Heavy Metal Poetics
"Every word ever written will fall short of its intent
Even sung or spoke or screamed they will betray what they have meant
Language is the heart's lament, a weak attempt to circumvent
the loneliness inherent in the search for permanence"
These are the opening lines of the song Spoils by Canadian metal band Protest the Hero from their 2008 album Fortress.
Poetic and evocative writing like this is the norm for the group, delivered by scorching vocals, shredding riffs, and crazy rhythms seemingly at odds with such literary turns of phrase and frequent references to mythology. Don’t miss their upcoming album, Scurrilous (get out your dictionaries), and check them out at the Marquis Theatre on April 16th.
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