This micro-collection of iconic metal songs has been brewing for quite some time in that same part of the brain that used to make “mix tapes”: how to introduce a complete uninitiate into the world of metal? This is not intended to be a “best of” or definitive (as if that were possible) collection, but rather an enthusiastical musicological blitzkrieg into the essence of metal, as I have experienced it as a fan and a composer.
Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath” 1970 from Black Sabbath
Iron Maiden “Powerslave” 1984 from Powerslave
Sepultura “Roots Bloody Roots” 1996 from Roots
Lamb of God “Blacken the Cursed Sun” 2006 from Sacrament
In fact, I now realize that I have arranged songs from each of these groups, including the Sepultura track “Roots Bloody Roots” featured above. At live shows, these often incite a brand new enthusiasm in unsuspecting listeners to explore metal, so I guess even though the original goal of this post was to present only the original songs, this “wind arranger” perspective has wedged its way in.
Sepultura’s “Roots Bloody Roots” arranged for four bass clarinets
Iron Maiden’s “Hallowed Be Thy Name” arranged for four bass clarinets and vocals
(Edmund Welles with guest Gene Jun)