Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Loud Music: An Odyssey of Aggression

This post has no particular purpose other than to broadcast my deeply held belief that sometimes the best cure to a bad day is some old fashioned loud, angry music. Today was a bad day--nothing major, just a culmination of minor frustrations incidental to capitalism and modernity and all that. So I invite you to join me on a self-indulgent musical odyssey through the healing power of rage from a baker's dozen of my favorite metal songs. Sometimes it's all the soul needs.

Metal aficionados will note that this list as a strong early-aughts bias. Congratulations: you have correctly identified when I attended high school and actively sought out this kind of music! Enjoy.

1. Killswitch Engage - Self Revolution.

Slow down the fast paced world
And you will see past the illusion

2. Hatebreed - Mark My Words

Everything i thought was so definite, I thought was so real was thrown away and will be remembered among unpaling hatred.

3. Nevermore - Final Product

We live in a time of revolution
We swim the silent seas of sanity gone

4. Amon Amarth - Death in Fire

Total war is here
Face it without fear
Age of sword, age of spear
Fight for honor, glory, death in fire!

5. Shadows Fall - Thoughts Without Words

Having awareness but no true sense of self
You find yourself enslaved in chains of earthly wealth

6. In Flames - Man Made God

(Instrumental Interlude)

7. Opeth - Bleak

Break of morning, coldness lingers on
Shroud me into nightmares of the sun

8. Dark Tranquillity - Monochromatic Stains

A sacrifice made to the loss of a mind
Folly, a man's demise

9. 3 Inches of Blood - Deadly Sinners

Crushing the light!
Stalking the night!
Deadly sinners always win!

10. Unearth - Zombie Autopilot

Gone are dreamers who strive to know
All of us are blind

11. Therion - Nifelheim

Err...do you speak Swedish? Either way it's a cool song

12. Soilwork - Like The Average Stalker

Beware of hatred when your time stands still

13. Nightwish - I Wish I Had an Angel

Old loves they die hard
Old lies they die harder

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