So, you have a band. They have a tendency to need to be CarefulWithThatAxe. Their songs tend to be loud, aggressive, hardcore. Whether they lean toward ThreeChordsAndTheTruth or EpicRocking, they are TheNewRockAndRoll. MoralGuardians hate them. They go crazy with the guitars, they go wild on the drums, the music is always played at top volume...

Wait, what? A slow, quiet, gentle piece? Beautiful and soft, it may be [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] or [[TearJerker 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 BlackSheepHit, but differs from that trope in that it's not necessarily a hit, and ''only'' applies to normally aggressive bands. Compare PlayingAgainstType, RatedGForGangsta (for rap musicians specifically) and ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic.

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!!'''Examples:'''

* Music/TheUsed have quite a few, and write damn good slow, sensitive songs when they're not writing agressive, fast punk rock songs. To name a few: "Smother Me", "All That I've Got", "Kissing You Goodbye", "Tunnel", "Yesterday Feelings" and "Blue And Yellow".
** Considering TheUsed's impressive versatility and their wide variety of musical paces, moods, styles and tones, nothing is quite surprising from them.
* The Music/RedHotChiliPeppers have quite a few of these, for example: "If", "Porcelain", "This Velvet Glove" (to an extent), "Dosed", "Breaking the Girl", and "Under the Bridge". The latter is a special case as it is one of their [[SignatureSong most famous songs.]]
** Early in their career they were this trope, with things like "Grand Pappy Du Plenty" and "Lovin' And Touchin'". Now however, they pretty much do this style of song all the time.
* AFI's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjSscjWXSHQ The Leaving Song: Part 1]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNzs5fLp3Ho The Interview]]".
** Averted with "God Called In Sick Today", and especially "Silver and Cold". The latter starts out with a quiet piano, and the listener is probably expecting one of these. Then, before you can say "Your sins into me, oh my beautiful one" it turns into a classic AFI sing-along-able anthem.
* The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus's first album had "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbqDZGuWl_A Cat and Mouse]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRehmX3zlwE Your Guardian Angel]]".
** Compare a [[TastesLikeDiabetes diabetes-flavored]] love ballad like ''Your Guardian Angel'' with their SignatureSong, the powerful rant against domestic abuse "Face Down". You wouldn't believe they were the same band.
* Music/{{Slipknot}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiGtN-dplYk Vermillion, Prt. 2]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TVPUqN4q4o Circle]]".
** and more recently "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzFJv5-JjdM Snuff]]".
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye24cqG8j3M Nothing Else Matters]]".
** Before this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEQnzs8wl6E Fade to Black]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WElvEZj0Ltw&feature=related Welcome Home (Sanitarium)]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM8bTdBs-cw&ob=av3n One]], which are what's usually called "semi-ballads": songs that start as traditional ballads, but around the middle of the song they become a lot heavier.
** Following this was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlahvvymkxc The Day that Never Comes]] and don't "Low Man's Lyric".
* Music/{{NWA}} had "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u31FO_4d9TY‎ Express Yourself]]" from Straight Outta Compton.
* Scary Kids Scaring Kids has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN81CbkD5wg Watch Me Bleed]]".
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEEwK_H2ixQ Promises]]" , which is a beautiful power ballad, complete with string arrangements and being based around a Romeo And Juliet theme. If someone else was singing it, you would never know Dave Mustaine had written this song.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emsQZ69OUE4 Beth]]" by Music/{{KISS}}.
** Same goes for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHnkMlCOl50 Forever]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_cNiz97V68 We Are One]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKAISpk4ods Three Shadows, Part I]]" from Bauhaus' third album, The Sky's Gone Out.
* 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 "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAI1sA4tjb0 Sunao]]."
* "The Garden of the Goddess" by Music/{{Galneryus}}
* "Ares's Lament/"So Lonely," "The Love Of My Life," and "Never Change Your Mind" by Music/{{Loudness}}
* "Wake Up Honey" and "Thanx Givin Day" by Music/{{Miyavi}}
* "Serenade", "Love will be born again" and "Episode" by Music/{{Versailles}}.
