Follow TV Tropes

Nature Metal

Go To

Metal songs about natural themes such as animals or the planet.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Pichu-kun on Apr 5th 2017 at 8:22:20 PM
Last Edited By:
Pichu-kun on May 23rd 2018 at 10:51:27 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: trope

"Birds and butterflies, rivers and mountains she creates
But you'll never know the next move she'll make
You can try, but it is useless to ask why
Cannot control her
She goes her own way"
Within Temptation, "Mother Earth"

When you think of Nature Music, you'd expect soft, mellow guitars, or woodwinds, or organic music, or with actual sounds in nature like forests, water, and birds, with tracks that last an hour long, right? Think again.

A lot of metal music features heavy nature-related, sometimes pagan, themes. Popular themes include about Mother Earth, Noble Wolves, xenofiction, and Anthropomorphic Personifications of nature. Many music videos are subsequently set in forests or on mountain ranges.

Nature-related metal songs are most common in sub-genres such as Gothic Metal, Folk Metal, and Power Metal.

Compare to Heavy Mithril (which nature metal often overlaps with due to fantasy media featuring a lot of nature themes).


Examples:

Folk Metal

Heavy Metal

  • Ariya has a song which translates to "Behold!" about environmentalism and pollution.

Power Metal

  • Sonata Arctica
    • "In My Eyes You're a Giant" is about the relationship between a wolf and his owner, told from the perspective of the wolf.
    • Several of their songs are told from the perspective of wolves, such as "It Won't Fade" and "The Cage".

Symphonic Metal

  • Within Temptation:
    • "Ice Queen" anthropomorphizes winter. It's about how dangerous yet majestic snow is.
    • "Mother Earth" is about how beautiful and unpredictable nature and the weather can be.
    • "Aquarius" is about someone who loves the ocean, despite knowing of its dangers.
    • "In Perfect Harmony" mixes this with Heavy Mithril. It's about a boy who was born and raised alone in a forest.
    • "Forsaken" has a Green Aesop about global warming.
  • Nightwish's album Endless Forms Most Beautiful was inspired by the writings of Charles Darwin on evolution and natural science, and includes several songs extolling the beauty of nature and ultimately advising mankind to care for it.

Fictional Examples:

Western Animation

  • The Hex Girls from Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost describe themselves as an "eco-goth" band, though thus far "Earth, Wind, Water, and Air" has been the only nature-related song they've sung on-screen.

Feedback: 10 replies

Apr 6th 2017 at 6:34:10 AM

Can never have too many metal tropes. That said, the formatting of this one doesn't really fit the normal format of a music genre trope. The three you linked to at the end of the first paragraph are a decent guide. Maybe you could put that fictional one in a Fictional Bands section, similar to how Power Metal splits up American, European, and Japanese.

Apr 18th 2017 at 8:01:29 AM

I was going to put a Fictional section but I didn't know if it was proper. I'm organizing this vaguely by sub-genre. "Vaguely" because a lot of bands fit more than one of them.

Apr 25th 2017 at 1:03:52 AM

Ariya has the song Смотри (Behold!), about environmentalism and pollution.

Apr 27th 2017 at 8:49:41 AM

Spanish Folk Metal band Mago De Oz has many songs (and even Concept Albums, the Gaia trilogy) that have natural themes in their songs, especially referent to Gaias Lament and Gaias Vengeance (the latter even it's Title Drop for one one song of them).

Dec 5th 2017 at 10:38:29 PM

g Смотри
Obviously whatever was being attempted isn't being parsed correctly. Please remove this sort of stuff.

Dec 5th 2017 at 10:54:53 PM

A suggestion for an addition in the description:

When you think of Nature Music, you'd expect soft, mellow guitars, or woodwinds, or organic music, or with actual sounds in nature like forests, water, and birds, with tracks that last an hour long, right? Think again.

Dec 5th 2017 at 11:41:28 PM

^^ That entry keeps on glitching. I just removed the name and kept the translated title.

Dec 7th 2017 at 10:49:24 AM

I don't think the current Nightwish example really counts just for mentioning wolves (the song is actually based on The Dark Tower). However:

Dec 11th 2017 at 1:47:45 PM

Removed the "7 Days to the Wolves" example as above.

Top