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paciland
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:58 am 
 

Hi,

I am trying to gather all the lyrics about the issue of heroin / opiate addiction, and I wonder if anyone can help me by naming pertinent bands or songs. To be precise, the stuff I am looking for is: lyrics about any kind of opiate addiction (mainly heroin, but in some territories other opiates are the same as common, for instance oxycodon) written by artists who are actually engaged into it, or have been. In other words, I would exclude generic portrayals of drug abuse, not focusing on heroin, or generic lyrics pro or antidrug use which are not inspired by personal experience.
In particular, I am interested about narcotic addiction as depicted by black metal musicians.
One classic name one can pick up is Nachtmystium, but others may also exist who are underground, or I simply do not know of.

The eventual purpose of this research is to write a scientific article about the features of narcotic addiction as described in extreme metal music, following up a previous one I published years ago about drug addiction in metal songs, in which I commented upon such lyrics as Savatages's Streets or Metallica's Master of Puppets.

Thanks to anyone who will contribute.

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Xymosys
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:04 am 
 

Tiamat - A Pocket Size Sun (LSD)
Tiamat - Lucy (LSD)
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Rodman
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:15 am 
 

Kreator's 'Extreme Aggressions' makes reference to cocaine (I think...).

Death's 'Living Monstrosity' is about babies being born addicted to drugs.

The lyrics of Alice In Chain's Dirt are preoccupied with heroin addiction.
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paciland
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:10 am 
 

Thans, but as I wrote I meant not generic drug use, but opiate narcotics, and not generic use, but addiction. Death's Living Monstrosity is about cocaine.
I'll look up Alice in Chains.

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MRmehman
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:05 am 
 

Harakiri for the Sky's Heroin Waltz is a good example. Motorhead's Stone Dead Forever is about heroin too. Supposedly, the lyrics pertain to one of Lemmy's ex girlfriends who became a user and died soon after of an overdose.
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raumr
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:05 am 
 

Not extreme metal, but Black Sabbath have a song about heroin called Hand of Doom. Might be interesting from a historical view.

Oh and Sirenia has Euphoria and Lithium and a Lover. They are about mental illness and substance abuse.

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D4nzig
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:11 am 
 

Motorhead's Dead Men Tell No Tales deals with the heroin addiction of the guy who produced Bomber as well as a couple of The Rolling Stones albums.

OP mentioned Savatage's Streets album having theme of heroin addiction,I would like to add Dungeons Are Calling also being about heroin.

Megadeth Poison Was the Cure's another heroin addiction song.

Danzig - Black Candy

Motley Crue's Kickstart My Heart isn't about heroin per se but directly inspired Nikki after he was saved from his overdose.

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D4nzig
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:18 am 
 

MRmehman wrote:
Harakiri for the Sky's Heroin Waltz is a good example. Motorhead's Stone Dead Forever is about heroin too. Supposedly, the lyrics pertain to one of Lemmy's ex girlfriends who became a user and died soon after of an overdose.


Stone Dead Forever is about greed not doing dope.

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Xenophon
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:32 am 
 

Svartidaudi's lyrical themes include drug use, according to this site. Lyrics can be a bit cryptic, but "Psychoactive Sacraments" may be about heroin (or clearly some injected drug) with lines like: "Illuminating blaze of addiction! Veins torn asunder to receive thy venom."

Cerekloth's song "Halo of Syringes" seems to be about heroin/opiates.

Another footnote: Pantera's Far Beyond Driven album has the line "I've done it all but tap the vein" on "Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks." However, by the time the album came out, Phil had already started using heroin, according to Wikipedia.

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jimbies
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:39 am 
 

My Dying Bride - Heroine Chic

Not necessarily about heroine, but the whole thing plays out like an addict looking for a fix.

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flexodus
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:50 am 
 

Chase from Gatecreeeper is a recovering addict, but he doesn’t yet publish the lyrics to their songs. Maybe these interviews can be helpful though:
https://www.revolvermag.com/music/gatec ... eath-metal
http://clrvynt.com/gatecreeper-feature/
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severzhavnost
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:54 pm 
 

Saint Vitus is more known for songs about alcoholism, but “I Bleed Black” and “The Lost Feeling” contain lines that could be about addiction to other substances. There’s also the Korrozia Metalla song “героин”, pretty clear what that one’s about.
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paciland
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:08 pm 
 

BTW, comments about Savatage and Metallica are on this magazine, volume 6 number 3 http://www.heroinaddictionrelatedclinic ... ?year=2004

Lifelover's mastermind died of undetermined cause, but he was close to the issue of drug-related states, with a taste for opioids, but I might be wrong

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OzzyApu
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:33 pm 
 

W.A.S.P.'s "Thunderhead" off their Headless Children album deals with heroin. It may be referencing Motley Crue's (specifically Nikki's) addiction at the time that was something I was told a long time ago and never bothered to check. Amazing song nonetheless.
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Sunioj_Paul
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:31 pm 
 

Napalm Death - Mind Snare from the Harmony Corruption album is about heroin addiction.

