Top 10 Metal Songs Referring to Books

Songs may be based on books, inspired by books, mentioning books / characters, or just alluding to.

The Top Ten

1 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

It was inspired by "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Tennyson. - Metal_Treasure

2 One - Metallica

It is based on the novel Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo. - Metal_Treasure

3 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

Based on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. - Metal_Treasure

4 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth

This epic song retells Dante's Inferno. - Metal_Treasure

5 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

It is based on Ernest Hemingway's 1940 novel of the same title. - Metal_Treasure

6 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

Based on The Iliad by Homer and it's about Cassandra - one of the characters. - Metal_Treasure

7 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden

It is about The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.
Yeah, you will notice that several metal bands read a lot - Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Iced Earth. - Metal_Treasure

8 The Odyssey - Symphony X

Based on Homer's epic of the same name. - Metal_Treasure

9 Dracula - Iced Earth

It's about Dracula by Bram Stoker. - Metal_Treasure

10 Crimson King - Demons & Wizards

Based on The Dark Tower by Stephen King, from Randall Flagg's point of view (the main antagonist from the series). - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Majesty - Blind Guardian

Inspired by the Lord of the Rings. - Metal_Treasure

12 Pull Me Under - Dream Theater

Based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, from Prince Hamlet's point of view. - Metal_Treasure

13 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden

Based on Orson Scott Card's novel Seventh Son. - Metal_Treasure

14 Among the Living - Anthrax

It is about Stephen King's The Stand. - Metal_Treasure

15 Mirror Mirror - Blind Guardian

Based on Tolkien's The Silmarillion. - Metal_Treasure

16 Nightfall - Blind Guardian

Based on J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. - Metal_Treasure

17 Heaven Denies - Demons and Wizards

It is based on Milton's Paradise Lost, about the downfall of Lucifer. - Metal_Treasure

18 Tanelorn (Into the Void) - Blind Guardian

Based on Michael Moorcock's fantasy novels. Tanelorn is a fictional city set in the Multiverse. - Metal_Treasure

19 I Am Ahab - Mastodon

About Moby Dick of course, like every song of Leviathan. - TheStargazer

20 In My Kingdom Cold - Immortal
21 Ride Into Obsession - Blind Guardian

Based on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. - Metal_Treasure

22 Beneath These Waves - Demons & Wizards

It's based on Herman Melville's Moby Dick. - Metal_Treasure

23 Thorn - Blind Guardian Thorn - Blind Guardian

The Silmarillion by Tolkien. - Metal_Treasure

24 Into the Storm - Blind Guardian Into the Storm - Blind Guardian

Tolkien - The Silmarillion - Metal_Treasure

25 The Curse of Feanor - Blind Guardian
26 Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) - Blind Guardian Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) - Blind Guardian
27 Seize the Day - Demons & Wizards

Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. - Metal_Treasure

28 A Voice in the Dark - Blind Guardian

Based on George R. R. Martin's series "A Song of Ice and Fire". It's about Bran Stark, a key character. - Metal_Treasure

29 Somewhere Far Beyond - Blind Guardian

Inspired by The Dark Tower series - Stephen King - Metal_Treasure

30 The Dawn of a New Age - Satyricon

It is based on the Book of Revelation. - Metal_Treasure

31 Lord of the Rings - Blind Guardian
32 El Dorado - Iron Maiden

It references an Edgar Allan Poe poem of the same name. - Metal_Treasure

33 Frankenstein - Iced Earth

It's about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. - Metal_Treasure

34 To Tame a Land - Iron Maiden

Tells the story of Dune by Frank Herbert' - Metal_Treasure

35 Tear Down the Wall - Demons & Wizards
36 Brave New World - Iron Maiden

It retells the story of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. - Metal_Treasure

37 Otherland - Blind Guardian

Based on Tad Williams' Otherland series. - Metal_Treasure

38 Five Magics - Megadeth
39 The Longest Day - Iron Maiden

Based on Cornelius Ryan's The Longest Day, which is about D-Day (WW II) - Metal_Treasure

40 Misery Loves Company - Anthrax

It's about Misery by Stephen King. - Metal_Treasure

41 Lord of the Flies - Iron Maiden

It retells Lord of the Flies by William Golding. - Metal_Treasure

42 The Prophecy - Iron Maiden

Based on the book Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card. - Metal_Treasure

43 Jekyll & Hyde - Iced Earth

It's about The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. - Metal_Treasure

44 Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden

Based on Alistair MacLean's novel Where Eagles Dare. - Metal_Treasure

45 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - Iron Maiden
46 Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns) - Blind Guardian Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns) - Blind Guardian
47 The Eldar - Blind Guardian
48 Blood Tears - Blind Guardian
49 A Dark Passage - Blind Guardian
50 Battle of Sudden Flame - Blind Guardian
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