For us here in the United States, today is good ol’ Thanksgiving holiday – the day (one of them, anyway) that makes it acceptable to consume more food in 24 hours than we normally do as Americans (yay obesity). Keeping in line with the true spirit of the holiday, however, I figured I would translate the sentiment of being grateful for what we have into the sentiment of being grateful for songs that we have the opportunity to hear. While the two songs I’m picking for this post aren’t necessarily within my top five favorites or the top five essential metal songs you see every time a list like that is made, my music library would certainly be a much sadder place without them. Another interesting note about these songs is that they bring a fairly different angle to the respective band’s sound that you wouldn’t automatically pin on them. Anyways, let me present these two songs that I’m particularly grateful for.
First up, we have Between the Buried and Me’s “Ad a Dglgmut” from their sophomore album, The Silent Circus. While many fans would claim that BTBAM didn’t hit their stride until Alaska, their third full length album, it’s foolish to disregard what lead to that point. Believe it or not, there was a time when this band wasn’t a part of the soundscape where xylophones, flute passages, and random farm animal sounds reign supreme. Don’t get me wrong, I love the BTBAM of today but there was also something special about the 2003 era BTBAM. This song is a perfect demonstration of what I mean; the abrupt time changes and wanky sweeps are still here and accounted for, but there’s something more to this track that is, for lack of a better word, groovy.
Next, we have the title track from Trivium’s third full length album, Shogun. Say what you will about these Floridian metalcorers (am I forcing that one too much?), but Shogun was a beast, both as an album and a song. While the album is front-loaded with a bunch of singles like “Down From The Sky,” “Into the Mouth of Hell We March,” and “Throes of Perdition,” the title track brings the album to an extremely epic close and for the life of me I could never figure out why its praises weren’t sung more for that. The track certainly has the catchy riffing and choruses one would expect from these guys, but it also showcases an impressive level of songwriting by making the track feel more like an experience and less of “just another track.” A 12 minute song from Trivium is also hard to come by, so I’m savoring this one for sure.