Day 20: A song that you listen to when you’re angry #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 20: A song that you listen to when you’re angry

Obituary—Redneck Stomp (Live)

When I’m angry I will mostly listen to heavy music. I let the music wash over me and it helps me to let go of the anger. It takes me out of myself.

There are some thrash and death metal songs that I find almost soothing, and when I’m really p*ssed off: the heavier the better: Slayer, Godflesh, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Sepultura and Obituary, to name a few.

This is taken from Obituary‘s 2005 album Frozen in Time.

(As you can see, I’m playing catch-up with blog posts over the weekend!)

Day 19: A song from your favourite album #30dsc

30 day challenge day 19: A song from your favourite album

Queen—The March of the Black Queen (Live at The Hammersmith 1975)

How do you choose a favourite album? I guess that’s an exercise that’s probably a little easier once you’ve been invited to be a guest of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. But for us mortals…

Queen II is definitely in my top 5 favourite albums, and while I was pondering writing this post while feeding Isaac this evening it’s the one album that I kept coming back to in my mind.

The first four Queen albums (Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack and A Night At The Opera) are just fabulous. I’m really looking forward to hearing the recently remastered versions.

My only regret in life really is that I never had the opportunity to see Freddie Mercury performing live. Well, that and not having the courage to ask Sophie out in 1997. But mostly the Freddie thing.

Day 19: A song from your favourite album #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 19: A song from your favourite album

Skyclad—The Sky Beneath My Feet

This song is taken from one of my all-time favourite albums The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth by Skyclad the UK band that former Sabbat vocalist Martin Walkyier and Pariah guitarist Steve Ramsey formed in 1990 after Walkyier left Sabbat.

The band brought together thrash metal with folk music. Walkyier and Ramsey’s goal was to form the ‘ultimate pagan metal band’. Skyclad were the first band since I started listening to rock and metal music that made me sit up and go “wow!”

It was heavy, it was melodic, it was quiet, it was loud, it was progressive, and the lyrics made you think. This was intelligent metal at its best. I still love the album.

Day 18: A song that you wish you heard on the radio #30dsc

30 day challenge day 18: A song that you wish you heard on the radio

Richard Thompson—Beeswing

One of the most beautiful songs in the world, “Beeswing” by Richard Thompson taken from his Mirror Blue album, denied to radio listeners since 1994.

 

Day 17: A song that you hear often on the radio #30dsc

30 day challenge day 17: A song that you hear often on the radio

Joe Bonamassa—Ballad of John Henry

When I’m not listening to BBC Radio 4 I tend to listen to Planet Rock, so I get to hear this song every now and then.

Joe Bonamassa is an incredible guitarist and song-writer. He’s not a bad radio presenter either.

(Footnote: I meant to publish this on Tuesday 17 but I forgot, so I’m back-dating it.)