Finntroll - Ur Jordens Djup

Finntroll – Ur Djupet

Probably the most brutal song I’ve published here, but this sublime mix of folk and extreme metal cannot be overlooked for too long. Monstrous growling and hellish metal orchestration is easier to digest when served alongside a bunch of unconventional instruments. Oh, and there’s even a 10-second lull towards the end of the melody!

Don’t look up the lyrics unless you’re into gory stuff…

Children Of Bodom - Follow The Reaper

Children Of Bodom – Everytime I Die

Brutal it may be, but with these catchy guitar lines and tasty synths, this song is one for the history books. The way the melody flows makes it a truly epic piece.

Kick ass metal from Finland, Children of Bodom have been described as “power metal with harsh vocals” (in the period this song is from). But I think this song is “melodic death metal with keyboards”. Like a wise man said: trying to peg music to genres is like trying to dance architecture.

The Kovenant - Animatronic

The Kovenant – Jihad

Perhaps not the happiest song out there but one that deserves a good play nevertheless, if only to open the history book and listen to how people found ways to express and experience anger at the end of the 20th century. This tune can be safely labeled “industrial dark symphonic metal”. Beside the staple metal instruments, we’re treated to a diverse side-dish of keyboarding while Sarah’s reverbed vocals contrast Nagash’s angry growls. And beware, the lyrics are even darker than the song.

Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon

Dimmu Borgir – Eradication Instincts Defined

Marching forth with cruel precision, an ominous orchestra serves as the starting point for this lovely ride of terror. There are moments of hopefulness, but these will be quickly extinguished by the bleak landscape that follows.

It takes a lot to make me feature metal music in this space, especially when it comes to this extreme variety. It takes a perfectly executed song, featuring one of the best synergies between electric guitars, merciless artillery percussion, choirs, raging howls and a full fledged orchestra. Completing the apocalyptic picture, the song showcases some of Dimmu Borgir’s finest lyrics, bringing forth the murderous aspect of man and punishing it with the image of nuclear Armageddon. Even the title of the song is perfect.