* Music/XJapan has plenty of these. The better known ones are: "Crucify my Love", "Tears" and "Forever Love".
* ''Music/TenaciousD'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYvkRZookFM Fuck Her Gently]], which is a parody of this trope.
* ''Music/DogFashionDisco'' is an avant-garde metal band who frequently include a "gentle in sound but not subject" track on their albums. However, on their album Experiments in Alchemy, they played this straight with "En La Noche" a latin/jazz fusion love song about a newly married couple dancing in the moonlight. It's a big departure for a band whose other gentler songs are about burying someone they killed in the desert, knowing that someone who has wronged them is already destined to die, and Pogo the Clown.
* Music/VelvetUnderground pulled an entire album of this with ''The Velvet Underground''. Part of this was because a lot of the band's gear was stolen, but they also deliberately wanted to make a LighterAndSofter album after the DarkerAndEdgier ''White Light/White Heat'' so as to avoid painting themselves into a corner. The trend continued with ''Loaded'', which was their response to their record company asking them to make an album "loaded with hits".
** So did Music/NickCave with ''The Good Son'', and even gentler with ''The Boatman's Call'' and ''No More Shall We Part''.
** This was the premise behind Nick Cave's "Lyre of Orpheus," as opposed to its raucous companion piece, "Abattoir Blues."
* Similarly, Music/TheJesusAndMaryChain, famous for ear-splitting feedback and concerts that ended in violence, did this with the albums ''Darklands'' and ''Stoned and Dethroned''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR6uz_VTCUo Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)]]" by GreenDay, which is a strong contender for their most well-known song. And before mention it--yes, it ''is'' a breakup song, but it's still melodically fitting, and, for a breakup song, it's surprisingly kind. ''"I hope you had the time of your life..."''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxc1t6XsWSo When It's Time]]" by the same band.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih61MJ72v1Y Hello]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWioxDzDUpc My Immortal]]" by {{Evanescence}}, although the radio edition of the latter (arguably their second most well known song) ends off with a harder sound. (Link to the album version for that reason).
** "Swimming Home" is this to their SelfTitledAlbum and "Good Enough" is this for The Open Door.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFQbxTvyzq4 Gasoline]]" by Moist, for you Canadians.
* Music/{{Rammstein}} often has one toward the end of an album: e.g. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGHldRJfTxY Roter Sand]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8ZlCL9pyDg Nebel]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSL62BUyY0U Ohne Dich]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haKSfQKbPXE Ein Lied]]."
* "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. (If the WikiMagic could cough up a link, that'd be great.)
* Music/LinkinPark tends to have one or two of these per album, ranging from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqgAAqCqiBI "My December"]] to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLYiIBCN9ec "Iridescent"]].
* Music/{{DragonForce}} has [[OncePerEpisode one slow song per album]] in between all the blazingly fast PowerMetal: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNApV7JJfXk Starfire]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqVavyOChAY Dawn Over a New World]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk77wRGnwZM Trail of Broken Hearts]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIyqdvCcnWk A Flame for Freedom]]", and an acoustic version of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV8vuMD3a9c Seasons]]".
* The {{Grindcore}} band Music/AnalCunt had an entire ''album'' of surprisingly gentle songs called ''Picnic of Love''.
* "In Vino Veritas II" by A Wilhelm Scream.
* "The Vulture Act I" by Gallows.
* "Speak My Name" by IQ.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsXdMr0YQCQ Sabrina]]'' by Inkubus Sukkubus
* Music/{{Pantera}}'s cover of "Planet Caravan" by Music/BlackSabbath - enough so that the ''Far Beyond Driven'' liner notes include a short message from Phil Anselmo explaining to fans (who might not be familiar with the original) that they're just covering a song they like, not attempting to have a pop hit.
** The Music/BlackSabbath version itself also qualifies - While Ozzy was singing, their albums almost always included a token ballad like "Changes" and/or a short, pretty acoustic instrumental like "Orchid".
