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This is an exclusive ten song list (in no particular order) of my favorite song from the selected bands. This is my first list, so please cut me some slack on any protocol mistakes or lack of elaboration. I will strive to improve in the future and even rewrite some of this if necessary. So enjoy, please feel free to comment and compare and even question my opinion, and above all else, stay metal! \m/

Created by: Stunning Cactus | 07.07.2013



1. Angra - "The Shadow Hunter"
In my first few experiences with Angra (mostly songs off of Rebirth), I accidentally downloaded this song thinking it was The Temple of Hate for whatever reason. What I got instead was this progressive-power masterpiece, both musically and lyrically. Since discovering it about a year ago, it has become one of my absolute favorite songs and its respective album one of my favorite albums (which I subsequently bought!).
2. Stratovarius - "Forever"
I can't even begin to express how difficult choosing my 'favorite' Stratovarius song was. Being (probably) my favorite band, it was certainly not a task for the light-hearted. I started by looking at the plays on my iTunes...and all the songs were practically neck and neck. So I just started scrolling through what is essentially their entire discography, and finally laid my eyes on Forever. In that instant, I remembered how it was one of my first Stratovarius songs (the live version, in fact) and how many times I cried to it because of its undeniable beauty. I knew it had to be the pick.
3. Sonata Arctica - "White Pearl, Black Oceans"
I wish I could go back to the first time I heard this song. I remember how it took me on a glorious journey along with its incredibly well written music. Tony's voice is absolutely killer here, the guitars and drums are fast and epic (for lack of a better explanation), the story it tells is captivating as it unfolds, and boy is it fun to sing along to going 100 mph down the highway.
4. Kamelot - "Lost & Damned"
I don't think I'm wrong in believing I will receive some negative feedback on this choice. With songs like Center of the Universe, Karma, and March of Mephisto, how could I pick this one? It's very simple. The combination of the unique melodies, composition (especially the verses - I always feel as if I'm in the tavern guzzling rum), and structure make this such a stand-out, not to mention that utterly headbanging chorus. I absolutely love this band and every day I am gaining more respect for them as I continue to discover just how incredible their discography is.
5. Nightwish - "Planet Hell"
Noticing a lot of 2004 albums? Man, was that a good year for metal. And this album is no different, with killer leads like Nemo or the gorgeous epic Ghost Love Score. However, choosing Planet Hell as the winner is a no brainer for me. The symphonic elements combined with this gutsy and somewhat thrashy riffage makes for a perfect blend of blistering Symphonic Power Metal. Plus it gives me nightmares of the Falador massacre in that 6/6/06 Runescape video...
6. Wintersun - "Starchild"
I am a major fan of epics. Epics: songs that have many movements or chapters to them. I suppose this is a tad short for an epic, clocking in at a little over 7:00, but it's worth an hour of repeats. The first time I heard it, and I was at the beginning of it, when that little drop came and the synth started playing an ascending arpeggio, I just KNEW something intense was going to happen. And it did. That riff right before the vocals finally come in...you know that fucking riff. I literally blew my load. I had to clean up my mom's car (sorry, mom!). These guys are experts at combining speed with coherence - something that can be quite lacking in a lot of death metal style music. On a slightly unrelated note, I hope you guys are pumped for Time II, because I sure as hell am!
7. Iced Earth - "Dracula"
This was also a slightly hard pick, especially considering the high quality of their latest release, Dystopia (dat title track!!). But personally, this is the song that combines everything I love about Iced Earth into one killer tune: Matt's vocal range, melancholy writing style versus shreddy-ass fast paced face-melting destruction, story-telling lyrics (based off of Dracula, of course) and, without a doubt, Jon Schaffer's incredibly talented right hand.
8. Blind Guardian - "Mirror, Mirror"
I fucking love this song. Blind Guardian was my first real power metal band. I had heard Dragonforce from Guitar Hero III, but at that time, about 4 1/2 years ago, I was still a big 80's hard rock fan and knew very little about metal other than Iron Maiden and Metallica. But, one wonderful day in my sophomore English class, I was listening to Jango (an internet radio), and Blind Guardian's "Turn the Page" popped up. I was instantly hooked to the medieval mood the song set and the distinct vocals of Hansi Kursch. I cannot remember what I was listening to that prompted this song to come up, perhaps Queensryche or something. Anyhow, "Mirror, Mirror" kicks bloody ass and it is their best song /truth
9. Rhapsody of Fire - "Emerald Sword"
My first Rhapsody of Fire song. How lucky was I? It was an instant face-melter...just imagine not knowing what to expect out of a new band, and then BOOM! You get that signature Emerald Sword intro riff as your first impression. And let's not forget Fabio Lione, arguably the best power metal vocalist. I really wanted to put their cover of Manowar's "Power of Thy Sword" as my favorite song, because MAN does that kick ass. But I suppose I can't really consider it to be their song if it's a cover. Anyhow, Emerald Sword wins! FOR THE KING, FOR THE LAND, FOR THE MOUUUUUNTAAINS!
10. Hammerfall - "Dreams Come True"
Easily the cheesiest metal band (sorry Manowar!). While they have a slew of pretty decent heavy tracks, I have always preferred Hammerfall's knack for ballads. Between "Always Will Be", "Never, Ever" and "The Fallen One", among many others, "Dreams Come True" seems to be my favorite. Cheesy as hell, cliché lyrics plague this song. So why do I like it? Well, just listen to the music. It speaks for itself. And, considering that their vocalist has a rather flat and weak voice, he seems to shine on ballads.



