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Esoteric Allusions of Metal Music - A Humble Offering to Genna East!

Updated on August 9, 2019
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Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.

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There is no monster other than your fear of facing your truth!

— Sean Dragon

Prejudice

We, humans, have a significant flaw that deprives us of many of the opportunities that the Universe offers us to acquire Knowledge and Happiness. Prejudice.

We are prejudiced against almost everything "different" that we will encounter. Everything that lies outside what we identify as the world we live in and does not immediately fit into the system of beliefs and ideas we have created during our lives. This also has to do with the fact that most of the times we approach in a very superficial way our environment (interior and exterior) and the new challenges that life will bring in our path. Denial, you see, is easy and does not require any sacrifice, while acceptance and understanding entail devoting time, practicing patience and tearing down many of the walls of our selfishness.

Acting this way, though, we lose many of the gifts the Universe has prepared for us because we are not trying to see what we can learn from the new situations and what new potentials they can offer us. We forget that God has placed at least one gift or opportunity in everything we interact with to enable us to rise up through this interaction. This has a negative effect, we are staying stagnant, and we are denying ourselves the happiness of evolving.

Metal music is one of the "victims" of prejudice. With its intensity and aggressive musical character as well as the extreme or even terrifying appearance of several musicians who serve it, it gives all the reasons someone needs to reject it easily and quickly without a second thought, calling it "satanic"! In fact, however, what scares most people in this music is that it operates as a mirror, pointing out the ugliness that we have allowed distorting our Souls. This is, in fact, the purpose of Metal music, to break the false image of "prudishness" and to show us that we live in the darkness of ignorance and selfishness. To reveal us that we are the "monsters" we are afraid to face.

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Clearly, as in every part of this world, there are great and less well-functioning members in each covey. That's how this relative world works, there are light and darkness everywhere. So some people in this music scene have written great songs with references to the search of the inner path that leads us to the Supreme Self, our Divine Core. Songs that try to awaken our conscience and urge us to break the restraints of slavery of fear, hatred and material wealth. In this article, I will deal with some of these songs, hoping to help you see the beauty that can be hidden behind the masks. Follow me if you wish…

Trivium - The Heart From Your Hate:

...You always walk away, soon you'll have to face it

Your distance from reality won't bury or erase it

I tried to do the same, living so complacent

But the problems wouldn't go away, so I turned around to face them

Tell me

What will it take to rip the heart from your hate?

What will it take? What will it take?

To rip the heart from your hate...


What will it take to rip the heart from your hate? An astoundingly powerful and precise verse! Watch the inversion: not to uproot the hatred from your heart, but the heart from your hate!

The way the modern machine-man lives has transformed him into an automaton of hate. We do not live with hatred in the heart, no, we have allowed hatred to become a master living in our body and using it. No matter how much we'll try to ignore this truth and live in an illusion of happiness, the power of this tough master intensifies. The only solution is to stand and face it, to rip the heart from our hate. This, of course, means that we will die with it, but this death is the only way to the Resurrection of the New Man to live free from hatred and create space for Love! So what it will take? Whatever it takes is worth the cost!

Three Days Grace - I Am Machine:

... I am machine

A part of me

Wishes I could just feel something

It wasn't supposed to be this way

We were meant to feel the pain

I don't like what I am becoming

Wish I could just feel something...


This is what the Fall really is, the Exodus from Paradise! We were created as God's children and ended up being machines without feelings. We have drifted so far from what we have been created for, that is to experience Love in every expression, that we have ceased to suffer for Her loss. Because the pain was the final protection, the ultimate gift of God to help us understand that the path we are walking on is wrong.

Nickelback - Feed The Machine:

… Why must the blind always lead the blind?

Why do I feel like the fault is mine?

Why must the weakest be sacrificed?

No more questions, get back in line!


Pay with your life, the duller the knife, the longer it takes.

But now it's your turn, the ashes will burn, and wither away.

Leaving your bones, out on the stones, picking them clean.

Carving the truth, while harvesting you, to feed the machine.

