Top 10 Songs About the Apocalypse
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The Apocalypse, End of Times, Doomsday, Armageddon (the battle in Book of Revelations, not the cheesy Bruce Willis film) or whatever you want to call it, has spurred numerous theories about the collapse of civilization and the demise of our planet.
The Mayans predicted the world would end in December 2012. Kind of like Y2K, the rapture and a Skid Row reunion … it never happened.
Nostradamus predicted that a storm of comets would destroy the Earth. A Judas Priest concept album about himself? That’s one of the only things he didn’t predict.
Scientists predict that the world will end when all the bees disappear. Personally, I predict that the world will end when all hard rock and heavy metal disappears. Screw the bees — I can live without honey, but not metal.
Luckily, the following 10 apocalyptic anthems will cause you no harm.
Album: The Blessed Hellride
End of world words: “Generals speak, we leave a trail of dead, keep on killing ‘til there’s nothing left…”
Zakk wears his faith on his sleeve in this end of times tune based on the story of the Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelations. I’m not nearly as religious. The only horsemen I worry about are the ones I bet on at the OTB.
End of world words: “Here in this hopeless f–king hole we call LA, the only way to fix it is to flush it all away…”
Guess Maynard isn’t into vapid celebrities, gluten-free and vegan ice cream shops, drought, gas station kale salad, smog, “doing lunch,” “Carmageddon,” and Scientologists on the paleo diet?
“3 Days in Darkness”
Album: The Gathering
End of world words: “Mega cities still blaze in the night, burning the ashes they choke…”
“3 Days In Darkness” describes a dismal end to our world and the last time I “forgot” to pay the electric bill. Co-written by my bud Del James, of Guns N’ Roses and wrestling super-fan fame.
Album: The Great Southern Trendkill
End of world words: “Wash away us all, take us with the floods…”
Lyrics that tell the story of a flood that destroys mankind. And also, the kind of pants I wore in high school.
“When the Sun Burns Red”
Album: Coma of Souls
End of world words: “Hail storms, tornados, cold spells, untimely frosts, heat waves and blizzards, global death’s the cost…”
Lyrics that describe a dismal doomsday scenario and easily the worst weather report ever. Could’ve gone with ‘Civilization Collapse’ or ‘Dying Race Apocalypse’ as well.
End of world words: “Death is on its way, waiting to end today, sludge of the human waste, you will have died in vain…”
Lyrics written by Monster Magnet’s David Wyndorf and sung by the voice of death, Chris Barnes. The perfect soundtrack listen while being eaten alive by blood hungry, maggot-infested zombies.
End of world words: “Mankind is a festering parasite, relentlessly bleeding it’s host dry…”
A cautionary tale about modern man destroying our planet by stripping the Earth of all its natural resources. Still and all, it’s better than driving around in a Prius.
“Skeletons of Society”
Album: Seasons in the Abyss
End of world words: “Shades of death are all I see, skeletons of society…”
The world binges and purges as we become skeletons of society. Kind of like supermodels.
“Fight Fire With Fire”
Album: Ride the Lightning
End of world words: “Soon to fill our lungs, the hot winds of death, the gods are laughing so take your last breath…”
I’d rather fill my lungs with the hot winds of death than walk around sucking on one of those vape machines.
End of world words: “Dying world of radiation, victims of mad frustration, burning globe of obscene fire, like electric funeral pyre…”
A doomsday delight about the Earth going down in flames harder than Hulk Hogan’s career.