So instead of a review, today, you’re getting what is going to be a 5 piece attempt to shame the assholes over at Gibson, who apparently haven’t listened to heavy metal since 1984. While this list is bound to be controversial (trust me), it is also done with a very specific purpose in mind, which is to remind everyone that heavy metal has continued to exist since Nirvana sold a bunch of records. But, of course, the Anglocentric jackasses over at Gibson didn’t realize this. Anyway, this oughtta piss everyone right off, but hopefully someone involved in the creation of that list feels ashamed for having been such idiots. Note to old guys: shit still happens once you’ve stopped caring.

#50: EuropeWings of Tomorrow – “Wings of Tomorrow” –  Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. Everyone laughs about Europe, sure they were cheesy as hell, but these first two records they released had a good, classic metal approach and they were excellent song writers. This is still one of the most underrated heavy metal songs ever as far as I’m concerned and let me say something else: Norum is another retardedly underrated guitar player. Sure, this is the top 50, you say, this can’t be better than ALL the other heavy metal from the 1980s! What, did you ever fucking listen to 80s metal? Europe was better than most of that shit. So eat it.



#49: OpethMorningrise – “The Night and the Silent Water” –  This track is probably a good place to start the list, don’t you think? Whether or not people like it Opeth in the early ’90s helped redefine what we thought of when we think of metal, and while there are plenty of other songs one could choose, a track that stands out for everyone I know who loves Morningrise is “The Night and the Silent Water.” Also, this was from the early 90s, and has had a much more profound on metal than Tool, don’t you think? I sure as hell do. What a great career these gentlemen have had.



#48: Sonata ArcticaSilence – “San Sebastian” –  Many have done Europower, but Sonata Arctica perfected the art. With easily the best power metal vocalist (at least in range and tone) in the business and with songs that are so poppy and ridiculous that it’s hard to get over them, it’s basically impossible to deny that this song is better than say, for example, second rate AC/DC tracks because only fucking idiots would vote for those for a top 50 list of metal tracks. And just listen to that guitar solo! It’s got “The guys at Gibson are douchebags” written all over it!



#47: My Dying BrideLike Gods of the Sun – “The Dark Caress” –  See one of the things that Black Sabbath and St. Vitus and the like spawned was this amazing thing called doom metal. From this, one of my favorite bands ever is My Dying Bride and the record Like Gods of the Sun and really any track on here could’ve been on this list, but I just love the riffing on here. Really, if you haven’t listened to much doom, this album is as good a place as any to start. And apparently not enough people have heard them, because despite their amazing output they somehow never end up on people’s “best of” lists.



#46: Sacred ReichSurf Nicaragua – “Surf Nicaragua” – One of the most overlooked thrash bands of all time, Sacred Reich produced one of my favorite thrash albums, The American Way but of course it hit too late and was never really considered among the “classics,” until much too late. Certainly this is too much of a deep cut for a ‘best of’ list, right? I don’t think so. But actually, despite thinking that record is classic, it’s the track “Surf Nicaragua” from the EP of the same name that belongs on this list with all it’s thrash awesomeness and irony. These guys were dead on and cool as hell.



#45: Old Man’s ChildIn Defiance of Existence – “Black Seeds on Virgin Soil” –  Whether or not you like later Old Man’s Child there are few people who rip out riffs like Galder does, and this track “Black Seeds on Virgin Soil” is a fucking riffy song that deserves to be on this list, for sure. I hardly listen to OMC anymore, but I will always come back to this track as its definitely one of my favorite. And the guitar solo is like an old school trash solo over such a riffy and epic track. I love it.



#44: MetallicaRide the Lightning – “For Whom the Bell Tolls” – Well, c’mon. These guys had to end up somewhere on the list. They have their uses and Ride the Lightning still lives on as a classic heavy metal record in my opinion. Oh, and get this, I think it’s way better than Master of Puppets. Apparently metalheads are fucking sheep. Wanna know what I think of Master of Puppets?



#43: OzzyBlizzard of Ozz – “Crazy Train” –  Well, Ozzy did have one really solid record and it was his debut. And basically it’s Randy Rhodes that made this record so fucking good. I mean just going back and listening to this stuff, you have to admit that his stuff was so solid. And this guitar solo probably influenced heavy metal in ways that we’ll never understand. I’d go so far as to say that he was one of the first heavy metal guitarists who was more ‘heavy metal’ than blues rock, which is what makes this special. Still, there’s been a lot of awesome stuff after this. Just thought I’d point that out.



#42: PrimordialThe Gathering Wilderness – “Coffin Ships” –  One of the things that Primordial has that, for example Ozzy or Metallica never did, is thoughtful lyrics and a sense of atmosphere. Sure, this isn’t going to unite the masses into a buying frenzy and make stupid rockstars rich enough to drink themselves into stupors, snort ants or bite heads off of shit, but this is certainly one of the finest songs ever written and belongs on this list. Such an emotionally poignant song from such an incredible band.



#41: AgallochThe Mantle – “In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion” –  Once again taking on the more atmospheric and beautiful, Agalloch signaled the rise of the American northwest as a scene which has spawned a lot of music, like it or not, and is very prolific now. But Agalloch was at it first, and even if their sound (in my opinion) is derivative of early Ulver, it’s hard to find a metalhead who listens to real metal these days who doesn’t speak of The Mantle as one of the best records of its era and as being tremendously influential. And I’d say that this track is the band’s magnum opus.



