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  • Disturbed:
    • The song "3" (which is Based on a True Story) is about three boys who were falsely accused of murder just because they wore dark clothes. Also a case of Light Is Not Good:
      I was a boy who had to live his own way / I never fit into the model they had designed
      I chose a path less taken... / I stood with others who had often felt the same
      We got stares from passersby / Our dark attire seemed to frighten people away
      And when three young boys died / They pointed fingers and entangled us in a lie!
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    • This also seems to be the theme of the chorus to "The Night":
      There can be no better way of knowing / In a world beyond controlling
      Are you going to deny the savior / In front of your eyes?
      Stare into the night / Power beyond containing
      Are you going to remain a slave for / The rest of your life?
      Give into the night
    • This trope is a very common theme in Disturbed's music videos, as it depicts "the Guy", a hooded, demonic figure, as a Chaotic Good superhero who liberates the citizens of the world from their corporate oppressors. In the opening scene from their music video for The Vengeful One, these words appear on the screen:
      He watches from the ageless Void,
      Enlightened Shadow of His former Self,
      waiting for the time He'll take Human form again
      to avenge the victims of the War Machine,
      and vanquish the Evil that gave it Life.
      He is the hand of God,
      He is the Dark Messiah,
      He is the Vengeful One.
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  • The Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash, wore black in tribute to the suffering of others.
  • The Black Sabbath song "N.I.B." is a song about Satan falling in love and turning away from his evil ways.
  • In Metallica's "Of Wolf And Man" one should seek to become a werewolf in order to better understand and preserve the wilderness.
  • Bullet for My Valentine's "Waking The Demon" is about a bullying victim who gets revenge.
  • Iced Earth's Filk Concept Album "The Dark Saga" which is about Spawn. Also their multi-album saga of Set Abomiae, which features a sympathetic alien Antichrist as the protagonist. He's sympathetic because Humans Are the Real Monsters who have committed genocide and untold atrocities against his kind and ultimately he decides to spare humanity with the caveat that if they become galactic-conquering monsters again he'll come down on them HARD.
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  • Many songs by Nightwish. Romanticizing darkness (particularly the depiction of night-time as fantastically romantic) is a running theme, seen even in the band's very name.
  • The message behind Lacuna Coil's "Trip The Darkness" video.
  • The Standells' "Sometimes Good Guys (Don't Wear White)"
  • The general message of Marilyn Manson is half this, half Light Is Not Good. Even the original Theme Naming was about this. The first half of the names was taken from a female sex symbol, and the second half from a convicted murderer. As Marilyn Manson himself said, Marilyn Monroe had bad qualities about her, and Charles Manson has good ones about him (environmentalism, for example). We see only the badness in people we're told are bad, and only the good in people we're told are good. Much of the band's songs and videos highlight these subjects, ranging from the video for Dope Hat's even darker take on Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory's boat scene, to Coma White, a song about suicide by OD, to the entire character of Omega (pronounced oh-me-ga) from Mechanical Animals, who is completely white as paper besides for his hair and makeup (and sometimes even his hair is white), but is a dead inside rock star androgynous space alien. The Unseen, Alpha (also called Mar1lyn Man5on due to Manson's obsession with 15), meanwhile, is a hopeless romantic, who is the other protagonist of the album and sings the emotional songs on it. Manson himself, although dressing in all black most of the time, and covered in tattoos, is an intelligent, Deadpan Snarker who often shows that, despite his shocking image, is actually extremely laid back. His closest love in the world is his pet cat, Lily White, who he considers his child.
  • A good portion of Black Metal is this, though a good portion says that Dark Is Evil and Evil Is Cool.
  • In fact, a lot of metal that doesn't rely on Evil Is Cool could be looked at this way, as it tends to employ darker artwork and subject matter but the band members themselves are often still perfectly decent people, or at least are no more likely to be evil than any other type of artist.
  • Christian Metal in particular is this in the eyes of its fans. Dark music that is usually regarded as a thoroughly secular style doesn't have to be.
  • Most Goth music qualifies as well. There's a reason the Perky Goth trope exists.
  • The video for "Dance In The Graveyards" by Delta Rae shows the most cheerful and kindly necromancers (or death spirits) and the most benevolent use of necromancy you will ever see.
  • Similarly, Creature Features Wake the Dead is about a necromancy cult resurecting the victims of a Serial Killer in an effort to bring him to justice.

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