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I'm interested in music that is about philosophy, specifically about great philosophers. I prefer metal, though rock and other alt forms are acceptable. And obviously no black or death metal, I don't want to have to hunt down the lyrics, I want to listen and gather information.

I know there are a lot of metal bands that sing about philosophical concepts, but I want something more concrete. For example, something like Sabaton of philosophy. Fun Fact: while in high-school I did a test about WWII solely on Sabaton lyrics, and got an A. :D

Bands that focus on one school of thought are ok, but I would prefer bands that go over more of them, ideally over most of the important ones.

So, bands that sing about philosophy and history of philosophy, preferable metal?

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Check out this link, you can try then to exclude certain metal styles and/or search more specific lyrical themes: https://www.metal-archives.com/search?searchString=philosophy&type=band_themes

Btw, Black Metal seems the most prolific philosophical metal style :)

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I would suggest:

  • Iron Maiden. They always had pretty thought provoking lyrics. The ones that come to mind immediately are the songs The Evil That Men Do and Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

  • Queensryche is also another group to consider. They dive into socio-political stuff more.

Keep in mind I am using a rather loose definition of philosophical here.

  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a "cover", almost. It is based on a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge poetryfoundation.org/poems/43997/…. Credits for any philosophical aspects should go to the original poet. Hallowed be Thy Name might be a better example, ultimately about Theodicy. – Amarth Dec 2 '18 at 18:56
  • I would also add the band Threshold in the list since their songs are about the universe, religion and existence in general – papakias May 8 at 7:32

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