Category Archives: Song of the Week

Song of the Week: Black Sabbath: Into the Void

Black Sabbath: Master of Reality

In 1971, the mighty Black Sabbath released a classic album entitled Master of Reality, and the album’s closing track is the one and only “Into the Void.” The track is one of my favorite Black Sabbath tracks out there and is actually Metallica’s James Hetfield’s favorite Black Sabbath track. The unmistakable riff has been often

Song of the Week: Tool: Stinkfist

Tool: Aenima

Tool’s second studio album, ├ćnima, had no shortage of good songs on it, but none as good as the album’s opening track, “Stinkfist.” Regardless of popular opinion, the song has absolutely nothing to do with fisting in the sexual manner, but rather a friend of drummer Danny Carey who “isn’t afraid of getting his hands

Song of the Week: Mercyful Fate: Satan’s Fall

Mercyful Fate: Melissa

Melissa is the debut studio album from Danish metal legends Mercyful Fate fronted by the legendary King Diamond. The album was released on October 30, 1983 and was the first album released by Roadrunner Records. Melissa is said to be the band’s best album and many may have a point there because it contains classics

Song of the Week: Annihilator: Alison Hell

Annihilator: Alice in Hell

Alice in Hell is the debut studio album by Canadian heavy metal band Annihilator, released on April 17, 1989 by Roadrunner Records. Without a doubt, the most impressive track on this album is “Alison Hell,” which has become a thrash metal anthem widely recognized by metal fans. Band leader Jeff Waters is one of the

Song of the Week: Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast

Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast

The title track of Iron Maiden’s third studio album is the one and only “Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast” released in March, 1982. It also is the debut studio album of vocalist Bruce Dickinson as well as the final album for drummer Clive Burr. The landmark album reached No. 1 in the UK

Song of the Week: Ozzy Osbourne: Over the Mountain

Ozzy Osbourne: Diary of a Madman

“Over the Mountain” is the opening track for Ozzy Osbourne’s Diary of a Madman, which was the last album to feature the legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads. It was also drummer Lee Kerslake’s final album with the band although although bassist drummer Tommy Aldridge is credited in the liner notes and pictured on the inner sleeve.

Song of the Week: Rainbow: Gates of Babylon

Rainbow: Long Live Rock 'n' Roll

“Gates of Babylon” is a song by the rock legends Rainbow featured on their 1978 album, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, which also ended up being their last album with singer Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P. brother). Rainbow also featured legends such as Ritchie Blackmore, Cozy Powell, Bob Daisley and more. While the album is best

Song of the Week: Metallica: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Metallica: Ride the Lightning

Metallica is just an amazing band. For all of the haters out there that cannot stand their new stuff, it is hard to debate how influential of a band they are and how awesome their first few releases are. After their debut Kill ’em All, came their sophomore effort, Ride the Lightning, and there was

Song of the Week: Queensryche: Take Hold of the Flame

Queensryche: The Warning

One of the greatest vocal performances ever recorded was Geoff Tate’s performance on “Take Hold of the Flame” from Queensryche’s debut full-length release The Warning featuring more progressive metal elements than their selt-titled EP. While The Warning only achieved moderate success in the U.S., “Take Hold of the Flame” became an international hit. The Warning

Song of the Week: Agalloch: Falling Snow

Agalloch: Ashes Against the Grain

“Falling Snow” comes off of Agalloch’s third full-length, Ashes Against the Grain, which saw the band lose some of its neofolk elements and concentrate on a more straightforward sound. The band began to tour after the release of The Mantle and found it hard to play some of the tracks live, so they concentrated on