One of the biggest calling cards that comes with rock and roll music is its bad attitude. For all the feel-good songs about the party that are sprinkled throughout the mix, you have to remember that this was music designed to piss off your parents, and that rebellious spirit still rings true today. Sometimes a bad attitude isn’t enough, and bands have tried to delve into the darker side of the rock scene.
Before we get to the heart of the matter, we need to clarify one thing: do these songs deserve to be called metal? For some people, that’s a pretty strong no, with none of these songs coming in the same league as Slayer or Machine Head any day of the week. By the standards of what the rock charts looked like, there was a lot more teeth behind these songs than was heard at the time, either bringing the metal to the masses later or helping to forge it. in the first days.
While some of these bands might not have wanted the metal moniker, all the seeds of the genre are present in these songs, from the haunting atmosphere to the riffs that sound like absolute mayhem whenever they meet your speakers. The gatekeepers of the genre might not support songs like these, but chances are the metal gods are watching these tracks and giving them a nod of approval.
For most of his career, Muse has never been afraid to show off his hard rock qualities from time to time. Even though comparisons to Radiohead have followed them from the day they were formed, their jams of songs like Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the Name or Zeppelin’s Heartbreaker were a good indication of what they had been up to as teenagers. While Absolution is still a decent space rock project, they could also rip your face off whenever they want.
From the opening seconds of Stockholm Syndrome, the guys sound for blood, with the Drop D guitar riff punching you in the face before the rest of the band comes in screaming. Although the scope of this song is the same as you’d find on a song like Falling Away With You, all those synthesizers are replaced by walls of guitars, only to be sucked in when the keyboards return.
The lyrical content is also much darker than you’d expect from Muse. Since the album started out talking about the end of the world on Apocalypse Please, it’s been a different kind of horror, telling the story of a man who kidnapped someone and is holding them hostage. in the hope that he will love her one day. With the abrupt changes that occur throughout this song, it’s not just the sound of a horrible situation. Chances are we get a glimpse of the maniac’s mind on this song.