Top 10 Metal Bands that Can Help You Learn More About Certain Subjects

Some metal bands are more educational than average. Studying with heavy metal? Hell yeah!

The Top Ten

1 Sabaton - History Sabaton - History Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.

I listened to The Last Stand, and I can definitely see why it can help me learn about history. It also reminds me of Joan of Arc (the refrain, even though the song is about the Swiss Guards). - PhoenixAura81

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I passed an exam thanks to their song Primo Victoria - lyrics helped me memorize when was the D-day: "On the 6th of June, on the shores of western Europe, 1944, D-day upon us". - Metal_Treasure

The best!

2 Amon Amarth - Vikings Amon Amarth - Vikings Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.
3 Blind Guardian - Modern Literature Blind Guardian - Modern Literature Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

You can learn mostly about high fantasy and horror books - Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Stephen King. Their concept album Nightfall in Middle-Earth is about the The Silmarillion, Wheel Of Time is based on Jordan's book series, etc.
Some other songs are inspired by ancient literature and political writings (ex.- And Then There Was Silence, Curse My Name). - Metal_Treasure

4 Theocracy - Christian Literature Theocracy - Christian Literature Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens, Georgia.
5 Iced Earth - American History, Literature Iced Earth - American History, Literature Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

Now I kind of want to read Dante's Inferno. - PhoenixAura81

Examples: their epic song 'Dante's Inferno' retells Dante Alighieri's classic. Their album Horror Show is based on books.
They also released entire albums about American History, with songs like 'Gettysburg (1863)', which is over 30 minutes long. - Metal_Treasure

6 Metallica - Sociology Metallica - Sociology Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Many songs about social injustice, social order, and so on. - Metal_Treasure

Yay! My favorite band and one of my favorite music artists of all time talk about sociology! :D
Plus sociology is a class at my school (it’s for seniors though). - PhoenixAura81

7 Sodom - History of Wars Sodom - History of Wars Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.
8 Iron Maiden - History, Literature Iron Maiden - History, Literature Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.

Alexander the Great, Aces High, Flight of Icarus... - Metal_Treasure

9 Megadeth - Political Studies Megadeth - Political Studies Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.

Examples: Holy Wars is about IRA, Peace Sells is about politics and policies. - Metal_Treasure

10 Annihilator - Psychology, Mental Diseases Annihilator - Psychology, Mental Diseases Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

Over 50% of their songs are about this - these guys understand how hard it is to live with such problems. Example - Alison Hell. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Obscura - German Philosophy and Poetry Obscura - German Philosophy and Poetry Obscura is a technical/progressive death metal band from Germany, founded in 2002. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis. The band was named after the Gorguts album Obscura. more.

The album Omnivium is based on Friedrich Schelling's "On Nature's Connection to the Spirit World".
Their lyrics are poetry about the Universe and life - it includes philosophy, physics, astrophysics, quantum physics and astronomy. - Metal_Treasure

12 Nile - Egyptian History Nile - Egyptian History Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

The name says it all - PhoenixAura81

Band members studied Egyptian history and culture at the Uni - Metal_Treasure

Maybe if the band isn’t death metal I would’ve listened to some songs when ai learned about ancient Egypt this school year. - PhoenixAura81

13 Bolt Thrower - History of Wars Bolt Thrower - History of Wars Bolt Thrower are a British death metal band from Coventry, England. They formed in 1986 and released their first album with Vinyl Solution in 1988. The band then shifted to a new record label, Earache Records, soon becoming one of the best selling bands on that label.
14 Symphony X - Ancient Literature Symphony X - Ancient Literature Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

Ex. - epic songs like The Odyssey. - Metal_Treasure

15 Bathory - Norse Mythology Bathory - Norse Mythology Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed more.
16 Alestorm - Pirates Alestorm - Pirates Alestorm is a heavy metal band originally from Perth, Scotland. Their music is characterized by a pirate theme, and as a result they have been dubbed a "pirate metal" band by many critics and their fanbase.
17 Teräsbetoni - Pagan Warrior Lifestyle Teräsbetoni - Pagan Warrior Lifestyle Teräsbetoni is a Finnish power metal band formed in 2002. They got their first recording contract thanks to a petition, started by excited fans who wanted a recording contract for the band and sent it to several record companies. In 2008 Teräsbetoni represented Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest more.
18 Ex Deo - Roman Empire

Music is symphonic death metal. Song titles say it all: Romulus; I, Caligvla; The Rise Of Hannibal; Divide Et Impera. - Metal_Treasure

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Top Remixes

1. Sabaton - History
2. Amon Amarth - Vikings
3. Theocracy - Christian Literature
1. Sodom - History of Wars
2. Iron Maiden - History, Literature
3. Metallica - Sociology


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