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GD’s Top 30 Album Openers

GD’s Top 30 Album Openers

23/12/10  ||  Global Domination

Introduction by Khlysty: The beginning is half
of everything, ancient Greeks used to say. Were they right? Ummmmmm, not
exactly. I mean, how many times any of us had began doing something,
only to find out that he/she was unable to complete it in a satisfactory
way? Or at all? Please, don’t answer, the question was rhetorical…

Anyway, as far as music is concerned, this dictum seems to apply
– most of the time. You buy a record. You put it on. The first sounds
that emanate from the speakers is the make-or-break wager. You like what
you hear? You’re hooked. You don’t? The record’s lost you. So, it’s
very important to open a record with the best song you got.

Of course, the second song must also be cool to keep you
interested. And the third. And the fourth. And, let’s not even start
talking about how you arrange the songs in the record. But, I’m
digressing. To make a long story short, here in GD we decided to give
you a list that you won’t forget. The Top 30 (yeah, that’s right, mofos,
Top 30!) Best Metal Album Openers of all time. All places. All universes.

And, you know what the best part is? The best part is that WE’RE ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY RIGHT!
We nailed the bastard on the head. This is it, ladies and germs:
there’s no other best metal album opener than the ones included in the
list. All others are not Top 30 material. Period. So read and rejoice.
Or something…


30. Deep Purple: Highway star (Machine head)

I don’t like Deep Purple. There, I said it. I never really liked them and I actively HATE
“Smoke On The Water”. Anyway, “Highway Star”, the opener for “Machine
Head”, is one of their songs that I can still mildly enjoy, even though I
find it pretty passé, what with its propelling rhythm, macho-rock
atmosphere and great guitar-organ interplay. I still think that it
would’ve been better if it had been a bit trimmed, but the fact of the
matter is that “Highway Star” and “Machine Head” in general is one of
the heaviest things that Deep Purple have ever recorded, thus, let me
give it a cookie and stop here.

More here.

-Khlysty


29. Carcass: Buried dreams (Heartwork)

Ze riffing. Ze Gods of ze Riff. Zey have returned. These English
lads, completed by half-Swede Michael Amott, were one of the prime
grindcore exports. But then they went melodic death metal, and became an
inspiration to those who like modern In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and
such. In fact, you could make a case that Arch Enemy sort of continued
where “Heartwork” left off, only with some worse songs here and there.
The main strength in this opener is the riffing though, as already
mentioned. If you can open with a riff like that, you deserve to be
worshipped. Pity this band will probably not release any new material,
because Carcass’ status is legendary – and deserved. A fantastic way to
open a landmark album.

-Altmer


28. Kyuss: Gardenia (Sky valley)

Kyuss came outta the desert, armed with huge bongs, downtuned
guitars, a penchant for long jams and a clear love for all things
psychedeloheavy. Having already made themselves known with the
wonderfully left-brained “Blues For The Red Sun”, this time around they
decided to do the proper thing and sprawl things almost to breaking
point. “Sky Valley”’s ten songs are grouped into three suites, each one
pushing things further and further into sun-baked grooves and hazy
heavosity. “Gardenia”, with its titanic riff, rumbling bass and drums
and infectious head-nodding groove is the perfect opener for such a
record, as it’s heavier than walking in Mojave for hours without water,
but with enough hooks to make the cognoscenti of da heavy to bite into
it and never let go.

Listen here.

-Khlysty


27. Pantera: Mouth for war (Vulgar display of power)

The riff that Dimebag cuts loose to start of Pantera’s masterpiece
“Vulgar Display of Power” should have its own display in the Smithsonian
in the Hall ov Aeternal Awesomeness. Right from the get-go, you know
that Pantera is bringing the face-busting pain on “Vulgar Display of
Power”. On this record, Pantera shifted from a more classic
thrash-oriented band to the groove monster that would eventually top the
Billboard charts, a feat never accomplished by any other metal band
nearly as awesome as the Cowboys from Hell. I spent many nights in
college destroying my dorm room in a drunken rage after getting fired up
by “Mouth for war”. “Vulgar Display of Penis” is the record that
brought Pantera to the masses and Satan only knows how many devoted fans
were instantly hooked to the album and band after hearing this
aggressive piece of groove/thrash perfection? At least 40,000,000 in
Asia alone.

