Top 10 Rock and Metal Songs With Surprising and Unusual ElementsMetal_Treasure Such as: sax solo in a hard rock song, jazz in a metal song, lyrics in a binary code, musical dialogue, and any other things you find unusual.
Very often these surprising elements are awesome.
The Top Ten
It has 5 solos on 4 instruments. Currently there are many songs with different solos but usually they are on less than 4 instruments. Besides, Pictures of Home was released in 1972 and it was quite unusual for that phase of music evolution.
Solos - a great drum intro, 2 cool guitar solos, 1 crazy keyboard solo and even a surprising bass solo!
It also has a catchy riff, pleasant vocals, playful melody and rhythm. - Metal_Treasure
Instead of the expected guitar solo Foreigner put a sax solo which is pretty unusual to be heard in a hard rock song. This is one of the most memorable sax solos in rock history (from Junior Walker, who wasn't a bandmember). - Metal_Treasure
Similarly to Rainbow, Blind Guardian also used oriental folk tunes in this metal song - I always imagine belly dancers when I hear these tunes. Blind Guardian obviously learn from the best in the business (Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow) but Blind Guardian took the idea to a whole new level. In addition, Blind Guardian put overlapping vocal harmonies like in Bohemian Rhapsody and spiced this mixture with a perfect symphonic orchestration. One of the best metal songs I’ve ever heard. - Metal_Treasure
Blind Guardian obviously did some reading, and I'm glad. A metal song about a book series that I love? What could be better? - Merilille
Jazz in a metal song?
I know what you think but Tobias Sammet would say "Why not? Watch me! "
Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) sings jazz for 1 minute in the middle of a power metal song! And I really like it, Tobi sounds great (3:25-4:25). He sings the whole song, not only the jazz section. Aina is probably a side project or he was a guest musician. - Metal_Treasure
Ritchie Blackmore used arabic scales that are unusual in rock and metal music because rock and metal are products of the Western Civilization. However, he perfectly blended these arabic elements with metal elements - riffs, rhythms, and so on. The song is about Babylon and arabic scales are just perfect. Gates Of Babylon is a masterpiece - a timeless and epic metal classic. - Metal_Treasure
This outro is pretty unusual - these are whispered words combined with gregorian chanting in the background. Jon's reversed voice repeats the message that is also in the middle silent section of the song. So, if the song is played backwards, the true message can be heard. - Metal_Treasure
Part of the lyrics are a binary code and the song goes like that: "01101000, 00010010, 11100010... " (zero one one zero one, and so on...)
This song is a prog metal masterpiece and has many unique elements but lyrics in a binary code is really over the top. The song is about an alien race that needs help and sends the ASCII code:
01101000 - H
01100101 - E
01101100 - L
01110000 - P - Metal_Treasure
@CastlevaniaFanboy128 - thanks for this brilliant addition! Is the recipe good? Have you tried it? - Metal_Treasure
This song is basically written in German and when translated reveals a cookie recipe!
Intersting idea! - CastlevaniaFanboy128
Awesome mini drum solo in the middle of the song right before the guitars solo. Drum solos aren't unusual in metal but they are typically found in the intro, not in the middle. Usually in the middle there are drum fills but this is way longer than a fill. And last but not least, this drum solo is the climax of the song and probably its most memorable element. - Metal_Treasure
Mindblowing guitar solo in the intro and not in the middle of the song. Currently there are many metal songs with solos in the intro but in 1977 it was really unusual. This is my favorite song by The Scorpions and my favorite riff from Uli. - Metal_Treasure
They used the morse code to say "Eat My Ass and Balls" - Metal_Treasure
One of the first Rock songs to use a synthesizer, which was confusing and quite unique back then. - MontyPython
When lyrics in the chorus say "Slow down", music speeds up! This is very odd because it sends controversial messages to your brain and I guess Blind Guardian did it on purpose. It’s really funny at live shows because when Hansi sings "Slow down", the crowd doesn't slow down and actually starts jumping, following the music that speeds up. And Hansi smiles. Pure genius. - Metal_Treasure
I quote CastlevaniaFanboy128 - "the drum beat at the beginning is morse code for "YYZ" - Metal_Treasure
This is probably the most bizzare song I've ever heard. There are many unusual elements and it's better to hear them. - Metal_Treasure
There is a short section in which morse codes get played in the song, which say:
"Eat My Ass and Balls"
Interesting, isn't it! Another song that did something similar was YYZ - Rush, in which the drum beat at the beginning is morse code for "YYZ" - CastlevaniaFanboy128
@CastlevaniaFanboy128 - this is a great song, however I can't ignore one mistake - it is In the Name of God which has the morse code. - IronSabbathPriest
This is a massive 14 minute song. The first 10 minutes are like a twisted carnival. Then there is about a minutes silence, followed by a reversed sung passage, which actually appears unreversed on the song Master's Apprentices. And that reversed is the scariest thing Opeth has ever done. - IronSabbathPriest
There is a unique musical dialogue between the guitar and the singer. I've never heard such a beautiful thing before. Ritchie Blackmore is an amazing songwriter. - Metal_Treasure
Funny folk metal with lyrics in the fictional Troll language (Trollspråk), which is a mixture of Norwegian and German. The video is very funny. - Metal_Treasure
Check out the song sample. - Metal_Treasure
This song was basically meant to synchronise with Wings Part 1 & 2 of Tools 10.000 Days Album!
When you do this in the right way, it reveals a new much bigger song, that is just...wow... - CastlevaniaFanboy128
Lateralus used the Fibonacci-Sequence in its melody and lyrics! It's absolutely insane to hear a song, like this! - CastlevaniaFanboy128
This is one of the fastest metal songs with clean vox (and also pretty heavy) but it opens with a waltz by Johann Strauss II ('The Blue Danube'). - Metal_Treasure
Again, arabic scales with radial symmetry in a metal song. The song is about Egypt. - Metal_Treasure
There's a hidden message at the beginning which could only be understood by playing the song backwards. This was a joke and an intended swing back at the critics who had accused Iron Maiden of being Satanic. The backwards-message features Nicko McBrain mimicking actor John Bird's impression of Idi Amin, uttering the following phrase "What ho said the t'ing with the three 'bonce', do not meddle with things you don't understand...", followed by a belch. The phrase itself is taken from the satirical album The Collected Broadcasts of Idi Amin (1975) by Bird and Alan Coren. - Metal_Treasure
Flute part in a classic rock song
The bagpipes... enough said
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