Monday, January 24, 2011
Top Ten Countdown Music Blogfest!!
I could have made a list of top 100 Rush songs. But Natural Science is a standout track among standout tracks. Musically complex and layered this is a prog fan's dream song. I never get tired of listening to this masterful piece of work.
Just when I thought DT couldn't get any better, their latest disc dropped with an instant classic. A master class in musicianship and arrangement, this is DT at their very best. I was fortunate enough to see DT live and watching Guitarist John Petrucci shred through this song was astounding. Clocking in at a little over 19 minutes, this is a true musical journey.
I picked up this disc after hearing "Cloud Connected" but "System" was the track that made my jaw hit the floor. Heavy, aggressive, catchy...this song manages to encapsulate everything great about metal into one signature song.
One of the greatest riffs ever. This song had an amazing video showing artist renditions of Eddie (the Iron Maiden Mascot) over the years. And I truly appreciate the lyrics that become more poignant as I grow older.
"Don't waste the time always searching for those wasted years. Face up, make your stand. And realize your living in the golden years."
Everybody thought JP was done after the ill-conceived album "Turbo" (although I kinda liked it.) But they fought their way back with the disc "Ram it Down" and then cemented their status as metal gods with the blistering anthem "Painkiller." Pure aggression and balls-out metal, this is one of the best.
I learned to play the guitar, in part, just to play this song. Such an achingly beautiful song about the warmth of the Irish spirit. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a beautiful land full of people raising families amidst the threat of violence. I listened to this song over and over during a train ride to Scotland and the song is indelibly linked together with those great memories.
I just love the lyrics to this song. For me (lyrics can have different meaning for different people) the song deals with Jesus singing to God while on the cross. A heavy song with great riffs and crushing vocals, the song is also quite beautiful.
This song was a game changer for an entire genre of music. Dimebag Darryl and the boys came along and ushered forth a new heavy in heavy metal. This song takes aggression to 11 and beyond. At the time, this was the most aggressive onslaught that I had ever heard and I absolutely loved it.
Tinged with mixes of soul and hard rock, this song blew my socks off. With an incredible riff and a catchy chorus that stays in your head for days, this is one of the coolest songs ever written.
Rob is one of my all time favorite singers when he was with Catherine Wheel. His solo album starts out with a song that speaks to my heart. I can now sum up my relationship with God with this one song.
"When everything inside, ups and changes our lives,
When everything else has died,
My name is Love"
Special props to:
Rainbow in the Dark - Dio
Shooting Shark - BOC
Albatross - Corrosion Of Conformity
Holy Wars, The Punishment Due - Megadeth
Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck - Prong
Thoughts Without Words - Shadow's Fall
It Can Happen - Yes
Please visit the others who’ve signed up for the blogfest, as I’m sure you’ll find some cool new tunes.
Comments, thoughts, and what are YOUR favorites?