1349 - Chasing Dragons from their Beyond the Apocalypse album. Self explanatory.

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Bingewolf
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:40 pm 
 

Nachtmystium's drug/psych era comes to mind (specifically Addicts and Doomsday Derelicts, but also the Assassins album to an extent...) and obviously opiates have a strong co-starring role in Blake Judd's story.

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Abominatrix
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:26 pm 
 

He said he was specifically interested in extreme metal, guys.

So, Atrocity's entire Hallucinations album might fit the bill. I admit I haven't really attended to the lyrics, but it's supposed to be a concept-based album dealing with a specific person's struggles with addiction; heroin specifically (I think).
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traxan
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:39 pm 
 

Just to add, Lemmy despised heroin. When he was young, pre-Motorhead, he was in love with a woman who developed a massive heroin habit and ODed, and he found her body. It devastated him and he would have nothing to do with junkies after that. The man did every other drug but not that.

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Satantango
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:15 pm 
 

The first that came to my mind is Mourning Beloveth's A Disease For The Ages album. The whole album is about drug addiction and substance abuse, junkies really (not sure if specifically heroin but might be) and the lyrics describe people who are obviously very far-gone in their addiction. I'm not sure about the inspiration behind the lyrics or how much they are based on directly personal experiences but I wouldn't call them generic portrayals of addiction. The music has a really thick gritty, bleak and almost suffocating atmosphere I thought I'd never hear on a melodic death/doom album.

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leaving
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:19 pm 
 

I'm sure something from Eyehategod would fit the bill here.

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Pichushkin
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:40 pm 
 

Medicated nation by Nevermore fits the criteria. Good song that perfectly covers what you’re looking for
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Satantango
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:17 am 
 

leaving wrote:
I'm sure something from Eyehategod would fit the bill here.

Yeah, for sure. Also Acid Bath and Iron Monkey.

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OlioTheSmall
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:09 am 
 

leaving wrote:
I'm sure something from Eyehategod would fit the bill here.

They have an entire album called Dopesick, so definitely these guys.

Also, while Dystopia are crust punk, they are metal enough to have a spot on the archives so I'll mention their track 'Leaning with Intent to Fall'. I get the feeling those guys knew a few people who died from ODs considering how passionately that song is delivered.
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EpicSceptic
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:33 am 
 

Two that jump to mind are:

Narcotic Wasteland - Narcotic Wasteland - Addicted to Junk
Drug Honkey - Cloak of Skies - The Oblivion of an Opiate Nod

And then Lord Mantis probably has a lot of lyrics alluding to heroin or opiate use since Charlie Fell (vocalist/bassist) struggled (is struggling) with it himself.

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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:12 am 
 

severzhavnost wrote:
Saint Vitus is more known for songs about alcoholism, but “I Bleed Black” and “The Lost Feeling” contain lines that could be about addiction to other substances.


"Shooting Gallery" off Mournful Cries is explicitly about heroin use.
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Argus Monitor
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:56 pm 
 

Nattefrost from Carpathian Forest had a serious problem with opiates for several years. I saw an interview on YouTube a few months ago where he said that if he had to do it all over again, he would have chosen death over withdrawal. He’s still looking shaky today but hopefully he’ll stay straight. It’s possible that he wrote about it on the last Carpathian Forest full-length album since he was in the thick of it but I don’t know of any particular song.

Blackmoon from ex-Dark Funeral who’s dead now got addicted to OxyContin after a car accident where he hurt his back. The problem persisted up until the time of his death.

I’d have to think about the question more. Yes, there are opiates in extreme metal but I couldn’t say it’s bigger than other drugs. It’s usually something that’s kept quiet. I’ve used opiates before but jumped off when my tolerance began to grow. Most people can’t do that and it’s not something I recommend.

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Oxenkiller
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:07 pm 
 

That BSoD guy from Germany is a self professed junkie and a full on degenerate asshole (by every account) but he nonetheless somehow managed to record some interesting, and often times really really good, music over the years. Check out his bands Grasamkeit and Corneus- I don't know how much of that lyrically was dedicated specifically to the smack, but a lot of it was probably written under the influence of it.

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tahu157
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:24 am 
 

Methademic by Black Sabbath although I guess meth isn't an opiate.

EDIT: Also, Downer by Wilting Away

Less certain about this one, but Mine All Mine by Alice N Thunderland seems to be about addiction. Doesn't specify a drug though.

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BitterDawn
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:48 am 
 

Secht, and as previously mentioned most stuff by Nattefrost. Shining. Wish I knew more off the top of my head..any good sounding bm, hah. Something about some heroine musicians..their brilliance shines.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:12 pm 
 

Not extreme metal, but Megadeth's Poison was The Cure and Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime album (more specifically, The Needle Lies) contains references to an unspecified drug that is probably heroin

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