To feed the machine…


But when we forget that Love is life, we begin to look for ways to stop the pain. What else are the addictions that steal our life? Then we live fake lives and become machines, puppets that cannot really enjoy anything. So stop wishing to be able to feel love. Give love to "short" the machine. Do not be afraid of the pain that you will feel when you'll start caring again. The pain will wake you up from the lethargy. Every new birth has pain!

Thousand Foot Krutch - We Are:

... My heart is racing, just like a rocket

Victory looks like a distant dream

Cause what we're fighting is not gonna stopped

But we can beat it if we just believe

But I can't just sit here and watch it

If we don't stop it no one will

We are the ones, we are the guns

And we will ride, we are the voice of a song unsung

We are the change, we are the chains that hold us

We are the choice, we are the strong

We are one ...


We are the chains which don't let us fly up to where we belong, but we are also the strength to break them. We are the choice to live the life we dream of, to become a new beautiful song that has not been sung before. We have the power to change everything does not fit to what our lives we want to be. But we have to do it, no one else can do it for us. We cannot expect any external help because our strength simply exists in the awareness of our inner truth, in the realization that we are one with all and everything, one with Him who has created everything. We are One, this is our Truth and our salvation.

Skillet - The Resistance:

I am a nation, I am a million faces

Formed together, made for elevation

I am a soldier, I won't surrender

Faith is like a fire that never burns to embers

The voice of the unheard

(Who's gonna break these chains and lies?)

Love is the answer...

... Walk through the fire, walk on the water

Used to be a slave, but now you are a conqueror...

... This is how we rise up

It's our resistance, you can't resist us

We're rising up

The voice of the unheard

Love is the answer...


Faith is a fire that never fades, confidence in this Inner Voice that gives us the power to break the chains and the cycle of lies. The Voice which tells us that only Love is the answer to fear and hate, only Love can transform us from slaves into conquerors. Not conquerors of our fellow beings, but conquerors of the inferior self who is trying to convince us that we must remain buried in the darkness. Love is our resistance, and in Her arms, we rise high, where we belong. Love is the answer and the one that will bring the Resurrection of our Inner Self! If we follow Her, nothing can defeat us! Let us rise again to the Light we belong to! Let's make the Revolution of Love!

To be continued...

Be receptive without prejudice. The Spirit, sometimes, sends you messages in the most intriguing ways.

— Sean Dragon

About Genna East

This Hub is a response to Genna East's "Sharing the Music" invitation. The truth is that my article may not be what she had in mind, but I think that music has no limits of expression.

I know Genna only through her beautiful work, but I can see that she is a noble Heart who always try to offer to anyone she meets. It's easy to understand this by reading her comments on other people's work. I copy from her profile here on HubPages:

"There are wonderfully talented writers, here, on Hubpages. When reading through the comments, please click the avatars to view their work. Whether they write poetry, short stories or articles, I think you'll find much of the writing interesting, if not remarkable and inspiring."

My dear Genna, I am grateful for having the opportunity to read your beautiful work and learning from your luminous Heart. I wish my offer to be worthy of it. Gratitude!

© 2019 Ioannis Arvanitis

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    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      "Truly, art is as diverse as the people who create it."

      My dear Brother Tim, that's an excellent quote! Diversity is a great God's gift to His world. It creates evolution. I respect your work to support people's different needs! Thank you for your kind words, they always have the power to lift me up!

      Blessings from summer Greece.

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Mary, I am so glad to know that I stood for your grandchild! Metalheads support each other! Lol! I am even more happy to see that I helped you find Genna! That means I've accomplished my goal to make one more link on this marvellous net of Love! Thank you for visiting and for your kind and sincere comment! Your participation is always significant to me.

      Prayers for health and fortitude.