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bj_waters - 16.07.2013 at 07:07  
Interesting list, though I have to admit that I've only listened to about half of those bands (so much catching up to do), so I'll discuss the five I have listened to.

Stratovarius - As I mentioned on my list, I'm picky about my power ballads and Stratovarius' never really click with me. I think I'd sooner pick "Eternity" or "Phoenix," songs that feel epic but don't get lost in its own scope.

Sonata Arctica - I admit that I prefer their earlier stuff (their cover of "Still Loving You" is amazing!), but they've been a pretty interesting band to follow. I should probably listen to their later albums more.

Kamelot - Picking a favorite Kamelot song would be difficult indeed. I don't know if I'd go with Lost and Damned, but I'd be hard pressed to pick another. (I need to listen to the new album, too).

Nightwish - Once was one of the first metal albums I ever listened to, and was the one that cemented my interest in metal as a whole. I admit that I prefer Ghost Love Score, Dark Chest of Wonders, and I Wish I Had an Angel, but that whole album is full of great songs.

Hammerfall - I think it's amusing that you feel Hammerfall is cheesier than Manowar. Hammerfall was my first metal band and "Heeding the Call" will always be the first metal song I heard when I decided to really start listening to metal, so it will always hold a high ranking in my heart. "Fury of the Wild" was another that totally blew me away. (I guess I'm just not a power ballad guy.) It's a shame that their later albums haven't had quite the same magic.

Well, that's my thoughts for now. Maybe when I get around to those other bands, I'll add a few other thoughts.
Stunning Cactus - 17.07.2013 at 09:47  
Hey there, thanks a lot for your response!

Stratovarius - Maybe I buy in too much to their music. You and I seem to see very different on Stratovarius, and I find that very intriguing. I wonder what it is that separates our interests in this band's music.

Sonata Arctica - Their Scorpions cover of "Still Loving you" was one of my first favorite songs from them! It is indeed amazing. I do prefer their first two albums over the rest of their discography, but the song I mentioned above, "White Pearl, Black Oceans", somehow beats out all of their songs for me. If you're going to check out their later stuff, I'd recommend avoiding their latest release and sticking to Reckoning Night and Unia. The Days of Grays has a few cool tracks.

Kamelot - The new album features a new vocalist, if you weren't already aware. But listening to the new album without first knowing that information wouldn't shed any light on it...because he sounds just like Roy Khan! The new album is unsurprisingly astounding, as one would expect with Kamelot, and my favorite from it so far is "Leaving Too Soon".