RRRREEEEVVVEEEEAAAAAAAAANNNNNGGGGGEEEEE!!!!!

-InquisitorGeneralis


26. Faith No More: From out of nowhere (The real thing)

To say that Faith No More is one of the most unique bands the world
ever saw is an understatement. Still to this day this very album is one
of my favourites. Opener “From out of nowhere” displays a broad variety
of talent and catchiness with Mike Patton’s absolutely amazing vocals on
top of it all. Just like the rest of the material present here. It’s
not the best tune on the album, but it’s a perfect 3 minute show-off in
how to create fantastic music that was way ahead of its time. Faith No
More should go down in history as one of the finest bands ever.

“Listen.“http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5FSLgKD5J4

-Lord K Philipson


25. Yngwie J. Malmsteen: Black star (Rising force)

Here you have it. “Black star” is absolutely everything an
instrumental opener should be. Yngwie’s finest moment is presented in
this very song. Aspiring guitarists of today should have “Black star” as
blueprint for how to play guitar and shouldn’t be allowed near a
recording device until they know this song by its every fragment. If the
human heart was something that could be transferred onto a CD it would
sound just like “Black star”. One of my fave songs of all time.

Listen.

-Lord K Philipson


24. Godflesh: Like rats (Streetcleaner)

Godflesh came seemingly out of nowhere and turned extreme music onto
its head. A barely tuned, heavily distorted guitar, a rumbling subsonic
bass, a drum machine that sounded possessed, a vocalist who howled and
growled inside a maelstrom of barely controlled noise-as-music.
“Streetcleaner” was a bio-mechanoid hybrid nightmare, straight out of H.
R. Giger’s worst fever dream and opener “Like Rats” broke down the
gates with a squall of feedback, a mechanistic tattoo and such
user-friendly lyrics as “You breed like rats!” and “Breeding. Fade out. Lies. Deformity. Stylized deformity. Don’t look back. You were dead from the beginning”. Long Live The New Flesh!

More here.

-Khlysty


23. Ulver: I troldskog faren vild (Bergtatt)

A majority of the tracks on this list are here partly because they
contain some of the single best riffs ever written. The mighty morphing
music rangers Ulver’s “I troldskog faren vild” is no way an exception to
that rule, but rather a testament to how fucken powerful some good
guitars really can be. The track starts with an instantly recognizable
folk inspired lead guitar that melts your cock off with it’s melodic
grimness. Add to this some of Gram’s best clean vocals to date and a
staggering guitar solo at the end, and you’ve got a track worthy of the
number 23. Spellbinding has never been such a good adjective.

-Love Lagerkvist


22. Grave: Turning black (Soulless)

If Daemo banged “Soulless” any harder, it would have a gape into
which aircraft carriers could disappear. My gateway drug to death
metal, and the gateway to that duck/frog infested gateway is “Turning
fuck-hen black”. No, this is not a song about an alternate universe in
which Michael Jackson lived long enough to reverse all the bizarre
medical experiments he conducted upon himself. “Turning black” is about
taking that magic trip to Sinland with Jörgen, Ola,
and Jensa. What will you see when you visit? A ballbusting, swaggering
main riff that screams groove. Midpaced drumming bonus round bonanza.
An oddly distorted, high-pitched rasp calling you to throw yourseeeeelffffff… into the fire! God-diggity-damn, is the breakdown herein dopeness defined. And when it’s over you will never see AGAIN!
After about a trillion listens this track still makes my nutskin taut.
Thankfully this bitch made it on the list with all of the other
mainstream thrash and kvlt droneprojects attempting to crowd it out –
there would have a paradise of the damned to pay if it didn’t.

