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August 06, 2008

The Best Heavy Metal Songs Based on Fantasy Novels

Best top ten list ever.

I’ve always been both a metalhead and a total fantasy geek—possibly the two most powerful formative influences on my teen years were Metallica and J.R.R. Tolkien. There exists a deep and occult connection between heavy metal and fantasy fiction, one that surfaces both obliquely—Spiked wristbands! Album covers that could double as Wheel of Time book jackets! Fire!—and overtly, as in the legacy of metal songs explicitly inspired by fantastical literary sources.

After the jump, check out a few of my favorite heavy metal songs inspired by fantasy novels.

Potentially more contentious is the Top 50 Hottest Sci-Fi Girls of All-Time. Chacun à son goût and that. For example, the image used for No. 49 could be found in a book available to Grade 7 students at J.H. Putman junior high; I remember it vividly and would have rated Ripley much more highly.

Casting Virginia Hey as as the first true James Bond villainess is an intriguing idea. And it is difficult to argue with their choice for No. 1. Missing from the list: Jenny Agutter as Jessica 6.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 6, 2008 06:47 AM


This listing of hot science fiction women is fine, but terribly incomplete. The airbrush drawing of "Friday" on the same-named book by Robert Heinlein is easily the hottest science fiction chick of all time.


Posted by: Pogue999 [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 6, 2008 10:53 AM

Between Rodger Dean and Rodney Matthews, you've got some fantasy art book covers for a small library.

I always liked the Yes Covers with a special fondness.

Posted by: Montieth [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 6, 2008 04:14 PM