Playlist of the Week – Metal Ballads

If you or anyone you know listens to metal, you’ll know that the musical style is characterized by strong guitaring and drumming, and more so strong vocals comprising of growls and really belting it out. So much so, that when these bands release a softer ballad it often throws fans into a loop, and then, surprisingly enough, brings in non-metal fans into the fandom. And it genuinely is such a wonderful contrast to see a voice belonging to the unpredictable Ozzy Osbourne or the tough-voiced Corey Taylor bring out a song that can make you weep. Here’s a list of our favorites

 

1. Snuff by Slipknot

They’re loud, they’re angry, they’re aggressive. And then, suddenly, they’re just heartbroken. Fans and non-fans alike love this song in equal measure. Have a listen to figure out why.

Snuff

 

2. Mama I’m Coming Home by Ozzy Osbourne

If you’ve ever heard of Black Sabbath, you know this is definitely not their style. For that matter, Ozzy, who’s on stage antics got him labeled as unstable (remember when he bit off an actual bat’s head of mid-concert?), probably wouldn’t have expected this of himself either.

Mama I’m Coming Home

 

3. Hope Leaves by Opeth

A personal favorite, it will not only touch your heart, but break it too. There are so many things that are right with this one. Whether the vocal texture, the lyrics, the guitar, the absolute feeling of melancholy that it creates, you can decide for yourself.

Hope Leaves

 

4. My Immortal by Evanescence

While Amy Lee is known for belting out vocals over heavy guitar riffs, this song came as a surprise from Evanescence because each member really shone (especially Amy).

My Immortal

 

5. One More Light by Linkin Park

Though Linkin Park was all about tough, angsty lyrics, strong rap lines, and even stronger screaming vocals, every once in a while Chester would decide to serenade instead of belting out in frustration. Retaining their lyrical content style, musically they’d shift the mood so effortlessly it would often leave listeners breathless.

One More Light

 

Happy Listening!