      Sean

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      Tim Truzy 

      2 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Sean, I wasn't a fan of metal music until I encountered Metalica and then Slayer, and on and on. Genna is a fascinating writer who is very supportive of the Hub Pages community. She deserved such a well written tribute from a talented and gifted author such as yourself. Truly, art is as diverse as the people who create it. Respect and love, Tim

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      Mary Norton 

      2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      You have invited me to understand this music that I have avoided though one of our grandchildren likes it. I have to admit, we tried to discourage him. Thank you for the explanation and the introduction to Genna East and music.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      "I always saw differences as gifts adding spices to a world that would otherwise have no flavor. I may not enjoy every style of music or book that I read or movie that I see but I appreciate everyone's contribution to the world of art."

      My dear Dana, what more can I say! This is one of the reasons I am grateful that I found you here! Thank you for beautifying my effort! Gratitude!

      See everything and everyone, as an experience that God is having in and through you for the progression of the soul!

      Sean

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      Dana Tate 

      2 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I like what you said in your article---prejudice. It doesn't just consist of color, or religion; it's an intolerance of anything that is different. I'm so grateful that even as a small child I always embraced the beauty in the differences in cultures. I always saw differences as gifts adding spices to a world that would otherwise have no flavor. I may not enjoy every style of music or book that I read or movie that I see but I appreciate everyone's contribution to the world of art.

      Beautiful offering, thank you for sharing.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Geena, your grandmother was a wise woman and is proud of the writer and the person you've become. I am happy to know that you liked my humble offering. The great thing is that when you are receptive, you can find beauty and inspiration in everything. That's a way of happy living. So, I hope that I opened some more "doors" for you to search. Ha! Ha! I will always be grateful for the beauty I've found in your writings!

      Greetings from beautiful Greece!

      Sean

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      Genna East 

      2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      And what an amazing offering this is! Thank you...I am humbled and grateful for your thoughts and words, Sean.

      Among my favorite lines.... "our strength simply exists in the awareness of our inner truth, in the realization that we are one with all and everything, one with Him who has created everything." So true!

      I must admit, and agree with a couple of my dear Hub friends, that at first, I wasn't a fan of heavy metal/grunge -- not at tall. Pearl Jam changed my mind; Eddy Veder has become a favorite.

      We are not born with hate in our hearts, my friend. My grandmother once told me, "Those who suffer, can." It took a while for me to understand what she meant. She should have been a writer. :-)

      Hugs, and good wishes on this beautiful Sunday.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My brother, Jodah, I am so blessed to know you all, here on HubPages! Great writers but foremost beautiful people! I learn so many things from all you, and I am grateful! The least I can do is these humble offerings to you. Genna is an exceptional human being, and her love for -my beloved too- Bruce Springsteen (aka the Boss) was a trigger for this article. Truth is that was something I wanted to write a long time now.

      I am happy to know that you also are a fan of Disturbed! Pearl Jam are classic! You couldn't be such a great "rainbow poet" if you weren't open-minded! Thank you for your support, from the first moment! Gratitude!

      Do you want to know what real happiness is? There is one way. Wherever you are, whatever you do, be Love!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Sister, Dora, thank you for your excellent feedback! I agree with you. I know that there are people who can't listen to Metal music because of the sound. I have absolute respect for them. Anyone of us has things that can't endure. The word "prejudice" refers to those who reject something without giving it a chance. There is an ancient Greek saying, "smite, but listen to me first." After all, God works in mysterious ways! I always treasure your comments! Gratitude!

      Everything is a cry for Love!

      Sean

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Sean, Genna is a wonderful writer and person so this tribute is well directed. There are lessons to be learned everywhere we look and metal music is no exception. The lyrics from the songs you shared are an example of that. At first wasn’t a fan of most metal music but bands like Pearl Jam changed my opinion and I am a bid fan of Eddy Vedder’s voice and lyrics. Disturbed, as mentioned by Linda, are now one of my favourite bands.

      Thank you for another worthy article my brother.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Sean, thanks for sharing these beautiful lyrics and your insightful interpretations. Prejudice is a strong word to describe the attitude of those who do not prefer metal music; nevertheless it helps to postpone the judgment. I guess that for those who dislike the sound, they will have to miss out on the messages; but I hope that those who enjoy the sound pay attention to the lyrics as well.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Sister, Linda, knowing your vast Heart I was sure that you are listening to Metal music too. About the amazing cover of "Sound of Silence" now:

      I am a fan of Disturbed from the beginning -I suggest you listen to the "A Reason To Fight" if you hadn't already- and in the next part of this series I'll use one of their songs.

