When Metal Chills Out
Occasionally, we like to understand the words. What?
Everyone knows that metal in its various forms is often a dark, angry genre of music, a genre that has often come under fire for allegedly inciting violence and encouraging ‘bad’ behaviour. What many may not though, and perhaps what some within the metal circles may forget, is that metal/heavy rock can often be the complete opposite of what it’s known for; sometimes, it can show some restraint. Sometimes, it wants to grab a drink with friends. Sometimes, it just wants to slow down, relax and chill the hell out. Know what I mean? For those who know, no examples are needed. For those still need further proof, get your ears around these.
A Perfect Circle – Magdalena
Pepper from Tool’s other band, taken from the album ‘Mer De Noms’. Utterly ethereal.
Apocalyptica – On The Rooftop With Quasimodo
Possibly my most favourite instrumental of all time. Taken from the album ‘7th Symphony’.
Deftones – You’ve Seen The Butcher
It’s no secret that this band have their quieter moments, but this is just one example. Sultry. Taken from the album ‘Koi No Yakan’.
Opeth – Face Of Melinda
Taken from the album ‘Still Life’. The perfect song doesn’t exi-
Theatre Of Tragedy – Siren
Just utterly relaxing though. Taken from the album ‘Aegis’.
Korn – Helmet In The Bush
A trippy moment from their debut album.
Fear Factory – Never End (original version)
A version that some might not have heard, as it differs from the version released on ‘Obsolete’.
(Check out the later version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LWsLtceV5Y)
Def Leppard – Hysteria
Okay so maybe I’m cheating here as DF are known for having a more radio-friendly vibe, but this is the title track of one of the most ultimate party rock albums ever.
Pantera – Planet Caravan
A Black Sabbath cover, but there’s just something special about this version. Taken from the album ‘Far Beyond Driven’.
The Gathering – On Most Surfaces
This band had a habit of writing ethereal, lifting music. Taken from the album ‘Nighttime Birds’.
Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine Fix
Displaying their more gothic elements, perhaps the first time COF demonstrated their restrained side. Taken from the album ‘Nymphetamine’.
Talanas – Beloved Whore
An atmosperic track, taken from the prog/death metallers’ 7″ single.
Type O Negative – Christian Woman
A band who influenced many of those listed above. Wine-soaked goth. Taken from the album ‘Bloody Kisses’.
Tesseract – April
Could pretty much dive anywhere randomly into their discography for an example. Taken from the album ‘One’.
There are plenty of other tracks out there worth investigating (‘My Ruin’ by Sevendust sprang to mind whilst completing this), go listen, enjoy, and chill out!
This entry was posted on September 12, 2017 by thursdayaddams. It was filed under Music, Writing and was tagged with alt-rock, alternative, goth, gothic, heavy metal, Korn, metal, Music, music blog, Pantera, relaxation, rock music.