Friday Morning – Unleash the Archers – Northwest Passage

Wooo a song about Canadian Thanksgiving. Or Martin Frobisher’s valiant yet unsuccessful attempt to navigate the Northwest Passage.

It starts off slow and melodic before kicking you straight in the teeth with double kick and gallop rhythms. The chorus is pretty awesome and will likely be a great live sing along, if it isn’t already.

And like they say in the description, it has a great heading back home type vibe to it, definitely a great addition to “Home Sweet Home” on any road trip mix.

ENJOY THE ARCHERING!

Friday Morning Metal – The Darkness – Barbarian

The Darkness has a song about barbarians being the sons of Ivar the Boneless and it’s pretty fun and metal. The Darkness tends to get associated the glammier side of metal, which tends to be devoid of barbarians and battles & whatnot, but they make it work really well, with a catchy hook, great vocals, and some fun harmonizing during the chorus.

Also did you know that they auction off banana hammocks that they wear during performances? Yeah. That’s a thing I can’t unlearn so you must learn it as well.

Anyway, metal! Woo! Enjoy.

Friday Morning Metal – Little V – Holding Out For a Hero

WE NEED A HERO. A METAL HERO. HE’S GOTTA BE LARGER THAN LIFE. This is a pretty killer cover of a pretty killer Bonnie Tyler song. I may have posted some Little V songs previously, lots of covers of bigass popular songs. And he does a great job amping up the bombast while still staying close to the original material.

Friday Morning Metal – Metallica’s One with One String

I did not know that this song could be done with one string, but someone was able to play One with One string. There are a couple times where he layers, primarily since there’s still a lead & rhythm guitar portion to the song. But it appears to be the same string in both instances.

It’s pretty good. It’s not 100% the same, but it’s also not 16% the same, so this guy can do more with one string than Metallica does with 6. I assume that’s how that works, right?

Anyway, you’ve likely heard the song 14 million times already so I don’t need to go into it, so enjoy!

Friday Morning Metal – Liquid Tension Experiment – Acid Rain

Crazy noodliness! But that makes sense given who’s involved in the song. It’s kind of like instrumental fast Dream Theater for only 6 and a half minutes, instead of 50. Which suits me just fine. I don’t need an epic song broken down into movements.

The drums seem to be a steady flow of doublekick, so it’s a great addition to any workout where you want to go crazy fast then pass out. So enjoy some crazy Imagination Dramaturgy!

Friday Morning Metal – Pretty Maids – Back to Back

I had heard a Hammerfall cover of this song and it was pretty great, enough to Friday Morning Metal it. But Youtube let me know it’s a cover, and the cover’s not too shabby either! Pretty Maids hail from Horsens, Denmark, shredding faces and melting guitars since 1981. The song is pretty fast, and the shreddy guitars are great. There’s even a pretty killer breakdown halfway through, perfect for clapping and whatnot. Then noodly guitar solos! THEN DUAL GUITAR SOLO! EVEN BETTER! They’re still making music, with an album out as recent as 2016. It’s a bit more… uh… power metally now. Less growly vocals. It’s alright, but definitely not like Back to Back. So if you want to shred a bit and feel old school, give this a shot.

Friday Morning Metal – Armored Saint – Can U Deliver

Epic old metal! Armored Saint has been melting faces since 1982, and Can U Deliver brings it. Noodly national anthem-esque intro, into a secondary more chuggy intro, big hair, they’ve got it all!

The guitar solo is the soaring type you’d expect from the 1980’s, maybe not standing on a mesa type solo but still pretty solid. So enjoy!

Friday Morning Metal – Acid Witch – The Black Witch

This sounds like a weird mix of throwback doom metal, with the crazy vocals of black metal, and then noodly 70’s rock guitar solos. Kinda like the Reese’s peanut butter cup of metal, they’ve managed to put somewhat disparate things together and make it work.

So enjoy some fun doomy goodness. Oh and the vocalist sounds kinda like Mummra or the bad guy from Inspector Gadget.

Friday Morning Metal – Christoffer Ling – Barbarianna

The whole Kung Fury movie was a weird sorta throwback, so a sub-two minute throwback metal song about Barbarianna seems very fitting. It’s got the chugga riffs, big fat high harmonizing, and a great all-around sound. So enjoy it. Make sure to rip the sleeves off your jacket before you get to the final vocal bit at the end. It’s important.

Friday Morning Metal – Nuclear Assault – Critical Mass

PLEASE ENJOY THIS THRASHY GOODNESS WHAT STARTS WITH A SLAPPY BASS INTRO. Nuclear Assault was apparently an early 80’s thrash metal band, and they definitely fit the bill. They even were played on MTV, so that’s pretty legit. Also slappy bass intros are great. We need more of those. The solo is pretty chunky and noodly, while overall the song has the right amount of shouting and driving chugga guitars to aid you in sewing new patches onto your denim vest. So take a listen!