Klassik Metal \m/
October 1, 2015 12:20 PM   Subscribe

In a fit of nostalgia I'm putting together a playlist of 'definitive' metal (ish) cuts. Only one song allowed per band/artist and it has to epitomise what they were about, the distilled essence of the band's sound if you will...

For example, so far...

Angel of Death- Slayer
Master of Puppets- Metallica
Love Gun- Kiss
Hallowed Be Thy Name- Iron Maiden etc.

What are your classic cuts?
posted by Rufus T. Firefly to Grab Bag (29 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Hells Bells - AC/DC
Holy Diver - Dio
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah at 12:24 PM on October 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

War Pigs - Black Sabbath
posted by saladin at 12:26 PM on October 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

Chopped in half - Obituary
Raining Blood - Slayer
Pulling Teeth - Metallica
Good Mourning - Black Friday - Megadeth
Got the Time - Anthrax
Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
Arbeit Macht Fleish - Carcass
The Old Oak - Merciful Fate
The Wizard - Black Sabbath
Stigmatized - Pestilence
Frankenstein - Overkill
Mass Hypnosis - Sepultura

That's just the first few right off my phone.
posted by ServSci at 12:31 PM on October 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Gor-Gor , Gwar...

And Ace of Spades - Motorhead

OK I'll stop
posted by ServSci at 12:44 PM on October 1, 2015

Sorry, posted too soon.

Sepultura - Roots Bloody Roots
Pantera - Walk
King Diamond - The Portrait (not sure this is definitive, but it strikes me as perfectly representative)
Testament - Over The Wall
Exodus - Piranha
Sodom - City of God
Manowar - Wheels of Fire

For Slayer I'd also nominate "Dead Skin Mask"

Caveat: I'm a dilettante at best here, and fully recognize that true metalheads will scoff at my suggestions.
posted by saladin at 12:46 PM on October 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

Don't know who you consider to be classic metal, but I'll throw these into the hat:

If You Want Blood, You've Got It - AC/DC
Caught in a Mosh - Anthrax
Heartwork - Carcass
Masked Jackal - Coroner
Clean My Wounds - Corrosion of Conformity
Mother - Danzig
Rainbow in the Dark - Dio
Ghosts Along the Mississippi - Down
Rock You To Hell - Grim Reaper
Bury Your Dead - The Haunted
I Want Out - Helloween
Painkiller - Judas Priest
Welcome Home - King Diamond
Time - Klank
Green Machine - Kyuss
Blood and Thunder - Mastodon
Holy Wars / Punishment Due - Megadeth
Space Lord - Monster Magnet
Ace of Spades - Motorhead
Beyond Within - Nevermore
Black Seeds of Vengeance - Nile
Slowly We Rot - Obituary
Overkill 3 (Under the Influence) - Overkill
Sanctuary - Sanctuary
Arise - Sepultura
Detox - Strapping Young Lad
You Can't Bring Me Down - Suicidal Tendencies
Trial By Fire - Testament
posted by Boxenmacher at 12:48 PM on October 1, 2015 [2 favorites]

Black Blade by Blue Oyster Cult
posted by bricksNmortar at 1:25 PM on October 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

With Strength I Burn -Emperor
The Chaos Path -Arcturus
The Genuine Pulse -Borknagar
posted by munchingzombie at 1:28 PM on October 1, 2015

The Crown - Total Satan
posted by pazazygeek at 1:50 PM on October 1, 2015

Ministry - So What?
posted by lakersfan1222 at 2:03 PM on October 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

Deliberately leaving out a lot more obscure bands and trying to keep this to more well-known acts. (well, at least according to my tastes!)

Mercyful Fate: Come to the Sabbath

Mayhem: Freezing Moon

Emperor: I Am the Black Wizards

Dissection: Nights Blood

Celtic Frost: Procreation (of the Wicked)

Dream Death: Back From The Dead

Immortal: The Call Of The Wintermoon

Nocturnus - Standing in Blood

Nuclear Assault - Cold Steel

Xasthur - Prison of Mirrors
posted by punkrockrat at 4:17 PM on October 1, 2015

2112 - Rush.

