Horns. Devil, Satanism, and crazy heavy music are terms associated with Heavy metal but it’s not all. There is more to it.
In times of pandemic, when everyone is relaxing and learning the new way of life, boredom strikes hard. To overcome this boredom and keep your spirits high, music is the best remedy. It is a medium of relaxation, a medium of hope in this world. Music has been in the world for centuries, only modernizing from time to time. From flutes to electric drum pads, the world of instruments has crossed a long road.
A genre of music that has really dominated the new world is heavy metal. Originating in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Heavy metal created a music style that was heavier than the popular Rock and Blues form of music. The genre which began in the United Kingdom soon spread to various parts of the globe. The genre became an icon of fame when it held its roots in the United States of America. The decade of 1970 to 1980 saw the never-stopping rise of heavy and thrash metal with bands like Metallica, Testament, Iced Earth, Megadeth, and more. Slowly, the genre captivated the world and became one of the most famous and iconic genres.
That said, let us look at 7 Heavy Metal songs that will keep you high on spirits now and forever.
Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?
Released in 1986, the second studio album by Megadeth, Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying? Kicks off with the title song. Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson wanted to promote social awareness through their songs. The song starts off with “What do you mean I “don’t believe in God?” I talk to him every day” showing a sign of faith in God.
With lyrics like “What do you mean I “don’t support your system?” I go to court when I have to” portrays the belief in the justice system. The lyrics further go to Tell me something.
It’s still “we the people,” right? Taking a dig at the United States government.
A politically motivated song, Peace Sells promotes the idea of long-lasting advantages of peace and its adaptation.
Walk With Me In Hell
The second song on our list is Lamb of God’s Walk with me in hell. Released in 2008, Walk with me in hell encourages the idea of togetherness in the dark days. The song’s lyrics “Take hold of my hand, For you are no longer alone, Walk with me in hell” clearly signals the idea of unity in bad days.
With a pandemic that is striking the world upside down, songs like Walk with me in hell clearly indulge in promoting good faith. Further, the song says “Pray for a savior Pray for deliverance, Some kind of purpose, a glimpse of a light in this void of existence” shows the potentiality of prayers and healing in the dark days.
Become The Storm
Legendary Dee Snider came out with this rocker in 2018. The song starts with “The rain is nothing to fear, When you become the storm”. The opening lyrics kick the inner soul of a man and makes him realize that there is nothing to fear if you are strong.
The chorus sounds like “We are not here to suffer, but what we get through makes us tougher” portraying the vitality of bad times and its impact on us. Snider took this masterpiece a step further by saying “I know we are more than this, no more time to reminisce, it’s war, And it’s right outside our doors”.
On this rock I lie
But I’m alive for good
And I just free myself now
From all what was wrong
Break the unbreakable
A song that kicks the adrenaline from the very beginning, Gojira’s Backbone is one of the most under-rated modern heavy metal songs. The French roots are clearly visible in the lyrical pattern of the song.
With lyrics like Inexhaustible, The strength of fire, Is running through me which ignites the living force in a being and provides him with the strength he or she needs in the dark days.
Iron Maiden has had one of the most prolific careers. One of their most popular songs, Wasted Years, targets the wasted years and past of a man. Bassist Adrian Smith, who wrote this song, focused his writings on a bright future.
With lyrics like “So understand, Don’t waste your time always searching for those wasted years, Face up, make your stand, And realize you’re living in the golden years” which shed light on the positivity of the future, Wasted Years is the ultimate song for people who have experienced the dark past.
Destroy What Destroys You
German legends Kreator released this extremely heavy metal song in 2009. A political motivating and inspiring song, Destroy what Destroys you start with,
Destroy what destroys you
The world shall awake
The chains of society
Are laws ripe to break
And the fear they’re feeding us
The prejudice and hate
Will not tear us apart
Till the end of our days,
Alongside its writing style, the song has a piece of more powerful music with heavy riffing and kick-ass drumming.
Do Not Look Down
The last pick on our list comes from Sweden. Meshuggah’s extreme music has captivated the world and made them global fame. Bleed is often regarded as their breakthrough song but it is Do not look down which shows what heavy metal and the band is all about.
The song starts with
Strive, strive, surmount the obstacles
Become the essence of your goals
Pray that you may attain that destiny
Getting ahead, the song moves on with
Great viable citizen
Are you happy now?
Then praise your God and bow
The song is filled with motivational content and is one of the band’s most underrated songs.