-Daemonomania


21. Morbid Angel: Dominate (Domination)

1, 2, 3, 4, blast your brains out! If you’ve ever skipped foreplay
and got a 14-inch rock-hard cock slammed down your throat without either
mercy or forewarning, well – you’ll know exactly how this sounds. A
most pleasant experience.

“Weak aside!”, bellows David Vincent. “We must dominate!”, bellows
David Vincent. “Be a victor or be a victim!”, bellows David Vincent.
This song portrays domination and strength, and brings vitality and
potency to everyone who decides to spin MA’s best record. Sandoval,
Azagthoth, Rutan and Vincent kill all that is holy and bash our skulls
with death metal of the most furious kind. We bow down and hail Satan.

-CadenZ


20. Testament: Over the wall (The Legacy)

When Testament arrived on the thrash scene there were already
countless other thrash bands in existence, so they surely knew they had
to do something special to stand up and be heard. That something
special was “The Legacy”, perfectly opened by “Over the wall”. Here was
Testament’s statement: we are here, we thrash hard, we deliver great
breakdowns with melodic solos and we are immensely fucken talented.
Chuck Billy’s vocals were at his peak (fuck the growls), and his high
pitched scream of “Over the wall” encapsulated the raw energy and
youthful exuberance that led them to be one of the most recognizable
names from the second wave of thrash. A truly classic album with a
fantastic opener.

-Revenant


19. Death: Symbolic (Symbolic)

In case you missed it, I think that Symbolic is a pretty decent album. Like best death metal album ever decent.
As soon as the slow, heavy introduction to the title, opening track
begins you know you are about to experience something special.
“Symbolic” has everything you could ever want in a metal song;
blistering speed and technicality, head banging grooves, and lyrics that
are not as stupid as hell. Every single Death record starts off with a
classic song. To label “Symbolic” as their best opener is really saying
something. If you do not bang your head to the cock-pounding ending to
“Symbolic” there is something seriously wrong with you. Death still
shits on 99.9% of all metal today, and the fact that “Symbolic” is on
the list is just another reason that proves it.

-InquisitorGeneralis


18. Opeth: Ghost of perdition (Ghost reveries)

A haunting keyboard melody tinkles. Psychedelic music. BOOM. “GHOST OF MOOOOTHEEER!!!! LINGERING DEAAAAATH!!!!”
and we’re off. Opeth’s always been known for their sublime use of
dynamics, but the first notes to the album called “Ghost reveries” are
an exercise in awesome. In fact, the moment distorted guitars enter it
is like Mike and co. just dropped a ten ton nuclear bomb on your head.
The rest of the song then twists and turns, like Opeth songs are bound
to, but since all of it is excellent, it doesn’t matter. It’s a beast of
a song, and it really is the intro “change into monsters at the drop of
a hat” that really does it. Looks like Jekyll just appeared from Mr
Hyde and ran around tossing everything upside down. Jekyll and Hyde
metal. Now there’s a good name for Opeth’s new genre…

-Altmer


17. Exodus: Bonded by blood (Bonded by blood)

This felt like a natural pick to me, yet still I’m having a hard
time of explaining why exactly “Bonded by blood” deserves to be on this
list. I couldn’t tell you what exactly makes it great, the overall
thing just works. Let’s just say “everything’s good” and call it day,
maybe? In a more elaborated fashion, though. Every detail in this song
is where it’s supposed to be, the flow of the song is great, the groove
sits in the right place, the fast stuff stays catchy, the vocals are
coarse and individual, but still never annoying. You might think all
these points are givens, but actually, songs like this are not so easy
to find anymore, with the good old days gone and whatnot. You know,
these oh-so-simple (yet so awesome) thrash riffs might be easy to play
along for your YouTube channel, but the interesting part is writing them
and working them into a complete song. And back in 1985, Exodus proved
that this was something they had the potential for. Too bad they fired
their best shot first and took two albums to come up with a song as
awesome again.

