12 Lyrical Cliches in Rock + Metal
The word “cliché” generally doesn’t have positive connotations, but the concept exists for a good reason: Some experiences are universal. For millennia, storytellers of all kinds have articulated certain imagery, phrases and symbols with which the population at large has come to identify.
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For instance, we’re all familiar with good and evil, light and dark, angels and demons. But the overuse of clichés can annoy with a lack of creativity, even though it’s a stylistic crime that every music genre has employed. Below, see some of the most common lyrical clichés in rock and metal.
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