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World War II: The European Theatre as told by heavy metal songs

Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by Perun, May 6, 2014.

  1. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Quite simply, a playlist consisting of songs about the Second World War in Europe, in chronological order of events. This is work in progress, everybody is invited to participate.

    Right now, this consists of the list of Sabaton songs I made last night and a few others that I included from the top of my head. Hail of Bullets (...Of Frost and War, Warsaw Rising, The Rommel Chronicles) and Vreid (Milorg) have entire albums about parts of the war, and I'll break them down later. Suggestions and additions are very welcome, and if you want to make my life easier, include information about the when and where of the song's content.

    If somebody wants to make a Youtube playlist of this, they get a free smiley.

    Oh, and to answer the inevitable question: Bands qualify as metal for the purpose of this playlist if they can be found here or here.

    Another note: I've listened to all of this but the 2014 Eastern Front album. So I just went by the lyrics as far as I could find them.

    Origins/Rise of Nazism
    Sabaton - Rise of Evil (Attero Dominatus, 2006)
    Sabaton - Wehrmacht (Coat of Arms, 2010)

    Invasion of Poland
    Sabaton - 40:1 (The Art of War, 2008)
    Eastern Front - Katyn Forest (Descent into Genocide, 2014)

    West Campaign/Battle of France
    Vreid - Alarm (Milorg, 2009)
    Vreid - Blücher (Milorg, 2009)
    Sabaton - Resist and Bite (Heroes, 2014)
    Sabaton - Ghost Division (The Art of War, 2008)
    Hail of Bullets - DG-7 (III: The Rommel Chronicles, 2013)
    Hail of Bullets - To the Last Breath of Man and Beast (III: The Rommel Chronicles, 2013)

    Battle of Britain
    Iron Maiden - Aces High (Powerslave, 1984)
    Sabaton - Aces in Exile (Coat of Arms, 2010)

    Balkan Campaign
    Sabaton - Coat of Arms (Coat of Arms, 2010)

    Winter War
    Sabaton - Talvisota (The Art of War, 2008)
    Sabaton - White Death (Coat of Arms, 2010)
    Sabaton - Soldier of 3 Armies (Heroes, 2014)

    Operation Barbarossa/Invasion of the Soviet Union
    Hail of Bullets - Before the Storm (Barbarossa) (Of Frost and War, 2008)
    Hail of Bullets - Ordered Eastward (Of Frost and War, 2008)
    Eastern Front - Battle of Smolensk (Blood on Snow, 2010)
    Hail of Bullets - The Lake Ladoga Massacre (Of Frost and War, 2008)
    Blaze Bayley - City of Bones (Promise and Terror, 2010)
    Eastern Front - Ghouls of Leningrad (Descent into Genocide, 2014)
    Eastern Front - Unleash the Panzer Division (Blood on Snow, 2010)
    Eastern Front - Motherland (Blood on Snow, 2010)
    Eastern Front - At the Gates of Moscow (Blood on Snow, 2010)
    Hail of Bullets - General Winter (Of Frost and War, 2008)

    African Campaign
    Hail of Bullets - DAK (III: The Rommel Chronicles, 2013)
    Hail of Bullets - The Desert Fox (III: The Rommel Chronicles, 2013)
    Hail of Bullets - Tobruk (III: The Rommel Chronicles, 2013)
    Hail of Bullets - Farewell to Africa (III: The Rommel Chronicles, 2013)

    Nazi Occupation
    Vreid - Disciplined (Milorg, 2009)
    Vreid - Heroes & Villains (Milorg, 2009)
    Slayer - SS3 (Divine Intervention, 1994)

    The Holocaust
    Sabaton - The Final Solution (Coat of Arms, 2010)
    Slayer - Angel of Death (Reign in Blood, 1986)
    Sabaton - Inmate 4859 (Heroes, 2014)
    Civil War - Schindler's Ark (Gods and Generals, 2015)

    Eastern Front 1942/43
    Eastern Front - Blood on Snow (Blood on Snow, 2010)
    Hail of Bullets - Advancing Once More (Of Frost and War, 2008)
    Hail of Bullets - Red Wolves of Stalin (Of Frost and War, 2008)
    Hail of Bullets - Nachthexen (Of Frost and War, 2008)
    Sabaton - Night Witches (Heroes, 2014)
    Hail of Bullets - The Crucial Offensive (19-11-1942, 7.30 AM) (Of Frost and War, 2008)
    Hail of Bullets - Stalingrad (Of Frost and War, 2008)
    Sabaton - Stalingrad (Attero Dominatus, 2006)
    Sabaton - Panzerkampf (The Art of War, 2008)
    Sodom - Stalinorgel (Better Off Dead, 1990)
    Eastern Front - Stalinorgel (Blood on Snow, 2010)
    The Committee - Katherine's Chant (Power Through Unity, 2014)
    Marduk - 502 (Panzer Division Marduk, 1999)

    Battle of the Atlantic
    Sabaton - Wolfpack (Primo Victoria, 2005)

    Norwegian Resistance
    Sabaton - Saboteurs (The Art of War, 2008)
    Vreid - Speak Goddamnit (Milorg, 2009)
    Vreid - Milorg (Milorg, 2009)

    Strategic Bombing
    Sabaton - Firestorm (The Art of War, 2008)
    Bruce Dickinson - Silver Wings (The Best Of, 2001)
    Sabaton - No Bullets Fly (Heroes, 2014)
    Iron Maiden - Tailgunner (No Prayer for the Dying, 1990)
    Sodom - Ausgebombt (Agent Orange, 1989)
    Motörhead - Bomber (Bomber, 1979)
    Hail of Bullets - Liberators (Warsaw Rising, 2009)
    Blue Öyster Cult - ME262 (Secret Treaties, 1974)
    Satan - Trial by Fire (Court in the Act, 1983)

