Music, particularly rock and metal, can provoke so many different emotions within us all. Often, those feelings are of happiness and elation, the kind of carpe diem response only the best feel-good rock music can conjure. But so, too, can rock and metal touch on tragedy and loss, oftentimes to devastating effect. Covering an array of real life tragedies from terrorist attacks and suicide to war and famine, below are 25 examples of rock and metal songs based on real-world experiences of loss, despair and heartache…

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