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Songs that absolutely blew you away the first time you heard

#1 Post by TraneDeracs » 20 Mar 2009 16:19

...them.

Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name
Blind Guardian - Imaginations from the Other Side
Bathory - A Fine Day to Die
Nile - Unas Slayer of the Gods
Therion - Uthark Runa, Flesh of the Gods, The Return
Arch Enemy - Beast of Man
Opeth - In My Time of Need, In the Mist She was Standing

My picks for the huge epics.

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#2 Post by End Of An Era » 20 Mar 2009 17:08

great thread!! :D ok let me see...


Judas Priest - Out in the Cold
Metal Church - Metal Church
Metal Church - The Dark
Alice Cooper - Poison
Dream Theater - Forsaken
Shadow Gallery - Don't Ever Cry, Just Remember
Pure Reason Revolution - The Intention Craft
Annihilator - Alison Hell
Candlemass - Samarithan
Falconer - Entering Eternity
Haggard - Eppur Si Muove
Halford - Drive
Opeth - The Leper Affinity
Queensryche - Queen Of The Reich
Ayreon - Valley Of The Queens
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#3 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 20 Mar 2009 19:59

Nice one.

BG - Imaginations
JP - Painkiller
Hammerfall - Legacy of Kings
Annihilator - Alison Hell
Altar - Wasted World
God Dethroned - The Somberness of Winter
Cradle - A Gothic Romance
DT - Metropolis
Savatage - Gutter Ballet
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#4 Post by t.a.j. » 20 Mar 2009 20:30

Metallica - Enter Sandman
The first metal song I ever heard. It was at a school dance/disco thingie and they played it after Smells Like Teen Spirit, for which I had come onto the dancefloor. After that, I was a metalhead ;)

Manowar - Ride the Dragon
With the fantasy stuff, the speed and and ferocity (well, for me at the time) this instantly became my favorite song after buying Triumph of Steel, my first metal album.

Gamma Ray - Man on a Mission
It was the song I listened to in the shop and it made me buy the album.

Blind Guardian - The Bard's Song
My first BG song, it was in the car of an older friend and I had already spied some likeable stuff in the lyrics.

Blind Guardian - Time, what is Time
BG song number two. Guess it stuck.

At The Gates - The Swarm
It was in Amsterdam, in a youth hostel room. I actually felt scared, full of existential angst. I immediately fell in love with this band.

Morbid Angel - Fall from Grace
Another opener. I was not expecting this when I heard it and the incredibly powerful drumming and the weird guitar lines were unlike anything I had known before.

Dark Tranquillity - Zodijackyl Light
The sheer drama of that song, the raging, pounding crossfire of melodies ... and they ride, they ride, the drama takes the lead... *loves*

Skyclad - Just what nobody wanted
I was 16 and in a clinic to lose some weight in a city full of old people. So I spend my time doing three things: Hanging out at the toy shop, where they had a SNES and a Sega Mega Drive that you could play, trying to teach myself how to drink jack daniels and listening to cds at the local cd store. I stumbled across Silent Whales Of Lunar Sea mostly because I really liked the color of the cover. I dug Still Spinning Shrapnel, but Just What Nobody Wanted was just what I felt like. I could also mention Another Fine Mess of this album, I suppose.

Mayhem - Life Eternal
Mayhem was the first black metal band I got into and back in 97-98 I was all engrossed into that death wish stuff. Life Eternal, with Attila's out of tune invocations of suicide was very much up my alley. Not to mention that the music was massive too.

Annihilator - King of the Kill
I first heard this after midnight on german metal tv show Metalla. I stat bolt upright in bed and started to bang right away. 'Nuff said.

Judas Priest - Painkiller
The story on this is almost the same as for King of the Kill. If you weren't blown away the first time you heard that drum intro, something's wrong with you. :p

I guess there are more.
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#5 Post by End Of An Era » 20 Mar 2009 20:37

t.a.j. wrote: I guess there are more.
For me there most definitely are. but the ones i wrote down came to mind the earliest :P

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#6 Post by Psychotron » 20 Mar 2009 23:26

Megadeth - Holy Wars
Megadeth - Blackmail the Universe
Megadeth - Sleepwalker
Iron Maiden - The Lonelines of the Long Distance Runner
Rage - Shame on You
Rage - Solitary Man
Rage - Enough is Enough
Rage - Unity
Dream Theater - The Glass Prison
Dream Theater - Take the Time
Blind Guardian - Fly
Blind Guardian - Sacred
Judas Priest - Exciter
Judas Priest - Painkiller (of course)
Queen - Good Old-Fashioned Lover boys
Queen - The Mircle
Queen - March of the Black Queen
Pain of Salvation - Inside
Pain of Salvation - Scarsick
Pain of Salvation - Chainsling

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#7 Post by Lord Borbak » 21 Mar 2009 04:24

t.a.j. wrote:Metallica - Enter Sandman
The first metal song I ever heard. It was at a school dance/disco thingie and they played it after Smells Like Teen Spirit, for which I had come onto the dancefloor. After that, I was a metalhead ;)

Manowar - Ride the Dragon
With the fantasy stuff, the speed and and ferocity (well, for me at the time) this instantly became my favorite song after buying Triumph of Steel, my first metal album.

Gamma Ray - Man on a Mission
It was the song I listened to in the shop and it made me buy the album.

Blind Guardian - The Bard's Song
My first BG song, it was in the car of an older friend and I had already spied some likeable stuff in the lyrics.

Blind Guardian - Time, what is Time
BG song number two. Guess it stuck.

At The Gates - The Swarm
It was in Amsterdam, in a youth hostel room. I actually felt scared, full of existential angst. I immediately fell in love with this band.

Morbid Angel - Fall from Grace
Another opener. I was not expecting this when I heard it and the incredibly powerful drumming and the weird guitar lines were unlike anything I had known before.

