The 10 best comedy metal songs
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It’s a serious business, this heavy metal lark. To the uninitiated, the genre is populated by millions of stoic rockers impaired with a sense of humour bypass. But we know that there are metalheads willing to crack a smile and lead the lambs to the (s)laughter. Here then, are the 10 best comedy metal songs.
BIG DUMB FACE – Blood Red Head On Fire
As Limp Bizkit reached their commercial peak at the turn of the century, guitarist Wes Borland seemed to tire of the band’s music and image. So what better way to alienate yourself from your fans than release a bizarre metal album under the name Big Dumb Face? Equal parts Monty Python, Munchkin and black metal, Duke Lion Fights The Terror!! was a swirling cacophony of high-pitched, gurning, oddness, especially the monstrously heavy Blood Red Head On Fire. It's like Ween meets GWAR. But far weirder.
BRIAN POSEHN – Metal By Numbers
Standing at a toweringly evil 6'6.6, Posehn has established himself as the planet's Number One metal comedian and has even released two albums through Relapse: Live In: Nerd Rage (2006) and Fart And Wiener Jokes (2010). And this spoof of modern metal – featuring thrash team Scott Ian, Joey Vera, John Tempesta and Jonathan Donais – is not only cutting, it’s totally accurate in a way that could only come from someone that loves the genre. Look out for the nod to Megadeth's 1986 video for Peace Sells featuring Bob Odenkirk of Breaking Bad fame.
S.O.D. – Celtic Frosted Flakes
While some of the songs on this list are composed to sound like sketches, crossover supergroup Stormtroopers Of Death – featuring Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Charlie Benante, Nuclear Assault’s Dan Lilker and M.O.D.’s Billy Milano – gained a reputation for dishing out bad taste one-liners like dinners at a school canteen. After all, their 'ballads' dedicated to a laundry list of fallen rock heroes had all the tact of a Frankie Boyle gag. But on their second album, 1999’s Bigger Than The Devil, they curbed their spite for a moment to ponder the career path of a certain Swiss extreme metal band.
LAWNMOWER DETH – Sheep Dip
Quintessentially British and inspired by the same school of anarchic alternative comedy as The Young Ones , Lawnmower Deth arrived in the late 80’s parodying thrash and grindcore, whilst still writing genuinely great metal music. Just check out the bonkers Sheep Dip for proof of both.