Heavy Metal

First let's cover my opinions on heavy metal in general, then you'll know if you really want to bother to read the rest of this. When I think of heavy metal, I do not think of head-banging in a mash pit. In fact, it can have the exact opposite effect, depending on the music. My primary requirement of any music is that it moves me; that is, it must create an emotional reaction-- more than adrenalin, and certainly not revulsion. I don't like hate-music, such as much hard core rap, I don't like screeching or screaming vocalists, I don't like intentionally disharmonious pieces, and I don't like lyrics consisting of more than 50% cuss words. The lyrics must have meaning. If you can't hear them, they might as well not exist. That's why I can't understand people who don't like classical music, but prefer instead to listen to some guy screech meaninglessly at the top of his lungs. If the lyrics are there, they must either be funny, philosophical, or tell a story of some sort. They therefor cannot consist of entirely cuss-words. That said, I have nothing against music that gets the adrenalin flowin' and makes the listener excited, but this should not be the only purpose or reaction. Here is my list of favorite heavy metal bands. There are descriptions and such, and lists of my favorite songs. I strongly recommend that you find a way to listen to these some time.


Faith No More

Metallica

Soundgarden
O.K., here we go...
Faith No More was the first Heavy Metal band that I ever really listened to. I had wachted some of the Metallica videos on MTV, but never really seriously considered buying anything. I didn't really listen to a lot of music back then, but I owned several Billy Joel CD's, and some other stuff that I won't mention. For one birthday, my grandparents decided that it was worth buying me one of those portable CD players, one of the earlier ones that skipped a lot and was just generally poor, but was the best to be had. Soon after I took it on a long road trip to relieve the boredom. I don't remember exactly where we were going, but it was for scouts. I was in the very back seat, and the kid next to me, Jeremiah Koczan, had brought a few of his CD's. In return for use of my CD player, I got to listen to his CD, which was The Real Thing by Faith No More. Thus was broken my misguided fixation on Billy Joel and my introduction to Heavy Metal in general.
One of the postitive points of Faith No More is the great variety of music they produce. Sometimes in the same song they'll go straight from a peaceful and smooth trend to ten seconds of screaming at you (Zombie Eaters), accentuating the meaning of the lyrics in weird ways, weird, but often effective. Unfortunately, they sometimes get carried away with their distorted lyrics. I recommend avoiding "Cuckoo for Caca" at all costs, and whatever you do, DON'T voluntarily listen to ANYTHING by Mr. Bungle. It was first described to me as demented circus music, and I have found no reason to condradict this. It is VERY demented, and your mind WILL get warped if you listen to it. Now back to the subject. Faith No More's last album, King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime features some of their most meaningful songs, and, in my opinion, some of their worst (though I have avoided their earlier work). It somehow contains the afformentioned "Cuckoo for Caca", the un-song, "Take this Bottle", the excitement of "Digging the Grave" and "What a Day", and the philosophical "Just a Man". This variety is hard for me to grasp-- Nay, impossible. I have my CD player permanently programmed to avoid half the songs on the CD, but that still leaves seven great songs. Angel Dust, the CD before King for a Day contains all good songs: all entertaing, that is. None of them are annoying or revoltingly disonant, but they cannot be said to be on the same level as the best of King for a Day or The Real Thing. The Real Thing is quite frankly, the best of them all. It conatins their classics, the ones that made them famous, such as "Epic", "Falling to Pieces", and "From Out of Nowhere", and fills out the rest of the album with style, including an instrumental -- "Woodpecker From Mars".
Here are some recommended songs by Faith No More. The red ones are songs that YOU MUST LISTEN TO. The rest are merely great.
The Real Thing:
  • Epic
  • Falling to Peices
  • From Out of Nowhere
  • Woodpecker From Mars
  • Zombie Eaters
  • The Real Thing
Angel Dust
  • Land of Sunshine
  • Caffeine
  • Midlife Crisis
  • Everything's Ruined
  • Smaller and Smaller
  • Everything's Ruined
  • Kindergarten
  • Crack Hitler
  • Midnight Cowboy
King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime
  • Just a Man
  • Digging the Grave
  • The Last to Know
  • What a Day
  • Star A.D.
  • Ricochet
  • King for a Day
B Sides
  • Absolute Zero
  • Das Schutzenfest

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