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"The Termination Proclamation" by Nevermore has awesome lyrics, as does "I AM" by Theocracy. Also pretty much anything by Lo-Ruhamah, Extol and Aletheian. Freak Kitchen have great lyrics but their music kinda sucks.

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I must admit, I'm not one for really fancy lyrics as long as they make sense (to me anyway) and is enjoyable to listen to. That is partly why I've recently fallen in love with the band Halestorm. There is absolutely nothing special about them in the slightest, the music they produce is just meat and potatoes hard rock but it is so well done. The humour may also have something to do with it as well. I also really like things like Saxon's "Guardians of the Tomb" and Judas Priest's "Halls of Valhalla".

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Forest of Shadows - Wish

Awakened this dying season Such a beauty to behold Oh autumn hath arrived A tragedy painted dead Fallen am I Without thee I am lost In a region of doleful shades I am withering away I dwell in the shadows of life A dismal stage of mind I'm in pain Oh sun I hate thy beams Leave me here to sleep and dream In the midst of falling leaves In a garden of endless grief I yearn for thee my precious one Beneath the pale grey sky I dream of your embrace How I wish I had you near In this oh so dolorous life where dreams turn to dusts I have lost all my hope Of lasting pain and unpresent bliss this soul of mine How I welcome thee eternal sleep Silent advents of white death I feel so cold Silent advents of white death I feel so cold Crystallized tears falling still Oh autumn hath died Enshrouded am I in thy mist of endless gloom Enthralled am I by thy beauty How I wish How I wish... In the midst of falling snow In a garden of endless grief My forlorn soul of misery Where peace and rest can never dwell, hope never comes I see no point in going on Still I dream but now I know I dream of a lie So I close my eyes and I sigh A life of shattered dreams I can no longer bear I enter thee eternal sleep...

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I've always liked songs with 'good' lyrics - something meaningful or which makes you think. I studied poetry in my English Literature A-level and also as a module at university, so I appreciate a good lyric. Not always, sometimes lyrics don't need to be particular profound. Probably my favorite is Priest's Beyond the Realms of Death. Then, I also like Saint Vitus' The Psychopath because of how it slowly builds tension and works with the instrumental to tell the story. Similar to Nick Cave's Song of Joy in that respect IMO, as that leaves little clues as the song progresses that the narrator is the murderer.

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I'm a huge fan of Michael Gira's lyrics. Sometimes it seems like he's being intentionally awkward to give the words more impact. These are the lyrics to "What you were", by The Angels Of Light:

Were you asleep in the chair
As the sound cracked in the air
And the scent of the fire
Drifted out through the hall?
Did I sleep in your bed
Or the room next to yours?
Did the drugs cloud my head
And so leave me unclear?
Here's what you were. Here's how I remember you.
With your robe open wide
And your mouth to the side
They couldn't see where you clutched
Your golden son's image.
They could see how you tried to regain your ridiculous pride.
But you failed, then you died
With your dignity laid open.
Right here's where you disappear. But here's how I will always see you:
You ride in your white Cadillac.
You ride through the crowd Like a warrior.
But they turn and look down
And they walk away
From your beautiful lie
And your absurd and malignant expectations.

 

I don't usually like overly poetic lyrics, especially that sappy "woe is me" stuff. I've no idea what I'd think of my own lyrics, if I hadn't written them... :D

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You can't kill the metal Metal will live on Punk Rock tried to kill the metal But they failed as they were smite to the ground New Wave tried to kill the metal But they failed as they were stricken down to the ground Grunge tried to kill the metal They failed as they were thrown to the ground No one can destroy the metal The metal will strike you down with a vicious blow We are the vanquished foes of the metal We tried to win for why, we do not know New Wave tried to destroy the metal But the metal had its way Grunge, then tried to dethrone the metal But metal was in the way Punk Rock tried to destroy the metal But metal was much too strong Techno tried to defile the metal But Techno was proven wrong Metal, it come from Hell

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