Nightwish - "Ghost Love Score" would be my instant 2nd choice. It is one long ass song that is entirely worth listening to, and I absolutely LOVE the orchestrations. They aren't just thrown in there - they actually have purpose, and not just when accentuated.

Hammerfall - I admit that was probably an impulsive comment of mine, as I've only just come upon Manowar recently and listened to a few songs of theirs. Thus, not a fair comparison on my part. I'd have to agree you're not a power ballad guy. But that's okay - we all have our tastes.

Thanks again for commenting, I appreciate having someone else's opinion to counter my own and to conceive fruitful discussion. Come back soon!
bj_waters - 17.07.2013 at 20:43  
Is this soon enough? Too soon? Anyways:

Written by Stunning Cactus on 17.07.2013 at 09:47

Stratovarius - Maybe I buy in too much to their music. You and I seem to see very different on Stratovarius, and I find that very intriguing. I wonder what it is that separates our interests in this band's music.

I actually consider Stratovarius (up to 2008) my favorite metal band. I've just never been into power ballads. Their other stuff is amazing.

Written by Stunning Cactus on 17.07.2013 at 09:47

Sonata Arctica - If you're going to check out their later stuff, I'd recommend avoiding their latest release and sticking to Reckoning Night and Unia. The Days of Grays has a few cool tracks.

Oh, I've listened to everything but The Stones Grow Her Name or whatever it is. I remember liking Unia, but they didn't stick quite as hard as the stuff on Ecliptica, which, let's be honest, was some catchy stuff. However, i have to respect Sonata Arctica. They showed up at time full of Power Metal bands and instead of just repeating the successful sound over and over again, they pushed off in their own, slightly progressive direction, which was pretty fascinating to follow. They've ended up with a pretty distinct sound over the years.

Written by Stunning Cactus on 17.07.2013 at 09:47

Kamelot - The new album features a new vocalist, if you weren't already aware. But listening to the new album without first knowing that information wouldn't shed any light on it...because he sounds just like Roy Khan! The new album is unsurprisingly astounding, as one would expect with Kamelot, and my favorite from it so far is "Leaving Too Soon".

I did know that, but I haven't gotten to it yet. After being disappointed by Ghost Opera and Poetry for the Poisoned, I'm under the impression that Silverthorn is a return to form (I saw the first music video for the album and liked what I heard). I just haven't gotten to it yet.

Written by Stunning Cactus on 17.07.2013 at 09:47

Nightwish - "Ghost Love Score" would be my instant 2nd choice. It is one long ass song that is entirely worth listening to, and I absolutely LOVE the orchestrations. They aren't just thrown in there - they actually have purpose, and not just when accentuated.

Agreed.

Written by Stunning Cactus on 17.07.2013 at 09:47

Thanks again for commenting, I appreciate having someone else's opinion to counter my own and to conceive fruitful discussion. Come back soon!


I'm sure if you dig through the comments I've made throughout the Metal Storm forums, you'll see that I like pushing buttons with critical thinking (though I have my fair share of stubbornness). I hope I don't come across as too bold, especially since I've only been listening to metal for about seven years and there is so much that I still haven't listened to. I just like talking about these kinds of things.
Stunning Cactus - 19.07.2013 at 03:18  
I love talking about it too. I appreciate your comments and welcome them. Carry on critically pushing buttons, my friend!
psykometal - 19.07.2013 at 03:22  
Written by bj_waters on 17.07.2013 at 20:43

Written by Stunning Cactus on 17.07.2013 at 09:47

Kamelot - The new album features a new vocalist, if you weren't already aware. But listening to the new album without first knowing that information wouldn't shed any light on it...because he sounds just like Roy Khan! The new album is unsurprisingly astounding, as one would expect with Kamelot, and my favorite from it so far is "Leaving Too Soon".

I did know that, but I haven't gotten to it yet. After being disappointed by Ghost Opera and Poetry for the Poisoned, I'm under the impression that Silverthorn is a return to form (I saw the first music video for the album and liked what I heard). I just haven't gotten to it yet.

It is definitely a return to form! And a fantastic return at that!

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