All of the songs on this segment is gathered in a Spotify playlist, you can find it here
The Classic: Mercyful Fate - Evil
It took a corpse painted Dane to bring falsetto into metal, and no other could have done it better than King Diamond, the lead singer of the legendary Mercyful Fate. While the band only has been active for a total of 11 years, they have made a huge impact in the metal world, especially with their two first records "Melissa" and "Don't Break The Oath". "Evil" comes from the first album mentioned, and it is a killer track, with fantastic riffs, amazing performances, and a killer structure. It also contains one of my absolute favourite lyric lines.
And I'll be the first
to watch your funeral
And I'll be the last to leave
The Newcomer: Katatonia - Passer
I know that I said that all of the songs on "The Fall of Hearts" are more or less equally awesome, that they together create a unity that is extremely strong, but I just could not go on without adding something from this amazing album into this setlist. My choice is the final song of the album, the heavy "Passer, a song that fits perfectly together with the rest of the album, but has its own personality thanks to the use of heavier guitars. I admit, I am weak for those.
Check out my review of the album this song is from, "The Fall of Hearts"
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The Personal Favourite: Holy Grail - Fight To Kill
Holy Grail has easily become one of my favourite bands in recent years, and it all started in 2009, with the release of the EP "Improper Burial". Not only was the cover cool, but it contained four kick ass songs. Two covers ("Exciter" by Judas Priest and "Fast As A Shark" by Accept), and two originals. While "Immortal Man" is a great song, it was the fury and the pure force of "Fight To Kill" that made me instantly fall in love with this band from Pasadena. Just listen to those crazy guitars, the screeching vocals of James Paul Luna, and the slightly corny, but fitting lyrics. A complete knuckle sandwich that knocks you back to the 80's.
This song (and "Immortal Man") is also included in the band's debut record "Crisis In Utopia", but that version just does not have the same raw feeling like the EP version has (it still kicks ass though). The Spotify playlist will have the EP version in it.
Robert "Sharkruisher" Andersson