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Metal / Literary influences on metal
« on: December 06, 2009, 04:10:41 PM »
I know the subject has been discussed before on this board, but a quick browse of older topics didn't bring up any threads specifically dedicated to it. Metalheads read a lot of the same stuff. Here are two writers that should be obvious:

* J.R.R. Tolkien
* H.P. Lovecraft

The former's influence can be seen in band names like Gorgoroth, Uruk-Hai, Ohtar, and Isengard while lyrically and thematically, he has influenced bands like Summoning and Burzum (also a somewhat indirect name reference). The latter has influenced artists like Morbid Angel, Therion, and Samael, as well as even the most mainstream of all, Metallica; there are also tons of bands out there with names like "Cthulhu" and "Shoggoth."

I've noticed that Tolkien gets a warm reception from both power metal and black metal while Lovecraft seems to be beloved mainly by death metal. Tolkien's stories are the closest thing the West has to a modern mythology and I think power metal bands use them for cheesy heroic effect while black metal bands (usually) use them for their emphasis on a pre-industrial (and fundamentally anti-liberal) world. Lovecraft, on the other hand, was the master of indescribable horror removed from morality; entities and concepts outside of humanity's normal frame of reference are right at home with death metal.

At the risk of turning into this, who are some other fiction writers that have had a direct and perceivable influence on the development of metal and why?