** Pantera themselves are not immune to writing gentler songs, "Cemetery Gates" is Pantera's attempt at a Power Ballad and Suicide Note Pt. I is extremely subdued and depressing.
*** Speaking of the latter, [[MoodWhiplash then there comes]] [[LastNoteNightmare "Suicide Note Pt. II"]], '''EASILY''' Pantera's hardest song.
* Music/TheWho, normally known as "The World's Loudest Rock Band," have a touching ode to the AntiVillain called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9-3RZkzpwM Behind Blue Eyes]]."
** ...which gets [[SongStyleShift really loud]] mid-song.
* A well-known example is Music/RiseAgainst having the all-acoustic "Swing Life Away," and "Hero of War".
** Not to mention 'Roadside'
* "The Last Man On Earth" by Schoolyard Heroes.
* "Metaphor" by In Flames is an example of them writing an actual gentle song rather than the folk passages they used on early albums to give the listener's a break. Gentle, understated, melancholic but [[LyricalDissonance very bitter and resentful lyrically.]]
** They also have "Come Clarity". "Take me somewhere/don't wanna live/in this dream one more day."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_tORtmKIjE "The Bard's Song"]] by Music/BlindGuardian qualifies with its medieval folk sound contrasted against the blazing, speedy, PowerMetal sound they normally have.
** They tend to have one per album; there's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxOZMpuGBjI "A Past And Future Secret,"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lWspOLN5rY "The Eldar,"]] (except for the MetalScream) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24PJnBflzmI "Harvest of Sorrow,"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3_S1Q40HZo "Skalds and Shadows"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmAjzJ-62ag "War of the Thrones".]]
* Bad Brains have some, mostly due to their reggae influences coming to the forefront: Their self-titled album, for instance, consists of HardcorePunk interspersed with a few down-tempo reggae songs ("Jah Calling", "Leaving Babylon", and "I Love I Jah" specifically).
* Shadows Fall has "Another Hero Lost", which was written in memory of a dead relative of Brian Fair's that died in Iraq. There's also the acoustic instrumentals that the band always includes once per album.
* Music/{{Flyleaf}}, while not a loud band at all, has had a few songs that are dramatically more calmer and quiet then their usual songs. Mostly in their first studio album.
* The Dillinger Escape Plan have included a few more accessible songs off their more recent albums. They're still very experimental and innovative but make better use of their singer's clean vocal range (something their first singer didn't have.) Tracks like [[SmackdownVsRaw Unretrofied]], Black Bubblegum & Milk Lizard sound akin to something a more agressive Music/FaithNoMore might write.
* Early on, gentle FaithNoMore songs were pretty rare. The early acoustic instrumental "Jim" seemed to have been included for the sake of this trope. Ditto "Edge of the World", a piano ballad written from the point of view of a [[ComedicSociopathy paedophile]]. Later on they got pretty eclectic and juxtaposed heavy rock numbers such as "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies" and "Cuckoo for Caca" with gentle numbers such as "Take This Bottle" and "Just a Man". They even had a hit with a cover of Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores' "Easy".
* "Come Away Melinda" on Music/UriahHeep's first album. Especially since the rest of the album is Very 'Eavy (and very 'umble). It's also this song that made them become Uriah Heep (having gone into the studio as a band called 'Spice' and using a session keyboardist on the track made them realise they needed a permanent keyboadist, which led to them changing their name to Uriah Heep)
* Glassjaw, normally an extremely loud and aggressive band, has two of these songs on their [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Mark El Mark]] Digital EP. "''The Number No Good Things Can Come Of''", a piano and drums piece, and "''Oxycodone''", a Lounge-sounding tune with the lead vocalist singing in improvisation.
** And now, their latest work, "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KiwmbHMSgk Daytona White]]''" and "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOGMKYwBsac&feature=related Stations of the New Cross]]''" also count. In fact, most of their ''Coloring Book'' album (from which these two songs come from) is this compared to some of their previous work.
* "Louder Than Thunder" by Music/TheDevilWearsPrada, sung entirely by guitarist/clean vocalist Jeremy Depoyster.
