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?


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 :)


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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