A Rap Metal band that specialized on inverting Getting Crap Past the Radar: A lot of attitude and bad language to cover the fact that pretty much all of their lyrics are heavy on morality and philosophy - under the thin though surface, the whole thing is very wholesome and politically correct.Of course, this made the message even more offensive in the ears of conservatives, racists, sexists, et cetera.Some of their lyrics features a Villain Protagonist - when you think of it, it becomes obvious that the literal message is simply a Strawman Political for something the band dislikes, and that the real message is the exact opposite.
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- Agree to Disagree: The main aesop of Two Sides (of every story) is that atheists, christians, moslems et cetera should simply respect each other and let each other be, instead of trying to shove their ideas of salvation down each other's throats.
- Careful with That Axe: Jocke in the first verse of "Are You Man Enough?". Could also count as Soprano and Gravel, as he is echoing part of a line rapped by Zak.
- Drunk with Power: The song "Power" preaches that political power leads to this and is caused by this. Also invoked in "The Truth".
- Destructive Romance: Described in "I Need You". Also the backstory in "(Love is just a) Four Letter Word".
- Jesus Was Crazy: In the song I'm Your Life And Religion, well, Jesus (and any other similar Messianic Archetype figure) is presented in a way designed to make God look like a narcissistic personality disorder egomaniac for casting himself in the role of a Black Hole Sue.
- Black Hole Sue: The song "I'm Your Life & Religion" is, among other things, a satire over this trope.
- Hollywood Homely: The song "Hate yourself with style" is all about destructive ideals and negative self-image.
- Jerk Ass: The self-righteous protagonist of Pay The Bill. Also the father-figure (as well as the kid's implied future self) in Do What I Say.
- Miles Gloriosus: The song "Biggest & The Best" is the perfect soundtrack for this kind of character (as well as for Mary Sue).
- Metal Scream: Jocke uses type 4 a few times, most obviously here.
- New Sound Album: Twice. A Whole Lot of Nothing had a sound which was much more electronic than any of their albums previous or since. On Zeros and Heroes much of the electronic sounds were removed and more focus was put on the guitars.
- N-Word Privileges: Subverted; the song "Nigger" is actually against the use of this word and "nigga".
- Parental Incest: Debated in a very creepy yet very efficient way in the song "Little Baby". The male character keeps droning on about how what he's doing is okay and that she mustn't tell anyone and no one would believe her anyway and of course he loves her... The female character simply repeats "this house is not a happy home" over and over, while sounding sad and anxious.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: The songs "Right to Rape" and "Little Baby".
- Stepford Smiler: One of the main aspects of "Nothing Going On", which is about a "perfect" life that is all surface and nothing underneath.
- Faux Empowering Entity: In the song "God Is Dead", the phenomenon that people kill each other in the name of God, believing it to be His will, is explained with the theory that the "God" they take orders from is actually just a voice inside their heads.
- The Golden Rule: Invoked in Two Sides (of every story)
- Life Will Kill You: A major part of the message of the song with the same name.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Step Aside", although the lyrics are anything but gentle. They also tend to have one or two songs per album that are sung entirely as opposed to rapping.
- Villain Protagonist: Several of the songs are from the point of view of a character designed to be unsympathetic and/or mentally unhealthy. For example Pay The Bill - ignore the video, just listen to the lyrics.
- Vocal Tag Team: Zak and Jocke.
- War Is Hell: Described in the song "Warfair".
- What an Idiot: Self-critiziing in The Price We Pay. As usual, it's ambiguous what this "self" is.