* The last two tracks off of the album ''Abducted'' by DeathMetal band, Hypocrisy, are mellow [[Music/PinkFloyd Pink Floyd-esque]] ProgressiveRock tracks. This is in sharp contrast to the rest of the album and their discography.
* [[Music/DreamTheater Dream Theater's]] "Vacant" is the Surprisingly Gentle Song off of ''Train of Thought,'' which is an 8+ on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness , since it's slow and melancholy, and just piano, cello, and vocals.
* Music/{{Kyuss}} has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-PqRgmL4Xg Space Cadet]]" on the ''Welcome to Sky Valley'' album, where it comes between the much heavier "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lnfyMGBi6w 100]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLdOlzIRCdk Demon Cleaner]]", though Demon Cleaner's still a tad lighter than the rest of the album.
* Showbread has "The Missing Wife". "Matthias Replaces Judas" starts off as one of these, but gradually builds up in intensity.
* {{Annihilator}}'s very first track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYS3VYHGW9Y "Crystal Ann"]] is a classical instrumental.
* Music/{{Epica}} has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqAyelPcaHI Delirium]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb17Yc1a8lE Solitary Ground]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVkJkcvaA1A Tides of Time]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsbTu92k-EU Trois Verges]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhtBUXnoFoo White Waters]]".
* "Lead Sails (And A Paper Anchor)" by Atreyu.
* "As Tears Go By," "Dandelion," "She's a Rainbow" and "Angie" by Music/TheRollingStones.
* Music/{{Death}} have the moving instrumental named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd4q0Xx-u1Y "Voice Of The Soul"]] which contains no drums whatsoever.
* The Music/{{Melvins}} are largely associated with grunge and sludge metal, but have a few gentle songs in their repertoire: "Black Bock" is lightly psychedelic folk-rock (albeit with some serious LyricalDissonance). ''The Crybaby'' includes a pair of straight country covers featuring Music/HankWilliamsIII (Music/HankWilliams' "Ramblin' Man" and MerleHaggard's "Okie From Miskogee"). And "PG x 3" is an eerie, mostly a capella version of the folk song "Peggy Gordon", inspired by it's use in ''TheProposition''.
* Music/JudasPriest: "Angel," "Lost and Found," "Before the Dawn," "Epitaph", "Last Rose of Summer"
* Music/BadReligion: "Million Days" off of the CanonDisContinuity album Into the Unknown.
** "Slumber" from ''Stranger Than Fiction'' may also qualify - it resembles an alternative rock song of the loud-soft-loud variety more than it does a PowerBallad, but the verses are surprisingly soft.
* Anime/{{Angel Beats}} anime band, Girls Dead Monster, usually plays loud and hard (as part of their band's 'distraction creating' intent, but many of their songs do have a quieter version on CD.
** The original band leader pulls this off the best with her final song[[spoiler: before she disappears]] with a ballad played on a special acoustic guitar, instead of her normal. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV6WkcMKLFw& My Song]]
* Music/{{Danzig}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_kehhT_qQU Sistinas]]. While it's technically credited to Glenn Danzig & The Power Fury Orchestra, there's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6EieqgGA-8 "You And Me"]], from the soundtrack to ''Less Than Zero''. Both are Roy Orbison-influenced ballads that show off Glenn Danzig's crooning vocal style, rather than the dark metal he's commonly associated with.
* "''Darkness''" by Music/{{Disturbed}}, a soft, acoustic dirge with a cellist section of all things. This from the band who an album earlier provided the world with "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0JBlUm2KMY#t=3m27s No, Mommy! Don't do it again!]]".
** Even though it's much heavier, "Overburdened" would count as well.
* Death metal band {{Morbid Angel}} featured the haunting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZPKBAnkEaE "Desolate Ways"]] on their ''Blessed Are The Sick'' album.
* A few of the Paper Chase's songs depart from their usual highly confrontational noise-rock/post-hardcore approach in favor of more melodic, introspective songs, though titles such as "Out Come the Knives" and "At the Other End of the Leash" show that the mood isn't necessarily any different.
