Positive Hardcore Thursday: 5 Screaming Lyrics That Will Lift Your Day Up
Panic! at the Disco frontman, Brendon Urie struck vine famedom with his many goofy and relateable vines. One series of his was “Positive Hardcore Thursday.” Urie would show off his vocal versatility by screaming some uplifting messages. Check it out… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceqUMBYB3Vg
In honor of this we will look at some uplifting harsh vocals from around the hardcore and metal scenes.
- “Alive” - Wage War
In the chorus of “Alive” Wage War vocalist, Briton Bond, screams:
I broke the mold and I survived
Hate is a cancer
We are the problem
Love is the answer
Love is the answer folks! Perhaps Wage War is breaking into a new genre, Hippiecore. Their debut album, Blueprints, came out on Fearless Records in 2015 and there are rumors of a new Wage War album coming out in 2017, so keep your eyes peeled!
- “The Disconnect” - Counterparts
In this very angsty song, we can hear lead vocalist, B Murphy, scream:
And I can’t face the disconnect
I’ll shed the dead weight and rise
While the song focuses on Murphy’s discontent for himself, in this line we can see his desire to solve his internal issues and commitment to be better. Nobody is perfect, so this message hits home for all. New Counterparts music is expected to drop sometime in the fall of 2017.
- “Live Without Regrets” - Amon Amarth
The Swedish Viking Metal band tells us in the chorus of their song:
Don’t Despair, show no fear
Live your life without regrets
Don’t Despair and show no fear
In the face of certain death
They go on to explain in their verse:
We don’t mourn a friend that fell
Or dread the day we’ll fall ourselves
Warriors don’t go to Hell
‘Cause we know Ygg will greet us well
Amon Amarth’s lyrics references norse mythology’s take on death; the idea being that they will find enjoyment in the afterlife as they live noble lives on earth. This idea can surely be applied to other religions interpretation and hopefully can bring some calm for those with thanatophobia. Amon Amarth’s latest record, Jomsviking, came out last year on Metal Blade Records.
- “Wounds” - Senses Fail
Buddy Nielsen has always brought an emotional flare to New Jersey Post-Hardcore band, Senses Fail. On their last album, Pull the Thorns from Your Heart, this especially showed up on the song, “Wounds”. Buddy tells us:
The picture they fade, my horrible memories fade
They burst into fire when I chose to let love be my guide
Through his lyrics he lets us know that through the power of loves we can conquer our demons and that our past mistakes do not define us. Senses Fail has their acoustic EP, In Your Absence, coming out March 3rd.
- “The Other Line” - Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
The French Band does not have harsh vocals dominate their songs, but we were lucky enough to get four lines of inspiration in the bands, “The Other Line”:
I really must be moving onward to something
I’m standing right here and I came from nothing
The harder you fall
The more pain you can take
The little breakdown in the song provides some inspiration, remarking how the band went from nothing to something, but not without moments of adversity. The last two lines let us know that while things may not always work out the way we want, our struggles make us stronger if we let them. C!NCC!’s new single “Blame It On This Song” was released last summer.
- “Chucky vs. The Giant Tortoise” - Dance Gavin Dance
Dance Gavin Dance has become famous for the lyrics of their harsh vocals. Their new album, Mothership, did not disappoint and provided us these great lines on the lead single, “Chucky vs. The Giant Tortoise”:
I’ll go in cryo and return to life ho
And make a Bisque, some tomato basil sh*t
Riding a rhino, pico de gallo
Roosters beak, I’ll sleep when I leap that jeep
What does it mean? Who Knows, but you would be lying to say this did not make you grin a little, and that sounds like the definition of uplifting to me. Take a look at Lauren’s review of Mothership here.
Who knew there was so much positivity beneath these bands’ harsh sounding lyrics? If anything they teach us not to judge a book by its cover -- or, at least not judge a song’s meaning until you clearly hear the lyrics. Anyways, have a positive hardcore Thursday this week and every week!