Happy 10 week anniversary! The time really does fly by when you are having fun, and working on creating an amazing setlist. We are certainly getting somewhere, with today's additions, we are now up to a total of thirty songs. I expect this listto grow a lot larger in time, but I will let it take its time, and continue to add three new songs every Monday for at least the rest of this year. Okay, enough babbling, let us get to this week's three songs. Enjoy!
All of the songs on this segment is gathered in a Spotify playlist, you can find it here
The Classic: Strapping Young Lad - Detox
It is about time I added some Hevy Devy material into this play list. "City" in itself is a big steam roller, crushing everything and everyone in its path, but it is "Detox" that gives the album that extra sharp edge. First off, we have that intoxicating gallop riff, a riff that is more metal than metal, and that is accompanied with some really loud drums, and a Devin that is, to put it simply, out of his fucking mind. This song also has dimension, containing a really epic (sorta) chorus, some cool and complex riffing, and a tempo change that is not only surprising, but also a small hint to what Devin could do outside the SYL box. It is a drug, and I do not want the buzz it is giving me to go over.
Check out my review of the album that this song is from, "City"
The Newcomer: Ihsahn - Mass Darkness
We all know Ihsahn as the singer of the legendary, but now disbanded, black metal band Emperor, but in his solo project, he takes on a hell of a lot more genres, everything from progressive, speed, experimental, and even ambient metal. "Mass Darkness" reminds me of fellow countrymen Enslaved, with its riff driven force that has some northern wilderness smell to it. It is some intoxicating stuff, and Ihsahn himself delivers a picture as clear as HD. Oh, and a nice guest appearance from the Trivium singer Matt Heafy as well.
The Personal Favourite: Forbidden - Forsaken At The Gates
To really celebrate the 10 week anniversary of OFTW, I am adding the song that named this very blog. You might wonder why I named it Forsaken At The Gates, and there are two main reasons. 1. It sounded kind of cool for a metal blog, and 2. it is hard as crap to name a blog and a domain name that is not already named through Blogspot, so I had to go with a name that is not so direct. Still, I think it turned out nicely.
Anyway, the song is thrash to the bone. It is fast, menacing, and contains a Russ Anderson that delivers one of the most insane vocal performances I have ever heard. This band overall is very underrated and has not gotten the recognition they so deserve, this song alone is a good solid proof of that. Without a doubt, the best thrash song from the 21st century.
Robert "Sharkruisher" Andersson