Seven Headbanging Tunes To Celebrate Our Imminent End

The painting "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" by Victor Vasnetsov (1887).

Evidently the Rapture is happening tomorrow, Saturday, May 21st. Bummer, because I was looking forward to World Goth Day on May 22nd. Since there’s reportedly not much time left, I thought I’d quickly assemble some songs to celebrate (or mourn) the end of our world in different, deadly ways, from divine destruction to nuclear obliteration. For the most part, I’m not going to go for self-conscious humor, just metallic mayhem. Sometimes it’s awesome to stare into the abyss, and if the abyss stares back, let’s see who wins the contest.

METALLICA “The Four Horsemen” — This one’s a no-brainer for this list, although the nuclear-minded thrasher “Fight Fire With Fire” also works well.

ACCEPT “The Abyss” — This song from the newest Accept album Blood Of The Nations, with lyrics from frontman Mark Tornillo, captures our modern apocalyptic zeitgeist.

JUDAS PRIEST “Cathedral Spires” — The Ripper Owens era produced some great music, including this haunting apocalyptic epic from Jugulator. Love those doomy monk chants at the end.

EXCITER “World War III” — This bonus track from Heavy Metal Maniac makes nuclear annihilation sound fun.

CARNIVORE “Armageddon” — The classic Sabbath sound with a thrashy, Pete Steele twist. Looks like we’ll be killing each other. Check out a fan created video here.

1349 “Riders Of The Apocalypse” — Who says the end of the world will be at the hand of God? Hmm, could it be…Satan? Not that you can understand a damn word in this Norwegian black metal blitzkrieg anyway.

BLACK SABBATH “When Death Calls” — This doomy tune, part of the excellent Tony Martin era of Sabbath, also thinks the Devil has a big hand in who lives or dies at the end of days. Or perhaps just at the end of your day.

3 Responses

  1. ForTheLoveofHIM

    Great tunes, though I doubt the world will end tomorrow. ;P

  2. Keith Spillett

    Cathedral Spires might well be the best song I’ve ever heard. Perfect song for the end of the world.

    Carnivore is awesome by the way!!!


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