Metal on Metal

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.

Eric Adams of Manowar in 2002 (Photo by Catskingloves)

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!

— Tim


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7 responses to “Metal on Metal

  1. Not sure if they are in the Carnegie Collection (but they should be…)

    Exciter – Heavy Metal Maniac
    Raven – Mind over Metal
    Helloween – Heavy Metal is the Law & Metal Invaders
    Pile Driver – Metal Inquisition
    Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder
    Metal Church – Metal Church
    Sammy Hagar – Heavy Metal
    Razor – High Speed Metal
    Onslaught – Metal Forces
    Pantera – Metal Magic
    Sodom – Witching Metal

    • Can’t believe it slipped my mind this morning, but Japanese headbangers Metalucifer are the kings of writing metal about metal!

      Track listing from their latest album, Heavy Metal Bulldozer —
      1. Heavy Metal Ironfists
      2. Heavy Metal Bulldozer
      3. Heavy Metal Battleaxe
      4. Heavy Metal Warriors
      5. Heavy Metal Highway Rider
      6. Heavy Metal Mountain
      7. Heavy Metal Wings of Steel
      8. Heavy Metal Ambition
      9. Heavy Metalucifer
      10. Heavy Metal Demons

  2. Brad

    Manowar has, perhaps, the best of all:

    “Gloves of Metal” and “Metal Warriors”, the latter of which has the fantastic line: “Heavy metal or no metal at all, wimps and posers leave the hall!”

  3. christopher

    I really need to hear heavy metal builder.

  4. Thanks, metal maniacs, for your comments and contributions! — Tim

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