      The "Sound of Silence" is another fantastic song, but because of the non-metal origin, I chose not to use it.

      Thank you for the suggestion, though!

      There is a verse from the song "Wallflower" of the Swedish band "In Flames" that says:

      "The older I get, the younger I feel

      The younger I feel, the older I seem

      The more I feel, my age seems real

      Life to pretend, I'm as young as I feel."

      So you are a young, loving Soul in a well ageing body. I wish many to be like you...

      Your comment is another great gift to a humble writer! Gratitude

      Remember that God does not bring to your life the people, the situations and the things you want. He brings people, situations and things you need.!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Pamela, I can't find words to thank you for your kind words! Your comment is a treasure to me because it comes from a writer who I admire! Forgiveness is an inseparable part of Love! My beloved Jesus has shown us its value! So, I couldn't agree more with you. I am happy to know that you liked my effort! Gratitude!

      It is magical the way a kind word to someone in need can make us His angels!

      Sean

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      Linda Lum 

      2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Sean, we all have that "safe place," that little box that we construct within our hearts to keep out the things that hurt, that confuse, that frighten. Believe it or not, this sexagenarian listens to (and appreciates) heavy metal (and just about every other form of music.) In general, heavy metal isn't satanic, it speaks of raw emotions. It exposes those things that hurt and confuse and frighten. Go to YouTube and listen to the cover of "Sounds of Silence," (the Simon and Garfunkle song) by Disturbed. You will come away with a totally different interpretation of the song, one that is much more moving.

      The answer to those feelings that we hide from in our safe little box is not in pretending that they do not exist. As always, your words guide us to the truth. Love is the truth.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I certainly enjoyed this article. Using hard rock music to express your points was brilliant in this well-written article. I agree that there is definitely too much hate in this world. As I have grown older I have found that forgiveness is the key to feeling peaceful. We all make mistakes, but if we can forgive others and even ourselves, love abounds. Our Lord talked about love and forgiveness extensively in the Bible, and that should give us peace and hope for better times ahead.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Bill, my brother, gratitude is a safe way to Love! You know it well. You have shown me plenty of times. It is an honor to me to feel you as a friend. It's one of life's great gifts I am grateful for! Thank you for your constant support.

      No piece of the puzzle is inferior or useless!

      Sean

      PS: This month -I hope to manage it- I will publish a book about Manatita, on Amazon. I'll let you know.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear, Sunshine, I am glad to know you are a "believer"! Ha! Ha! You have to see, or better to hear, my family when we travel in our car. My wife, my fours sons and me, six people who are "headbanging" all the way! Lol! I am happy that you liked it! Thank you for reading and supporting. I am grateful.

      Blow the speakers up!

      Sean

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Your final comment I shall echo, a comment of gratitude. I am extremely grateful to be on HubPages and to be called "friend" among all of you. Peace be with you, my friend. A lovely offering to Genna!

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      Shing Araya 

      2 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I listen to the genre all the time and respect your article much.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear brother, Chris, your comment is the best pat on the back for my humble efforts. Your feedback is the best support for my article! Thank you, my friend! Thank you because nice people like you make me see a perfect way in everything!

      Love is the puzzle, and we are the pieces. We all need each other!

      Sean

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      Chris Mills 

      2 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

      Sean, your words here read clearer to me than any you have written before. Resolving our hate is the major issue in the world today. You speak to that issue.

      Our fall from what we were created for is another issue that still haunts us today.

      Then we live to fill that void.

      In the end, hopefully, we learn that we are the monsters seeking to inhibit freedom, to limit life. If one day we can finally arrive at the place where the source of life and love merge, we will finally find happiness.

      Sean, My friend, keep seeing the perfect way..

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