Today the lineup for Psycho Fest in Las Vegas was announced. One of the names that caught my attention right away on the bill was Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I’ve been a fan of them for years. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them a few times over the years and they never disappoint. I’ve previously written about them before, and if you haven’t ever really listened to them, you are missing out. With all that in mind, I started my day off delving back into their catalog and felt compelled to share their “title tracks” from their albums. They really have a knack for writing great rock songs, and their title tracks are pretty damn good.
If there’s one band that has the title track down, it’s Placebo. Since their inception in the mid 90’s, Placebo has been one of the most consistent bands to release quality albums and songs. They are also one of my all time favorite bands and their live shows are always stellar. Throughout the years, my appreciation for Placebo has grown stronger and stronger for their willingness to evolve and stay true to themselves without compromising their artistic integrity. Take a moment and explore these gems.
Thrice is one of those bands that has never played it safe. They’ve always had a vision and direction that they wanted to go and they went for it. No matter what, they stayed true to themselves and delivered the goods time after time. Throughout their 20 plus year career, Thrice has made some very profound albums that have shaped many peoples musical stories. I still remember hearing Illusion Of Safety way back when, and how that left an impact on me and started to change up what I was listening to at the time.
We all know that Black Sabbath are pioneers of heavy music. They are also one of the best at title track songs. Through their catalog, you can really pick up “that vibe” from these songs. That “vibe” I’m referring to is the feeling that captures the essence of the album. Over the years, Black Sabbath’s title tracks have not only made a statement but, also, left a mark on music in general.
Deftones have a long history of making quite complete albums. There are a couple that are a little disjointed but, for the most part are rather perfectly sequenced. Their artistry and evolution is something that many bands from their era should have taken a cue from. They’ve managed to stay relevant by pushing themselves as songwriters and performers as well as incorporating other elements into their sound to separate themselves from their peers. On these few title track songs, Deftones, really encapsulated the sound of these albums with these songs.
Metallica are one of those bands whose title track songs are among the best in their catalog. There is no denying the power of a song like “Master Of Puppets” or even “And Justice For All.” I’ve said it many times and I’ll continue to say it, James Hetfield is one of the best songwriters and lyricists. Even the song “St. Anger,” though the production and tones are all terrible, there is a certain something about that particular song that just sums up that album perfectly. With all that being said, here’s Metallica’s title tracks for you to enjoy!
The “title track” topic is quite fun. The title track is one of those songs that has always left a mark with me. I’m sure many of you out there, like myself, like to really delve into the “why” part of albums. As I mentioned before, these songs seem to have a certain vibe that brings the whole album together. Check out these songs by Nine Inch Nails and then go back and listen to the albums as a whole.