WSOU Picks of the Week: Saxon, Light the Torch, Terror Universal
Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the US, and has been a force in metal for DECADES. It’s also streamable online from anywhere in the world! Each week, the staff of WSOU shares their picks for the heaviest of the heavy, as well as the station’s charts for that week, right here on MetalSucks. Enjoy:
Saxon – “Thunderbolt” (Katherine W.)
Saxon lands on their feet again! “Thunderbolt” carries the perfect beat for anyone looking to demonstrate their virility and just mindlessly rock out without having to decode some unearthed meaning. That being said, the lyrics are nothing shy of almighty Rock n’ Roll in the sense that I can perfectly envisage Odysseus fearlessly rallying his men to blind the mighty Polyphemus. I am almost certain Biff’s vocal chords are eternal, as he exhibits a remarkable ability to use his eternal set of belting pipes. The riffs are classic Saxon, and the interspersed solos complement the intensity carried throughout the entire song. No wonder Priest and Saxon are touring together — equally badass albums with equally badass-named songs (think “Thunderbolt” vs “Lightning Strike”). Definitely my new hype song.
Terror Universal – “Dig You a Hole” (Joe R.)
Terror Universal’s “Dig You A Hole” is everything I personally look for in metal. It starts with an eerie introduction and bursts into a hard hitting verse and chorus. The band is are very reminiscent of Slipknot and Mushroomhead, and even have the masks and theatrics to go with it. Check out their new album, Make Them Bleed!
Light the Torch – “Die Alone” (Dylan G.)
There is nothing quite like Howard Jones’ voice to help reminisce of high school memories: blasting “My Last Serenade” and being a loser. Ok… maybe that’s just my experience. Light the Torch’s new track is a great addition to their musical repertoire, with a focus on clean singing. I could only hope this track helps them break into more rock mainstream playlists. Of course I hope for some heaviness from this coming album, but the more acts like this that can break out of the “Heavy Metal” pigeonhole, the better the genre will be off. Maiden and Priest won’t be around forever, and right now Five Finger Death Punch is the just about the only candidate we have to be the “Big Metal Band” in twenty years.