Double Subverted: The band then records a full ballad version of that song.
Zig Zagged: A band changes their signature style so many times, it's hard to determine if a song is softer or harder than their usual fare.
Averted: A hard rock band doesn't record any ballads.
Enforced: A hard rock band is pressured by their record company to record a ballad under the belief that it will attract more female fans.
Lampshaded: The song contains lyrics about it being softer than the band's usual fare.
Defied: "We're a hard rock band. We ain't gonna record no stinkin' ballads. Ya wanna hear ballads? Then go listen to a soft rock band!"
Discussed: "So, mate, what do you think? Should we record a ballad? I know we're a hard rock band, but it's almost an unspoken rule that all hard rock bands record the obligatory power ballad."
Conversed: Alice says, "This is my favorite band, but I don't understand why they think they need to record ballads. Contrary to popular belief, not all women listen to hard rock bands for their ballads. If I wanted to hear a ballad, I'd listen to a soft rock band."