What do Jonathan Davis, Corey Taylor, and Scott Weiland have in common? Answering the question “90 Hard Rock singers” would not be incorrect, but there’s something darker beneath the surface – all three men are rape victims. Davis even documents the experience in graphic detail in a platinum selling album from his band, and many of Taylors lyrics are riddled with sexual abuse.
Why were the executives of the murder industry so keen on pushing rape victims as the new face of rock n’ roll? Furthermore, why were the most popular genres of rock and metal so lyrically obsessed with self destruction? From Grunge “morality is useless and life is hopeless” to Nu Metal “I’m a freak and everyone hates me” to Emo and Screamo “I’m lonely and will never be loved” to indie (soy) metal and rock “We failed to be what we should have been” the message of mainstream rock and metal music has constantly be one of self destruction. This trend is mirrored by a 25% increase in American suicides in American suicides since the 1990s:
Suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016, according to research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.
More than half of those who died by suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC.
“These findings are disturbing. Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the US right now, and it’s one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem — and something that is all around us,” Schuchat said. The other two top 10 causes of death that are on the rise are Alzheimer’s disease and drug overdoses, she noted.
With statistics like this, it’s absolutely time to panic: our society is being marred by growing influences- intentional or not – to destroy ourselves. Let’s examine music’s relationship to this now obvious horror and see if we can determine why this is happening.
A Brief History of Lyrical and Aesthestic Themes in Rock
Rock music in the 50’s, considered extreme and dangerous at the time, was lyrically most focused more on an honorable romance. Other themes included popular dance maneuvers and good times. The fear was that the innuendos of the times – swinging hips, etc – were too sexually suggestive and could cause an uptick in immorality amongst the youth.
In the 60’s, all of the previous fears about rock were surpassed a thousand fold. Morality was fully abandoned and rock music was used to force complete social liberation where there were no consequences outside of the individuals personal happiness. Drug use, sexual promiscuity, and a complete lack of contribution to society were prevalent throughout most of the “classic” albums of this era. From here and beyond, these themes would dominate the majority of rock music for decades. This would evolve significantly when the 70’s gave us a more extreme opposition to mainstream culture in the form of punk rock. Embracing degeneracy like never before, punk continued hippie liberalism while adding a more violent, anarchist opposition to real life. Though themes of positively impacting the social issues of the age were present, punk was mostly about destruction, lawlessness, and chaos. Sexual degeneracy increased, and BDSM clothing (influenced by gay fashion) emerged to define both punk and metal clothing for decades. The 80’s gave us hair metal, which saw the most visceral attack on masculinity in the form of skinny young men dressing up as girls. Though no other form of metal reached the same level of mainstream success, its later revival in the form of metalcore and other “scene” saw the meterosexual/transexual trend continue.
But it wasn’t until the 90’s – the economic peak of the music industry and the height of its dominance over the world – that self destruction was pushed harder and more fiercely than ever before. Grunge music idolized depression and uselessness more than anything before, and saw most of its most prominent musicians commit suicide. Nu metal saw the rugged, alley dwelling badass metalhead recreated into a sexually abused loser that spent high school stuffed in a locker. Emo saw the rock musician reconstructed into a weak, insecure, feminine, nerd. The masculine vocals would never return.
As documented extensively on the Amerika.org pages, Western society has been in a gradual decline since the French Revolution. This was accelerated a thousandfold after the cultural revolution of the 60s. Since then institutions of community, church, nationality, sexuality, gender, and education have slowly been chipped away in the pursuit of universalism. While short term pleasures were abundant, long term happiness, meaning, and purpose suddenly faced extinction. The suidcide rates are only part of the outcome – frat house rape increased, drug addiction increased, school shootings were invented. Generation X were deveasted by a housing crisis. Millenials aren’t even in the game.
The liberal societal change that was driven in part by 30 years of ultra-liberal rock and metal music was a disaster. Rural America is hooked on heroin, suburban men are more concerned with video games that employment and reproduction, and lawmakers are now most interested in championing lawbreaker residents and people who chop off their own dicks. Over 30% of Americans are now open to a different system of government because liberal capitalism has failed.
Looking back, one has to wonder – were the people pushing this garbage really dumb enough to believe this wouldn’t be the outcome?
