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Written by Suricata Monday, 23 August 2010 03:27
Nature is everything that pertains to this world. The natural kingdoms aren’t only physical things and organisms, but they all contain deeper states of life that reflect upon humanity, the psyche and art. Humans are connected to each of the natural kingdoms biologically as well as mentally, and because of this the natural kingdoms must be expressed in every art and skill, including Heavy Metal. The Mineral Kingdom
Among the natural kingdoms, minerals are the most basic, as they provide the chemical structure for all life forms: The elements as seen in the periodic table. These materials may seem dead, but looking closely one can notice they hold characteristics shared by us humans. Have you wondered why the term “heavy metal” fits so well the music we love?
Heavy metals supply the finest things in industry, art, commerce and war. They may be harmful to health, valuable, useful or deadly, and what metal music portrays tends to go along those lines.
Metal music is generally felt as heavy, sharp, structured, hard, electric and magnetic among other things, and this is because the people who make this music are subconsciously expressing their “mineral” nature.
The Plant Kingdom
You may find it absurd to compare heavy metal to plants at first, but considering the qualities seen in said natural kingdom, it can be understood easily. Plants are sensitive organisms more than anything. They are affected by the weather, humidity, the soil’s quality and the atmosphere. But aside from that, studies have shown that plants are extremely receptive to animal activity, sounds, human words and even human thoughts and feelings directed at them.
Taking into account these facts about plants, one could say any musical genre is plant-influenced, and that would be true. In heavy metal, the sensitivity of the artists is clearly seen in the poetic and emotional lyrics and changing melodies. Here, the metal artist expresses his plant nature.
The Animal Kingdom
This natural kingdom is the easiest to recognize, be it in music, people or situations. Here, the keynotes are instinct and survival, which evolve into attack/defense, jealousy, mad rage and fear. Animals have no notion of right and wrong; they just act driven by their needs and desires. This behavior appears extensively in the heavy metal world, and it could be considered to be the cornerstone of metal music ideology. Metal is aggressive and wild, and both of these are animal qualities.
Even if many of us are tamed, law-abiding citizens, we all have a wild side which drives us to listen or produce this kind of music with a significant animal influence.
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