All of the songs on this segment is gathered in a Spotify playlist, you can find it here
The Classic: Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
I still find it really weird that Axl Rose is for now the lead singer of AC/DC, it blows my mind every day. Fortunately, I have the good old days to think back to, which reminds me of what a fantastic artist this crazy dude once were. While "Sweet Child O' Mine" is more or less the Slash show, with its iconic main riff and amazing solo, Axl sets just the right mood with his vocals, delivering a unforgettable performance. These two guys could really create some stunning music back in the day, and I hope, for the sake of the GnR fans in North America, that they summon the same chemistry between them on their tour, making this song justice.
The Newcomer: Hatebreed - Walking The Knife
Hatebreed delivered another knuckle sandwich in "The Concrete Confessional", and the hardest layer of them all were "Walking The Knife", a aggressive tune that is more or less Hatebreed personified. It is short, angry, and packed with attitude. I really do not have much more to say about this song, you better go listen to it instead to get it all in.
Check out my review of the album this song is from, "The Concrete Confessional"
The Personal Favourite: Andromeda - Veil of Illumination
Andromeda is Sweden's answer to Dream Theater, and just like the famous Americans, these guys knows how to create amazing tunes that seem to go on for an eternity. The over 17 minutes long "Veil of Illumination" is a fantastic journey through everything and nothing, showing off every little specialty that the band possesses. It got technicality, emotion, yes, more or less everything you would want from a progressive metal song, well worthy of the run time.
Robert "Sharkruisher" Andersson