Ok. Before I say anything about the music I listen to, I want to point out that I am, in fact, a philosophy student, and when I view music, I generally view it as a philosophy student.
For me, the beauty of music is in harmony, proportion, melody, etc. For me, music is an arrangement of sounds which are designed to be delightful to the ear. For this reason, I am highly sympathetic to those who love Classical music. I can see why that would be the case.
Generally speaking, it’s the music that delights me, and lyrics for me are entirely secondary. The best that singing can achieve in a song is not lyrical content, but the actual sound of the singing.
For this reason, though I think that Nietzsche is probably one of the worst philosophers of all time, he’ll always be a better writer than…say…St. Thomas Aquinas, who was a much better philosopher than Nietzsche. The sound of the German in Nietzsche’s writing is apparently beautiful, whereas St. Thomas Aquinas wasn’t writing for the sake of beauty (obviously, this doesn’t hold true of St. Thomas Aquinas’ hymns).
For this reason, for example, I think that those people who think that Wagnerian Operas should be translated from the original language are absolutely misguided.
On that note, I love “church music.” Gregorian chant delights me. Even a lot of the modern hymns are beautiful to me (for example, the hymn “Holy Darkness”). Yet, I completely despise modern Christian music (gospel music, “Christian rock,” etc…). “Christian music” for me is a code name for “unoriginal, repetitive, boring, poorly written nonsense.”
No. I prefer bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Kreator, etc. These are bands that actually write songs that sound amazing. They write songs that actually require musical skill to write. Unfortunately…herein lies my dilemma:
I don’t think that anyone is going to deny that the first minute of this song is absolutely breath taking. Anyone who likes thrash metal will agree that the entire song (music only, lyrics and vocals aside) absolutely rocks.
But then, we have the lyrics…which ultimately end like so:
And I saw millions of souls
Preparing for the last incarnation
No more earthly pleasures no more life’s temptation
And the ghosts of long forgotten sociaties
Cast out wicked dreams from the heart of the lost
The future is drowning in the ashes of the past
And through the toxic stench of human tragedy
A saviour appears in a red mask in front of me
AND SATAN IS HIS NAME!!!
Same with this song. The musicianship is amazing. The guitars are fantastic! Truly, the words of Leibniz are not to be doubted here when he says (and I might be paraphrasing) “Music is the joy the soul apprehends when it counts, not knowing that it counts.”
Yet, we have the lyrics!
With the fire comes the storm
Death will call you’ll wish you were never born
Infernos demons crawl from the deepest abyss
Dawn of a dying race apocalypse
Here is a cool song by Slayer…that drips with anti-Christian imagery:
The pestilence of Jesus Christ
There never was a sacrifice
No man upon the crucifix
Beware the cult of purity
I’ve made my choice
I dont’ know. I try to stave off the guilt by telling myself that the lyrics are all metaphorical, and are more social commentary (in the Nietzchean sense) than anything. That even if these bands are atheist or whatever, that they probably aren’t entirely “anti Christian,” so to speak. And I think that’s the feeling that you’d get in an interview with…say…Kreator:
So what are your views on religion in general? Do you think there is any good to be found or is it just a means of control over something and is all negative?
I don´t think it is all negative. There´s people who do need religion. If it helps you, if you have to follow a religion to define yourself then that´s your thing. Whatever you´re happy with I´m just saying that I question everything. I would never say that religion is bad because that would be too much. There are some good things about religion but it´s very hard to see the good parts because it´s caused a lot of bad things. I´d say that religion definitely has to do with control but if you have a strong personality you can get something good out of religion which I don´t see because I´m thinking differently. I don´t want to judge people who follow a religion because I think that´s their thing. If they think that´s what makes them happy then ok that´s find with me.
I don’t know. What do y’all think?