Welcome to the second installment of “Metallum Per Annum.” This weekly segment features my favorite metal songs by the years they were released; the list descends until the year I became an Earthling, leaving time for you to discover a track, rediscover a track, and let the metal live. (If you missed the first part, be sure to catch up here.)
2010: “Drängen och Kråkan” by Fejd
Sweden’s Fejd emphasizes the “folk” in folk metal; their performance of “Drängen och Kråkan” is wholesome and timeless, making the song worthy of many replays.
2009: “Cataclysmic Purification” by Suffocation
When I first heard “Cataclysmic Purification,” I knew I’d become one of the track’s most frequent visitors. The swarm of sharp riffs and drums collapse onto ears; it’s nearly impossible to escape the madness.
2008: “Deviation Occurs” by Neuraxis
Pristine progressions and chaotic percussion outfit this charming tune from Neuraxis.
2007: “En Mäktig Här” by Finntroll
Finntroll fans know this song is one of the most well-received tracks from the band’s catalog. With intense vocals, edgy hooks and emotional tones, it’s not hard to figure out why.
2006: “The Scribes of Kur” by Melechesh
This smooth gem incorporates Middle Eastern instrumentation, clashing with the rowdy goodness of the remainder of Melechesh’s widely celebrated, Emissaries.
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