Damn, I haven’t done this song? The song that introduced me to Iron Maiden? Wow. Well, here it is.
Archive for category: Metal Tuesday
This is one that will get in my head and stay there for weeks. Yes, weeks. So, of course, I feel the need to share.
This is a long one, but well worth the time.
You ever have those days when you’re done with humanity, but you still need to stay in the office to finish a task? Yeah. That’s when this song comes out.
You want some good ominous music? Forget the Imperial March from Star Wars. This is the one you want.
I would also highly recommend listening to the entire suite if you’ve got an hour to kill.
Nordic bombast at its best, as well as the basis for some very good metal.
There’s a meme going around on the Boof of Faces to list the ten albums that had the biggest impact on your musical tastes. The concept demands a blog post, and I asked The Brother to do the same.
I’m not going to list these in any particular order other than as they come to mind. Some of these may surprise you, considering I run a regular feature called Metal Tuesday.
- Quiet Riot – Metal Health – This was my first non-kids album. It also started my path down to heavy metal. I’m sure my parents regretted giving it to me for a long time.
- Sabaton – Attero Dominatus – This was the album that really got me into Sabaton. Particularly, the song “Back In Control.” I remember sitting up and thinking Holy shit, he’s singing about the Falklands War. And I got hooked.
- Metallica – Master of Puppets – One of my three introductory albums into metal. This is the one that showed me the difference between hard rock and metal. It also introduced me to how fast metal could be played.
- Blind Guardian – Imaginations From the Other Side – So, for the better part of a decade, I didn’t explore metal as much as listen to what I already had. To those who know me IRL, it would be unsurprising to find out that this period coincided with the time I was involved with my ex-wife. Once she was out of my life, I asked The Brother for a collection of metal to get me back into the game. This was the album that brought me back into metal’s loving arms like a sledgehammer to the face.
- Garth Brooks – Ropin’ The Wind – This album brought me into country music. I like Garth’s early albums, particularly his way with storytelling in the lyrics. This album would bring me over to Chris LeDoux and several other master storytellers in the country genre.
- Classical Thunder – It might have been a cheesy collection sold on TV, but these reignited my interest in classical music. Which in turn, fed my interest in metal. Which brought me back to more classical music. Endless recursions.
- Manowar – Fighting the World – Second of my three introductory metal. This one brought me into power metal and the genre’s use of fantasy. Yes, I know Dio did it first. Manowar was my first exposure, and it hit at the right time of when I was playing fantasy RPGs with my best friends at the time.
- Seven Kingdoms – Seven Kingdoms – This album started me on the search for female-fronted metal. That led into Amaranthe, Delain, Epica, Dark Princess, Within Temptation, and of course, Nightwish.
- Iron Maiden – Powerslave – The last of my three introductory metal albums, and the first Iron Maiden album I listened to. Iron Maiden was the first band that fused storytelling and great metal music.
- Mortal Kombat the Album – This is not the soundtrack for the horrible movie, but rather a collection of techno songs for the main characters in the original game. This was something I found in a record store and picked it up. It’s on the list because it introduced me to techno. More importantly, it helped me discover how useful techno is to writing action scenes.
My dear brother brought this idea to me and I agreed to it. I am trying to do this chronologically, but I am probably messing things up. These albums are also (usually) the ones that brought me into a genre, but are not necessarily my favorite albums in those genres.
- Metallica – Master of Puppets – This is the first heavy metal album I remember hearing and started me on my love of heavy metal.
- Morbid Angel – Domination – The album that made me love death metal. I had heard other death metal before, but this is the album that made it click.
- Old Man’s Child – The Pagan Prosperity – Like Domination before it, this was my breakthrough into black metal.
- Chris Brooks – The Master Plan – I don’t know where this album came from, but it ignited a love of instrumental rock/metal.
- In Flames – Whoracle – This was my intro to what is now my favorite genre of music, melodic death metal.
- Disillusion – Back to Time of Splendor – This is my favorite album.
- Insomnium – in the Halls of Awaiting – The first album I heard of my favorite band (and yes, my favorite band did not make my favorite album).
- Clutch – Blast Tyrant – This brought me back to straight-up, kick-you-in-the-teeth, rock music.
- Saxon Shore – The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore – While I know this wasn’t my first post-rock album, this is the first one I remember really getting into.
- Allegaeon – Fragments of Form and Function – Finally, and most recently, the album that brought me into technical death metal.
One of the roots of metal is classical music. So, for the next four weeks, I’ve decided to look at some classical pieces.
Copland’s “Fanfare For the Common Man” is one of those pieces that I love using for writing. And this is one of the better performances I’ve seen.
Something Old and Something New
So now the Mssr. Ward is updating his blog again and it the anniversary of my entrance into this world has come about again, I have been requested to provide another Metal Tuesday.
As in the past, it behooves me to share music of a slightly more… aggressive nature than Derek would provide.
To start off, here is an older black metal song: Silence of the World Beyond by A Canorous Quintet) from 1996.
I just realized this album is old enough to drink.
I like technical death metal. I really enjoy its mixture of aggression, technical skill, and creativity. Rivers of Nihil are a newer band and their latest album is very good. This song is from their latest album and contains a sexy saxophone solo.
Surprise Third Entry!
Not everything I listen to is heavy and aggressive. Here is a wonderful rock song for everyone that did not care for the previous tracks.
Think of it as a audio unicorn chaser…
This band, like so many, was brought to my attention by The Brother. And as usual, he was very correct that I would enjoy it. So, of course I’m going to share.