Dark Tranquillity - Zodijackyl Light
The sheer drama of that song, the raging, pounding crossfire of melodies ... and they ride, they ride, the drama takes the lead... *loves*

Skyclad - Just what nobody wanted
I was 16 and in a clinic to lose some weight in a city full of old people. So I spend my time doing three things: Hanging out at the toy shop, where they had a SNES and a Sega Mega Drive that you could play, trying to teach myself how to drink jack daniels and listening to cds at the local cd store. I stumbled across Silent Whales Of Lunar Sea mostly because I really liked the color of the cover. I dug Still Spinning Shrapnel, but Just What Nobody Wanted was just what I felt like. I could also mention Another Fine Mess of this album, I suppose.

Mayhem - Life Eternal
Mayhem was the first black metal band I got into and back in 97-98 I was all engrossed into that death wish stuff. Life Eternal, with Attila's out of tune invocations of suicide was very much up my alley. Not to mention that the music was massive too.

Annihilator - King of the Kill
I first heard this after midnight on german metal tv show Metalla. I stat bolt upright in bed and started to bang right away. 'Nuff said.

Judas Priest - Painkiller
The story on this is almost the same as for King of the Kill. If you weren't blown away the first time you heard that drum intro, something's wrong with you. :p

I guess there are more.
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#8 Post by t.a.j. » 21 Mar 2009 08:23

Cause you know, uncommented long lists of songs are the most interesting read ever.
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#9 Post by Lord Borbak » 21 Mar 2009 13:15

t.a.j. wrote:Cause you know, uncommented long lists of songs are the most interesting read ever.
Indeed, it's really informative and it really gets a conversation going.
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#10 Post by Frozen within » 21 Mar 2009 15:06

I will limit myself to rock/metal songs, because noone wants to know how certain Christina Aguilera songs blew me away when I heard them for the first time :wink:

Iron Maiden - Caught somewhere in time. Can't put my finger on what makes this song so fucking special to me, but it still blows me away every time I hear it. THE song that ultimately sparked my interest in metal.

Symphony X - The odyssey. Well, how can one not be blown away by this absolute masterpiece ?

Queen - I want it all. I remember the first time when I heard the guitar solo kicking in and I was sold. It's STILL one of my my favourite guitar solos of all time !

Judas Priest - Between the hammer and the anvil. I remember spinning Painkiller for the first time and not liking it one bit, until this song was up. It's such a simple straightforward song, but it fucking breathes METAL to me.

Blind Guardian - The curse of Feanor. My favourite BG song, easily. Kick ass track that I can only hope to hear live some day (BG fest 2 !!!) ....

Opeth - The Moor. Couldn't believe my ears when I heard it, I was absolutely struck with awe and it's still the case when I listen to it.
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#11 Post by DiehardBGfan » 21 Mar 2009 19:42

In Flames - Cloud Connected
Blind Guardian - Punishment Devine
DevilDriver - Digging up the Corpses
Godsmack - I Stand Alone
Metallica - Fuel
Cannibal Corpse - Blood Drenched Execution

BTW, this thread is actually a good idea.

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#12 Post by Edain » 21 Mar 2009 22:05

Nice one, haven't done this before.

Metallica - Master of Puppets (S&M)
My actually first Metal song on my first metal CD ever - heard Nothing Else Matters (yeah, blame me :P ) on the radio, bought the album - and didn't really like it, ecxept that song. Geez, this song even grows with the orchestral dramaturgy.

Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-earth
I refuse naming a single song: Metallica didn't turn me into a metalhead. But in the time I was a Tolkien geek I heard there's a good piece of music dealing with the Silmarillion. Ordered it via Amazon, put it into my CD-player and ... well ... changed my life. Turned me from an average radio-listener into a die-hard music fan, had given up the guitar years ago, today I'm playing (rather: trying) Bass, guitar and drums. Saying "it blew me away" is an understatement.

Metallica - ... And justice for all
From the first moment on I just adored how James' pissed shouting fits the lyrics (Justice is lost / Justice is raped / Justice is gone!), some great riffs and solid grooves too. Their best song.

Blind Guardian - Punishment Divine
The most perfect blend of haunting lyrics, ferocious vocals, speed, harmonies and an outro I'm not capable to describe.

Judas Priest - Painkiller
This one's the definition of Metal. Anyone who disagrees will be squashed by this piece of british steel - drum intro, main riff, Rob's voice.

Opeth - Funeral Portrait
Found it on youtube and was just hypnotised by this fireworks of sombre and complex but hard-hitting and groovy riffs and this voice that seems to come directly out of the depths of hell.

Dream Theater - In the name of God
The first Dream Theater-song I liked - I loved it. All the Dream Theater-trademarks (technically flawless, great melodies) combined with a lyrical theme I like, great riffs and a very athmospheric interlude (Hundreds of belivers ... lured into a doomsday cult).

Fintroll - Fiskarens Fiende
Humppa!

Bolt Thrower - Anti-tank (Dead armour)
The sound of being overrun by a tank.

Annihilator - Alison Hell
Was mentioned before. These riffs....!

Blind Guardian - Sacred
They're back. :twisted:
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#13 Post by Stormrider. » 22 Mar 2009 03:05

Edain wrote:Metallica - ... And justice for all
From the first moment on I just adored how James' pissed shouting fits the lyrics (Justice is lost / Justice is raped / Justice is gone!), some great riffs and solid grooves too. Their best song.
Oh yes.

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#14 Post by teo_guardian » 22 Mar 2009 09:04

Metallica-sad but true (first metal song ever...and actually first time i heard a guitar with distortion...i was 7 years old^^)

Blind guardian-Mirror Mirror,noldor,time what is time,bard's song,lord of the rings,nightfall (yes i fell in love with all these from the first time)

judas priest-painkiller
nightwish-wish i had an angel (i was young)
manowar-black wind fire and steel
gamma ray-armagedon,rebellion in dreamland
rhapsody-the village of dwarves
iced earth-melancholy


and lots of others...i don't remember right now

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#15 Post by Wicked Child » 22 Mar 2009 19:54

Alright.. I'll put in a timeline

AC/DC - Hail Caesar
First really heavy stuff I listened to and actually liked! The nuances between thick and low voices, acoustic stuff with high pitched screamed vocals and distortion kick offs really got me into this. It left me a thirst for heaviness which got me seeking for heavier things until I dicovered more Metal-ish things.

