Created By: Thinks Too Much on December 16, 2009
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Surprisingly Gentle Song

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So, you have a band. They have a tendency to need to be Careful with That Axe. Their songs tend to be loud, aggressive, hardcore. Whether they lean towards Three Cords And The Truth or Epic Rocking, they are The New Rock & Roll. Moral Guardians hate them. They go crazy with the guitars, go wild on the drums, the music is always played at top volume...

Wait, what? A slow, quiet, gentle piece? Beautiful, soft, may be heartwarming or heartbreaking, but the defining characteristic is that it is far less aggressive a piece than you would ever expect from this band. May be a Black Sheep Hit, but differs from that trope in that it's not necessarily a hit, and only applies to normally aggressive bands.

Examples:
  • AFI's "The Leaving Song" on Sing The Sorrow, and "The Interview" on DECEMBERUNDERGROUND.
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus's first album had "Cat and Mouse" and "Your Guardian Angel."
  • Slipknot's "Vermillion, Prt. 2".
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • December 14, 2009
    ThinksTooMuch
    • Three Shadows, Part I from Bauhaus third album, The Sky's Gone Out
  • December 14, 2009
    BrainSewage
    "Beth" by Kiss
  • December 15, 2009
    Dcoetzee
    • J-Rock band Chatmonchy is normally known for upbeat songs that are heavy on the drums and guitar like "Hana No Yume" - except for a slow piano-and-vocals piece called "Sunao."
  • December 15, 2009
    random surfer
  • December 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Metallica's Nothing Else Matters
  • December 15, 2009
    Sweet Madness
    These often become Black Sheep Hits.
  • December 16, 2009
    Thinks Too Much
    Thanks, Sweet Madness, adjusted. J-rock is not usually aggressive... opinions on expanding it so that it's any band that doesn't do slow songs? I think that could lose its legitimacy, though.
  • December 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Velvet Undergound pulled an entire album of this with The Velvet Underground. Also, The Jesus And Mary Chain, famous for ear-splitting feedback and concerts that ended in violence, did this with the albums Darklands and Stoned and Dethroned.
  • December 17, 2009
    ThinksTooMuch
    "Time of Your Life" by Green Day.

    "Hello" and "My Immortal" by Evanescence, although the radio edition of the latter ends off with a harder sound.

    "Gasoline" by Moist, for you Canadians.
  • December 17, 2009
    Odile
    Rammstein often has one towards the end of an album: e.g. "Roter Sand", "Nebel", "Ohne Dich", and "Ein Lied."
  • December 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    "Heal" by Buzzov-en from At A Loss. They're a Sludge Metal group. This is probably the only non-angry song in their entire discography
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