Metal music is a genre of music that has gone largely unnoticed by scholars. The purpose of this study was to examine how the band Disturbed uses music to convey their social views. To do this study, I used generic rhetorical criticism to analyze four of Disturbed’s songs: “Down With the Sickness,” “Façade,” “Another Way To Die,” and “Legion of Monsters.” With these four songs, Disturbed rhetoric used word choice in order to invoke imagery, specifically dramatic language and metaphor, techniques that are helpful when persuading individuals. In addition, the band also employed the use of repetition in order to express the message of a song, while at the same time further persuading listeners.


Bostdorff, Denise


Communication Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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