The Poetry of Metal: “Wake Up”

A few months ago, I started a series called “The Poetry of Metal,” where I analyze the lyrics of metal (or metalcore, if you want to be picky) songs in an effort to show that there’s more to them than just screaming. I believe that there is a lot of fantastic and even beautiful writing in this genre – you just have to look beneath the surface a bit.

The last time I did this, I covered the song “Panic Room” by Silent Planet, which was written about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This time around, I’d like to look at a song by one of my favorite bands: “Wake Up” by Wolves At The Gate, from their album VxV. You can listen to the song below, or just keep reading to see the lyrics.

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The Poetry of Metal: “Panic Room”

It’s no secret around here that I love metal music. I’ve written a couple of blog posts about it, after all.

I personally think metal is a great genre of music, but it often gets a bad rap – understandably so, in some respects. It’s certainly not a genre for everyone (much in the same way that country music is not a genre for everyone), so I’m not here to try and convince you to listen to it. However, I do think we need to give it a chance. Metal often gets brushed aside because, “it’s just senseless screaming,” but beneath the screeching guitar riffs and pounding bass lines, there’s some really beautiful artistry.

I’m also an English major, so analyzing words is kinda my thing.

That’s why I decided to start this series on my blog, which I’m calling, “The Poetry of Metal.” Every so often, I’ll pick out a song I like and analyze its lyrics, showing how the artist uses the words to create art and meaning. Maybe by the end of it, you’ll still think that metal is loud and annoying, and that’s okay. What I do hope is that you’ll come away from these posts seeing that metal, like any other genre of music (yes, even CCM) deserves to be treated like the poetry it is.

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