There are certain songs that paint a picture of war. I'm not talking about cheap, cheese grated country songs about how American you really are (Thanks Toby, we get it!), I'm referring to songs that actually conjure up images of larger than life battles or a basement meeting of D&D kind.
In short, I was cashed on ideas this week for whatever reason and then inspired by the crowd of fist pumps and sing-a-long to the first choice this week.
Let's see your interesting choices.
Coheed and Cambria - "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3" (In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3) - So let us start where I got this week's idea from. I remember getting chills on the opening guitar line. Then, this rush of deviance overwhelmed my body as Claudio Sanchez peaks on the chorus. When the chanting carries out the song in the end, it's a rallying of a nation of many against something greater than their sum. Who knows of the eventual ending, but it certainly sounds like the battle was fought with passion.
Norma Jean - "The End of All Things Will Be Televised" (Redeemer) Gripe about the band's progression all you will, but they certainly never stopped sounding like a crushing hammer at any point in their career. As an avid college football fan, and one bred on the late night games in Death Valley, this song became my anthem for the season upon hearing, "Tonight, the South is on fire." Talk about the perfect line for a huge SEC game.
Protest the Hero - "Blindfolds Aside" (Kezia) Okay, so the video for the single doesn't help its battle imagery. There is something cluttered about all the instrumental work and vocalist Rody Walker's high end cries that conger up these images. There's even something battle worthy in the guitar solos. When the song builds at its bridge, it carries like a full on assault across a battlefield at 2:35 and chaos rings out on the guitars only to have a harmonious outro tacked on the end.
Between The Buried and Me - "Modecai" (The Silent Circus) Pure insanity. That's the only thing that ran through my head upon hearing Between the Buried and Me's first single for the first time. Then, through all the chaos and audible vulgarity, a shining moment blooms out of the dirt. As it builds, my friends and I always thought one thing as the guitars kick in and everything drives forward around 2:15, "Doesn't this sound like a Medieval battle?" It certainly sounds like it to me.
Oh, Sleeper - "We Are the Archers" (The Armored March EP) I know it was recorded again for the band's debut full length, but this one sounds so much sweeter, leaving a more blunt force behind it. Now, I'm sure this song is more of a figurative battle than an actual rounding up of troops, but when the line "And I heard an armored march!" comes in, you better believe they're only a few feet from leveling something. Just hope you aren't that thing.