Metal Songs That Teach History
I love history. I love reading accounts from assorted perspectives of all kinds that detail events that have shaped our civilization and brought us to where we are now. Many of those tales of war actually do a fine job of explaining, well, why we're still at war now in the same places over the same things.
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Iron Maiden, "Alexander the Great" - This is probably the alpha and omega of historical metal songs. Not only is it beautifully written and researched, but it's also extremely enjoyable and very catchy musically. Glorious guitar leads and various movements keep this 8-minute-plus epic feeling fresh and new every time, and it teaches listeners all about the life and conquests of Alexander from birth to death. I can honestly say that you can learn just as much about the man from this song as from many passages in history textbooks out there.|
Human Fortress, "Defenders of the Crown" - King Richard I, or the "Lionheart," was one of Europe's most famous monarchs primarily due to his fervent involvement with the Crusade and his vindictive desire to conquer the Holy Land. His quest to take Jerusalem out of the clutches of Saladin and Islam is chronicled nicely on this album, which is actually fantastic from beginning to end.|
Sabaton, "Primo Victoria" - A galloping epic about D-Day is bombastic, exciting, and full of a lot of the important historical facts. As brutal as the battle in Normandy was, the song itself is surprisingly fun and upbeat. The chorus is ridiculously addictive too.|