Proud Monoliths of Metal
Posted by Irmelinis
The other day something caught my attention. I kept seeing the word ‘monolith’ everywhere. Song titles, albums, band names… It popped up when I least expected it, always when I was spending time discovering new bands and albums. I admit, it’s a very good looking word. It feels mysterious and can be used in many different ways. The tall, often erected stone structure is historical, there are many old myths and legends about monoliths, made of one solid piece of rock either shaped by nature or constructed by humans. Maybe the mythical and mystical shape contributes to the fascination we have with these huge rocks?
It made me curious, how many symbolic meanings exist and what are they? How is the symbolism used in song lyrics and album titles?
Something solitary, standing proudly alone. It’s solid and can’t be moved by ordinary men, unaffected by all living creatures. It’s tall, reaches far above and overshadows everything else. Something strong and powerful that can’t and won’t be ignored.
Maybe these songs below will help in finding more answers..
Ihsahn – Monolith
It was never
The icy winds of the heights
But the coldness of the world
That hardened my foundation
Whether your approach
Is that of praise or blasphemy
The construction of my being
Will remain the same
Agalloch – The Watcher’s Monolith
But who are they who pass by the window?
The shapes; like black solar wheels scorched in the snow
by gods of the stone…
This elder stone shall never fall!
After Forever – Monolith of Doubt
This monolith of everything that I have been is vacillated and aghast
The inexorable time has taught me once again
That my features will change and macerate me
See, it’s me, my monolith of doubt
Naglfar – The Monolith
And every night it haunts my sleep
Monolith of the crushing deep
The great beast beckons for me
Now and always I can hear his cries
And feel the gaze of his burning eyes
Soon the time has come when everything dies
Becoming the archetype – Monolith
I stood at the foot of the mountain and watched the fire descend
The earth trembled
Smoke filled the air
I heard the sound of a trumpet calling me into the darkness
I ascended to the top of the mountain
I stood in the center of the flame, yet I was not consumed
Divine Heresy – Monolithic Doomsday
Monster Magnet – Monolithic
Otehi – Monolith and Monolith
Dimmu Borgir – The Blazing Monoliths of Defiance
Sylosis – Monolith
Substructure – Monolith
SunnO))) – Monoliths and Dimensions
In Mourning – Monolith
Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity
The Monolith Deathcult
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Posted on January 16, 2013, in Mental Metal, Ramblings and tagged after forever, Agalloch, becoming the archetype, Heavy Metal, Ihsahn, metal, monolith, Music, naglfar. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.