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GratefulDeadInside
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2022 2:58 pm 
 

Alright here's a rather specific question but it's genuine. Most people know the band Sabaton and how they're very war-themed, same with Iron Maiden. However, I've noticed these bands don't really portray war for what it is. Iron Maiden has those catchy, exciting heavy metal riffs, and Sabaton plays pretty upbeat power metal.

I'm looking for bands that realize and portray war in the way it is, miserable, hopeless, and desperate. Any reccs will be appreciated.
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Amerigo
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2022 4:56 pm 
 

God Dethroned's Passiondale I'd say is the gold-standard for metal about the horrors of war. Spawned a bunch of imitators like 1914 and Kanonenfieber.
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MJS71
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2022 8:26 pm 
 

Minenwerfer
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nephilim80
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2022 11:03 am 
 

Kanonenfieber - Menschenm├╝hle
Hail of Bullets - ...of Frost and War
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Zdan
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2022 12:17 pm 
 

An obvious one but:

Toxic Holocaust - War Is Hell

A simple and to the point approach - both in the title and lyrics.

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joppek
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 10:24 am 
 

a lot of thrash and death metal - metallica's one is probably the most famous example out there; surprised no one's mentioned bolt thrower yet
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 4:24 pm 
 

Sacriphyx - The Western Front is a perfect example.
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Morn Of Solace
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2022 3:02 pm 
 

Niden Div. 187's sole album Impergium it's the first one that comes to my mind: Even if it's brief and blast heavy it still oozes desolation and hopelessness like not many others.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2022 12:16 am 
 

Angel Dust - Enlighten the Darkness. It's sad.
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DanielG06
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2022 9:37 am 
 

Warbringer's Weapons of Tomorrow has a lot of melancholy tracks on it that are supposed to show how miserable war is.

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