Hey, it's considered to be one song....
posted by spinifex23 at 4:25 PM on October 1, 2015

I don't think of Painkiller as Judas Priest's definative track; I'm gonna have to go with "Hell-bent for Leather."
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 4:42 PM on October 1, 2015

Oh, and Accept's "Balls to the Wall" is the most widely known, but for pure metal-y goodness, I'd recommend "Metal Heart."
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 4:56 PM on October 1, 2015

Blinded by Fear - At the Gates
43% Burnt - Dillinger Escape Plan
Prehistoric Dog - Red Fang
posted by churl at 5:21 PM on October 1, 2015

It's Not Love - Dokken
posted by humboldt32 at 6:27 PM on October 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

C'mon, who's gonna start the fight over Def Leppard
posted by rhizome at 7:09 PM on October 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

AC/DC - Powerage, the first two Black Sabbath albums, Deep Purple - Machine Head and Budgie's greatest hits.
posted by O. Bender at 8:06 PM on October 1, 2015

Oh yeah, and second the Red Fang, especially the first two discs.
posted by O. Bender at 8:08 PM on October 1, 2015

Look, I'm not ashamed to love System of a Down. It's pretty hard to pick one iconic song, but if I had to it would be Chop Suey!
posted by 256 at 8:41 PM on October 1, 2015

Two from Back in the Day---
Vio-lence -- Bodies on Bodies
S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death) - March of the S.O.D.
and "Breadfan" is the best Metallica song, even though it's a cover
posted by kerf at 9:33 PM on October 1, 2015

My teenage metal listening years mostly ran to jazz-funk-rap-prog-inflected metal. I am excluding grunge. Here is a short trip through some of the regular mid 90's songs at my local underage-drinking* and moshing establishment.

Helmet: Wilma's Rainbow
Deftones: Root
Tool: Swamp Song
Korn: Blind
Rage Against The Machine: Killing In The Name Of

* This was underage drinking in the UK, too. I think even the bartenders were at most 17. Kept us off the streets, etc.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 12:05 AM on October 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

Queens of the Stone Age?

What about glam metal? I mean, it exists. And stuff that was trying to be WASP but just couldn't pull it off (E.g. Ratt)? And stuff that was trying to be Ratt, but just couldn't pull it off (e.g. Winger)?

And Christian metal?
posted by persona au gratin at 12:14 AM on October 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

Metallica - ...And Justice For All
Megadeth - Rust In Peace ...Polaris
Pantera - Rise
Slayer - Serenity In Murder
Cannibal Corpse - Pit of Zombies
Suffocation - Bind Torture Kill
Deicide - When Satan Rules His World
Hate Eternal - I, Monarch
Goatwhore - In the Narrow Confines of Defilement

These are not definitive in the sense that they are The Hits, they are definitive musically speaking. They are songs that represent the core of what each of the bands try to do. In my unofficial, personal, completely fucking impenetrably correct fact-opinion. Except for 'Rise,' that's just my favorite and the best.
posted by TheRedArmy at 9:28 AM on October 2, 2015

Sepultura - Refuse/Resist

Sepultura has gone through a lot of changes but I would say that Chaos AD is their definitive album, and this cut is the definitive song of that album.

Here's an excellent live version from Blood Rooted.

"Inside the State
War is created
No man's land-
What is this shit? ...
Silence means death
Stand on your feet
Inner fear
Your worst enemy

posted by jammy at 9:40 AM on October 2, 2015

Oh, and don't forget Ozzy and Randy Rhoads doing Crazy Train

"Everybody clap your hands now - c'mon!" [1:33]
posted by jammy at 9:49 AM on October 2, 2015

The definitive Judas Priest song is the Unleashed in the East version of Victim of Changes.

Hallowed Be Thy Name is a good choice for Iron Maiden, but I would also consider Killers a possibility, though it's a Dianno song.
posted by wittgenstein at 12:52 PM on October 2, 2015

Motley Crue - "Live Wire" deserves a place at the table
posted by rhizome at 1:29 PM on October 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

Yngwie Malmstein - Icarus' Dream Suite No. 4.
Scorpions-Can't Live Without You
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 3:56 PM on October 3, 2015

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