Your Morning Metal (Future Tense)

Detail of cover art for 'Into the Mirror Black' by Sanctuary (Epic Records, 1990)

The caricatures of the past have a way of haunting reality in the present. This is, of course, a familiar point we have considered before, and even in a metallic context. But, really, take a moment to appreciate that the song is over a quarter-century old. Yeah, really.

What do you see on the news when you watch TV? War in the name of God, or a playground killing spree. Politicians promise you the world, and a preacher cries; all he ever wanted was your money, and a bitch on the side. What went wrong? Did society twist him?” What do you see in the center of the public eye? Rock stars on smack, and a serial killer fries. Radicals blame suicide and murder on our form of art; brainwash the youth, you know they claim we all play a part. What a shame that they can’t think for themselves. Past tense to future tense, let history unfold. So ends a decade, now, what will the nineties hold? You know we’re verging on the edge of an age; then another century will turn the page. What do you think they will say when they look back on this? Were the eighties just a time of spoiled innocence? We leave our legacy like dust in the sands of time. Let us hope the seeds we plant can carry the weight of our crimes. Past tense to future tense, let history unfold. And when we’re old and gray, these stories will be told. You know we’re verging on the edge of an age; then another century will turn the page. We sail on an ocean, a sea of doubt. Skeptics make no sense, can’t work things out. I’ll choose optimism, scream its name; look to the future, a burning flame. Past tense to future tense, let history unfold. So ends a decade, now, what will the nineties hold? You know we’re verging on the edge of an age; then another century will turn the page. Turn the page.

Sanctuary, “Future Tense” (1989)

Except for the actual mention of decades, the song is not so especially dated. Indeed, hindsight being what it is, Santuary seem nearly prophetic.

Can’t do anything about the video, though.

Too bad about that.

Or maybe not; it really is an incredible glimpse into the artistic period.

Into the Mirror Black is among the better albums of the late metal years. All through 1990 it was one of my favorite albums, alongside an abiding aesthetic obsession with Adrian Smith and Project and shameful romantic devotion―what? I was, like, seventeen―to Cinderella.

Yeah.

Goddess grant, there was and is and always shall be heavy metal.

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