Metal Monday – 12/08/14 Edition

Before I get too deep into today’s post, I want to take two seconds to recognize Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Today is the tenth anniversary of his brutal murder on stage at a Damageplan concert. Though I am not a guitarist, I love and appreciate the influence he had on the genre. I was introduced to Pantera in high school and have never looked back. I also enjoy the albums from Damageplan and Rebel Meets Rebel. There is no other musician like him, and he is surely missed.

Keeping with  last week’s anti-war theme is Dream Theater’s “Prophets Of War,” from the 2007 album Systematic Chaos. Singer James LaBrie deliberates the idea the idea of ulterior motives to the United States’ intervention in Iraq in 2003 while still doing the signature Dream Theater “non partisan” thing. LaBrie states in an interview that the lyrics were partly inspired by the book The Politics of Truth.

In the chorus, LaBrie point blank asks, “Are we profiting from war?” If by “we” he means companies like Halliburton, Academi (formerly Blackwater), and Lockheed-Martin, then yes. If by “we” he means the country as a whole, then absolutely not. The war racket is Keynesian and crony in nature. When angry citizens protest against “the 1%,” for me, the executives at these companies are the first people to come to mind. It’s easy to rake in billions of dollars in revenue from taxes coerced out of a public who can’t even unanimously agree on whether or not they even want the “product.” Even worse is the morally reprehensible notion that someone is profiting from loss of life. Keynesian theorists praise the notion of job opportunities with defense companies while failing the broken window fallacy that is the core of their beliefs; employment created out of destruction is not sustainable.

James… I understand what you and the band are trying to achieve – the desire not to alienate anyone. But it’s hard not to see the truth.

Prophets of War. Lyrics below.


It burns deep down inside of me,
We have ourselves to blame.
Not questioning, accepted as the truth.

Debate this fight it’s just cause
The facts do not support theirs
To liberate a people
And rid them of tyrant rule

Is it time to make a change?
Are we closer than before?
Can we help them break away?
Are we profiting from war?

It’s time to make a change.

Intrigued
Got your attention – deceived
Since the inception – our brave
Fight for what reason

Compelled
Can we clean up this mess?
The loss of loved ones
A perverse request
They continue the same rhetoric
These derelicts that profit
Win or lose

Is it time to make a change?
Are we closer than before?
Can we help them break away?
Are we profiting from war?
It’s time to make a change

Time for change
Fight the fear
Find the truth
Time for change

The only thing
That I believe
Will help us see this through is faith.
Pray they will forgive,
Forgive our arrogance,
So we can make it right,
Right what they have wronged.

See you sweat
Unexpected, controversial
Get used to it
Things are gonna get personal
Your sympathy
A pitiful display you stutter
Your empathy
Means nothing if there is no honor
Responsible
Of this you are incapable
We implicate
Incriminate – Exacerbate – Too much at stake

Our Fathers, Mothers
Sisters, Brothers
Sons and Daughters
Forced
Perpetuating their ideals
A mindless act
To stay the course

Is it time to make a change?
Are we closer than before?
Can we help them break away?
Are we profiting from war?

Is it time to make a change?
Are we closer than before?
Can we help them break away?
Are we profiting from war?
Is it time to make a change?
A change from what it’s been
Can we help them break away?
Is our patience wearing thin?
It’s time to make a change

Time for change
Fight the fear
Find the truth
Time for change

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