The Thing that Should Not Be Lyrics - Metallica
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Messenger of fear and sight, dark
deception kills the light
Hybrid children watch the sea
Pray for father, roaming free
lurking beneath the sea...
Great Old One
Hunter of the Shadows is rising
In maddness you dwell
Crawling chaos, underground
cult has summoned... twisted sound!
Out from ruins once possessed
fallen city, living death
Not dead which eternal lie
stranger aeons death may die
Drain you of your sanity
face The Thing That Should Not Be
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Awesome song | Reviewer: anonymous | 11/6/12
I wish I knew all this stuff about all of Lovecraft's novels and stuff; your reviews make me want to read them. This was my favorite Metallica song for a while, and about the comment about the chromatic chord progression similar to Call of Ktulu, you're kind of right about the chromatic part, but the whole chords based off the ascending chromatic notes are way different. Awesome song!
One of the best there is | Reviewer: Sargas | 4/23/12
I used to jam to this song back in grade school. I've lived my life hearing people say, "devil music this and satanic that." This is a Lovecraft inspired song! Along with a few others out there. This is why churchies shouldn't listen to music. They start playing the album backwards and hearing "worship the dark one!"
metallica is not the best band!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/31/11
there is not 1 band better than another, they r all brilliant and each carry their own messages! each band creates their own instrummetal? but the lyrics were created by God, our father! any1 disagree? INFIDEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lovecraft everywhere | Reviewer: Lisa | 7/23/11
"Crawling Chaos" is a direct quote from Lovecraft's story "The Dreams of the Witch House." And I suspect that "Hybrid children watch the sea" is a reference to Lovecraft's story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" where the humans mated with the fish/frog people from the sea.
Cthulu mythos is everywhere, of course.
Cthulhu mythos | Reviewer: Matt | 4/3/11
This is definaly a reference to the Cthulhu mythos. The "ruins once possesed" are a reference to the story "The Nameless City", the "father roaming free" refers to Dagon the "haunter of the shadows" refers to Nyarlathotep "not dead which can eternal lie" is the most famous passage of the Necronomicon, the Cthulhu mythos drain sanity and the Cthulhu mythos "should not be" Cliff Burton was the best and smartest of Metallica's 4 bassists. The title of the instrumental "The Call of Ktulu" is the key.
Lovecraft | Reviewer: C | 2/28/10
The song is a lovecraft mashup. I agree it does have Cthulhu overtones but some of it is not from Cthulhu Mthos lore.
"Great Old One" is Lovecraft Necronomicon lore. Cthulhu is refered to as great deep one. Great old one is the evil found in the necronomicon stories.
"Not dead which eternal lie stranger aeons Death may die" is read as "That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die." in the lovecraft story "Nameless City" which is stated to be the song of the mad arab Alhazred who Lovecraft said wrote the necronomicon.
"Crawling Chaos, underground
cult has summoned... twisted sound!" This also suggests "Nameless City" since Cthulhu and deep ones come from the see and not underground. "and in my fevered state I fancied that from some remote depth there came a crash of musical metal to hail the fiery disc" said lovecraft about the noice he heard at dawn from the nameless city.
"Out from ruins once possessed
fallen city, living death" suggest numerous stories but again i feel it points directly to the nameless city.
"in maddness you dweel" is a reference to Lovecraft Necronomicon lore but "drain you of your sanity" is Lovecraft Cthluhu Mythos.
No satanic references are made. If you haven't read Lovecraft, you should he is the insperation of all current horror writers.
awesome | Reviewer: t hills | 11/24/09
cliff burton is a fucking genius, his input towards the music of metallica has created some of the most amazing metal music of all time, another master peice, this song kicks ass.
(its about lovecrafts book not satan)
H.P. Lovecraft | Reviewer: Jesus | 10/27/09
It's about the Cthulhu
"that is not dead which can eternal lie and with strange aeons even death may die" is a quote from the book, pretty similar to the lyrics. "Drain you of your sanity" The Cthulhu, quite literally, drains peoples sanity. "Hunter of the Shadows is rising" Yeah, the Cthulhu lives pretty deep underwater, in some ruined city I'm guessing. I don't know much about the Cthulhu myself but I'm sure theres more connections in there anyway.
Definitely a Cthulhu Reference | Reviewer: Dylan | 5/23/09
There are so many things in this song that point to Cthulhu. It continuously references insanity, which is what Cthulhu was supposed to do to people, if I'm not mistaken. "Lurking beneath the sea" Cthulhu dwells in a sunken city and is seen as a giant squid like monstrosity. "Great Old One" Cthulhu was one of the old gods in Lovecraftian literature. I don't know what's up with people thinking every freaking Metallica song is about Satan. I swear, nearly every time I try to look up song lyrics, some guy always thinks the song is about the devil.
Not about Satan... | Reviewer: Vladek | 5/9/09
It's not about Satan. It is a clear reference to H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu. This song's writing was influenced by Cliff Burton's fascination for Lovecraft's novels. Also, the chromatic chord progression found in The Call of Cthulhu is found here, and, as a reviewer state before me, it takes a quote from the fictional book of the Necronomicon found in "Cthulhu Mythos".
The Thing That Should Not Be | Reviewer: Nick | 4/29/09
I think that it's about like the devil or something like the Grim Reaper with things like "Hunter of the Darkeness" and "Messenger of Fear Insight." Because there are lots of satanic groups that worship the devil, so yeah whatever, but it is still a great song and it's one of my favourites.
Thingy | Reviewer: James | 2/12/08
This song could be considered another use of H.P. Lovecraft's ideals. It seems to be about an insanity-driving "god" that is worshipped by the cult and "Hybrid children", the cult being Lovecraft's Greenland cult from "Cthulhu Mythos". They summon the "Twisted Sound", which might hint to Lovecraft's theme of insanity-driving extreme reality, also hinted by "Drain you of your sanity, face The Thing That Should Not Be", which also comes from his use of mind-bending paradoxes and anomalies. They've even taken almost a direct quote: "Not dead which eternal lie, stranger eons death may die" comes from the couplet: "That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die". A great song to listen to, in my opinion.
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