Metallica - Sad But True
One more song on my journey seeking heavy stuff. The initial chords were like knives to my ears. Devastating for me at the time.

Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark
After discovering heavy and low tempo songs, this was the first speed thing I heard. When I first heard the singing I officialy turned into Bruce's bitch :P . Now I was searching for heavy/aggressive and fast things...

Judas Priest - Painkiller
Sums up everythig I was looking for! Until today I think it came to be the most perfect Metal song ever written.

Blind Guardian - Nightfall
I was really into power metal at the time I heard Nightfall, but BG took me into another level of music understanding. I couldn't imagine something like this could be made. The different voice layers and instrumental harmonies were totally beyond my comprehention.

Blind Guardian - Into The Storm
After listening to Nightfall recorded on a tape, I recorded the entire album and BAM! I was a BG fan.

Iced Earth - Pure Evil
I had listened to My Own Savior previously and it didn't catch much of my attention. But when I listened to Alive In Athens and played the track 03 - Pure Evil, I just went out of my mind. The lyrics, the initial arpeggios and Barlow's performance. Crazy.

Gamma Ray - Anywhere In The Galaxy
My third phase of power metal bands. I knew Hansen work from this song (I knew everything he made on Helloween before, but never noticed that HE was the man).

Kreator - Violent Revolution
After a long period of time only listening to power metal and NWOBHM, and thinking that there wasn't anything interesting on that anymore, I discovered that there were intelligent life on Thrash Metal. I read an interview talking about VR and then I decided to give it a chance. Completely change on my musical concept.

Kreator - Enemy Of God
I had listened like a thousand times the previous record, and when EOG came out, I went crazy. I got passioned about the lyrical work and the aggressive of this band. Fan forever.

Arch Enemy - Nemesis
I knew Anthems Of Rebellion before, but didn't hear too much. When I heard Nemesis on the radio (!!) I knew that I would love the band. Permanent influence on me as a musician. Ammot play beautiful melodies mixed with furious riffs and the killer growls of Angela Gossow.


Well.. I think that these are the most remarkable Metal songs of my life.. there are a thousand more of artists that marked my life such as Elvis, Zeppelin, Raul Seixas, Raimundos, Pink Floyd, Beatles etc.
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#16 Post by Catanduva » 22 Mar 2009 21:58

Ace of Spade - Motorhead
Battery/Master Of Puppets - Metallica
Die Young - Black Sabbath
Black in Mind - Rage
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#17 Post by Psychotron » 23 Mar 2009 14:12

well, next try, as it seems some people here rightfully demanded some explanation on the choices. I´ll comment on the most important.


Megadeth - Holy Wars
Hearing this turned this band to be my absolutely favourite band. I liked Megadeth before, I had heard Youthanasia and Countdown to Extinction (this was one of my favourite albums at the time). But when I put Rust in Peace on my CD player and this monster of a song started I was hooked till the last note of the album. The main riff is absolutely spectacular. This is Megadeth's Painkiller and that says all.

Megadeth - Blackmail the Universe
I guess it was in 2003 when Megadeth announced their separation. They split up. Megadeth is over, I thought. This made me very sad, just imagine this happens with Blind Guardian righ now. But one year later on Megadeth´s official webpage appeared a music clip showing some riffs from this song, a song that wolud be part of their next album. I was blown away. Megadeth were back and Dave Mustaine wrote one of his best songs to date for the occasion.

Iron Maiden - The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
I've had heard all albums from this band. All but one, Somewhere in Time. Someone told me that album wasn't very good so I thought I wasn´t missing anythig worth it. One day I was on a bar where metal music was frequently played and this song started to sound. This caught my attention. It sounded familiar, like something I would like to hear from Iron Maiden. Then Bruce Dickinson's voice came in and exclaimed "wait, this is Iron Maiden"(I did it in spanish actually). I was amazed by the song, couldn´t believe I didn´t know of such a good song from one of my favourites bands of that moment. The guy who told me Somewhere in time wasn´t so good had absolutely no idea.

Rage - Shame on you, Solitary Man, Enough is Enough
This are the first three Rage songs I heard, the first three from the Trapped! album. And I didn't need anything more to become a fan. This songs are soooo catchy. I only heard this songs once and three months later, their choruses still were coming back to my head from time to time reminding me that I must get that album.

Dream Theater - The Glass Prisson
Well, this song is 14 minutes of pure awesomeness. Dream Theater managed to surprised fans with this song as the opener for the succesor of the unsurpassable Scenes from a Memory. This was the heaviest stuff they had ever written. This sounded really fresh and original at the time, sadly they decided to repeat the formula in their next album getting not so brlliant results.

Dream Theater - Take the Time
This is some of the very firs I listened of this band. Why I was blown away? I didn't know it was possible to play like that, never heard a song like that before, with all those changes and technical passages.

Blind Guardian - Fly
This is Blind Guardian trying something different. Not the kind of song I was expecting from them. Four years had passed since I heard A Night at the Opera (my favourite album, ever) and I was dying to hear the new single. My expectations were incredible high and I new that no matter how the song were, I would like it anyway. I couldn't wait for the single to come out so I downloaded the song and waited for the appropiated moment to hear it. I must be alone so that noone could distract me from the song. So I set the volume of my speakers to a high level and prepared to fly. And I flew, the song was amazing, from the beginning to the end that was the best Blind Guardian I've ever heard. The song gave me goosebumps each time a new part showed up.

Judas Priest - Painkiller
This is the meaning of awesomeness. A perfect song.

Queen - the Miracle
What a beautiful song. This song made me feel something inside when I heard it. And it moved me to tears several times.

Queen - The March of the Black Queen
"Here comes the Black Queen poking in the pile
Fi fo the Black Queen marching single file"


This song is absolutly incredlible. And this guys were doing music like this in the year 74? Truly they deserve the fame they had. 6 minutes of a song that never repeats a previous part, with solos, epic choirs, and full of craziness. Freddy Mercury at its best.

