Friday 5: Going Out with a Bang
Happy Friday, MetalSucks reader! Welcome to MetalSucks Friday 5, our awesome series that appears every Friday (duh) on MetalSucks (duhh) and involves the quantity of five (duhhh).
Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you?). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting. Now let’s shut this week down!
What Are The Five Best Closing Songs?
Axl Rosenberg, MetalSucks Co-Cochise
1. Slayer, “Raining Blood”
from Reign in Blood (Def Jame, 1986)
2. Guns N’ Roses, “Rocket Queen”
from Appetite for Destruction (Geffen, 1987)
Like the very contrast described in their name, Appetite for Destruction begins ominously (“Welcome to the jungle, we got fun n’ games!”) but ends emotionally (“All I ever wanted was for you to know that I care”). In fact, “Rocket Queen” as a whole represents the delightfully schizophrenic nature of the band (and particularly Axl Rose): It’s angry, it’s sexy, and ultimately, it’s bittersweetly romantic. A perfect conclusion to a perfect album.
3. Lamb of God, “Vigil”
from As the Palaces Burn (Prosthetic, 2003)
Few riffs sound as evil as the one that dominates the first half of Lamb of God’s “Vigil” — it is by far one of the best elephants marching riffs of all time. But as is so often the case with LoG, the song isn’t just evil — it’s also got so much groove that it becomes not simply an aggro experience, but a feel-good one, too. And then it explodes in a flurry of sounds truly befitting a wall of death. How can you not love this song?
4. Alice in Chains, “Would?”
from Dirt (Columbia, 1992)
I think this song ended up being more popular than the film in which it originally appeared, Singles. It speaks to the power of this track that even though it was played virtually 24/7 on the radio and MTV in ’92, I’ve never grown sick of it: one of the best bass lines in a metal song, Cantrell’s guitars all slithery and sexy, and Layne Staley… well… fuck, he was one of kind.
5. Pig Destroyer, “Piss Angel”
from Prowler in the Yard (Relapse, 2001)
Your turn! Have an awesome wknd!