Actually the best metal ballads are dark and scary, about suicide or death or unrelenting misery Those are the ones I love.
Example: Accept -Can't Stand the Night
"Oceans filled with tears / mountains of pain..."
― I Met Mr. Mathis (I M Losted), Monday, 8 August 2022 19:32 (five months ago) link
scorpions “in trance” is about being hungover
― brimstead, Monday, 8 August 2022 19:41 (five months ago) link
Savatage - When the Crowds are Gone, Believe, Strange WingsW.A.S.P. - Hold On to My HeartQueensryche - Open Road (this is post-Tate Ryche but pretty fantastic), Take Hold of the FlameIron Maiden - Remember Tomorrow, Blood BrothersJudas Priest - Before the Dawn (i sang this at a a fundraiser once, lol)Pantera - HollowType O Negative - Everything DiesSouls at Zero - Inside a ScreamNevermore - Dreaming Neon BlackRage - Vanished in HazeBlack Sabbath - Solitude, ChangesBlind Guardian - NightfallHelloween - A Tale That Wasn't RightGhost - He Is
― We were clothed, except for Caan, who was naked. Don't know why. (Neanderthal), Monday, 8 August 2022 19:47 (five months ago) link
dammit I duped a few
Great thread! One song that I feel has "ballad" at its heart even though it doesn't musically stay within the mold is Danger by Motley Crue. Even though it jumps into mid-tempo rocker territory pretty quickly, it definitely starts off as a ballad, so maybe it's kinda a hybrid. It has dramatic lyrics reminiscing about dead friends from the perspective of an older Hollywood street punk.
― peace, man, Monday, 8 August 2022 20:28 (five months ago) link
― calstars, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 00:19 (five months ago) link
Def Leppard- love bitesOzzy- Goodbye to RomanceEnuff Z’nuff- Fly High MichelleScorpions- Still Loving You
― F'kin Magnetometers, how do they work? (President Keyes), Tuesday, 9 August 2022 00:46 (five months ago) link
Wow, “hallowed ground” really rocks
― calstars, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 01:11 (five months ago) link
Ozzy + Lita Ford - If I Close My Eyes ForeverQueensryche - I Dream In InfraredJudas Priest - Night Comes DownWhitesnake - Is This LoveScorpions - Lady Starlight
― vmajestic, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 02:11 (five months ago) link