* "Lost in You" by Music/ThreeDaysGrace, which was a major hit for the group, is a little different from their normal sound to say the least. While the recent album was quite a bit softer than previous ones, this one still stands out.
* The point of the ''Colma'' album by Music/{{Buckethead}} was to give his mother something calming to listen to while recovering from illness. Thus, it is a ''dramatically'' different sound from his usual stuff.
* Music/{{Eminem}} has a few. "Mockingbird", "When I'm Gone", etc.
* {{Metalcore}} band Demon Hunter seems to pile on more and more of these with every album, but they'd be hard pressed to top their first notable one, the EPIC TearJerker "My Heartstrings Come Undone".
* Music/{{Underoath}} are usually placed around Level 7-8 on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness. But of course, being a Christian band, have a good number of these spread across their discography. Most notably, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZOwB_gaJ1A "Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63EetspU6Is&ob=av3n "Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear"]]. These were sung almost entirely by former drummer and [[SopranoAndGravel clean vocalist]] [[FieryRedhead Aaron Gillespie]], with occasional peppering in by [[MetalScream screamer]] Spencer Chamberlain.
* Gentleness is hardly a surprise coming from ChristianRock band Disciple nowadays thanks to LighterAndSofter, but "After The World" and "No End At All", both tender GodIsLoveSongs, stuck out like a sore thumb on their mostly heavy album ''Scars Remain''.
* "Flower Sun Rain" by Japanese DoomMetal band Boris is very relaxing until the very end, when it builds into a scorching guitar solo accompanied by heavy drum fills.
* Portrayed in ''SpinalTap'' with "Lick My Love Pump," Nigel's unfortunately named classical piano piece.
* Music/{{MewithoutYou}}'s Catch For Us Foxes, after eleven tracks of blistering and screaming soundscapes, concludes with "Son of a Widow", which is rather quiet and tender.
* Music/TheHives are mostly known for high speed garage rock, but their album ''Veni Vedi Vicious'' throws in "Find Another Girl", a pretty faithful cover of a 60's R&B ballad by Jerry Butler. It sticks out quite a bit in the middle of the album.
* [[ChristianRock Christian]] [[HeavyMetal Metal]] band East West's BlackSheepHit "She Cries."
* PowerMetal bands usually feature at least one ballad per album.
* Music/ModestMouse, whose songs typically consist of shrieking existential crises [[WordSaladLyrics in the form of really elaborate metaphors]], also produced "Little Motel," a sober reflection after the loneliness "earned" after destroying a relationship.
** Much of ''The Moon and Antarctica'' is surprisingly gentle, to the point where ending it with "What People Are Made Of", and, more specifically, a scream, comes as a surprise.
* "Acrid Placidity" by Music/{{Meshuggah}} of the album Future Breed Machine. However, the song is still extremely off-putting.
* Music/SystemOfADown's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnGdoEa1tPg "Lonely Day"]] is considerably softer than their usual style.
* Black Label Society has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv3HJSPRCL8&feature=related Spoke in the Wheel]], a very mellow and depressive song that contrasts with other songs sung and composed by bearded, foul-mouthed, pinch-harmonic-crazed Zakk Wylde.
** The Black Label Society album ''Hangover Music Vol. VI''' is made up mostly of softer songs that utilize acoustic guitar and piano, meaning that the album really ''is'' good music to listen to while hungover.
** "In This River", from their ''Mafia'' album, was a quiet ballad Wylde dedicated in memory of [[{{Music/Pantera}} Darrell Abbott]] (he'd actually written it months before Abbott's death.
* Akercocke has a few parts with clean vocals in their otherwise extremely heavy blackened death metal, but the last song off the album Antichrist - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajJAm3RSmZw Epode]] - is fully mellow, beautiful (and is about [[LyricalDissonance Satan himself]].)
* "Spit on a Stranger" by indie rockers Music/{{Pavement}} is a ballad (albeit a rather bizarre one) from a band who usually did uptempo songs with WordSaladLyrics.
* Music/{{Godsmack}} have "Serenity" off their ''Faceless'' album.
