Posted by: Johan Normark | September 11, 2009

A tribute to the dead

Archaeologists often dig up dead people. There are ethical dilemmas here. Should we really dig up and study people who once were carefully buried by their families? There are no simple answers and in this post I will instead make a musical tribute to the dead. As mentioned in earlier posts, I am also a fan of Metal music. By coincidence (or maybe not) this genre often deals with the dead or death in one way or another.

Death comes in many ways: old age, sickness, accident, warfare, and death sentence. For those unfortunate to be in Death row, Udo Dirkschneider from Accept has some comforting words:

Some people may argue that When death calls, it is time to let it go, as do Black Sabbath:

If you believe Death is a divine entity, as is common in ancient and contemporary societies, then you probably can argue that you will be Killed by Death, like Lemmy in Motörhead.

If you, like me, do not believe that death is an entity that can call you or kill you, then you might at least consider death to be a passage rite, like in the old van Gennep style. You cross a Bridge of death, from one phase to another phase as suggested by Manowar:

On the other side of death you might even be Dancing with the dead like Peter Tägtgren from Pain. If you are dancing with dead people on this side of death, then you are a deeply disturbed person.


In sum, we are all Dancing with death in one way or another.



  1. Surprise surprise! I didn’t know that you are a metal fan hahahaha! Anyway interesting post about the dead. There are things to be considered especially that doing that can be an act of desecration. These dead people were once loved. But then again, I don’t mind to be dug up a thousand of years from now 🙂

  2. I kind of like celtic music as well, especially if it is mixed with metal (“celtic metal”). I do not know if Gary Moore’s old celtic influences in for example Over the hills and far away ( and Blood of Emeralds ( qualifies as celtic metal, but it reminds me of my youth.

    Yes, if my remains will be of any interest to science in the distant future, I would not mind being dug up.


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