Lots of classic heavy metal songs have death as their theme. But has there ever been a more poetic example than Paradise Lost’s iconic ‘As I Die’? In this song blog, The Hawk takes a look at how heavy metal sometimes brings deep and powerful emotional energy to sometimes macabre themes.
Acca Dacca time again. Here, we’re going to get into get the full story behind their classic song ‘Highway To Hell’, whose release not only marked the springboard for AC / DC to go global, but was also the last stand for Bon Scott before his death. On a Highway to Hell, indeed.
Am I Evil. A heavy metal cult classic for Diamond Head. Also for Metallica, who’ve added DH numbers to their studio records and their live set over the years. Heavy metal bands cover each other’s songs all the time. But the connection between these bands is deeper than you might think!
Prior to Marillion releasing it as a single in 1985, ‘Kayleigh’ was almost unheard of as a girls’ name in the UK, where the band come from. Then, all of a sudden, young girls named Kayleigh started to pop up everywhere. How’s that for a lasting cultural legacy?
Classic heavy metal band makes a single that’s a number 1 smash AND also the signature tune in the highest earning movie of that year? That’s right, it’s Aerosmith, and ‘I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing’ – made famous in the disaster movie Armageddon. Settle in for the full story.
First new song blog on here for a while – an article covering the classic album closer ‘Orgasmatron’ by Motorhead, featuring the usual exciting Hawk rundown of facts and videos. Believe it or not, and in spite of the Lemmy reputation, Orgasmatron is NOT about sex. Read on to find out more.
What can you really say about ‘Master of Puppets’, the title track to Metallica’s third, and for many fans, defining album – certainly during the early ‘thrash-kings’ phase of the band’s existence? Here, The Hawk examines the winning formula for the song and album – what makes it so good?
How could any Classic Heavy Metal blog have a ‘songs’ section and not feature Iron Maiden’s ‘Number of the Beast’? From the moment that voiceover kicks in, the hairs start to raise in anticipation – the music, the storyline, the air raid scream. Strap in while The Hawk tells the story of how it came together.
Ratt’s heyday started and finished in the 1980s, kicking off with the subject of this Song Blog, ‘Round and Round.’ It’s is one of their best, and features on ‘Out of the Cellar’, Ratt’s first full length studio album. Here, The Hawk digs in to find out more about the making of this classic song.