Lyrical Dissection

Our Analysis of These Metal Songs About Goblins Goes DEEP

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Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 4:00 AM
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  • Rick Craft
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Vikings, hobbits, pirates, and of course Satan have inspired metal bands. But L.A. group Nekrogoblikon may be the first inspired by tales of goblin apocalypse.

Their new EP Power, like all their other albums, takes place in a universe where Goblins reign supreme and destroy everything lying in their path. In lesser hands, the gimmick would get old quick. But Nekrogoblikon have the musical chops -- especially the super-shredding guitars of Tim Lyakhovetskiy and Alex Alereza -- to make it work. Behold then: Our favorite Nekrogoblikon songs about goblins.

"No One Survives"

From: Stench (2011)

Sample lyric: In times before the goblins came / We only had ourselves to blame / For the problems in our lives / Spiraling down towards our demise

Analysis: Every great civilization ends up crumbling under the weight of its own excesses and failings. While the civilization in Nekrogoblikon's universe eventually meets its fate at the hands of intergalactic goblins, we did a great job setting ourselves up for the kill.


From: Stench (2011)

Sample lyric: A rotting old cabin collapses in gloom / This is a requiem for a bitter man's tomb / Blistering spite for the whole human race / Planning our doom with a grin on his face

Analysis: When the goblins arrived, they had a co-conspirator walking among us. While everyone else screamed in agony and fought desperately for their lives, one human being welcomed the impending destruction.

"Goblin Island"

From: Goblin Island (2007)

Sample lyric: Human remains in a goblin crypt / Bodies skinned and clothing stripped / Filling the earth with stinking rot / Boiling the brains in a giant pot

Analysis: The fate we will meet at the hands of the goblins will not be painless. It will be slow. It will be painful. No one will get a proper burial. All of us will become goblin food.

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