If you follow me on Twitter, than you’re probably aware of my love for music. In fact, while I enjoy writing about and playing fantasy sports, I wouldn’t hesitate to say that my love for music far surpasses my fondness for fake sports – and maybe even the real one’s as well.
Which is why I thought it high time I take my passion outside of the 140 characters and onto the main stage. Enter: “LT’s Top 5’s.”
A series designed to…well…I guess nothing other than afford me another creative outlet, and possibly create a dialogue between me and anyone who might be kind enough to read my jargon and wants to talk about music.
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Each week (that’s assuming this isn’t a train wreck and people will actually read more) I’ll run down my top 5’s of a particular area of music, and explain what that band, album, song, guitarists etc. means to me and why they made the cut.
We begin with my favorite genre of music (though I like most), and that’s Metal. Specifically, my Top 5 Metal Bands.
Please keep in mind that these rankings, like any other type of rankings, are subjective. It’s merely a list of my favorite Metal bands. If I didn’t include someone you felt should’ve made the list, I assure you it’s nothing personal. And if that ends up being the case, please feel to leave a comment below and we can discuss it further – that’s the intent of the series.
So without further adieu, I present for your consideration my Top 5 Metal Bands…
5. Lamb of God
Favorite Song: “Ruin”
Favorite Album: “Ashes of the Wake”
The Virginian quintet comes in at #5 due to their ferocity, technical ability, and overall consistency of putting forth quality, head-banging music. For my money, “As the Palaces Burn“, “Ashes of the Wake“, and “Sacrament” are three of the finest Metal albums to date, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better stretch of albums from any one band – including the following four on this list. Widely considered to be the pioneers of “Modern American Heavy Metal”, LoG are probably responsible for bridging the gap between “Pantera” and any band who considers themselves a Heavy Metal band today.
4. Dream Theater
Favorite Song: “Peruvian Skies”
Favorite Album: “Train of Thought”
What I love most about Dream Theater is their whole “screw it, we’re gonna make the music we want to make” attitude. They’re all amazingly talented musicians, and they’ve applied that talent to make some of the most intricate and thought-provoking music known to man. And, even though they’re extremely popular, I still consider them one of the most criminally underrated bands. This band also holds a special place in my heart, as they are one of two bands on this list that I’ve seen live. And let me tell you, it’s a show.
Favorite Song: “Forty Six & 2”
Favorite Album: “10,000 Days”
Another insanely talented group of musicians, Tool has been one of the few bands I listened to in high school (while I was beginning to develop my taste) that has stuck with me and remained one of my favorite bands period. For me it all starts with drummer Danny Carey, who is an absolute wizard and one I place in such high esteem as Neil Peart from “Rush“, and Mike Portnoy formerly of the aforementioned Dream Theater. They’ve been up to their usual reclusive selves, not releasing an album since 2006 (“10,000 Days“), but are slated to return with a vengeance at some point this year.
2. Iron Maiden
Favorite Song: “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
Favorite Album: “Number of the Beast”
For me, you just really can’t get cooler than Iron Maiden. From their imagery with mascot “Eddie“, a triple (yes, triple) guitar attack, thunderous rhythm section, to Bruce Dickinson’s soaring vocals, it’s hard to top these boys from across the pond. They have it all. Potentially the greatest band to emerge from the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal”, Maiden cemented their place in my heart when I was able to see them live back in 2011. Up the irons!
Favorite Song: “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
Favorite Album: “Master of Puppets”
What can I say about Metallica that hasn’t already been said about bacon? Say what you want about some of their music (I’m looking at you “Load” and “Reload“), but there’s no denying their impact on the genre. To put it simply, they’re the biggest Metal band of all time, and frankly, they deserve it. Any of your fancy, “Modern Metal” bands would not be able to call themselves such if not for the reach of the “Boys in Black.” “Sabbath” started it, but Metallica perfected it and brought it to the masses. OBEY. YOUR. MASTER!!!!
That’s my list. All other Top 5 Metal Bands lists are irrelevant.
If you liked what you read and want to chat about music or whatever, please feel free to leave me a comment or hit me up on the Twit box at @LTtheGreat. Also, if you have a suggestion for what you’d like to see on the next Top 5, I want to hear it!