Heaven and Hell

I’ve been thinking about the dark nature of heavy metal music and I am not sure that the reputation is deserved!

My hypothesis is that heavy metal music and hard rock is not at all as bad-ass as people think. I predict that the number of song title references to Hell will be fewer than those that reference Heaven. At the time of writing this is just a confirmation bias speaking.

Assuming that my music tastes for heavy metal and hard rock are reasonably consistent with the music genre and assuming that I have a random collection of this type of music in my library I will perform a count of the words in the song titles of my library.

This really is being done live. I don’t know the results at the moment. Here goes:

Heaven:

  • Heaven’s Dead
  • Heaven Sent
  • When Heaven Comes Down
  • In Heaven
  • Heaven Can Wait (Gamma Ray)
  • Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  • Heaven Can Wait (Iron Maiden)
  • Stairway To Heaven
  • Heaven Help
  • Heaven For The weather, Hell For The company
  • Heaven Can Wait (Meatloaf)
  • Good Girls Go to Heaven
  • Christmas In Heaven
  • I Wish U Heaven
  • To Be With You In Heaven
  • South Of Heaven
  • Heaven’s Gate
  • Super-Charger Heaven
  • Heaven and Hell
  • Heaven Tonight
  • Heaven Beside You

So that’s 21 song titles that include the word Heaven out of around 5000 songs in my library.

Now for Hell:

  • Cold Day In Hell
  • Right Next Door To Hell
  • Highway To Hell
  • Go To Hell
  • Heaven for the Weather, Hell for the Company
  • To Hell We Ride
  • Hell Child
  • Bat Out Of Hell
  • Into The Lungs Of Hell
  • Green Hell
  • Hotter Than Hell
  • Help Me I Am In Hell
  • Hellraiser
  • Run Like Hell
  • Come Hell Or High Water
  • To Hell And Back Again
  • Hell Awaits
  • Hellbound
  • Hell Raisers
  • Heaven and Hell
  • Hells Bells
  • Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
  • Hell Or High Water
  • Private Hell
  • Hell To Pay
  • Earth On Hell

So that’s 26 references to Hell in a song title out of about 5000 songs in my library.

Now, I have no idea if that a significant statistical difference. It doesn’t seem so to me. It also appears from the titles of some of these songs that perhaps the context in which the title is used might be more important. A couple of the Heaven songs seem more to do with the dark side that good stuff and some of the Hell songs come from sayings.

I don’t think any conclusions can be drawn from this initial study. Perhaps with a research grant I’d be able to investigate the context of these words within the Heavy Metal form and get a good answer.

Rock On!

Testament – KoKo

Went with my best man and best pal to watch Testament at KoKo in Camden on Fri 30 Nov 2012.
They were good and very good fun to watch. Not a great front man but the music was hard and fast.
Liked the venue. Small and intimate.

Here are my photos:

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