Pain of Salvation - Scarsick
Somehow I didnt have expectations for a new Pain of Salvation album. But when I heard this I was suddenly hypnotized. This song has something that cautivates me and mesmerized me every time I listen to it.
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#18 Post by Catanduva » 24 Mar 2009 04:18

Psychotron wrote:Rage - Shame on you, Solitary Man, Enough is Enough
This are the first three Rage songs I heard, the first three from the Trapped! album. And I didn't need anything more to become a fan. This songs are soooo catchy. I only heard this songs once and three months later, their choruses still were coming back to my head from time to time reminding me that I must get that album.
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#19 Post by Cerbere » 24 Mar 2009 04:30

wow, is metallica the band that gets everyone into metal? it did to me too

Metallica-Battery
first metal song i ever heard because it was the first song on the first metal CD in my house (my brother got it)

Iron Maiden- Hallowed Be Thy Name
omfg great song, best song on the first metal CD i bought, i love that song

Bathory- Raise the Dead
Bathory is my favorite band ever, this is the first song i heard by them i was pretty much blown away by ever song by the especially a fine day to die like trane said

Stratovarius- Kiss of Judas
first song i heard by them too, sooooo awesome

Blind Guardian- And Then There Was Silence
not first song i heard by them, but first memorable song i ever heard by them

Blind Guardian- Majesty
first song i heard of their old stuff, i was surprised but in a good way[/i]

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#20 Post by t.a.j. » 24 Mar 2009 09:32

Cerbere wrote:wow, is metallica the band that gets everyone into metal? it did to me too
It is the most famous band associated with metal, having had the distinct advantage of being represented in normal media, thus many people get to hear them. I suppose most people who did not have any friends or relatives to introduce them to metal got introduced to it be heavy bands played by normal media.
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#21 Post by Eisfunke » 24 Mar 2009 15:14

-Melechesh (my favorite band over all the other ones for sure!!!) with Gyroscope, Ladders To Sumeria and Rebirth Of The Nemesis
-Nightfall with Mother Of All Gods..., Ishtar and Aenaon
-Hammerfall with Blood Bound and The Templar Flame
-Septic Flesh with Dark River, Little Music Box and Magic Loves Infinity
-Gamma Ray with Leaving Hell and Spiritual Dictator
-Kreator with Servant In Heaven-King In Hell
-Blind Guardian with Battlefield and The Curse Of Fëanor
-Demons & Wizards with Spatial Architects
-Firewind with Falling To Pieces and Remember
-Exodus with Fabulous Disaster
-Immortal with Demonium
-Dark Tranquillity with Terminus, Cathode Ray Sunshine and Lethe
-Iron Maiden with Lord Of The Flies and Run To The Hills
-Iced Earth with The Coming Curse, Melancholy and Retribution Through Ages
-In Flames with Come Clarity, Take This Life and Reflect The Storm
-Thyrfing with Draugs Harg and Host
-Soulfly with Babylon
-Behemoth with Typhonian Soul Zodiack
-Bloodbath with The Soul Collector
-Marduk with Bloodletting
-Rammstein with Ohne Dich
And I think it's all so far... if not I'll do an exhaustive list!!
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#22 Post by End Of An Era » 25 Mar 2009 08:20

Ok i'm editing my list to "the was it is supposed to be posted" :P

Judas Priest - Out in the Cold. After hearing JP w/ Rob Halford back in 2004 i regretted sooo much not knowing them better, i downloaded some albums and this song appealed to me so much! must have been how i felt back then.

Metal Church - Metal Church. First time hearing this song it was a dutchies new years meeting in a metal bar. Thought it was 2006. Filled me up instantly with a surge of adrenaline and pure bliss. Didn't bang head much harder and more than that particular night :D

Metal Church - The Dark. After that new years meet i downloaded more Metal Church. The Dark did very much the same as Metal Church, until my mother stormed into my room to turn the music down :P

Alice Cooper - Poison. My brothers used to listen Classic rock when they were younger and when i could barely walk and talk. When older i rediscovered it, and Alice Cooper still touches a nerve with this song. Amazing.

Dream Theater - Forsaken. Only last year i discovered DT truly. Keyboard player gave me a link to this video in awesome HQ, was a great experience listening this beautiful song with HQ sound and image at full volume. yeah.. 8)

Shadow Gallery - Don't Ever Cry, Just Remember. Listened this song for the first time not long after my ex dumped me. it sort of helped me through a difficult time.

Pure Reason Revolution - The Intention Craft. Tipped by an aquaintance, i got The Dark Third. Wow, epic album, with this song as absolute climax. What a friggin' amazingly beautiful music!!

Annihilator - Alison Hell. When i was searching for a band to sing in, i came across a guy who played bass in a kick-ass prog rock/metal band. He wanted badly to give me a chance for an audition, but we couldn't decide on which song. He finally stumbled on this song. absolute spinechill! and guess what, i got the part too :P

Candlemass - Samarithan. Beautiful song, just sort of appealed to me

Falconer - Entering Eternity. Discovering more and more metal, i downloaded left and right, and i stumbled on Falconer. epic song!! instantly in love with these great riffs and melody!

Haggard - Eppur Si Muove. Such a kick ass build up, guess this is the song which disturbed my mother the most. First the shock of "my god, he's listening classical music!" followed by "my god, i wish it was only classical music!"

Halford - Drive. Loving Rob's voice so much, i downloaded some of his solo work. Listening Drive drive it absolutely fired a spark. Dunno why, it just grabbed me i guess.

Opeth - The Leper Affinity. OFMG. That was going through my mind all the time when listening this for the first time. in a positive sense :P

Queensryche - Queen Of The Reich. One of the smaller steps into rock and progrock i discovered Operation: Mindcrime. After that i wanted to know more and i downloaded their debut. I instantly envy Geoff Tate for his voice, and still do.

Ayreon - Valley Of The Queens. How can one who has no experience on the subject put so much emotion in a song? wondered that from day 1.