* Music/JimiHendrix had "Castles in the Sand", "The Wind Cries Mary","Sweet Angel", and "Little Wing".
* "More Than Words" by Extreme, which ironically is their biggest radio hit, remains [[SignatureSong their most well-known song]], and is the [[OneHitWonder only song]] they're really remembered for.
** Their other top 40 hit, the relatively obscure "Hole Hearted" was another similar ballad.
* Music/NineInchNails did this every now and then, considering that the usual sound of the band is industrial metal. Examples include "A Warm Place", "Lights in the Sky" and "Every Day Is Exactly the Same."
* The Christian Hard Rock Band RED tends to have at least two per album, beginning with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uw8mIcQJn8&feature=related 'Pieces']], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZPjiUimhck 'Already Over (part 2)']] in "End of Silence," [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAHCsyOb3Rc 'Take it all away']] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WptwYUp-sJ8&feature=related 'Nothing and Everything']] (Which is an alternate version of the opening song 'Fight Inside') on Innocence and Instinct. While they aren't as intensely loud or grating as bands such as Devil Wears Prada, RED is loud enough to warrant these songs being Surprsingly Gentle.
* Music/{{Motorhead}}, a band commonly known for being one of the rowdiest, loudest, crudest bands, released a song titled "1916", a slow, mournful song about a young man being killed in battle in World War 1.
* A number of BlackMetal bands do these, particularly as ambient interludes, intros, or outros. Burzum is a particularly influential example.
* [[TechnicalDeathMetal Progressive Death Metal]] band Music/{{Opeth}} has several examples, including "To Bid You Farewell", "Credence", "Epilogue", "Benighted", "Face of Melinda", "Harvest", "For Absent Friends", several others, plus the entirety of Damnation and Heritage, both of which qualify as Surprisingly Gentle Albums.
* Big & Rich. Their music is country turned UpToEleven and beyond, and even most of their ballads are loud and flashy. But each of their albums had a softer song: "Drinkin' 'Bout You" on the first (a barroom shuffle), "I Pray for You" and "Never Mind Me" on the second (two mellow, AC-friendly ballads), and "Lost in This Moment" (low-key, mainstream wedding song) on the third. The latter was even released as a single, quickly becoming a BlackSheepHit and their [[OneHitWonder only top-40 hit on the hot 100]].
* Music/EmilieAutumn: The Art Of Suicide and Shalott are this on Opheliac.
** If I Burn, What Will I Remember, I Don't Understand, Gaslight, Start Another Story off Fight Like A Girl.
* Music/BritneySpears: In the break from dancing your ass off, purging your soul sense, she enjoys the ballad section of her tours so they do feature on her albums:
** "Where Are You Now" on Oops, "Everytime" / "Shadow" during In The Zone, "Why Should I Be Sad" at the end of Blackout, "Unusual You" / "Out From Under / "Blur" / "My Baby" on Circus and "Trip To Your Heart" on Femme Fatale
* Music/ThePrettyReckless have this in the form of You on their debut album, about an unrequited crush.
* The Music/FooFighters have many. The very first was "Big Me" (which causes some MoodWhiplash on the album it's on), and then come "Walking After You", "Aurora", "Tired Of You", "Stranger Things Have Happened", [[DistinctDoubleAlbum the entire second disk of]] ''In Your Honor''...
* [[MemeticMutation There's also]] Music/InsaneClownPosse 's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-agl0pOQfs&ob=av3e Miracles]], which differs rather significantly from their [[AxCrazy normal fare.]]
* While ''Music/{{Lyriel}}'' is a SymphonicMetal band that tends towards the softer side of the genre, their album Paranoid Circus contains the track [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Lullaby" which is exactly what the tittle suggests]]. This track is preceded and followed by tracks that feature aggressive drumming.
* Music/{{Blur}} give us "Tender" and [[TearJerker "Sweet Song"]]. And from Damon Albarn again, in {{Gorillaz}} we have El Manana from Demon Days (though [[WhamEpisode the video]] is [[SoundtrackDissonance far from gentle]]) and Cloud of Unknowing in Plastic Beach ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S02Sb_KnndQ and again]]). On Melancholy Hill is fairly mellow and has very sweet lyrics, so it could fit, but is perhaps too upbeat for this.
