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May 22, 2015

Metal Mixtape: Playlist for Marching Into Battle

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Earlier this week I wrote about facing your fears, which is something we all have to do at some point in our lives. When you have to do something that makes you afraid, it can feel as if you are suiting up for battle. I think this is one of the reasons why we often find stories and imagery of war so powerful, even if as a person you happen to have a big problem with the mentality behind war; facing death in such a primal, visceral way is the epitome of all our fears. There’s something ultimately human and profoundly relatable about that.

Metal is full of songs about war – often looking at the march of the warrior toward the battlefield – especially in ancient warrior context, where this march was full of ritual and spiritual context – or of the gritty reality of the battlefield, or of a few soldiers struggling against a seemingly insurmountable enemy. These songs aren’t meant to be a glorification of war so much as a way of personifying powerful emotions we all experience into powerful music.

I’ve compiled a few songs that I like to listen to when I want to feel invincible. I have missed TONS of good ones, so please add yours in the comments.

Sabaton – Coat of Arms

Metallica – Creeping Death

Probably still one of my favourite songs of all time. Die, by my hand! I creep across the land! Killing firstborn man!

Turisus – Stand Up and Fight

Most Turisus songs could easily fit on this list, but this is one of my favourites.

Manowar – Warriors of the World

Since it would be pretty boring (well, for a given value of boring) if I just made this entire playlist Manowar songs, here’s one that epitomises their general philosophy.

“Like thunder from the skies
Sworn to fight and Die
We’re warriors … warriors of the world.”

Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

Well … you have to.

Goatwhore – When Steel & Bone Meet

Who else gets a bit of a Moorhead vibe from this song?

Hammerfall – Riders of the Storm

Lets follow that with some cheesy power metal. Cheesy, but powerful.

Arch Enemy – You Will Know My Name

I’m more a fan of Angela-era Arch Enemy, but I’m getting used to Alisa’s voice more now. Been thrashing this a lot lately.

Accept – Teutonic Terror

We will GIVE ‘EM THE AXE!

(Accept was good before, but new Accept is just so, SO brilliant).

Ensiferum – Into Battle

“Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die.”

Amon Amarth – Gods of War Arise

Sometimes I think life would be much simpler if I were a viking.

Sabaton – Primo Victoria

To the gates of hell …

Tyr – Blood of Heroes

I’ve been listening to these guys a lot more lately. It took me a little while to get used to the vocals, but now I adore them.

Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

More cowbell!

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3 Comments on “Metal Mixtape: Playlist for Marching Into Battle

Jype
May 23, 2015 at 12:36 am

Nice list. Sabaton’s 40:1 and White Death are great stories about facing a much greater enemy and seemingly having no chance against them. (Btw it’s Turisas, not Turisus. Grammar nazi stikes.)

Jype
May 25, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Oh, I forgot Battle Beast’s Let It Roar, Fight Kill Die and Into the Heart of Danger from their second album. Extremely powerful songs.

Corrine/Frock And Roll
May 22, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Terrific picks, Steff! I have always found metal to be incredibly empowering, but the energy of Slipknot’s self-titled album and lyrics in Pantera’s ‘Goddamn Electric’ get me particularly fired up. Great post!

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