Welcome to a new segment here at Forsaken At The Gates called Only For The Week. Obviously, this is a pun of the famous In Flames song "Only For The Weak", and just like you probably already have guessed, this will be a weekly thing. Every Monday, I will pick out three songs from the vast metal library, and there are two main reasons to why I am doing this.
1. To present great music for those who have just discovered metal
2. To create a amazing music playlist that everyone should listen to
I will break it down into three, pretty self explanatory categories. The Classic is just as it sounds, a classic song that all veterans know and love, but that more inexperienced people should start with. The Newcomer is a song from one of the more newly released albums that has made a good impact. Finally, we have my personal choice, where I chose a song that may, or may not, be famous, but has leaved with a great impression in my life. So, what are we waiting for? Let us begin!
The Classic: In Flames - Only For The Weak
Did you expect me to start with any other song? Look at the title again please. Anyway, this is a song from the time when In Flames was one of the greatest forces on Earth, and the undisputed leaders of the Gothenburg metal movement. Even if this was one of the more melodic tunes from that era of the band, it is still a fantastic, heavy song with a presence that makes it magical when played live.
The Newcomer: Avantasia - Let The Storm Descend Upon You
As I wrote in my review of "Ghostlights", this 12 minute epic is a fantastic spectacle that both entertains and amazes. Joining Tobias Sammet here are Jorn Lande, Ronnie Atkins, and Robert Mason, all playing a big part in making this mastodon a great highlight of the album. So do not be scared of the length, just dive in and indulge yourself.
The Personal Favourite: Angel Dust - The Human Bondage
I really wished the makers of "50 Shades of Grey" would have used this song instead of "Love Me Like You Do", because... well, its better. Angel Dust is a old German thrash/power metal band that unfortunately does not exist anymore, but during the time they were active, they managed to create some amazing music. "The Human Bondage" is the opener of their last album "Of Human Bondage", and it contains a butt load of force. The vocalist Dirk Thurisch has this scary tone in his voice that really gives this song a frightening personality, and the guitarist Ritchie Wilkison performs this sort of wave riff that is so awesome that it alone would be enough to make this song great. A very underrated gem from a very underrated band.
Ultimately, these songs will be included in a Spotify list that I have yet to make (blame my lazy ass), and that list will of course be filled with three new songs each week.
Robert "Sharkruisher" Andersson