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Hurricane Sandy Heavy Metal Playlist

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While the East Coast is picking up the pieces from Hurricane Sandy, we at Noisecreep want to send our thoughts and best wishes out to everyone working through the coming days to put their lives back together.

With only our best intentions, here are ten tracks of stormy weather-related songs as a shout-out to all of our friends who rode the storm out. And yes, we decided to leave “Rock You Like a Hurricane” out of the mix. We’re sure you’ve already heard that one plenty.

‘The Storm,’ Judge (1989)

These New York Youth Crew-sters (whose ranks included members of Youth of Today and Beyond) slow the tempo and darken the mood for this chant-driven anthem: “There will be quiet…after the storm!” goes the refrain as Mike Judge & Co. pick through the rubble.

‘The Rain,’ Trouble (1992)

Imagine the Beatles grooving to Black Sabbath on this melodious moment of psychedelia. Trouble forego their usual doom-eterorlogical trappings as they implore the listener to “look for the sun”. Groovy.

‘Black Rain,’ Soundgarden (2010)

This 1991 Badmotorfinger era outtake burns some serious flannel. Released on 2010’s Telephantasm hits compilation, this track revisits the atmospherics of genuine, real-deal Seattle Rain City grunge.

‘Stormbringer,’ Deep Purple (1974)

While the titular ‘bringer is actually a reference to the magical sword wielded by Michael Moorcock’s Elric, Richie Blackmore‘s riffs do enough levee-breaking here to make you forget the Dungeons and Dragons trappings and ride the storm out.

‘Rain When I Die,’ Alice in Chains (1992)

“I think it’s gonna raaaaain!” howls Layne Staley as he reaches for some prime Seattle brewed java (and God knows what else). The forecast doesn’t look particularly cheery.

‘Another Rainy Night,’ Queensryche (1990)

Geoff Tate‘s ain’t exactly singin’ in the rain on this one. She gone left him. Geoff can presently be found drowning his sorrows in a triple latte at a Starbucks in Bellevue, Wash.

‘Raining Blood,’ Slayer (1986)

They’re only happy when it rains – blood. The worst parts of the bible at 247 bpm.

‘Hurricane,’ Y&T (1981)

Keeping with the natural disaster theme of the album title A tour de’ force (of nature) from the early days of these Northern Cali types. “It’s a hurricane – coming down on you!” howls mainman Dave Meniketti as the riffs come a’ tumblin’ down.

‘Planet Rain,’ Devin Townsend (2000)

Ziltoid dons his raincoat and makes like Al Roker on a prog-metal bender.

‘Storm Corrosion,’ Storm Corrosion (2012)

Prog weathermakers Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt (of Porcupine Tree and Opeth for those of you living under a rock) team up to craft a miasma of sinister strings and seriously warped psychedelia. The whole thing sits like a massive storm cloud waiting to break.

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