Deano did you read my post? (I don't understand the cowbell thing, so just in case)
Eddies Wingman said:- Paschendale
- Rime of the Ancient Mariner
- Then we put some Metallica in here. Ummm... a lot to choose from. I say Creeping Death.
- Deep Purple - Child in Time. The lyrics, the Hammond melodies, the guitar solo and Ian Gillan's singing. Fantastic. A real classic.
- Hmmm, let's see. Can I include a song that is not strictly metal, but more straight hard rock? Well, I'll do it, here we go. AC/DC - Hell's Bells. The intro riff is the very first thing I learnt on guitar
Deano said:BOC is just a great band period and probably does not receive the respect they deserve.
Shadow said:Atheist - "Mother Man"
Probably the most perfectly crafted death metal song ever, "Mother Man" is four and a half minutes of craziness that draws me in every time I hear it.
... was this supposed to be top five? You'll have to fill in the blank I'm afraid.
GuineaPig said:Not "Unquestionable Presence??" Though "Mother Man" is sick too, and I don't even like technical death metal.
Anomica said:As a good way to get some hints of good music I may have missed, I'd like for you to post your top-5 metal songs, all bands/categories. When I first got into metal in the (very) early 80s, there was only 2 categories of metal in Sweden - hard rock (as in Zeppelin) and heavy metal (Maiden, Priest etc). Today there seem to be almost as many categories as there are bands which I find really confusing at times So, I really don't care what the category is, just give me your top 5 metal/hard rock/whatever songs. I'll start myself.
1. Rime of the ancient mariner - Iron Maiden.
In my book, this is the ultimate metal song with deep, thought provoking lyrics performed with emotion and skills, great riffs and solos to die for. Absolutely brilliant.
2. Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath.
One of the best songs I've ever heard Dio sing. Beautiful, heavy and emotional all at the same time.
3. Before the dawn - Judas Priest.
This must be the best metal ballad ever*. Rob Halford prooves that he's got a set of pipes on him, to say the least...
4. Child in time - Deep Purple.
What can I say? Gillan had a set of pipes too
5. Fast as a shark - Accept.
I know, this isn't a heavy metal classic in terms of musicianship, writing, lyrics or anything. But it's a straight-forward rocker that always puts a smile on my face.
Bubbling under the line are a number of songs/bands that definitely could push their way in on a good day, Judas Priest from the start until the mid-80s have some really brilliant songs; Maiden's collective works deserve more spots on a list than any band I can think of; Metallica had a number of great songs in their early days; AC/DC; Rainbow; Lizzy...aarrgh, the list could be endless. Give me your minds
*A contender to the title "best metal ballad" is a song by Motörhead: Don't let daddy kiss me. Has anyone heard this song? It's lyrics make the skin crawl and I feel really sad when I hear it? Maybe because I have a 3-year old daughter at home? *shivers*