The word “cliché” generally doesn’t have positive connotations, but the concept exists for a good reason: Some experiences are universal. For millennia, storytellers of all kinds have articulated certain imagery, phrases and symbols with which the population at large has come to identify.

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For instance, we’re all familiar with good and evil, light and dark, angels and demons. But the overuse of clichés can annoy with a lack of creativity, even though it’s a stylistic crime that every music genre has employed. Below, see some of the most common lyrical clichés in rock and metal.

12 Huge Cliches in Rock + Metal Lyrics

13 Bands Other People Make You Feel Bad About Loving

No matter what you listen to, there will always be someone out there who will shame you for listening to certain bands. There's no explanation for it, but it's happened time and time again throughout the decades.

Don't be ashamed and let others dictate your life — that's not what rock and metal is about. Smash all those who oppose these 13 Bands Other People Make You Feel Bad About Loving, as listed below.

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10 Times All But One Member of a Band Quit at Once

While band breakups are commonplace, and members being replaced every now and again is even more so, not so frequent is the very harsh reality when everyone in the group decides to quit besides a single member.

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