    Commando Operations/Resistance
    Iron Maiden - Where Eagles Dare (Piece of Mind, 1983)
    Hail of Bullets - Death of a Field Marshal (III: The Rommel Chronicles, 2013)

    Italian Campaign
    Sabaton - To Hell and Back (Heroes, 2014)
    Sabaton - Smoking Snakes (Heroes, 2014)
    Sabaton - Union (Slopes of St. Benedict) (The Art of War, 2008)

    Operation Overlord
    Hail of Bullets - The Final Front (III: The Rommel Chronicles, 2013)
    Iron Maiden - The Longest Day (A Matter of Life and Death, 2006)
    Sabaton - Primo Victoria (Primo Victoria, 2005)
    Megadeth - Take No Prisoners (Rust in Peace, 1990)
    3 Inches of Blood - Storming Juno (Long Live Heavy Metal, 2012)
    Civil War - The Mad Piper (Gods and Generals, 2015)

    Post-Overlord Western Campaign
    Sabaton - Screaming Eagles (Coat of Arms, 2010)

    Eastern Front 1944/Warsaw Uprising
    Sabaton - Uprising (Coat of Arms, 2010)
    Hail of Bullets - Warsaw Rising (Warsaw Rising, 2009)
    Hail of Bullets - Insanity Commands (Of Frost and War, 2008)
    Hail of Bullets - Inferno at the Carpathian Mountains (Of Frost and War, 2008)

    Battle of Berlin/Final Operations
    Hail of Bullets - Berlin (Of Frost and War, 2008)
    Sabaton - Attero Dominatus (Attero Dominatus, 2006)
    Sabaton - Hearts of Iron (Heroes, 2014)
    Savage - Berlin (Loose 'n Lethal, 1983)
    Sabaton - The Last Battle (The Last Stand, 2016)

    Eastern Front - Where Warriors Once Fell (Blood on Snow, 2010)
    Eastern Front - In Memory of the Fallen (Descent into Genocide, 2014)
    Sacred Reich - Sacred Reich (Ignorance, 1987)
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  2. Luke

    Luke Metal Wizard

    If you do this for pre-World War II:
    Pre-World War I and WWI should be Arghoslent and Sacriphyx.
  3. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Thanks for the suggestion. WWI may be done in the future, but for now, I'd like to stick to one thing at a time.
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  4. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Self-propelled artillery Staff Member

    3 Inches of Blood - Storming Juno. Self explanatory.
  5. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Self-propelled artillery Staff Member

  6. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

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  7. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    This fact alone is amusing.
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  8. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Megadeth - Take No Prisoners
  9. harrisdevot

    harrisdevot Ancient Mariner

    Slayer, SS3 (about Reinhardt Heydrich)
    Iron Maiden, Run Silent, Run Deep
    Motörhead, Bomber (not very specificaly WWII in the lyrics, but the sleeve with a german Heinkel 111 leaves no doubt).

    I'm surprised by the amount of songs by Sabaton. Are they just interested in WWII, or are they an extreme-right band ?

    Edit : I've just given a look at some of their lyrics. On the same album, a song about german amoured forces' revenge over the Russians (Panzer Battalion), a song about Stalingrad, and a song hailing Israel for its 1967 victory :confused:. Ideological mess.
    Last edited: May 7, 2014
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  10. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

  11. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Out of the Silent Planet

    They're anti-war.
  12. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Damn, I forgot about the Slayer song. Run Silent, Run Deep is about the war in the Pacific, though.

    You're giving them too much credit by assuming an ideology. They said themselves that they write party songs, and there's a few songs (The Final Solution, Price of a Mile and others) that have alibi lyrics telling us that they don't want this war stuff to be taken too seriously.
  13. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    What happened to the shitstorm?
  14. harrisdevot

    harrisdevot Ancient Mariner

    Have I written something offensive to anyone ? I mean, the lyrics of Panzer Battalion are quite suggestive, and I think I can safely assume that MOST people in this forum would agree that nazism was evil. I'm glad to read they are anti-war, but most of their lyrics and the way they dress give no clue about this.
    Perun, you learned me something about Run Silent : I had always thought it was about the battle of the Atlantic and U-Boot.
  15. Ariana

    Ariana Purple leopard

    The song Panzer Battalion has nothing to do with Nazis.
  16. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

  17. harrisdevot

    harrisdevot Ancient Mariner

    Are you joking ? First Panzer Battalion is a semi translation of Panzer Abteilung, the base unit for all german heavy armour during WWII.
    Second, the word Panzer in itself gives an orientation.
    Third, there is a several clear mentions of the East, i.e. Russia or the eastern front.

    "An armoured battalion on course to the east
    Has reached the end of it's march
    Armoured tanks of mass destruction
    Killers in the east"

    Last, the lines cited below are a clear reference to nazi ideology

    "An armoured battalion on course to the east
    Closing the end of it's march

    This time we're here to finish a job
    Started a decade ago

    Driving the animals out of their holes
    To bury them 6 feet below
    Armoured tanks of mass destruction
    Killers in the east
    who dares to stand before us..."

    Quite afew clues I would say. But I don't mean they actually ARE nazis.
  18. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Out of the Silent Planet

    Perhaps it's just written from the point of view of the German soldiers?
  19. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

    If writing a song about nazism makes you a nazi, then Bruce Dickinson's an astronaut.
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  20. harrisdevot

    harrisdevot Ancient Mariner

    Yes it is, you are right, but I replied to Ariana that this certainly IS a song about nazis.

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