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#23 Post by Bender B. Rodriguez » 26 Mar 2009 19:19

Nevermore's The fault of the flesh,pretty amazing,i was very surprised when i first listened to it.
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#24 Post by Gandalf de Grijze » 26 Mar 2009 20:10

Ok, I'll try to give as good an overview as I can, I must say though that sometimes an entire album blew me away and not a single song stood out above the high quality. In random order:

Ayreon - Dawn Of A Million Souls This song blew me away with the powerful voice of Russel Allen. This was not long after I first started listening to Symphony X.

Symphony X - The Odyssey As mentioned before, one awesome epic song. How can anyone not be in awe?

Blind Guardian - Bright Eyes Not my first encounter with BG, but this song was on my first album ever (IFTOS). Loved it from the start, and I still get goosebumps when I hear it.

Blind Guardian - And Then There Was Silence First song I heard from BG that wasn't released before I got to know the band (got to know them about a year after NiME was released). The grand epic scale just blew me away, at that time i had this song put on my minidiscman and played it when i was doing my newspaper rounds.. so basically that meant listening to this song 4 times in a row, before the day was started. Must have heard it a few thousand times since the first time, and even now, I am amazed at what they did. I still hear new stuff here and there plus the live rendition is simply AWESOME.

Valensia - Gaia This song I heard for the first time when it was released back in the early 90's on the radio. It was only a small hit, and didn't get a lot of airplay. But this song kept stuck in my mind untill I rediscovered it a few years ago. It still is an amazing song.

Queen - Princes Of The Universe The sheer power and awesomeness of this song is just brilliant, can't help loving it.

ASP - Die Ruhe vor dem Sturm Gotten from a good friend, I was impressed by the buildup of this song. The music alone tells a story, add to that the lyrics.

Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third This album is just one huge masterpiece. First time I listened to this band was on a cd from a friend, I later downloaded it and figured it was the UK version. When I bought the cd it was the european 2cd version, which had 5 songs extra. Those extra songs were even more impressive if possible. Though I still can't pick a single song from the album which stands out above the most outstanding pieces that form the rest of the album.

Riverside - Acronym Love When I first heard this song it was at the concert last year. I heard it and was just in awe. Amazingly beautiful, very strong lyrics and very very emotional. Been an emotional support for me since.

Riverside - Rapid Eye Movement This entire album is just amazing. Containing a mixture between the Pink Floydish atmospheric stuff, and the more Opethish metal sound. The Pink Floyd reference gets even more obvious when on the 2nd disc an excerpt from Shine On You Crazy Diamond is used.

Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond Well then, after the last remark this is the most logical next thought. Quite possibly my favorite PF song. The entire buildup is just amazing. Got to admit the other 3 songs on Wish You Were Here are almost as awesome, but the two SOYCD's are just a bit more.

Pink Floyd - High Hopes Yet another masterpiece from PF. Such an awesome setting that this song creates.

Iced Earth - Angel's Holocaust Incredibly awesome opener of the best album from Iced Earth. It took me a long time to get used to Barlow, but this album was an immediate hit.

Golden Earring - Quiet Eyes Not the best known song from the Earring, but this song amazed me by being different from their other work, while still having the same sound.

Pagan's Mind - United Alliance Again, not the first encounter with this band, but this was the song that proved my initial suspicion of the band right: A very talented band that could become very strong.

Porcupine Tree - Lazarus Gotten the entire Deadwing album from a friend. Without her telling me what songs she prefered I picked the same songs as my favorites, this song being the most amazing one. A very strong ballad.

I guess I could go on for a while with this list adding Savatage, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, Pain Of Salvation, Gamma Ray, Kamelot, TSO, Opeth, more BG and others that impressed me

Edit:
Lunatic Soul - Lunatic Soul A very worthy mention for this album. The solo project of Mariusz Duda from Riverside. An album with a very thick atmosphere, heavy lyrics but without electric guitars. simply awesomeness!!!
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#25 Post by Epic IM » 29 Mar 2009 14:29

Frozen within wrote: Symphony X - The odyssey. Well, how can one not be blown away by this absolute masterpiece ?
I agree that the song is a masterpiece but isn't it rather long to digest the whole song on the first listening? I was more amazed by, say Inferno (Unleash the Fire) or Accolade II's beautiful keyboard parts at the beginning of the song when I first heard the album. But these days The Odyssey is probably my favourite song of the album.
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#26 Post by Gandalf de Grijze » 29 Mar 2009 14:49

well.. I am personally a fan of long songs, as you may have noticed. donno if teh same goes fro frozen, but I think long songs give an artist teh chance to show all they've got and thus are very good examples of an artists abillities. And if an artist is truely good, you can sit down and listen to songs longer than teh average 5 minutes from beginning to end without getting distracted. at least.. that goes for me.
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#27 Post by rdyfrde » 31 Mar 2009 12:04

Early days of my Metal education (c1983-87)-
Quiet Riot - Metal Health (One of the first Metal...Hard Rock...whatever you want to call it songs that I heard in 1983. I loved it from the minute I heard it)
AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long (one of the early bands that my mom got me into. At the time I didn't realize it was about sex yet. I was only 8 after all ;)
Judas Priest - Breaking the Law (it's not that complicated of a song but it blew me away at age 9)
Iron Maiden - Wasted Years (I remember hearing it for the first time in 1986 and being in love with that riff)
Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train (I wasn't into Ozzy when Randy was still alive but I loved this song the first time I heard it on the radio in 1986. That riff is still beyond awesome, even after some 30 years)

