October 11, 2004

Let Down

I know that not every one believes as I do, and I have no problem with that. But there are some times that you feel a little disappointment in your appreciation of a person or in this case, a band.

I was listening to the new Lamb of God album. Very good, as is most of their stuff that I've heard. They are probably on of my current favorites, musically. I was listening to "Omerta," and there is a monologue that opens the song. It's a variation of The Sacred Code of Silence. Their version: "Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man, is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both. For a wounded man shall say to his assailant, 'If I live, I will kill you. If I die, you are forgiven.' Such is the rule of honor."I heard that, and thought , "I kinda like that. Sounds hardcore!"

So later on in the album is the title track. It's an awesome instrumental. However, as I'm listening, there's another monologue in this song. I can't make out all of it, but here's how it goes: "We killed alot of innocent civilians. To us, every civilian in Baghdad was a terrorist. (can't make out first couple words) ... are now in civilian clothes, that makes everybody free game. But if they came within our perimeter, we lit'em up. And when we would pull the body out, and we would search the car, we would find nothing. This took place time, and time again. No harm, no foul. It's okay. Don't worry about it. (can't make out word) this is a new type of war. This is an eradication. I honestly feel that, uh, we're commiting genocide over here. I don't believe in killing civilians, and I'm not going to kill civilians for the United States Marine Corps."

I need not say that I wasn't happy. Of course, there is no credit given for or to the person who supposedly said this crap. So I started hunting. All I came up with is this bit.

The instrumental title track contains a sound bite of a soldier saying, "I honestly believe that we're committing genocide over here. I don't believe in killing civilians." At this year's Ozzfest, singer Randy Blythe repeatedly urged fans to vote Bush out of office.

Letting the reference to a supposed Marine being called a soldier go, this still pisses me off. If you have someone that's so upset with what's going on over there, give some info. Hell, God knows they would be protected by our watchdog media! My thought is that this drivel is just some made up quote. Use it to destroy Bush. I understand people trying to push him out of office. I just don't agree with them. But the part that upsets me most is making my Marine Corps look like crap. I don't like it one bit.

My brother -in-law and I were talking about going to see this band next month. As I've said, I love their music, and I love seeing them live. I'll still probably go, but I'm thinking I may have to get a special T-shirt just for the occassion. I may get my ass kicked!

Posted by That 1 Guy at October 11, 2004 11:39 AM | TrackBack

the song is "ashes of teh wake" not "omerta"

Posted by: ben at October 26, 2005 05:30 AM

Yep, and that's why I referred to it as the title track... I should have given the album's title.

My bad.

Posted by: That 1 Guy at October 26, 2005 08:31 AM