At 1/30/13 02:48 AM, HeavenDuff wrote:
Would that be a good answer ?
A pretty good answer, I would say.
Take the dictionary definition of genre "A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter." Sense-Offender is basically saying that form and style determine the genre, subject matter being more or less irrelevant in the determining of the genre. However, it can be argued that the subject matter is just as important as form and/or style. It really depends on the person; lyrics are more important to some people than to others.
Personally I end up doing my best to ignore lyrics in black metal, since they tend to directly and violently oppose my own beliefs, so I would be comfortable calling a band "black metal" even if their lyrics are Christian, since I mostly just enjoy the form and style of black metal, not the subject matter. However, perhaps a black metal enthusiast whose beliefs connect with the anti-Christian lyrics of *most* bm bands would adamantly oppose that Christian band being considered a part of the black metal genre, feeling that the Satanic element is essential for any band to be categorized as black metal.
To not-quite-so-tastefully quote Linkin Park in the Metal Hell thread, "in the end, it doesn't even matter." Not unless you're personally invested in the Satanic subject matter so common in black metal, anyways.