Well, look at this list in its entirety and you’ll understand why
Exodus never made it onto the same level as the big four at the time.
This song is great but not fantastic, and that’s pretty much all they
could come up with, but not consistently. The big four might have had
other shortcomings then or later, but they just had more great and
fantastic songs. Except for Anthrax, apparently, but I never enjoyed
them too much anyway. Meta-analysis, Shmeta-analysis, this song deserves
its spot.

-Habakuk


16. Edge Of Sanity: Twilight (Purgatory afterglow)

“Crimson” might be the best song/album Edge of Sanity (and mankind)
ever made, but before that the crown jewel of Dan Swanö‘s prog/death
metal lovechild went by the name of Twilight. In a way it’s even kind of
a foreshadowing song, seeing as it has all the elements that made
“Crimson” so good: Great dynamics, killer riffage (listen to that first
one and let your face melt), dreamy clean parts and Dan’s amazing
singing. Even the lyrics are fantastic, something that can not be said
about some of the albums other tracks (I’m looking at you
“Blood-coloured”). Now if only those “vampires” in the book/movie
Twilight hadn’t destroyed this masterpiece’s name…

-Love Lagerkvist


15. Pantera: Cowboys from hell (Cowboys from hell)

You know what Pantera sounded before this? They sounded EXACTLY like that.
Yep, that awful. I really don’t know what happened to them during
writing and recording “Cowboys From Hell”, but they suddenly started
sounding a bit like this, which was an obvious improvement, right? Anyway, being heavy was a step to the right direction. Being groovy as fuck almost phunky
helped launching Pantera to greater exposure, better drugs and heavier
music. “Cowboys From Hell”, apart being a really shake-ya-booty
groove-fest song, was instrumental in making Pantera a big name and
really letting them explode in future records. So, besides being cool,
it’s historically significant. And phunky. Whaddafuck else do ya want?

-Khlysty


14. Sepultura: Refuse/Resist (Chaos A.D.)

If something starts with the heartbeat of your unborn fucken son,
you know it’s going to be awesome. When it’s then followed by some
kickass tribal drumming and a groovy-as-fuck riff that would make Kerry
King envious, the greatness of the song is no longer debatable. Not only
doing a perfect job of preparing the listener of the groovemageddon
that is “Chaos A.D.”, “Refuse/Resist” stands as one of – if not the –
strongest track on the album with it’s protest song feeling and already
mentioned characteristics. You can try to resist headbanging to this
fucker, but in the end you know there is no way you can resist it.

-Love Lagerkvist


13. At The Gates: Blinded by fear (Slaughter of the soul)

By having “Blinded by fear” opening up this critically acclaimed album, ATG
really set expectations high for the rest of the album. And this is one
of the few recordings that actually carries through on most accounts
when the standards are set with the first tune. There are some
weaker songs on “Slaughter of the soul”, “Blinded by fear” is not one of
them. These guys really raised the bar for Swedish metal with
“Slaughter”, and this first tune is a textbook example as for why. The
sound present here is copied/stolen by millions, all of them fail at
being as excellent. Swedes do it better.

Listen.

-Lord K Philipson


12. Judas Priest: Painkiller (Painkiller)

Many of the songs on this list just have the riffs going for them.
That’s fine. Judas Priest have always had the riffs going for them.
Still, I feel “Painkiller” was included not for its riffing in the first
place. Don’t get me wrong, it’s some great shredding, the solos are
awesome, but what really shines is of course the drumming and the
vocals/lyrics. Can you think of a more classic drum intro? I’ll make it
easy for you: No, you can’t. And from there on it just goes pounding
onwards throughout the album – what a change in pace that was for the
Priest from Dave Holland’s comparably lackluster style, all introduced
by the explosive barrage let loose on this here track. This is how you
say goodbye to the rocking eighties. And with a backing like that, Rob
Halford truly was on his home turf, note compulsory gay joke.
Personally, he didn’t quite feel like leaving the eighties just yet, it
seems. The lines he launched on this track in his most frantic vocal
delivery to date are beyond compare in their ridiculous glory. A Swiss
cheese formed out of boiling metal slag, then chromium plated and
delivered to your place faster than a laser bullet. Boss!

