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Compare And Contrast Beast And The Harlot

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After elementary school, my mom and dad separated. At the time, I was thirteen years old and still had a strong notion that my dad would eventually come and join us in Bel Air, Maryland, where we had moved to during the summer of 2006. However, towards the end of the summer, I slowly came to terms with the fact that I would not be living with my father the way I had before. Through interactions with my new predominantly white middle school friends, I was exposed to a wider variety of genres such as metal, rock (classic and new age), punk, and pop. At the time, I believed I just listened to this new genre music because it was new and what my friends listened to, however, now I realize it was a potential mechanism for me to separate myself from the familial turmoil I was facing at the time. In essence, I was shifting my focus…show more content…
In particular, I remember hearing the song “Beast and The Harlot” by Avenged Sevenfold for the first time and it instantaneously became a favorite for me. Not only did it have dynamic rhythms, but the song also had a lot of contrast in the melodic elements as well, a musical idea that, according to Mike Rugnetta, is responsible for the emotional we feel in response to music. In addition, I believe I honed in on this song and the surrounding genre because of the masculinity associated with the song. “Beast and Harlot”, in music at least (the video had some feminine elements, however, the video was not released at the time), had all the elements of masculinity similar to elements we discussed in class. The dynamic vocals combined with the loud and brash music was representative of my temperament at the time, the lyrics also discussed religious in an impious fashion, which tied into my efforts to separate myself from my
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