* Music/FiveFingerDeathPunch has a few, especially with "Remember Everything". "Walk Away" and "Far From Home" are a couple more.
* Though Hüsker Dü gradually got a bit LighterAndSofter musically, "Never Talking To You Again" could be considered one at the time of it's release: an acoustic, folk-influenced (though still bitter-sounding) ballad in the middle of what was mainly a noisy HardcorePunk album. The album in question, ''Zen Arcade'', also featured a couple of melancholy piano instrumentals, "One Step At A Time" and "Monday Will Never Be The Same".
* Music/AvengedSevenfold has a few of them, particularly "Seize the Day" and "So Far Away". An early example of this is "I Won't See You Tonight Part 2" from ''Waking The Fallen'', when they were still a metalcore band. Also, we can't talk about Music/AvengedSevenfold without mentioning [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyYazI3B09A Dear God]], which is a straight up country balled. From ''Hail to the King'', we've got the blues-ballad "Acid Rain".
* Music/LedZeppelin is a borderline example of this, since probably less than half of their output could actually be classified as "hard rock" -- but, after their first two heavily blues-based rock albums, their third album (comprised largely of folk-based music) came as a disappointment to many fans of the band's early work. Especially with "That's the Way".
* Music/GunsNRoses has several, including the four acoustic songs on ''G N' R Lies'', the trilogy of "November Rain", "Don't Cry" and "Estranged" off of the ''Use Your Illusion'' albums, and [[CoverVersion their cover]] of "Since I Don't Have You" off of "The Spaghetti Incident?".
* Usually, Music/TheAquabats are very excited and energetic...but ''Hello, Good Night!'' is surprisingly mellow and thoughtful.
* The Monks were a GarageRock band from the sixties whose music was unusually aggressive for the time, and who were later considered a precursor to PunkRock. Because their album ''Black Monk Time'' wasn't received well at the time, they started going for a LighterAndSofter sound for their last two singles. Their final release "Love Can Tame The Wild" / "He Went Down To The Sea" was especially surprising - the A-side is a sprightly [[SillyLoveSongs Silly Love Song]], while the B-side is a ballad with a seemingly PhilSpector-influenced arrangement featuring vibraphone and trumpet. As bonus tracks on ''Black Monk Time'', these two tracks sort of induce some MoodWhiplash.
* ''Samba Briza'' by {{Music/Atheist}} is a Latin Jazz track on a TechnicalDeathMetal album.
* KingCharles tends to go with orchestral sounds and lots of production. The song ''Oh England'' is just Charles, riding in a hansom cab and playing his acoustic guitar while he sings a love song to his home country.
* Music/AlyAndAJ: "Silence" and "I'm Here" on Insomniatic are both extremely quiet tracks unlike the bulk of the album.
* The soft, melodic and depressing "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?" by Music/TheOffspring became a big BlackSheepHit of the band.
* VNVNation has the TearJerker piano ballad "From My Hands" on ''OFPAG'', and the synthpop {{power ballad}} "Nova" on ''Automatic'', among others.
* Most [[{{Industrial}} EBM and Futurepop]] acts have at least one ballad per album. Example: Covenant's album ''Northern Light'' has "Bullet", a morose PowerBallad [[RecycledInSpace but industrialized]]... Placed in an album with fast-paced songs such as "We Stand Alone" and "Call The Ships To Port".
* mind.in.a.box's chiptune album ''R.E.T.R.O.'' ends with the power ballad "Whatever Mattered".
* The Break Up's aptly titled "Tread Softly".
* Music/TomPetty and the Heartbreakers have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELBC3fJOANM "The Best of Everything"]], a soft piano ballad that fits perfectly into 80s easy listening radio. Petty's solo album ''Wildflowers'' is this compared to his work with the Heartbreakers.
