10 random metal classics that you should be listening to.
Remember when you only had enough money to go out and buy ONE album? Whether that be a record, cd or cassette, you sat with it and immersed yourself in the album. From start to finish. You studied the artwork (remember when bands actually invested time and thought into artwork?!), you read the lyrics as they were sung, and you looked through the liner notes to see what cool inside jokes and trivia were written and even other bands that were mentioned, so you could check out next time you were in a music store. Some of my best memories were sitting on the carpet or on the bed in my room and opening my world to real music.
I decided to start putting together groups of songs. Songs that everyone should be listening to, or at least giving themselves an opportunity to listen to. They are by far not my all-time favourite songs but are some of the songs that are from my past and have stayed with me. Songs that have defied (in a musical sense) the many horrible changes in the music world, but may have been forgotten or at least not known to the younger generation of music fans today. Tragic is an understatement.
Let’s get together and bring these songs to the next generation. Keep real music alive, and more importantly great metal in the minds of those who didn’t get the same chance that many of us did all of those years ago.
Let’s help inspire younger kids by showing them that music doesn’t start and finish with what is played on the TV/Commercial radio, or on their friends ipods at school.
So here’s 10 random metal classics that I believe YOU should be listening to.
10. King Diamond – The Family Ghost
– What a song! While KD’s vocals could turn a lot of people off (I love them!), the musicianship on all of his albums were ridiculously good. I chose the studio track instead of the video clip as it is completely unedited. Sit back and enjoy the amazing riffs and mimic King’s vocals!
9. Metal Church – Date with Poverty
– This would have to be one of my all-time favourite metal videos. Mike Howe yelling “I’m so fuckin’ broke, I can’t even afford to pay attention” is gold! I’m sure a lot of muso’s out there can loosely relate to this one at some point or another. I certainly can!
8. Saxon – Broken Heroes
– One of the first Saxon albums I ever bought on vinyl when I was in my early teens. Hearing that ambient/area rock style guitar riff and the big chorus gave me goosebumps. I wish I could relive the first time I heard this song. It was an amazing moment!
7. W.A.S.P. – The Heretic (The Lost Child)
– Everyone gravitates to the first two W.A.S.P. albums, but ‘The Headless Children’ is criminally underrated IMO. This is the opening track from the album which is a real ball teary and sets a darker tone for the album. Some real tasty guitar riffs happening in this one.
6. Heaven & Hell (Black Sabbath) – The Mob Rules (LIVE)
– Of course the original studio version is a classic, however this live version is brilliant. Check out Dio’s scream at the start of the song! Everyone makes such a big deal over the Ozzy era of Sabbath (and for good reason), but albums that Dio were on were by far the best they ever did. R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio.
5. Megadeth – Liar
– First Megadeth album I ever bought, and was my favourite song from the album for years. Very angry but well thought-out song. The riffs are some of the best you’ll ever hear in thrash and the way that Dave’s spits out the lyrics with so much conviction makes this song a fiery metal classic.
4. Judas Priest – Desert Plains
– So many great Priest songs, but I think that this one is highly underrated. Taken from one of my favourite albums ‘Point of Entry’ that gets overlooked often when surrounded by classic albums either side. It’s a shame that they didn’t do a video for this song, as I think it could have been a lot more popular than it was. There are some really cool live versions of this as well!
3. Savatage – Gutter Ballet
– I thought I would go with the safe bet for Savatage. An absolute shame that they didn’t become bigger than they were. Can we all agree that the intro piano is awesome?!
2. Testament – Sins of Omission
– My favourite Testament album and one of their best songs. A real groove to the opening riff and it feels like you get thrown into a brick wall once the drums kick in. This is classic Testament. Might not be their most well known track, but it’s one of their best!
1. Queensryche – The Killing Words
– This song needs to be recognised. Yes, they had better songs and songs that were more successful but The Killing Words is absolutely chilling and a song that needs to be appreciated more. The ambience, the musicianship and Tate’s vocals give instant goosebumps. Queensryche at the time of their peak.
I’ve included a video of the unplugged version as well, just to further prove how great the song is.
I’ll eventually get around to posting another 10 classics (not just metal), but for now I hope that you all enjoy these tracks. If you do, pass them onto your friends!