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Ongoing History Daily: Got a new metal band? Avoid these words.

Finding a name for your new band is hard work.  It has to reflect your attitude, your image and your music. It has to be memorable. Everyone in the band has to agree on it. It has to lend itself to good graphic design. And most importantly, you have to make sure that no one else in the history of music has ever used this name before.  Let me give you some hints. 

The Internet—good job, Internet—has given a list of the most common words used in the names of metal bands. If you’re in such a group and you wish to avoid confusion with someone else, you will want to stay away from the following words ten most over-used words in metal band name nomenclature: 

  • Nemesis
  • Legion
  • Requiem
  • Oblivion
  • Mortuary
  • Genocide
  • Torment
  • Necrosis
  • Ritual
  • Abandon

Alan Cross

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