psychedelic & spirituality
Now here is the part we really venture in other worlds. The rabithole will go deep on this one. It is a known fact many of the biggest musicians ever used mind altering substances like hennep, weed, shrooms and other means. It is no surprise some bands tend to base their music, lyrics or both on these topics. Often also exploring the whole world spirituality has to offer.
Meshuggah uses polyrythms to overwhelm the listener. When they're on point they feel like a hammer to the brain, in the most pleasant way possible. Depending on how liberal your definitions of 'metal' and 'psychedelic' in this context are. You got a number of options: Isis, Sunn, Sleepytime, Gorilla Museum, Lightning Bolt. Also, Animals as Leaders and Scale the Summit can be pretty psychedelic. Obscura is an amazing German progressive death metal band and some say there is evidence in their lyrics that they are "in the know".
If you're into the heavier side of things, definitely check out Persefone. I'd begin with just the Spiritual Migration album as a whole, tracks like Mind as Universe, Meta Meditation, The Great Reality, Returning to the source, etc. Even Opeth sounds very psychedelic at times.
Muse is another megaband who is way out there. Their earlier albums handle about government oppression, civil uprising & drone warfare. But on their later albums definitely take into space. In 2006, Muse released their fourth album, "Black Holes and Revelations". Singles like Supermassive Black Hole", was released as a download in May 2006. The second single, "Starlight", was released in September 2006. "Knights of Cydonia" also scored a big hit. They released a live DVD called HAARP in 2008. In 2012 they released Second Law. Which is inspired by the second law of thermodynamics.
The most well known band in this line to delve in deep enlightened spirituality is Epica. Which was actually one of the main inspiring factors for writing this.
They have been singing about philosophical matters for the past 15 years. Their 2005 album "Consign to Oblivion" handles about the lost Maya civilization. The Divine Conspiracy about religions.
Aside from the concept of such a conspiracy, The Divine Conspiracy finalizes The Embrace That Smothers, which began in After Forever's Prison of Desire (Prologue and parts I-III) and continued in Epica's The Phantom Agony (parts IV-VI). In short, The Embrace That Smothers is a collection of 10 songs (Prologue and parts I-IX), which talks about the dangers of organized religion.
"Design Your Universe" deals with the power of thoughts and imaginations and is the first album based on new breakthroughs of the Quantum Laws in physics.
Mark Jansen stated:
"It proves that we are all connected to each other on subatomic level. Also, it shows that we can create or at least influence matter with our thoughts…"
2014's "The Quantum Enigma" is a no-brainer.
In an interview lead vocalist Simone Simons explained what was the main inspiration behind the album: "Well in quantum physics they have done this experiment and they found out that whenever you observe particles they take a certain shape – and when you are looking away, it’s a different shape – so in a way you can say you never know: ‘What is reality?’ We determine our reality through our observations, and if we would look away, reality would change"
They even take this concept to a whole new level on 2016's The Holographic Principle. Where they really lay out very complex serious spiritual subjects such as Ascension, the matrix, the dualistic reality, the holographic reality, karma, universal laws, the co-creative consciousness, the effect of fear and love on your state of mind and body frequency. freeing yourself & mankind, the energetic reality of the world & universe around us and many more.
"The holographic principle is a principle of string theories and a supposed property of quantum gravity that states that the description of a volume of space can be thought of as encoded on a lower-dimensional boundary to the region"
Whoa, that is heavy science stuff right there. in a way, this is also oriented in the spiritual realm. But we will not get into the specifics of this. We are just musical chaps anyhow.
So this is a quite expansive but not complete overview over lyrical and musical themes into social, philosophical & spiritual topics used by metalbands. If you have any more bands or suggestions, please let us know.
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