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Top 10 Metal Songs about War and History

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I love history. I love reading accounts from assorted perspectives of all kinds that detail events that have shaped our civilization and brought us to where we are now. Many of those tales of war actually do a fine job of explaining, well, why we’re still at war now in the same places over the same things.

These are 10 songs that I’ve always enjoyed not just because they’re groovy or heavy or intense or catchy, but because they tell a story. Here they are:

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1. Iron Maiden, “Alexander the Great” – This is probably the alpha and omega of historical metal songs. Not only is it beautifully written and researched, but it’s also extremely enjoyable and very catchy musically. Glorious guitar leads and various movements keep this 8-minute-plus epic feeling fresh and new every time, and it teaches listeners all about the life and conquests of Alexander from birth to death. I can honestly say that you can learn just as much about the man from this song as from many passages in history textbooks out there.

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2. Human Fortress, “Defenders of the Crown” – King Richard I, or the “Lionheart,” was one of Europe’s most famous monarchs primarily due to his fervent involvement with the Crusade and his vindictive desire to conquer the Holy Land. His quest to take Jerusalem out of the clutches of Saladin and Islam is chronicled nicely on this album, which is actually fantastic from beginning to end.

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3. Sabaton, “Primo Victoria” – A galloping epic about D-Day is bombastic, exciting, and full of a lot of the important historical facts. As brutal as the battle in Normandy was, the song itself is surprisingly fun and upbeat. The chorus is ridiculously addictive too.

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4. Iced Earth, “Declaration Day” – This song seems to give you a good grasp of what made the American colonists so impassioned about declaring their independence from King George III and Great Britain in 1776. ‘Merica.

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5. Accept, “Stalingrad” – Another bloody battle from World War II that took place, as stated in the song’s opening line, “out along the Volga.” It’s heavy and aggressive from start to finish, which is precisely what I think about the Battle of Stalingrad.

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6. Slayer, “Angel of Death” – The Holocaust was one of the most heinous crimes mankind has ever committed. This thrash classic provides all the gory details about how and why the delusional Nazis did what they did. It’s truly a thrash metal epic.

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7. Metallica, “Creeping Death” – Time to get biblical. This tune is another epic thrash piece about events surrounding the plagues that the God of Abraham inflicted on Egypt during the Hebrew Exodus in the time of Moses, who led his people to Israel in an escape from slavery and oppression at the hands of the pharaoh at that time. This can possibly even be described as Metallica’s finest moment, which is saying something.

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8. Hail of Bullets, “Mukden Incident” – If you’ve ever wondered how an empire can stage an event in order to justify the invasion of another country, just examine the Mukden Incident, which was how Japan convinced their people and the world that invading Manchuria was necessary in 1931. Pretty much every Hail of Bullets song is finely produced death metal about historical facts, but this one exceptional.

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9. Grave Digger, “Knights of the Cross” – Did I mention the Crusades were a big deal?

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10 .Running Wild, “Conquistadores” – Running Wild is known for their pioneering pirate metal theme. A single listen to the Rockin’ Rolf riffing, and you’re whisked away to the Caribbean in a ship. Similarly, the Spanish conquistadors explored the New World, parking their ships on Caribbean beaches and wandering through the mysterious new lands in search of riches, mythical artifacts, and places to spread Christianity, which is all portrayed nicely in this tune.


Article by: BH


Colossus – “The Breathing World” 2015


ALBUM:
 Colossus – “The Breathing World”
LABEL: Perennity Records
YEAR: 2015
GENRE: Progressive Stoner/Sludge Metal
WEBSITE: link
RATING: 8 / 10

Back in 2011 when I was more active with a Swedish blog called “Blashyrkhbloggen” I received Colossus debut EP “Spiritual Myasis” and despite the fact that Sludge Metal ain’t really my cup of tea, the band managed to impress me. Even to the extenct that I dubbed the track “Parasite” as one of the best tracks of 2011.

Four years later the bands second full-lenght album was waiting for me in the mailbox and I had to refresh my memory by going back to “Spiritual Myasis”, and to no surprise “Parasite”, still holds as strongly as back in 2011. So what about Colossus, matured and more experienced anno 2015?

Well, the first thing that directly stands out is the excellent drumming from Thomas Nordstedt along with the fantastic production. The band has really grown exactly in the direction that I was hoping for – Niklas vocals have evolved to the better and the elements that I could perhaps had issues with back in the EP days are no longer present. The pitch is perfect, suiting the bands dirty, yet progressive form of sludge like a glove.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this review my preferences when it comes to sludge are pretty much slim to none, so as far as refererences to other similar bands I have none. But I guess mentioning bands such as Baroness and Mastodon should serve as somewhat guidance. So if your looking for a dose of atmospheric stoner/sludge metal with highly skilled musicianship, “The Breathing World” is the album you’ve been looking for!

Foi-

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Tommi Konu
Review by: TK


Ages – “The Malefic Miasma” 2015


ALBUM:
 Ages – “The Malefic Miasma”
LABEL: Black Lodge Records
YEAR: 2015
GENRE: Melodic Black Metal
WEBSITE: link
RATING: 10 / 10

It feels as if I’ve been waiting for this album for…well, ages. Ok, that might be an exaggeration but three years can sometimes feel like an eternity when you’re waiting for something you know will be just as striking as “The Malefic Miasma” is.

My first encounter with Ages was back in 2012 with the track “At the Behest of Reason” and it literally knocked me off my feet. This was 90’s melodic black metal reincarnate and suitable also the opening track on the bands debut album. One of the biggest fears that I always have when it comes to bands releasing brilliant demos, EP’s and whatnots is the risk of getting disappointed with the re-recordings. This is luckily not the case when it comes to the three previously recorded tracks from 2011 that appear on “AtBoR”. They are merely enhanced with the brilliant sound picture presented on the album and also brilliantly placed in between all the new material.

I grew up during the golden era of melodic black metal in the 90’s and as far as Ages and “The Malefic Miasma” this can easily be placed side by side with most of the classic releases from that time. In fact, I’d like to go as far as saying that emotionally “The Malefic Miasma” gives me the same great feeling as the first time I heard Dissection‘s “The Somberlain”, even though Ages display a more mid-tempo display of brilliant Swedish melodic black metal!

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Tommi Konu
Review by: TK



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