Sunday, May 1, 2011

"Passiondale" or "Paschendale?"

Whether you realize it or not, The Battle of Passchendaele was a major battle during World War I, and perhaps the bloodiest. Interestingly enough, it has become a hot topic in metal because God Dethroned and Iron Maiden have written songs about it.

Detailing the horrors and effects of Passchendaele, neither song is a particularly nice waltz in the park. But what did you expect? Iron Maiden's "Paschendale" has some of my absolute favorite lyrics in metal and, when paired with music, creates a surreal experience that I can't describe through a blog. God Dethroned's "Passiondale" is an excellent song, as well, creating a melancholic, yet frenzied experience, exactly how the battle was. I can easily give Iron Maiden the nod here. Why? Well, I'm not going to tell you my full reasoning because I want you to decide your favorite for yourself.

"A serenade in lead
For all those who died
Wartime atrocities
No sign of life"



"In a foreign field he lay
Lonely soldier, unknown grave
On his dying words he prays
Tell the world of Paschendale" 


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