The next list, 40-31 will be posted when I get the fuck around to it. [Edit: It can be read here. And Steel Druhm’s can be read here.]

  • ZacP

    I’m a sucker for these kinds of lists (and I must not be the only one since there are so many of these things floating around the webs)

    Also, I love that a guy living in Sweden can still make a Chris Bosh/Miami Heat reference haha

  • Alex

    So far, a much better list than the Gibson one – I’d post a comment with speculation of what’s to come – but that seems unnecessary at this point. When you’re done, however…

  • tal

    They’re not assholes just ignorants
    It seems like they only listened to 10 bands
    all of their miserable life.
    You should feel pity for them…

    on the other hand its hard for me to judge, because if I’ll put a list like this I’ll probably put like 20 opeth songs :)

  • BrandonB

    I’m really looking forward to the rest of this list, simply because 99.9% of reviewers for other magazines/websites wouldn’t know good metal if it kicked them in the face. That Gibson list was a fucking joke.

    With that said, I’m interested in seeing where some other Opeth songs fit on your list (if at all), because while being an EXCELLENT song, Night and the Silent Water isn’t even close to their best song, IMO.

  • Interesting list. Just a few obvious choices, really. When you say controversial you don’t kid around, do you? ;)

  • Björn

    Nice list :) Looking forward to more of it. Tho I must say Roy Khan is the best power metal singer. Noone’s even close imho.

    • No way!! Kakko and Allen are both heads and shoulders over Kahn!!

      • Björn

        Snicksnack! :)
        Som det ser ut nu är det väl Fabio Lione man får se när det är dags för Kamelot i Göteborg. Ska bli kul att se hur det funkar. Han är ju inte kattskit han heller.

  • Zadion

    You know what makes this list better than Gibson’s? The fact you include more than one style of metal in just the first 10, let alone the entire list.
    Looking forward to the next part!

  • Within Darkness

    Nice list going around, looking forward to the rest. Though yeah, I’d always prefer Khan/Allen/Fabio over Tony. Heck, even one Pasi Rantanen (ex-Thunderstone) is much better than Kakko struggling with his asthma. That being said, I’m a sucker for Sonata’s first four albums and I ain’t giving up on them just like that.

  • Dude. You made a top 50 metal songs list, and put Sacred Reich on it. Fuck yeah.

  • Hey AMG

    Great list for starters! Some seriously cool tracks here…

    I wanted to ask you, would you be interested in voting on this:

    We are trying to get the most votes from everyone, HBIH, TNOTB, MetalSucks, TDM, NCS etc. Now AMG. With this list your opinions would be great!


  • Ernesto

    First thing’s first: you’re absolutely right, the guys at Gibson are assholes….but they are after the money, so no one can consider that list to be “honest”.
    Now, regarding your, I believe it’s extremely personal, but that’s what make it cool. I mean, I’d never ever choose Sacred Reich or Sonata for example, but the fact that “San Sebastian” is a top 50 songs for you it’s kindda funny, in the good sense. From Sonata, I’d totally pick “Full Moon” or “The Cage”.
    Now, about OMC….you GOT to be kidding…that’s probably one of the lamest black metal bands (except for their debut album), and since Galder entered Dimmu Borgir, their albums sound like leftovers from Dimmu’s sessions. Really, no chance I can accept that, hahahahaha.
    I’ll be waiting for the next 10 tracks!

  • Martus

    I look at a list like this as more of an education. There are some great songs here from bands I’ll admit I’ve never heard of. (Especially Primordial and Agalloch. If these tracks are indicative of their output – could you recommend specific albums from them?)
    I am definitely looking forward to the next 10…

    • With Agalloch, the record that song is from The Mantle is largely considered one of the best from the last decade by many. Primordial is a great band, too. I really love their record To the Nameless Dead which was released in 2007, but the record that “Coffin Ships” is from is also damn fine. Really, most of their discography is damn fine. And they have a new record coming out in April!

      • Martus

        Thanks for that – so much music; so little money…

  • NSX

    Night and The Silent Water is surely ranked to low – that track is immortal

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  • sorteal

    Great list! With Europe on the list I was a bit skeptical (one of the worst bands ever IMHO) but everything else was great! I didn’t even bother with Gibson’s list. I knew it would be driven by politics and the almighty dollar (or Euro). Excellent choice in Opeth’s “The Night and the Silent Water”.

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  • Nordick

    Tony Kakko easily the best europower vocalist? Someone’s obivously never heard of Daniel Heimann. :|

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  • Only got as far as For whom the bell tolls and had to agree (and comment)  that Ride the lightning is my favourite Metallica album by far… Master of puppets isn’t even the best song on that album… Also I am an old fart that loves all the old stuff on the “oldie” lists but I still listen to a lot of new metal… Opeth, Dark Tranquility etc… Struggle a bit with a lot of deathcore and “modern” hardcore… mainly because there are way too many bands doing the exact same thing… or maybe that’s just my old ears…

  • Any “TOP __ ” List that has Primordial, Agalloch, and My Dying Bride in it along with the likes of Metallica and Ozzy are automatically going to be awesome and all encompassing.

  • If ”
    Black Seeds on Virgin Soil” isn’t a porn film it damn well should be.

  • Reading this made me giggle. I love your style of writing, Angry Metal Guy. And I am going to get all those 50 songs and make an AMG’s Top 50 playlist.

  • Crazy Train seems a bit low on this list to me.

    • I made the choice because while I think it’s a great song, it is also a song that is really well loved. It doesn’t need more attention.