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Why bother writing lyrics in English?

2009.03.16 22:12


 Metal bands around the world tend to write their lyrics in English, even though their first language is not English. That is mainly because the demand for the metal music is preeminently led by English speaking countries. The band will be limited in terms of the popularity if they choose to stay in their country of origin, therfore they are trying to appeal themselves to people around the world who chat in English.


Oh yea, Vassline is one of such a band. They are a brutal yet melodious hardcore metal band from Korea. They write literally all of their lyrics in English, resulting in an increased popularity from worldwide. However, I can't help but think they should(or sometimes should) write their lyrics in English. Actually I think it is kind of unfair that I can't hear a word of the singing even though I am Korean. Shouldn't we all be given a chance to enjoy the kick-ass songs in our own language?




The thing is, moreover, my friends whose mother tongue is English don't comprehend a word of it(or maybe a couple of words.) If they wrote the lyrics in English in order to appeal themselves to English speaking people, doesn't that contradict itself? What makes the situation worse is that English is now considered as the world language, so people shows no mercy someone who don't speak English fluently.


 Oh I almost forgot. Let me introduce you to Crash, the leading NWOKTM(New Wave Of Korean Thrash Metal, there is no such thing, don't be confused) band in Korea. Likewise, they do write their lyrics in English. But sometimes, they write Korean songs. How nice of them! It is really strange and "moving" to listen to brutal music in Korean. You will never understand.

 In conclusion, what I wanted to say is this: if a band from non-English speaking origin is to choose whether or not they write the lyrics in English. Please do as you please. But don't bother making 100% of your songs in English. Think of your fans in your own country.

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