come to mind. For pop- punk and more laid- back genres they weigh pretty much equally; Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, All Time Low, and Phish are a few examples. For metal and hardcore though, I can listen to a musically kickass song all day long, even if it's got stupid lyrics. A lyrically creative but musically subpar song gets old pretty quick.

Pretty much, the more technical the music gets, the less I care about the lyrics. The Fall of Troy, BTBAM, and Protest the Hero all have some great lyrics, but the music's so attention- grabbing that I don't really pay much attention to them.
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Jack Johnson and Phish are a few examples.

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