I had actually discovered this particular interesting specimen a while ago already. From randomly surfing DarkLyrics.com. Vengeance Rising – one band name that makes you want to check their stuff out, right?
Turns out they were a militant Christian thrash/death band of the late 80s / early 90s, and their lyrics were just ridiculously preachy – at their mildest. Here’s an official video for the actual track (doesn’t exactly qualify for a title of a “song” IMO because I honestly don’t understand the appeal of that sort of songwriting and this rather lazy approach to “harsh vocals”). Think of it as of a curiosity.
The funniest thing is that the mastermind of the band later got oh so disillusioned in the church, quit and started waving the “anti-Christian” flag instead, with comparable fervour.
Reminds me of all those “teen crushes” and “phases” that people are supposed to be ashamed of when they “grow up”.
I just can’t take any of this seriously.
Yeah I did grow out of the whole “classic rock”/”traditional metal”/”glam metal” fandom (basically, “pop rock of the times gone by” fandom) – but that actually happened because I had always felt this church-like zealotry flourishing in there so I could never truly connect with fellow fans on a personal level, and, what’s worse, I saw musicians themselves either buy into it and go all diva-like on us, or exploit this veneration in a very cynical way. Let alone the media who, being media, used all that pseudoreligious imagery in their publications so as to unabashedly milk the fanbase by reinforcing their delusions. You know the groove, “this mag has a great article on [insert name here]” – “yay what an awesome mag! we’re buying every issue from now on!”
I still do listen to some of that music (which managed to stand the test of me getting into early music and opera, haha), but I’m happy not to have to interact with the rabid fanbase anymore. Yes “rabid fans” is a collocation in my world. Unfortunately. Those fans who make _me_ look as if I were normal. *shudders*