One of the best (and most ridiculous) things about heavy metal music is its many proud odes to heavy metal music.
So get ready to pump your fist and bang your head because here are some metal anthems you can find in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Music Department’s CD collection:
Anvil – “Metal on Metal”
- I think Anvil is like Judas Priest but with a less amazing singer, a better drummer, and slightly dumber lyrics. They’re also lovable especially if you see the documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil. Their 1982 anthem “Metal on Metal” contains this brilliant stanza: “Metal on metal / Heads start to bang / Denim and leather / Chains that clang.”
Exodus – “Metal Command”
- Exodus are perhaps the best example of 1980s Bay Area thrash and their knuckleheaded lyrics are usually about violence or metal. Or both. “Bangers take your stand” and obey their “Metal Command.”
Judas Priest – “Metal Gods,” “Heavy Metal,” and “Metal Meltdown”
- Judas Priest were indeed metal gods of the 70s up until the mid-80s when they started wearing colored leather instead of black leather. When they wisely switched back to black leather to begin the 90s they sounded good again.
Manowar – “Metal Daze”
- Manowar once held the Guinness record for the world’s loudest performance. They’re also really into weight-lifting. I can’t think of a better combination for making music.
Metallica – “Metal Militia”
- One of the favorite pastimes of true metal maniacs is complaining about Metallica and how they’ve sucked since bassist Cliff Burton died in 1986. Don’t worry, this song is from their 1983 debut album.
Quiet Riot – “Metal Health”
- “Bang your head / Metal health’ll drive you mad.” Whatever that means, it sure sounded good to me while walking home from elementary school carrying a boom box. Over twenty-five years later, I now offer my apologies to the quiet residents of suburban Denver.
Venom – “Black Metal”
- The mighty Venom aren’t really clever or talented yet somehow (or perhaps because of this) are enormously influential. This speedy and bombastic anthem tells you to “Lay down your soul to the gods rock and roll.” They don’t even fit in the word “of” before “rock and roll.” Don’t question it.
Let me know some of your favorite homages to headbanging heavy metal!