Since this month is dedicated to the idea of Metal March, I thought I’d make a special edition of
Good songs by bands I Don’t like. Without Further adieu, here we go.
Iron Maiden, Run to the Hills
Certain bands just never made an impact on me. One of those are Iron Maiden. I of course
get how important and influential they are to the genre, but the vocals always turned me off.
Except on this song. The song, which depicts the struggle between Native Americans and the
Europeans who came to destroy their culture, the song is obviously still a giant hit, and with the
strong vocals of the Bruce Dickinson, it’s a track that’s difficult not to rock out to. The guitars are
also great, and the song manages to still sound great even after all the decades. It’s still a great
Meta song, and you can see how many bands have been influenced by them.
Type O Negative, Black Number 1
This creepy odd number thrives based on one thing: the deep ominous voice of Peter Steele.
I’m pretty sure he was classically trained vocalist, and it really shows on this number. The
strength he gives to the song makes it worthwhile, and although the band isn’t around anymore,
Steele’s voice is still one of the more unique voices to ever venture into the world of heavier
music. While we’re talking about it, the video is very much a nineties video. It simply couldn’t
have been filmed in any other decade, but for the source material, it fits.
Machinehead, Blood, Sweat Tears
Another band that I simply lost track of, but I’ve heard that they still put on a killer show. This is
probably the song from Machinehead that I like the most, and it still holds up. The drumming on
the track is superb, and they make music that is heavy but also is easy to bob your head to. To
add to the drumming, Rob’s(?) voice gives the missing piece that the track needs to be a great
metal song. He’s able to give a growl, but also is able to harmonize and sing when it’s needed.
That’s always a good combo to have, and on “Blood, Sweat & Tears” it’s done very well.
Cradle of Filth, Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids
More than anything I just like the female spoken word opening, but the song is a good reminder
of what the band was in the early days. Most people have since forget them,and with real black
metal bands like Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth and 1349 doing their best to keep the genre alive,
you don’t really need Cradle of Filth. Beyond that though, the song is dark and gloomy, full of
the orchestral elements and adequate amounts of synth that you can tolerate in metal. Dani
Filth’ vocals are high pitched and bring the song to the places they intended, and overall, it does
Judas Priest, Hell Bent for Leather
Never liked the band,and seeing them play between Slayer and Black Sabbath were two of the
longest hours of my concert attending life, but for some reason I really dig this song. It’s utterly
ridiculous, but the song kind of just makes you feel like a bad ass(even though i generally think
people who were copious amounts of leather are silly). The guitar work is exquisite, and is still
at the top of the Power metal hierarchy, but it’s Halford’s vocals and lyrics that give the song it’s
real attitude, and in the metal game, attitude is half the fight.
Back in high School, this band was a favorite, but over time, the music just wore on me, and i
abandoned the way of the Tribe. That being said, this song consumed my life, and it was one
of my favorites of that period in my life. It’s heavy and powerful, but what stands out here are
the guest stars. Will Haven front man Grady Avenell nails his parts, but the real star here is Deftones
front man Chino Moreno. The Deftones are still a band I obsess over, but this was one of the last
guest spots he did, and it’s awesome. It’s an intense song, and the vocals from everyone are
great additions to a musically strong song.
Lacuna Coil, Heavens a Lie
Really, the song is decent. but it Cristina’s voice that makes the whole band. If the didn’t have
the two singer gimmick and a female vocalist going for them they wouldn’t ever have gotten
anywhere, but it’s not a bad song in the context. Her voice is great, but the video is cringe
worthy at it;s best moments. I just don’t know what they were thinking. There’s just not enough
bad things you can say about the video, even if the song is good.
Wow, this band right here. I was a big fan of them for some reason, but thankfully i grew out of
it. The came about during the whole Slipknot, Mudvayne craze, and obviously they were too late
to capitalize. This track though, is good enough for this list, and it’s probably the only track from
this album that has even remotely held up over time. There’s not really much to say about this
song, but if you like taking trips down memory road and fads you may have liked, this might be
worth your time.
Landon Murray is a New Orleans native, who thrives on painting the world he interprets through the useful forms of all types of art he feels connected to. He's seen over 1000 bands, and had loved mostly every minute of it. He has an amazing 10 year old dog, and is loving life.
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