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Sunday, January 11, 2009

16 songs/pieces that you would expect on my iPod at all times

Alright, it is impossible for me to organize this in any sort of countdown or countup manner, because all of these songs/pieces are epic/awesome in their own way. Also, I only remembered to do this as a result of this. And be warned, some are Scandinavian death metal. I'll add a \m/ tag next to those songs for all you weak-hearted souls :P. I have limited the number of such songs due to the probable audience. But anyways, here goes:

1. Fiddler On The Green - Demons & Wizards

Demons & Wizards is a side project of Jon Schaffer, guitarist of Iced Earth, and Hansi K├╝rsch, legendary vocalist of the legendary German power metal band Blind Guardian (you'll be seeing more of them :P). This song is probably my single most favourite song of all time. The awesome acoustic guitar, coupled with Hansi's soaring vocals is so ridiculously epic that neither words or a metaphor do it justice.

2. Go Forth and Die - Dethklok \m/

Dethklok is the band from metalocalypse. If you are currently giving the computer screen a quizzical look, WATCH IT. NAOW. For metalheads, it's a satirical look at the music you know is the best ever (except for classical). For people that don't know anything about metal, it's very funny and a way of getting into metal. For people who hate metal, it's very funny and a way to realize that what they are currently listening to isn't half as good.

3. Path - Apocalyptica

Cello metal. Yep, you heard me right. Apocalyptica is cello metal. They also play Metallica infinitely times better than Metallica (sorry all of you band-wagon hopping, retarded, non-intellectual, gender-confused, questionable-sexuality morons. Metallica sucks.). Path is a piece they wrote themselves and it is amazing. They manage to rock harder than most bands on an instrument that's almost as old as your mom. OH SNAP. And they make awesome music vids. I mean, come on, a cello-off against your SHADOW?? What's more awesome then that? Except for Chuck Norris, naturally. (you'll have to go to the website because embedding is disabled)

4, 5. Lost to Apathy, Monochromatic Stains - Dark Tranquillity \m/

What ever you want to call them, Jesus, BEST BAND EVAR or so ridiculously good I'm just going to stand here with my jaw open looking like a retard, if it has a positive connotation, it applies to DT. Pioneers of Gothenburg Metal, that indelible mix of death metal and melodic riffs, DT has been ripping it up since 1989. Both of these songs are very similar. If by similar you mean MINDBLOWINGLY AWESOME. *mind blows*.

6,7. Mordred's Song, Valhalla - Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian should evoke a rush of such a magnitude that you think you've just ODed on heroin. Not that I would know anything about that (not kidding, I'm so straight-edge I make Chuck Norris look gay). They are the most epic power metal band ever ever ever. And they play amazingly when live (which is where these two songs were filmed/recorded at).

8. Symphony No. 25: Allegro Con Brio - Mozart

Mozart is amazing. If you don't think so, you shouldn't be here. Not to be too harsh or anything. The syncopation is amazing, as is the fact that it's one of his two minor symphonies :P. And by the time the recapitulation comes around, you'll be like OMG, CAN"T TAKE MORE AWESOME. And then the more awesome comes along, and it's awesome.

9,10. If I Were A Rich Man, Opening Credits - Fiddler On The Roof

Reb Teyve (the fat guy in the first video) is awesome, 'cause he just is. And the violin solo in the second video was recorded in ONE take while the guy had a freaking cold. If you haven't seen Fiddler On The Roof, proceed to do so immeadiately after you've finished watching the two seasons of metalocalypse.

11. Kings Who Die - Galloglass

Galloglass are a power metal band. This song is epic, as in that truly epic epicness. DONE.

12. Hyperion - Vornagar \m/

Witness Lord Marco (the drummers)'s insane skills. This song is everything I like about death metal right now, fast, brutal and with extreme drums. The second video contains no vox, so if those turn you off watch that one. You also get to see just how impressive Lord Marco is.

13,14. Cry Of The Blackbrids, Death In Fire - Amon Amarth \m/

Amon Amarth is the quintessential Viking Metal band (though Death In Fire is really more melodic death metal). I saw these guys in Toronto. I crowdsurfed thrice and left with a second-hand high and a sore neck due to all my headbanging. 'nuff said.

15. The Murder - The Absence \m/

These guys were in Toronto with Amon Amarth and DIDN'T get blown out of the water which is truly incredible. In fact, I regret not getting one of their t shirts (which were awesome) and getting an Amon Amarth one instead (not quite so much of the awesome). These guys hail from Tampa, Florida but could just as well be in the middle of Sweden's metal scene.

16. Death and the Healing - Wintersun

Jari, of Ensiferum fame, is amazing. He's singing and sweep picking AT THE SAME TIME. And this is a very very awesome song. Extreme Power Metal ftw.



lyrical charlatan said...

But Toy Story 2 was okay!