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Where we worship at the altar of heavy metal!
Where we worship at the altar of heavy metal!

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Heavy Metal Month II, Day 31) Freebie: any metal song! With no requirements, let’s go with something from my favorite album from one of my favorite bands, the sadly-disbanded Bolt Thrower. I’m probably in the minority, but …For Victory is my favorite…

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Heavy Metal Month II, Day 30) A metal anthem I think of “anthem” as a song that is almost universally known, a fan favorite, and is a staple audience participation track at live shows. Since we haven’t discussed the mighty Judas Priest on this list yet,…

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Heavy Metal Month II, Day 29) Deutschland: song by a German band Seeing as I’ve already covered Blind Guardian, Kreator, and Finsterforst on this list as well as looking back at Helloween’s Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part I on The Sons of Metal Podcast, I…

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Heavy Metal Month II, Day 28) Getting weird: song with an instrument uncommon to metal While this might be pushing the envelope on being “metal”, I’ve become a pretty big fan of the Swedish band Fejd in the last few years, starting with their 2013 album,…

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Heavy Metal Month II, Day 27) Song from an album with great cover art I’ll fist-fight anyone who tries to claim Dio wasn’t one of the greatest vocalists in the history of heavy metal. It only seems fitting that his iconic song, Rainbow In The Dark,…

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Heavy Metal Month II, Day 26) A band you’ve seen live If you’ve been following my work in any capacity, you probably know Sabaton is easily one of my favorite bands of all time. Additionally, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live twice, and both times…

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Heavy Metal Month II, Day 25) Slow ‘n’ low: a slow song I’ve always liked Draconian. To me, they always sounded like My Dying Bride with an additional female singer. It was good stuff, to be sure, but they weren’t a band I thought about very often. Then…

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Heavy Metal Month II, Day 24) Digging in the crates: an underrated gem I don’t know if this is so much an “underrated” song so much as I never hear anyone talking about Finsterforst’s 2015 album, Mach Dich Frei. Yes, the album is a bit of a challenge to…

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Heavy Metal Month II, Day 23) Song by a band with more than five members “Lemme get this straight — Norwegian black metal crossed with Finnish polka and sung in Swedish? I’m in!” That was pretty much the reaction I had when I first heard about Finntroll,…

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Heavy Metal Month II, Day 22) O Canada! Band from Canada I’m sure many of you lie awake at night wondering what would happen if DragonForce and Amon Amarth were somehow to produce offspring. Well, look no further than our neighbors to the north at Crimson…
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