One theory is that this social degradation of America through rock and metal was merely done in accident in the pursuit of money. The progression of American capitalism (reflected in other “first world” nations) has seen our entire future sold to the highest bidder with absolutely no consideration on the long term success of the nation. Two of the most obvious examples lie in “higher” education (colleges, who exist to enhance one’s knowledge and education, are now so expensive that students are entering a lifetime of debt) and healthcare (health insurance has become too expensive for young people, the health of whom should be prioritized). Politicians are now bought by foreign nations, and soon the same will be of their children. Journalists and their ideologies are also bought and sold, church leaders are bought and sold, wars are waged to increase oil stock and pharmaceutical addiction is prescribed to generate the most revenue.
It could be that degeneracy was sold to the youth simply because it sold. With no regulation on the entertainment industry, shock value was maximized for profit. The more degrading it was, the more likely it would sell. But industry executives kept pushing more and more, with no regard to how it affected people in the short or long term. All that matter was the dollar, and nothing else.
A Larger Plot?
But another theory also exists: That it’s entirely possible this was part of a larger scheme to weaken citizens of the West, particularly in America and most particularly the most educated and most potentially successful (and therefore hardest to control) citizens in America – white males. With its most dominant demographic and its historic identity America would be easier to shift into the globalist agenda.
Throughout the years since World War II, the elites of the western world sought to consolidate nations into a single state. Organizations like NATO, G7, and others sought to establish a singular world power that chipped away at the sovereignty of individual nations. The idea of a “first world” meant only those inside would be able to find social and economic success, while a “third world” – outsiders – were considered hopeless and undeveloped. Slowly but surely nationalism would be dismantled, power would be consolidated to an elite 1% and identity would slowly but surely be transformed into a singular entity free of economic, religious, and racial constraints. Borders would eventually be erased, and the identity of individual nations would be replaced by a singular identity (globalism, previously known as the “New World Order).
The internet appears to have been a big wrench in the plans of many world leaders. With the freedom of information, many were able to explore different ideas and communications outside of the mainstream narrative of state media (posing as free press) and history books (heavily censored and controlled). But recently, with CEOs of tech companies like Google and Facebook becoming the most powerful and wealthy human beings on the planet, a centralized collective have discovered a way to consolidate a singular thought. With recent evidence that Facebook may have been a CIA project from the beginning, it appears these powers (the CIA had previously infiltrated the media as identified in Project Mockingbird) had been slowly building an indestructible machine of censorship and control. With these elites now censoring content and thought by manipulating search results (as seen in the removal of Wikileaks from Google a few years ago and YouTube’s censoring of dislikes in the recent “More than a Refugee” video), there may soon be a way where all information is once again streamlined the way it once was.
The internet started becoming a household commodity in the late 90s and early 2000’s. At this time, the internet – and whatever was happening on it – became a more influential medium of information than what was previously managed on television and radio. Its complete lack of filter meant that everyday people could now access more than what was contained in 200 channels and 100 frequencies. This meant that the music industry did not have the power of social control that it had in the 1960’s and beyond. Ironically, this was the same period that the industry experienced a full collapse, with many record labels folding and their influence collapsing.
If there was a correlation between the music industry and the globalist powers that be, it would appear the music industry was written off as a loss (in terms of influence) at this time. Therefore, the collapse of the music industry was allowed as a more dependable means of controlling information was needed – the ability to control information on the internet. It also could mean that the plan to weaken this generation to maximum effect has been fulfilled and the globalist powers no longer need it to fulfill their desires.
Under this theory, the corruption of youth through rock and metal would have been successful. White Millennial men – the most “educated” generation – are the first in many decades to be poorer and less likely to live as long as their parents. Drug use is up, suicide is up, debt is up, and the middle class is almost fully evaporated. Everything has gone according to plan.
The Importance of Theme in Music
Whichever of these theories is actually correct (of which I can’t say with absolute certainty), the one thing is for certain is that lyrics and cultural influence in music matters. While always reactionary of other movements in culture, the type of lyrics and aesthetics have done a lot of harm to America and the world. People are more liberal, less nationalist, less family oriented, less likely to succeed, more likely to die at a younger age, gayer, more defiant of their gender norms (causing great suffering), poorer, in more debt, unhealthier, and ultimately worse off than a society without a music industry. Music was not the sole factor of this, but draws a sharp parallel.
I am not taking a Reganist or Baptist view on this and saying that rock and metal are evil and should be destroyed. With a lyrical, aesthetical, and thematic embrace of traditionalism, nationalism, religion, and realist restoration, rock and metal can be a great and positive thing. But continued themes of destruction and hopelessness are going to influence these behaviors on the listeners. So instead I ask, dear reader, what are the lyrical themes to your favorite bands, and how are they influencing the life you have come to live?