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Friday, July 16, 2010

Ten Reasons Heavy Metal is Better than Classical Music

Iron Maiden's "Eddie", preparing for the triumphal scene of Aida

  1. Brahms wrote four symphonies, but Black Sabbath wrote Volume 4.
  2. Most orchestrations don't use double kick-drum blast beats.
  3. Headbanging is discouraged at Carnegie Hall.
  4. While some composers struggled to write a Tenth Symphony, metal just turns it up to '11.'

  5. "Eddie" never shows up at the New York Philharmonic.
  6. Recordings of the Bruckner Eighth generally don't include backward-masked messages. The Seventh, well that's another story.
  7. At just 29 minutes long, Slayer's Reign in Blood is less than half the length of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
  8. Most orchestral recordings don't have that cool "Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics" sticker.
  9. Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche) and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) once considered recording together as "The Three Tremors."
  10. Herbert von Karajan may have thought he was God, but Lemmy IS God.
Image by Derek Riggs © 1985 Iron Maiden Holdings Ltd.

If you enjoyed this, check out Ten Reasons Classical Music is Better than Metal over at my other blog, The Hair Whip.
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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.