* StrappingYoungLad were mostly known for super-heavy [[DeathMetal Death]] [[IndustrialMetal Industrial]] [[ThrashMetal Thrash]] [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly Metal]], but then there are "Two Weeks", "Almost Again", and "Polyphony", which basically qualify as straight-up ballads.
* Music/{{Pink}}, known for songs like "So What?" and "Raise Your Glass", has "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsTQrJclLJ4 Bridge of Light]]", written for ''Film/HappyFeet2''.
** "Glitter in the Air" also counts as such.
* Between their second and third albums, Music/AliceInChains released ''Sap'' and ''Jar Of Flies'', two [=EPs=] which proved them capable of surprising versatility and restraint. They played mostly acoustic and clean electric guitars and made use of strings as well.
* {{Music/Ministry}} contributed a surprisingly faithful acoustic cover of [[TheGratefulDead "Friend Of The Devil"]] to the compilation ''The Bridge School Concerts, Vol. 1'' - it turns out Al Jourgenson actually has a smooth, pleasant singing voice when he's not [[HarshVocals growling]] and/or running his vocals through distortion and processing.
* MotleyCrue's "Home Sweet Home".
* Iggy Pop's "Candy".
* Music/DirEnGrey's "Jealous -reverse-" is a piano-vocal reworking of their single "Jealous", featuring nothing but Kyo and piano. Also, "Ain't Afraid to Die" is Kyo and piano only until the guitar solos kick in, halfway through the song. Even then, it's still very gentle.
* Music/LLCoolJ's "I Need Love", which is often cited as being the first HipHop ballad.
* Project Pitchfork's "Green World", a {{New Age}}-ey ballad by a traditionally [[HarshVocals aggro]]-{{darkwave}} group.
* The techno/electronica musician Cursor Miner has a pop ballad titled "For Each Other".
* The Birthday Party's "Jennifer's Veil", from their final EP, is musically quieter and folkier than anything they'd ever done before, and a pointer towards the more tasteful moments of Music/NickCave's solo career. (However, it's purely a musical example: the lyrics appear to be about a guy coming back from a war to discover that his girlfriend or sister has been hideously disfigured and probably raped by enemy soldiers.)
* Music/{{Converge}} has "Phoenix In Flight", off the album ''Jane Doe'', which is ''very, very soft'' for being a song by them. But right after that, there comes [[LastNoteNightmare "Phoenix I]][[EarRape n Flames"]], which is just your average Converge song, but harder.
* A rare producer-based example. Producer Dann Huff is usually known for his bombastic country-pop arrangements for the likes of Music/RascalFlatts, with swelling string sections and loads of heavy guitar (Huff is a former member of the rock bands White Heart and Giant, and a session guitarist as well). Even his up-tempos are usually very loud and guitar-driven. But 2013 has seen him moving toward gentler arrangements, as seen in Music/TheBandPerry's "Better Dig Two", which sounds surprisingly rootsy; Music/KellyClarkson and Music/VinceGill's "Don't Rush", which sounds like an early 80s country-soul ballad; and Music/HunterHayes and Music/JasonMraz' light, acoustic "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me". Not that he's given up the louder production entirely — The Band Perry's "DONE." is closer to his usual style.
* ElvisPresley doing "Love Me Tender" has to be the UrExample, since when it was released he was still viewed as the hip-shaking leader of TheNewRockAndRoll menace. It really wasn't much of an aberration at the time (he auditioned for Sun Records with ballads and recorded an ethereal version of "Blue Moon" while he was there), and in the context of his whole career it isn't that odd, but it would have been perceived that way in 1956.
* TypeONegative with Can't Lose You. Aside for a small pace-setting intro, it fails to break out into the bands usual rockin' guitars and shouting, (or obnoxious sex noises).
* Back when it was first released, "Only Women Bleed" was this for AliceCooper. More recently, he's had a habit of including one such song on each album.
* Gridlink have Thirst Watcher from Longhena.
* Even Hellektro artists occasionally have these, such as "The Carnival is Over" by Leaetherstrip and "Song of No Tomorrow" by Suicide Commando.
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