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Friday Morning Metal – Elm Street – Metal is the Way

Elm Street’s “Metal is the Way” popped on Spotify for me, and from the name I assumed it’d be similar to Manowar’s Brothers in Metal. But man, it’s a rollercoaster of styles smashed into one song. Thankfully it’s 6 minutes long, so each section has some room to breathe.

It starts off as a noodly 80’s speed throwback, holding in as an instrumental for a while, with solid guitar riffs soaring across the salt flats. But then it’s got this acoustic breakdown that sounds like a Metallica ballad, what transitions into a big bombastic chorus of METAL IS THE WAY. Because it is.

At first it seemed really jarring, the juxtaposition of big fast distortion with plinky plunky verses, but after a while I came to the realization that this would be great for interval training. Take a break during the breakdowns, ramp up with the drums, and go all out during the chorus. By the end of the song, you’ll probably need a solid breather.