The middle years (c1987-1992)-
Yngwie Malmsteen - Icarus Dream Suite Opus 4 (I always had a soft spot for classical music and this married the two flawlessly)
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me (yeah, it's not very Metal-like but it still made my jaw drop in 1988)
Joe Satriani - Big Bad Moon (never heard of Joe before 1988 and when I did I was dumbstruck. One of the many people to make me pick up the guitar)
Jason Becker - Air (I love this song so hard. Ironically I got into Jason by seeing his picture in a magazine in 1988. I thought he looked pretty cute so I went out and got the album)
Metallica - And Justice For All (damn near the whole album made my jaw drop in 1988. And it was a mistake that I even received it in the mail in the first place)
Savatage - Gutter Ballet (I remember seeing it on the Headbanger's Ball and being in awe of it.)
Helloween - Halloween (Another I saw on the Headbanger's Ball and another I was blown away with. And that was just a crappy 5 minute chopfest of a video. Imagine my surprise when I found out it was really 13 minutes long ;))
Queensryche - Eyes of a Stranger (Being that I am from their hometown, I heard a lot of Queensryche growing up but this song was the first to make me pay attention)
Queen - Liar (technically I'd been a Queen fan since the early 80's but I never got around to hearing the first couple albums. It was love at first hear when I listened to the Queen 1, with "Liar" being the song that blew me away the most. It still has one of the best bass solos ever)
Dream Theater - Take the Time (I remember it clearly in 1992. I hated their previous video "Pull Me Under" so I wasn't expecting much. Too bad I didn't count on having my jaw fall to the ground either)

The 90's-
Pink Floyd - Shine on You Crazy Diamond (I remember hearing Floyd while growing up on oldies stations but I never paid much attention to them until 1994. That's when I heard this song on the radio on faithful night. I love how it builds and builds)
Deep Purple - Lazy (I'd heard "Smoke on the Water" a gazillion times over the years but this song is the one that blew me away. Then again, I've always had a soft spot for the awesome Jon Lord so that might have something to do with it ;))
Rammstein - Du Hast (Even though I'm not a big fan of that particular genre of music, I couldn't help to be amazed by this song. I love how it plays out)

The early 00's (2000-04)-
Iced Earth - A Question of Heaven (My co-worker got me into Iced Earth in 2001. He sent me a few songs which I liked for the most part. It wasn't until I got the Dark Saga that I heard this one. It's still my favorite of theirs and it was before I found out it was Hansi's too ;))
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Mad Russians Christmas (yeah it's based on a song from the Nutcracker but it's still gives me chills anyway)
Symphony X - The Divine Wings of Tragedy (Quite possibly the best long song ever. I remember hearing the intro for the first time in 2003 and thinking, "This song is going to be awesome" and it was)
Star One - Dawn of a Million Souls (This was my first taste of Arjen's stuff in 2003 and I've become seemly addicted ever since. Ironically I love the live version way better than the studio one found on FOTM)
Ayreon - The New Migrator (I loved it from the minute it played on the CD. It still blows me away, even after 6 years of listening to it)
Landmarq - Terracotta Army (Most people on here aren't going to know this progband from the UK but this song is just...well, awesome. It gives me chills just thinking about it)
Threshold - Sanity's End (Twisting, turning, epic. Not to mention it has the awe-inspiring Damian Wilson on it. It became an instant favorite within the first minute)
Blind Guardian - The Bard's Song (I remember getting the Forgotten Tales album in 2004 and hearing this song for the first time in live form. Needless to say I get chills listening to the crowd sing the song. Go figure)
Blind Guardian - And Then There Was Silence (I heard this song for the first time on the DVD and....well, putting into words what I felt afterward is way too hard. There are just no words to accurately describe it)
Edguy - Tears of a Mandrake (I got the Mandrake album from an online friend in 2004. I think I got about 2 minutes into it before I decided that I loved this band)
Shadow Gallery - New World Order (Damn, this song is....well, epic. I got into this band via Ayreon and I had no idea they would manage to blow me away with one song)

Latter 00's (2005-09)
Angra - Carolina IV (My friend Mr Torture from Argentina got me into this band in the middle of 2005. He gave me a crash course on their songs which I liked for the most part. It was until I heard this one that I fell in love with Andre Matos. I love the native feel of this song. Not to mention the live version on Holy Live is the best version overall)
Michael Kiske - Do I Remember A Life? (I rediscovered Michael in late 2005 and this song is just mesmerizing. I love how it builds up. I'm a sucker for these sorts of songs as you can see from my list....)
Avantasia - The Seven Angels (I loved the first album a lot but this song is one of the few Avantasia songs that actually gives me chills. I'd kill to see it live in its entirety. I know they played the chorus part in 2008)
Gamma Ray - The Silence (I heard it for the first time sung by Kai in early 2006. This is the song that made me become a Gamma Ray fan. Hands down, it's their best. Period)
Helloween - King For a 1000 Years (It wasn't until I heard it live in 2008 that I really was taken by this song. I got the CD and proceeded to listen to said song around 10 times in a row. Again another of those building sort of songs. Not to mention, evil Andi is pretty cool to hear in the middle of it.)
Andre Matos - A New Moonlight (I loved the original Viper version from 1989 but this just blows it to smithereens. It's just...well, fucking beautiful for the lack of a better description)
Warmen - Salieri Strikes Back (It's all instrumental but no less stunning)
Galexia - Rose of Thorns (It's hard to describe this song to people. Some think it's too long and boring while it just blows me away every time I listen to it. *shrugs*)
Sonata Arctica - White Pearl, Black Oceans (I don't even like this band but I love this song. Especially the frantic part at the end)
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#28 Post by Cerbere » 01 Apr 2009 01:40

i forgot one


Ensiferum- A Tale of Revenge
Epic. I had heard Wintersun before I first heard this but never Ensiferum. I pleasently surprised that it sounded like Wintersun but with folk stuff. I now have every Ensiferum album with Jari.

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#29 Post by freedom fighter » 01 Apr 2009 18:38

Blind Guardian - Blood Tears
Blind Guardian - Nightfall
Blind Guardian - Badr's Song
Bind Guardian - Mirror Mirror
Blind Guardian - A Dark Passage
Blind Guardian - Lord Of The Rings
Blind Guardian - Otherland
Blind Guardian - A Past And Future Secret
Paradise Lost - Paradise Lost (the whole album)
Paradise Lost - In Requiem (the whole album)
Gamma Ray - Lake Of Tears
Gamma Ray - Pray
Stratovarius - Will My Soul Ever Rest In Peace
Savatage - Back To The Reason
Pain Of Salvation - Oblivion Ocean
Electric Light Orchestra - Tiket To The Moon
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#30 Post by rdyfrde » 01 Apr 2009 21:16

freedom fighter wrote:Gamma Ray - Lake Of Tears
Can I ask why you chose this song? I see it as yet another so-so ballad.
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#31 Post by Palantyre » 02 Apr 2009 18:50

Let's see now...

