Monday, October 12, 2015

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week #47

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week is a feature I run on Young Ears, Fresh Perspective on Sundays/early hours of Monday morning where I pick out 5 tunes that I think are notable and tell you a bit about them. The point is to give you some rocking music to help you deal with your weekday blues. You can either listen to one each day, listen to them all at once, or any other combination that you feel. As long as you can get through the week without the man getting you down, that's all I care about. Without further ado, here are the 5 tracks I've picked out for this week:

1. Strength of the World, by Avenged Sevenfold

The longest track from City of Evil, Strength of the World is a criminally under rated song. It feels like a big long epic song that you would hear on a movie soundtrack. It blends an orchestra with a metal band incredibly well. It's really a shame you don't hear this song played by the band in a live setting at all any more.

2. Phantom of the Opera, by Iron Maiden

This in my opinion is the absolute greatest song that Iron Maiden has ever written. It has absolutely nothing to do with the play/musical, but it is fantastic nonetheless. The song structure flows and changes up seamlessly, the guitar solos and harmonies are impeccably melodic and fast, and the vocals are surprisingly harmonious and powerful. Great early power metal tune.

3. Peace Sells, by Megadeth

Ever need to listen to a politically charged song that the Joe Every-man can relate to? This song shows how little remorse young Dave Mustaine had for his words and actions in regards to letting the government and society know just how he felt about them. Chris Poland's lead guitar work is pretty respectable here too.

4. Jump in the Fire, by Metallica

There is some nifty quick riffing around in this tune. Not surprising considering it was written by Dave Mustaine before he was fired from the band. It pulses and pounds relentlessly for the entire duration of the song. This of course was back when they had a solid rhythm section and weren't trying to copy off themselves.

5. Steal Away (The Night), by Ozzy Osbourne

This was the closing song on Ozzy Osbourne's debut solo album The Blizzard of Ozz. It has some killer riffs and solos from the late Randy Rhoads with the rhythm section bringing up the rear with a wild yet steady chugging. It is the ultimate song of escaping, grabbing your gal, getting on a bike, and stealing away into the night.

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