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Music Monday: “All Beauty Destroyed” by Aesthetic Perfection

April 8, 2013

Hey everybody! Cody made a grave mistake and decided to let me do a guest Music Monday post. (Which reminds me, I think other people are welcome to submit guest posts for Music Monday if they want, I think? I'll have to check with Cody. Ninja Cody Edit: Absolutely!)

Anyway, for my first post I've decided to throw a little industrial into the mix. I've never been a huge fan of the genre, but a friend recently introduced me to Aesthetic Perfection, and I'm kind of obsessed with the song "All Beauty Destroyed." Also, Daniel Graves, the creator of Aesthetic Perfection, happens to like tweeting about atheism, and even did an interview where he shared some really eloquent thoughts on the topic. Like this:

"I realized that, if I'm lucky, I have 70-80 years on this planet, that's not a lot of time, so I want to make the most out of it. There is no do-over, no second chance, this is it. My motivation to do good is internal. I care about myself and everything else that lives on this planet. I want it to prosper and make progress. That's part of being a social animal, empathy, and if you need the threat of hell to keep you in line, I'd say you're a pretty damaged human being."  

So, you know, I wasn't a big industrial fan, but Daniel Graves kinda got to me. The song "All Beauty's Destroyed" doesn't directly delve into the idea of religion or atheism. But some of the lyrics reveal an interest in truth and reason, and maybe even a hint of skepticism here:

"And everyone is so torn, between truth and a false veneer. Well no one wants to be alone, in the wake of their faults and fears."

Religion can be driven by fear, for sure. But in the same interviewl linked to above, Graves seems to claim his music isn't influenced by his atheism:

"I try to keep my socio-political opinions outside of my music. Mainly because I don't think art should push any agenda." 

Maybe I'm reading too much into his lyrics.

I have to say, I think maybe art should push an agenda sometimes. Maybe his doesn't, but I could see someone sharing socio-political opinions, or at least challenging certain views, without having an agenda. I think Graves does that successfully in this song, and others. 

As always, if you get a chance, send your suggestions for future Music Mondays to me at, leave a comment below, or @tweet us at @CFIOnCampus. Your suggestions, along with future and past songs, may end up in the official Course of Reason Music Monday Spofity playlist that anyone can listen to.    

Other resources: the Grooveshark playlist. 


About the Author: Sarah Kaiser

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Sarah Kaiser is a field organizer for CFI On Campus. Prior to her work at CFI, she got her start in the freethought movement as the co-founder and president of the Secular Alliance at Indiana University, where she helped organize a nationally recognized atheist bus ad campaign and large campus speaking events. As an atheist, a feminist, and a small part of the universe's way of understanding itself, she is thrilled at the chance to help advance CFI's mission. On Twitter: @sarahebkaiser.


#1 DebGod on Monday April 08, 2013 at 10:28pm

That's a pretty song. I didn't realize something like that would fall under the genre "industrial."

#2 Sarah Kaiser on Tuesday April 09, 2013 at 10:31am

I really don't understand genres. I just use what Wikipedia tells me the genre is. But if you listen to other Aesthetic Perfection, it's probably much more along the lines of what you'd expect from "industrial."




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