Friday 5: What Are Your Best Songs For Driving At Night?
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. Today we’re driving all night, our hands wet on the wheel …
Five Metal Songs For Driving At Night
Emperor Rhombus, MetalSucks contributor
1. “The Drapery Falls” | Opeth
from Blackwater Park
Music For Nations | 2001
The sweeping grandeur of the song’s matching opening and closing passages are perfect for staring off into the streetlamp-dotted abyss. Frontman Michael Akerfeldt’s melancholy vocal makes you feel like a ghost wandering through the night. If you can time it right, crest a hill as the outro kicks in.
2. “King Of Days” | High On Fire
from De Vermis Mysteriis
eOne | 2012
Most of the tracks listed here are psychedelic and mellow, but High On Fire’s entry straddles that line between burly and beautiful in that distinct HoF way. Though thundering and riffy, “King Of Days” packs just enough of that haunting, ethereal vibe to make it perfect for driving after dark.
3. “White Nights” | Mantar
from Death By Burning
Svart | 2014
Night driving can be introspective and nurturing to the imagination, but it can also be hostile and poisonous. This track indulges those yearnings, worries, and hatreds that often simmer during a high-speed sojourn into the after-hours.
4. “The Rode On” | Watain
from The Wild Hunt
Century Media | 1989
“They Rode On” somehow puts a lot of power behind its mournful tone. It doesn’t inspire one to go gently into that good night so much as charge headfirst into it as a conqueror, sword raised, and brow furrowed.
5. Mercyful Fate | “Desecration Of Souls”
from Don’t Break The Oath
Roadrunner | 1984
Hell yes! Not every night driving song should be about dark introspection, some should just be about banging your head and singing along with a road soda in hand. Let it be known, though, that this song is most effective when listened to in a paneled van.