If you couldn’t tell by my screen name, I am a “motorcycle enthusiast” or a biker, as some call us. I have been riding for well over 20 years now and currently have a 2009 HD Road King. That’s a photo of my bike to the left. Although I have been riding for many years, I have been a fan of metal for even longer. I have always thought that the two things go hand in hand. I mean, bikes are mostly metal, right? If they are designed correctly, bikes can be quite loud too – something most of us love. Motorcycles represent freedom as does this style of music. Metal is all about freedom of expression and non-conformity. I admit I have to conform to a lot in my life, but I realize I am and do it because it pays the bills. Even while riding, I have to conform to laws – wearing a helmet for instance. There are, however, parts of my life during which I enjoy doing what I want to do, and my choice of music is probably the biggest one. Most bands I listen to are ones that most of the people I work with or even know, have never heard, let alone ever heard of. They usually just don’t get it. I am OK with that, because fellow metalheads do get it!
On one particular message board I frequent, there are often disparaging remarks about “biker metal.” The board’s main topic is Manowar, and surprisingly there is a divide between those who enjoy the biker focused lyrics and those who think otherwise. I for one, do like them and I get it, because I am a biker. I think some who don’t like the lyrics, don’t understand. I am also OK with that.
There are other bands out there who have that image and use motorcycle imagery in their lyrics. I even set up a playlist call “Biker Metal” on my mp3 player. Dorky? Yes, but that’s me. Some of my favorite “biker metal” songs are:
Manowar – Warlord, Death Tone, Return of the Warlord
Overkill – Wheelz
Testament – Henchmen Ride
Judas Priest – Leather Rebel
Saxon – Big Twin Rolling
Twisted Sister – Ride to Live, Live to Ride
Strapping Young Lad – We Ride
What are some of your favorite “biker” tunes?
I hear the sound in a METAL way.