This selection completes ten years of my personal hit parades. Looking at the medals table to date (i.e. 2002), Sweden has had five of my favourite songs of the year; the USA, three; and the Netherlands and the UK, one each.
From this it is manifestly clear that my best musical place in the world is right here in my office, where I can listen to the best of every country.
At the end of the 21 years, I must work out a points system to name my top music country, my top band and my top metal genre over two decades.
If I had to answer those questions, it wouldn’t be beyond the bounds of probability that I was in my office listening to one of these bands. Of course it’s just as probable I was playing “Baldur’s Gate” and reloading because I got killed so often.
Dark Metal Cat caught and killed a mouse this morning. I had to buy a new one from the computer shop.
Eternal, endless infinity. Against the seasons. Here and beyond. The themes of metal songs may be predominantly dark and bleak, but they are certainly more wide-ranging than “Hey, hey, do you wanna be my boyfriend.”
Come to think of it, I can’t offhand remember any metal love songs. Maybe I’ll have to do a series of Most Tender Metal Songs of Hugging and Affection. Or maybe not. I hugged Dark Metal Cat and lost both my forearms.
My 2002 kicks off with folk black, heavy and melodic power metal.