-Habakuk


11. Amon Amarth: Death in fire (Versus the world)

“Death in fire” is the sole reason I started listening to Amon
Amarth. For a while I had them earmarked as a band I needed to check
out. From the opening riffs of “Death in Fire” I was hooked. The
stellar drumming, ferocious growling and epic breakdown sealed the deal.
I needed to hear Amon Amarth more than you need a bigger dick.

As an album opener, very few songs (well, ten as a matter of fact)
set the tone better than this track. It is fucking epic, it’s viking
warriors pouring forth from their boat, hefting axes coming to destroy
the fuck out of you. Unforgettable and driven, this track is just
fucking killer.

-Revenant


10. Iron Maiden: Powerslave 10. Iron Maiden: Aces high (Powerslave)

A great album opener should make you want to immediately strap into a
Spitfire and go shoot down Nazi bombers. The opening guitar lines sound
like a fucken roll call to action. “Aces high” kicks off Iron Maiden’s
masterpiece “Powerslave” on a sky-rockeeting note and never lets up.
Bruce’s screaming chorus is top notch, the song’s pace is frenetic, and
the World War 2 lyrics are awesome. Instead of playing the national
anthem before sporting events, “Aces high” should be blasted over the PA
systems…at least in England. I am seriously considering making my
high-school students recite this instead of the Pledge of Allegiance
during morning homeroom. “Aces high” is the perfect song to kick off
“Powerslave”, it is the perfect song to kick of an Iron Maiden concert,
it is the perfect song to convert a hipster pussy to liking metal, it is
the perfect song to bang a fat chick to… get the point?

-InquisitorGeneralis


9. Metallica: Master of puppets 9. Metallica: Battery (Master of puppets)

‘Tis never a poor plan to open up your album with a faster number,
and Metallicva’s plans were not poverty stricken in the least circa
“Master of sock puppets”. Deceptively woo ‘em in by a bit of flamenco-y
acoustics, then bash ‘em over the head with a rock and toss ‘em into a
whirlpool. Excellent strategy for making new friends I daresay. Some
great thrash riffery accompanies James’ military bark, then we’re
dropped right into an nardkicking slowdown with Kirk’s winding leadwork
adding to the radness. I dig everything about this song – the pacing,
the lyrics, and shockingly, even the drum$$. To double your pleasure
they went ahead and tacked another version of “Battery” at the end of
the disc, this time entitled “Damage Inc”. Good thinking – give the
audience more of what they want. This was just about the last time
‘tallica stepped up and let us know they meant business right from the
get-go. We may never hear an album opener like “Battery” from these
Apatosaurae ever again.

-Daemonomania


8. Slayer: Seasons in the abyss 8. Slayer: War ensemble (Seasons in the abyss)

You know it’s Slayer from Riff 1. Just the first ten notes, and you
know this is gonna be awesome. Tom Araya does his best yelling too –
none of that pussy bullshit he does nowadays. Araya knows how to fucken
rock it. Lombardo beats around on his kit, driving the song up and
through and through. And then the iconic line comes in “The final swing
is not a drill. It’s how many people I can kill!”. Game over, out, and
done. Slayer just dusted your ass, chopped it off, and fed it to you on a
silver plate. This is one of those songs that every metalhead knows.
This is one of those songs that Slayer must play at every gig, or they
will get hordes of angry metalheads on their backs. This is the only
song you could potentially think of that pushes the throttle above
eleven that could satisfyingly open a Slayer album.

WAAAAR SUPPPORT. SUPPORT THE WAR. You don’t need any more.