Helloween - Eagle Fly Free
I've told this story several times before, but so what.
When I was thirteen or so, my sister gave me a big load of her old C-tapes so I could record stuff from the radio on them. Among these cassettes was one that caught my attention with the strange title "Keeper of the Seven Keys part II". So out of curiosity I put the tape in the player and hit play. The intro already sounded cool, but when EFF started.... goddamn it all to hell. I think I bounced around the apartment (good thing I was alone at the time) for pretty much the entirety of the song.
I had heard some Megadeth before that and thought it was okay, and I listened to hard rock like Bon Jovi, but I consider that specific moment with Helloween as the very point when I became a metalhead.

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#32 Post by freedom fighter » 03 Apr 2009 14:22

rdyfrde wrote:
freedom fighter wrote:Gamma Ray - Lake Of Tears
Can I ask why you chose this song? I see it as yet another so-so ballad.
At that time when i had heard it i was not melalhead yet, so it was the best song i've ever heard.

I forgot another song that absolutely blew me away the first time i heard it. It's Adorned Brood - Göttersehnsucht.
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#33 Post by t.a.j. » 03 Apr 2009 20:02

Palantyre wrote: Helloween - Eagle Fly Free
Everything but the chorus man, that chorus is so boring, the song would have been so much better without it.
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#34 Post by Palantyre » 03 Apr 2009 20:32

t.a.j. wrote:
Palantyre wrote: Helloween - Eagle Fly Free
Everything but the chorus man, that chorus is so boring, the song would have been so much better without it.
Sorry, that's just not true at all. :P
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#35 Post by CJones » 24 Apr 2009 04:29

Rhapsody - Power of the Dragonflame. Why you may ask? I heard this in the background of a Youtube video and surprisingly didn't hate it. When when I found out it was by a metal band (a style of music I had always assumed I universally hated), my views on metal, and music in general, were vastly changed forever. Power led to Prog (my favorite variety), and now I like metal in general.

Blind Guardian - And Then There was Silence. Not just saying this because this is the BG board. I love epic music, and metal is full of epic music. But this is the most epic I've heard. I put in ANATO just to listen to this song.

Suspyre - The Singer. The first song I ever heard by Suspyre, my favorite band going on a year now. I know like 2 other people who've heard of this band. I still consider this their best song, and quite possibly my favorite metal song. You can listen to this in its entirety at LastFM (http://www.last.fm/music/Suspyre), which I constantly recommend to people. If you like both prog metal and classical music, you will like this.

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#36 Post by CJones » 24 Apr 2009 04:46

After reading through everyone elese posts, I see a lot of stuff I wish I had also mentioned. However, I'll only add one:

Dream Theater - Glass Prison. I didn't really "get" what was supposed to be so great about Dream Theater just listening to their older stuff. I liked I&W well enough, but... Glass Prison though, was incredible. It took me a while to get through that whole album, just because I kept listening to Glass Prison over and over.

Also, I think I'm the only Symphony X fan who wasn't blown away by The Odyssey. The first half is good, but the rest, not so much. I was far more impressed with Divine Wings of Tradgedy, and basically all of V.

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#37 Post by t.a.j. » 24 Apr 2009 07:04

CJones wrote: Also, I think I'm the only Symphony X fan who wasn't blown away by The Odyssey. The first half is good, but the rest, not so much. I was far more impressed with Divine Wings of Tradgedy, and basically all of V.
I agree with that.
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#38 Post by Naurbereth » 03 Jun 2009 16:17

All Blind Guardian songs (except Fly and Another Holy war) now i like both of these songs :)
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#39 Post by rdyfrde » 03 Jun 2009 17:51

CJones wrote:Also, I think I'm the only Symphony X fan who wasn't blown away by The Odyssey. The first half is good, but the rest, not so much. I was far more impressed with Divine Wings of Tradgedy, and basically all of V.
Definitely. I love the first part of "Divine Wings of Tragedy". It never fails to give me goosebumps 8)
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#40 Post by jophelerks » 22 Jun 2009 18:39

No, Metallica didn't get us all into metal. I've never liked them, actually. What got me into metal was (okay, go ahead and laugh)
Dragonforce-Through the Fire and Flames. Of course, this wasn't around when most were getting into metal, I came on a bit late, but still, when I first heard this I was blown away. I knew I had to hear metal.
Dragonforce- Valley of the Damned (demo). Quickly became my favorite metal song
Falconer- The Clarion Call. Got me into Falconer, and, thus, the more medieval side of the metal arena.
Blind Guardian- Another Stranger Me. A friend of mine got me to listen to it, hooked me on Blind Guardian forever. Also This Will Never End and Otherland, after the friend bought the whole ATITM album.
Blind Guardian- The Bard's Song in the forest (new studio version). Heard this for the first time while exploring Blind Guardian. Best ballad ever.
Kamelot- When the Lights are Down. A couple of friends of mine tried to get me into these guys. When I heard the chorus of WtLaD I was instantly hooked.
Blind Guardian-And Then There Was Silence. What more do I really need to say, now?
Falconer-Dreams and Pyres. Comparable to BG's epic ATTWS. Closer to their new album Among Beggars and Thieves, when I got this and heard the song I felt chills throughout my whole body.
Hammerfall- Glory to the Brave, Legacy of Kings. After deciding to buy their compilation album Steel Meets Steel, I found their ridiculously good ballad and spine-chilling epic.
Kamelot- Memento Mori. Kamelot's epic such as Dreams and Pyres and ATTWS.
After Forever-Energize Me. On my quest for symphonic metal I found After Forever and this song instantly convinced me that symphonic metal was a must-have.
Epica-Feint (acoustic). I discovered the goodness of Epica soon after AF and this song brought me to love them.
Within Temptation-Ice Queen. Yet another symphonic metal band I actually found from a friend. This song opened the door to more symphonic goodness.
Blind Guardian-Into the Storm. After hearing Mirror Mirror and Nightfall, I wanted to hear the rest of this critically acclaimed album. Into the Storm certainly didn't fail to disappoint.

