Music is part of our lives. Each one has his favourites. Mine are Rock and Metal. Now, what I specially like about these genres is their power they tend to convey. Last week I was very inspired by what many people know as ballads. So it came into my mind to present some of the songs that made my heart beat faster, even though they started slow. That’s right, this list is about songs that slowly inspire you.
That’s what “slow epicness” is about. These are songs that gradually raise your mood and make you want to rock, no matter how sad the song is. Let us just say that these two kinds of music have a way of handling ballads, sometimes permitting a spiritual up-lifting beyond of what other music types can achieve. Now, I will post this in two parts, one today with the first four (one for each day) and on Friday the last three. You can see them as an inspiring song for every day. If you have some that inspire you the same way these songs do, you comment on it. I’ll gladly hear those songs and maybe do something similar sometimes with those songs!
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin (Monday)
Maybe the best example and the best way to start a week. Now, I don’t fully understand the lyrics. I have an interpretation, but I don’t want to comment on it. All I can say is that this song is great. It starts out slow and tenderly rises to a scream that can lift up a spirit. Called the hymn of Rock, it has been even called a perfect soundtrack for sexual intercourse! I may not agree with the last opinion, but this songs has been extremely influential and it is impossible to ignore as one of the greatest songs of Rock and Metal ever!
Trail of Broken Hearts – Dragonforce (Tuesday)
Everyone recognizes Dragonforce’s famous song “Through the Fire and the Flames”, a weird masterpiece of quick grinding and constant solos, which was featured in one of the Guitar Hero games. It is the song that awes all the people who see someone playing it in almost perfect rating. But there is more of that band. Although sometimes a bit repetitive from track to track, I think their greatest song up to now is the last song on the same album as “Through the Fires and the Flames”. “Trail of Broken Hearts” is not only sad at the beginning, but it already gives you the feeling that something is about to happen. Even though it is for those who had their will broken, it still tells us not to give up, by pushing the moods high up through the solos. Definitely worth a hearing.
Tears of Rage – Primal Fear (Wednesday)
Primal fear is known for their aggressive ballads. But by the gods, do they get into you! They have many songs like this, but I chose this one specifically because it is my favourite of that group; specially those silences that stop the song and leave the listener with a tension are something to be noted. At the end it explodes in a great solo that makes this whole “pride and break-up” song really epic.
November Rain – Guns ‘n’ Roses (Thursday)
Another slow epic song par excellence one more of those great renditions by the (now not so) legendary Guns ‘n’ Roses. A tense song, this break-up songs still talks about some hope. It is a long song, but worth every second. Just close your eyes and enjoy the experience!
Now, this is the first part. On friday the next part will be out with the last three songs. Enjoy and comment!
May they smile upon your way!