-Altmer


7. Motörhead: Ace of spades 7. Motörhead: Ace of spades (Ace of spades)

There are openers, and then there is “Ace of spades”. Aside from
Deep Purple, this song beats any other on this list by years, and I
guarantee it gets my blood pumping faster and hotter than even “Angel of
death”… which, coincidentally, doesn’t even get my blood pumping.
Okay, a better example? “Battery” is probably the only one on this list
I’d say. Anyways, this tune is no-holds-barred, keeping up the pace
all the way through.

From those opening moments with this almost distorted bass… when I
first heard this I was like, “what in the world is that instrument?”.
Yeah, you see, I heard it when I was much younger, so fuck you, I know
what bass sounds like now thank you much. It’s grandeur without all the
pompousness, it’s flamboyance with none of the gay shit, and it is most
of all insanely kick-ass, with all of the ferocity possible. No
nonsense rock and roll right here with more balls and heaviness than is
packed in about 100% of this list. Why is it not #1 if that’s the case?

Because our staff are like Alzheimer’s patients, they never know what the fuck they are thinking.

I am not the type (on Tuesdays, at least) to get down on my
knees and pray to Lemmy and his possibly wart-infested cock, begging
for a little taste of its salty elixir… but this song — the way it
fucken unleashes this masterpiece of an album on you — is almost enough
to make me think about doing just that.

-Trauma


6. Candlemass: Epicus doomicus metallicus 6. Candlemass: Solitude (Epicus doomicus metallicus)

Lemme repeat myself: I remember it like it was yesterday. As I say in my Class6(66) coverage
of this album I first heard “Solitude” on the legendary, Swedish, radio
show “Rockbox” back in the day. Superhero/radio host/educator in metal,
Pär Fontander, thought it’d be a great move to play a tune by a
completely unknown band called Candlemass – and nothing would ever be
the same again. I had never heard something so slow, so depressing and
so beautiful when “Solitude” started off. That acoustic guitar intro
still send shivers down my spine and it was at this exact moment that
Candlemass became one of my absolute fave bands. “Solitude” is not only
an amazing tune, its one of the most classic compositions ever created
on Swedish soil, and Leif really made a wise choice by opening up
“Epicus” with it. When Johan starts to sing over those fantastic initial
guitars, you know that this is the way doom metal is supposed to sound.
The absolute heaviness this particular tune possesses is beyond all
things… eh… heavy. It’s the equivalent to musical concrete, it’s so
groovy (to make doom metal actually groove is not something
anyone can do) and it’s so fucken awesome Leif should be handed some
sort of prize. An amazing song on an amazing record. And one of the best
fucken album openers ever. Welcome to our doom.

Listen.

-Lord K Philipson


5. Black Sabbath: Black sabbath 5. Black Sabbath: Black sabbath (Black sabbath)

Don’t know ‘bout you, but I still get all a-tingle when I listen to
this song. Maybe it’s because of knowing the fact that nothing before it
sounded like this. Maybe it’s because of knowing that this is
the song that really started it all for metal. Maybe it’s because, even
now, forty years later and a gazillion followers/copyists, Black
Sabbath’s opener for their first record remains a blueprint for almost
anyone who picks up a guitar and decides to play “the heavy”.

Or, maybe it’s because this is still one fucking great song. The
bells. The rain. The thunder, fading into the roar of Iommi’s monstrous
riff. The hollow drums. Ozzer’s not-exactly-wail, “What is this that stands before me? Figure in black that points at me?”.
His scream. The sudden speeding up of the song. Never before had
rock’n’roll been so theatrical, so dark and threatening. Heavy metal was
being born with a downtuned tritone and it was here to stay. Bow down,
suckers.

More here.