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#41 Post by Ornendil » 23 Jun 2009 07:46

My memory is too crap to remember anything older than a few months, but at least here's a few new ones:

Elvenking - Miss Conception. This one convinced me I like acoustic Elvenking better than the normal kind. Which is sad since they'll probably not make much more in this style. Oh, well. Fortunately the normal stuff kicks ass as well.
Glittertind - Varder i brann. I'd heard "Nordafjells" and "Longships and Mead" and it had convinced me that Glittertind with experienced musicians and good song structures just wasn't right. But here I got instantly proven wrong!
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#42 Post by West Virginia Mule » 23 Jun 2009 16:41

Song that absolutely blew you away the first time you heard it
Molly Hatchet's "Bounty Hunter"

First song on side one, first album, 1978. Still one of the best fucking songs ever. 8)
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#43 Post by Bender B. Rodriguez » 24 Jun 2009 05:51

i must add Bruce Dickinson's version of King In Krinsom live in brazil.absolutely amazing.

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#44 Post by Led Guardian » 24 Jun 2009 21:16

Not sure I've mentioned it, but Dream Theater's The Glass Prison blew me away, and continues to do so every time I hear it. So powerful, and the instrumental sections give me chills, that's how awesome they are. Mirror Mirror blew me away the first time as well, and Battlefield also. So epic. The melodies in Mirror Mirror are sexy, and the chorus never fails to give me goosebumps. Same for most of the parts in Battlefield. Oh, and Led Zeppelin's Achilles' Last Stand. Simply amazing. The riffs, the solos, the drumming... *shivers* Well, that's all I can think of for now.
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#45 Post by Yooden » 06 Jul 2009 20:58

There are so many songs... heres a few

Iced earth - melancholy
really showed me how versatile metal can be, and that an acoustic song can be heavy as hell.
Barlow was THE metal-god IMO from then on.

Blind guardian - bard song (live)
A live recording first time I heard it, and maybe the third BG-song I´ve listened to up til then.
When the crowd joins in...

Iced Earth - Dantes inferno
The craftmanship of this song is just perfect, 16 minutes that feels like 5.
There is no bad part to this song

Iron maiden - Run to the hills
The song that made me a metalhead, just a few seconds of the commercial for best of the beast
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#46 Post by yamasidious » 31 Aug 2009 00:03

Wow! Too many to list...I'll try,

Metallica - One
Metallica - Dyers Eve
Metallica - Fade to Black
Metallica - My Apacolypse (after nearly 20 years I never thought they would play music like this ever again!)
Megadeth - Holy wars...the punishment due (still the best metal song ever)
Megadeth - In My Darkest Hour
Megadeth - Blackmail the Universe
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Iron Maiden - Revelation
Iron Maiden - Moonchild
Iron Maiden - Infinite Dreams
Iron Maiden - Dance of Death
Iced Earth - Damien
Iced Earth - Dracula
Iced Earth - Gettysburg
Demons & Wizards - The Whistler
Demons & Wizards - Beneath these Waves
Blind Guardian - Punishment Devine
Blind Guardian - Bright Eyes
Blind Guardian - And the Story Ends
Blind Guardian - Battlefield
Blind Guardian - The Curse of Feanor
Blind Guardian - And then there was Slience
Blind Guardian - Noldar (Dead Winter Reigns)
Blind Guardian - The Eldar
Becoming the Archetype - End of the Age
Arch Enemy - Silent Wars
Death - Lack of Comprehension
Death - Crystal Mountain
Pyramaze - A Beautiful Death
Black Sabbath - Hand of Doom


I'm sure there is a ton more that I'm forgetting. This was just off of the top of my head.

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#47 Post by Andreas » 02 Sep 2009 23:33

Yay, I'll join in (and will try to keep it short).

Avantasia - Farewell
Blind Guardian - Into the Storm
Blind Guardian - Mirror Mirror
Blind Guardian - Time What is Time
Freedom Call - Carry On
Freedom Call - Hero Nation
HammerFall - Secrets
HammerFall - Crimson Thunder
HammerFall - Glory to the Brave
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Re: Songs that absolutely blew you away the first time you heard

#48 Post by Arwen Arianna » 04 Sep 2009 14:33

Blind Guardian~ All the King's Horses (the only time I ever actually cried due to music)
Blind Guardian~ Imaginations from the Other Side (which made me fall in love with the band.. a point of no return :D)
Blind Guardian~ Sacred
Blind Guardian~ Blood Tears
Blind Guardian~ And Then There Was Silence
Demons&Wizards~ Crimson King
Demons&Wizards~ My Last Sunrise
Dimmu Borgir~ Vredesbyrd (not even their best song... )
Rhapsody~ Magic of the Wizards Dream (Christopher Lee's voice did it.. )
Кипелов - Я здесь
Heaven Shall Burn~ Numbing the Pain
Rage~ From the Cradle to the Grave
Subway to Sally~ Feuerland
Eluveitie~ Inis Mona
Equilibrium~der Sturm
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Re: Songs that absolutely blew you away the first time you heard

#49 Post by Bender B. Rodriguez » 05 Sep 2009 05:39

i've gotta add this one

Blues Beatdown by Acid Drinkers...man,what a freaking awesome song...and band! :)
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#50 Post by majesty » 05 Sep 2009 19:28

Gandalf de Grijze wrote:Ayreon - Dawn Of A Million Souls This song blew me away with the powerful voice of Russel Allen. This was not long after I first started listening to Symphony X.

Indeed! Russell Allen has such an awesome voice and Dawn of a Million Souls is so impressive.
But also by Ayreon: Sail away to Avalaon and Isis and Osiris.
The Lights are up,
Now let the play begin!

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