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Best Lyricists

Postby Blake_Porter » Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:21 pm

Who do you consider to be amongst the best lyricists in the business?

Personally, I cannot think of a single person better than Aaron Stainthorpe in terms of lyrics. His lyrics are so poetic and sombre, he could have easily been a poet had he not been in My Dying Bride.
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Postby Gandalf the Red » Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:00 pm

Martin Walkyier must be well up there. The early Sabbat and Skyclad stuff was very clever with plenty of play on words and sarcasm.

Unfortunately the last few years he's been too involved in Janet and John politics such as ranting about capitalism whilst selling crap, over priced T shirts on eBay....
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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby i0th » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:37 am

Richey Edwards for me, the early Manics albums are lyrical masterpieces.
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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby houston4044 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:49 am

Gandalf the Red wrote:Martin Walkyier must be well up there. The early Sabbat and Skyclad stuff was very clever with plenty of play on words and sarcasm.


Seconded, his ability to turn a phrase without it coming over cheesy is second to none.

Phil Lynott would be a contender for me, able to write short stories in the space 3 minutes that are interesting and don't come over contrived.

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Postby metaldinosaur » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:04 am

Though it has to be in context, Dani Filth has a real command of the English language and an enjoyable turn of phrase.

I would agree on Martin and Aaron been strong too.

Its a very difficult think to choose the best.

Though not Metal, I would say Nick Cave is pretty amazing.
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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby i0th » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:58 am

metaldinosaur wrote:Though not Metal, I would say Nick Cave is pretty amazing.


That's a great shout.
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Postby bloodofthekings » Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:37 am

Again, not metal but for me, Ginger Wildheart is up there with the best of them.

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Postby gavdann » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:43 pm

i0th wrote:Richey Edwards for me, the early Manics albums are lyrical masterpieces.

Funny you should mention the Manics. We've just been debating how rubbish they are on Facebook.

I actually liked them at the very, very start. They had a handful of decent singles, all of which ended up on Generation Terrorists and I saw them a few times in those early days but I lost interest in them when the second album came around (which is bloody dreadful). I've never even listened to the The Holy Bible.

I know they have/had a lot of fans, I just think they showed good early potential but ended up becoming really dull.

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Postby gavdann » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:45 pm

Good call on Nick Cave though. I'd 2nd/3rd that nomination.

For non-metal Bob Dylan is an obvious call. I'm going to see him in Hyde Park for the first time in a couple of weeks.

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Postby i0th » Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:53 pm

gavdann wrote:
i0th wrote:Richey Edwards for me, the early Manics albums are lyrical masterpieces.

Funny you should mention the Manics. We've just been debating how rubbish they are on Facebook.

I actually liked them at the very, very start. They had a handful of decent singles, all of which ended up on Generation Terrorists and I saw them a few times in those early days but I lost interest in them when the second album came around (which is bloody dreadful). I've never even listened to the The Holy Bible.

I know they have/had a lot of fans, I just think they showed good early potential but ended up becoming really dull.


Oh their my absolute favourite band and think Holy Bible is one of the greatest albums ever :lol:

Wasn't fussed on their last album like but still well looking forward to seeing them the week after Bloodstock at Hardwick Live.
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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby Blake_Porter » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:08 pm

Yeah, Dani Filth is definitely worth a mention.
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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby varangian » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:53 pm

Definitely Phil Lynott!

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Didn't Bob Daisley write half of Ozzy`s stuff?

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby slayerslays » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:22 pm

gavdann wrote:Good call on Nick Cave though. I'd 2nd/3rd that nomination.

For non-metal Bob Dylan is an obvious call. I'm going to see him in Hyde Park for the first time in a couple of weeks.


Don't get too excited- I saw him last year and he did a load of boring old crooner songs...the encore was Blowin' in The Wind though.

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby slayerslays » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:27 pm

Keith Richards and Mick Jagger did pretty well imvho

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby gavdann » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:22 pm

slayerslays wrote:Don't get too excited- I saw him last year and he did a load of boring old crooner songs...the encore was Blowin' in The Wind though.

Yeah, he's well known for being cantankerous and an awkward bastard with some of his set lists. :lol:

It's a double headliner with Neil Young though so I'm expecting enough good stuff to make it worthwhile. Neil Young is another great lyricist btw.