-Khlysty


4. Entombed: Left hand path 4. Entombed: Left hand path (Left hand path)

Will Teh Domination ever, EVER get done
cockpuking on Entombed’s first album? Unlikely. I’m happy to get a
chance to join the chorus of irrumation and sing the praises of its
absolutely killer title track. A piece of fucken musical history. A
booming, crushing beginning to an era that produced some of my favorite
bands. Forget all that, though – “Left hand path” is a reeking beast of
a song that you should have stuck in your head every time you hear it,
regardless of historical importance. What more could one possibly
desire in an album opener? Fast, thrashing speed to get the blood
flowing. Churning Swedistortion death grooves infused with a hint of
punk. Bloodcurdling semi-growls delivered with a maniac’s lack of
precision. Last but not least, the absolute doomy Champion Riff Ov Hell comes stomping in after a “Phantasm” keyboard interlude and requires, nay, COMMANDS headbanging. Drop in a few depraved solos and we have ourselves a winner. Or at least a number 4 out of 30.

-Daemonomania


3. Megadeth: Rust in peace 3. Megadeth: Holy wars… The punishment due (Rust in peace)

I think each of my contributions to this list starts off with a riff
that would cause an elephant to shit itself. I guess that means good
right? Fuck yeah it does. “Holy wars…” is not only the best opening
track Mustainadeth has ever made, it’s the best fucking song Megadump
has made period. The opening guitar line is great: you can’t
beat the simple riff with nothing behind to get things going. The song’s
lyrics about religious wars and other doucebaggery are ace and the
breakdown in the middle proves that Megadeth is much more than just
another trash band who sticks to the same chords, style, and song
structure. The end shows you that they still can thrash it up with the
best of ‘em though. Megadeth is a better band than Metallica, and “Holy
wars…” is the song that proves it. While this was blowing the fucking
lid off of “Rust in Peace” Metallica was was giving the world “Nothing
else matters”. Begin getting your panties in a knot over that one
haters, I have already begun laughing at you.

-InquisitorGeneralis


2. Meshuggah: Destroy, erase, improve 2. Meshuggah: Future breed machine (Destroy, erase, improve)

One of the most monumental albums in metal history starts off with
chaotic noise. From the din comes forth a dissonant, rhythmic guitar
signaling the beginning of the end, as if a bomb alarm was set off – and
then the world explodes. The Swedes go all Meshuggah on our asses with a
relentless and pounding polymetric riff ™, which makes your teeth burst
into pieces and your eyes implode in their sockets. There’s no stopping
these fuckers.

“Future Breed Machine” represents everything that is “Destroy Erase
Improve”. It is aggressive. Heavy. Groovy. Innovative. And catchy as
hell. Haake’s inhumane drumming, the rumbling but distinct riffing and
Kidman’s furious screams send all unbelievers into the grave and piss on
their memories. The breakdown riff at 3:42 is one of, if not the most headbangable riff of all time.

All in all, any album that starts off with a song like this can’t
fail. When the first track has ground you down to a sorry heap of pulp
and dust, nothing can stop you. Meshuggah destroy. They erase. They
improve.

-CadenZ


1. Slayer: Reign in blood 1. Slayer: Angel of death (Reign in blood)

Boo, how predictabslayeeeer!!! Yeah, what a surprising pick for
number one. And you thought this was a special metal site… We might be
special, but there is simply no denying the unstoppable force that is
“Reign in blood”. And that’s something you find out the second the album
starts. There has never been a better opener than the one and only, the
thrash metal anthem, the speedfest extraordinaire “Angel of fucken
death”. This is how you start an album. No-holds barred thrashing
initiated by the most ridiculous, earpiercing, and never again equaled
squeal. Awesome riffing and full speed until we reach the half-time
breakdown of breakdowns, which then leads into the even better (and
lengthy) “Pumped with fluid…” part – that, boys and girls, is what you
call flawless fucken flow. Not only that, but the song also hits the
mark in the “aggressive perfection” category: we are only 3 minutes into
the album and shit’s already being torn up royally. Always a bonus.

There is absolutely no excuse for not having heard this song. None.
If you’re deaf, then have someone go absolutely nuts in sign language.
Also, this song should be included in every metal school book. On page
one. Like those birthday cards with sound, flip the book open and HYYIIAAAAAAAAAAArrrrggrghhh!!!!!

-Habakuk

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