Heavy Metal Month II, Day 30) A metal anthem
I think of “anthem” as a song that is almost universally known, a fan favorite, and is a staple audience participation track at live shows. Since we haven’t discussed the mighty Judas Priest on this list yet, this is as good an opportunity as any.
Painkiller fits all three of those criteria, and is one of Judas Priest’s more iconic songs. With spectacular melodies from Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, solid rhythm work from Ian Hill and Scott Travis, and the legendary voice of Rob Halford, Painkiller is always a solid choice.
As a bonus, check out Halford performing Painkiller and Breaking the Law with Babymetal. It’s a bit of a “WTF” moment, but Halford looks like he’s having fun.