Best Lyricists

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby slayerslays » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:11 pm

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby kurrupo » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:20 pm

Again, not metal, but I always think Fish of Marillion is a superb lyricist. Some of the stuff on those first 4 albums is like poetry

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby gavdann » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:34 am

To be honest, I don't really listen to metal for the lyrics. Especially extreme metal as you can't generally understand them anyway.

In days gone past I used to read the lyric sheets of bands like Maiden and Metallica, today the only "metal" band I can think of where I gave a passing interest was Ghost. Their use of satanic and biblical stories are quite interesting even if they are (and I'm still not sure) tongue-in-cheek.

For non-metal, Johnny Cash is another great story teller. I'm a big Johnny Cash fan.

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby Metalchemyst » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:01 pm

Another vote for Martin Walkyier. Dani Filth's lyrics are good but it's more like poetry crammed into a song. And Dio! Contrary to what some think (or used to) he didn't write fantasy tales but used mythical imagery to represent real situations.
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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby JD_B3E5 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:28 pm

Steve Harris?

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby phuqsticks » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:59 pm

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


Completely agree. The greatest living british songwriter and always massively under-rated

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby samlewis45 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:46 am

Non-metal also, but Fish has always been my favourite lyricist. He might be a bit verbose at times, but the images he conjures up are second-to-none in my opinion.

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby bloodfiend » Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:24 pm

The dude from Clawfinger must be up there, purely for this wonderful lyrics to Rosegrove on their first album:

"Do this, do that, come here, you twat"

Or let's not forget Tuomas Holopanien, the Nightwish sounds don't have great lyrics these days, but the first album was full of beauties:
"The scent of a woman was not mine"
"Deeper shall be the wound between your legs"
"Forever shall the wolf in me desire the sheep in you"
"the home gnome told me to keep the sauna warm for him"
"giant spiders learn how to swim, with whales they form a united kin"

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby varangian » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:27 am

Dave Mustaine?

fine songwriter, but particuarly as a lyricist "In my darkest hour" and " Holy wars" stick out for me
Not saying all his work is such but certainly some of the lines and quips are sublime

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby J.Ross29 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:59 pm

It is a bit left field I think considering the history of the band but Im gonna say David Bower of Hell! I know the songs on the first album were predominantly Dave Hallidays lyrics so he deserves a mention too but Bower's lyrics on curse and chapter are nothing short of Shakespearean. Its his background as an actor I suppose but he really does bring the subject matter to life in both prose and performance

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Re: Best Lyricists

Postby i0th » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:49 am

J.Ross29 wrote:It is a bit left field I think considering the history of the band but Im gonna say David Bower of Hell! I know the songs on the first album were predominantly Dave Hallidays lyrics so he deserves a mention too but Bower's lyrics on curse and chapter are nothing short of Shakespearean. Its his background as an actor I suppose but he really does bring the subject matter to life in both prose and performance


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