Heavy Metal Month Listening Challenge 31/31

Day 31 – A song about insanity. 

Annihilator – Alison Hell 

And now, the end is near; 

And so I face the final curtain.

My friend, I’ll say it clear, 

I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

Regrets, I’ve had a few; 

But then again, too few to mention.

I did what I had to do

And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course; 

Each careful step along the byway, 

And more, much more than this, 

I did it my way.

I’ve had fun with these 31 tracks and I think Ol’ Blue Eyes sums up the last month where I’ve managed to post something everyday for a whole month (and some). It’s the first time that’s happened, and originally the plan for this blog. Maybe I’ll incorporate more short blocks of text in the future. 

Nineteen bands have been from the United States, four from England, three Germans and one each from Switzerland, Canada, Denmark and Finland, and only one band repeated. Maybe a bit lopsided towards the thrash metal genre and the 1980’s, but it’s the ones I like most. I could have easily done all 28 with Metallica tracks, with some slight interpretations of the original questions. There were so many bands I wanted to do and I could do all 31 questions multiple times without repeating tracks or bands – apart from the specific artist questions. 

Thanks for reading everyday for a month. 


Heavy Metal Month Listening Challenge 30/31

Day 30 – A song featuring a mythical creature. 

Heathen – Goblin’s Blade

Before I decided to share the tracks between as many different artists as I could this penultimate choice was nailed on to be The Call of Ktulu by Metallica. As that Bay Area band have been featured twice already I have passed the mythical creature torch to fellow Bay Area band Heathen.  

Heavy Metal Month Listening Challenge 28/31

Day 28 – Favourite Megadeth song. 

Megadeth – Wake Up Dead

Another one where I could change my mind every time I ask myself the question. Peace Sells? Mary Jane? Hangar 18? In My Darkest Hour? 

It’s yet another example of how few lyrics there seemed to be in metal songs back in the day and the bands let their musicianship do the talking. 

Heavy Metal Month Listening Challenge 27/31

Day 27 – A band that has had multiple singers. 

Nightwish – Wish I Had An Angel 

Possibly due to the longevity of artists within the metal scene, many bands have had several different vocalists for one reason or another. 

These Finn’s are now on their third front woman and they are one of the few bands where I’ve been able to see the band fronted by every different vocalist. 

Heavy Metal Month Listening Challenge 26/31

Day 26 – A crazy guitar solo.

Judas Priest – Painkiller

Another musicians question, which I’m not overly stuck on, but in hindsight I’m sure I could think of something to fit the crazy part a bit better, maybe Trivium or DragonForce? But I like Judas Priest more and I want them in my 30 bands for August. 

Heavy Metal Month Listening Challenge 25/31

Day 25 – A song off a bleak landscape cover. 

It was a toss of the coin between the artwork for Death Angel’s The Ultra-Violence, my instant choice, and the devil sitting astride the crumbling Sydney Opera House by Australian thrashers Mortal Sin on their Mayhemic Destruction album. 

Today the Californian’s slightly edged it. 

Death Angel – Evil Priest