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|10 great album closers|
A list of what I think are some of the best closing tracks.
Empire of the Clouds
EMPIRE OF THE CLOUDS (18:06) - Rounding off THE BOOK OF SOULS
The best album closer in Maiden's history, IMO. After a 74 minute buildup, this almost seems like a "main event" and it's filled to the brim with piano, strings, orchestras, delicious riffs from the three amigos and stellar vocal work. 18 minutes of Bruce's finest hour, bar none.
The Great Escape
THE GREAT ESCAPE (30:22)- Rounding off the titular album
This is a song that definitely deserves more attention. It's a musical adaptation of a famous Swedish poem "Aniara", about a spaceship that is carrying refugees from an apocalypse-ravaged earth. It's epic in scope and features tons of twists and turns and surprises- and the lyrics are, despite being a tad silly in nature, very intense and suspenseful.
MARROW OF THE EARTH (4:19)- Rounding off HERITAGE
Say what you will about Heritage, but I definitely think "Marrow of the Earth" is a great track. Opeth's only instrumental closer to date, and it works mostly due to its eerie atmosphere. It almost sounds like the band just chilling around a campfire as its flames are about to die down, and the final riff leaves you with that mysterious feeling. A slow, collected and calm track that definitely deserves a better album.
Train of Thought
IN THE NAME OF GOD (14:12)- Rounding off TRAIN OF THOUGHT
I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of this album, but I do love this song. It's the one track on "Train of Thought" that doesn't feel technical for the sake of it, and not to mention the number of twists and turns in the music is absolutely fantastic. Probably the best part is the samba groove at about 8:36 in, which serves as a nice break from its intense atmosphere. Interestingly enough, you can also hear a downbeat version of the battle hymn of the Republic in the right ear if you listen closely, as the song nears its end. Debatable if it's necessary, but it does add a nice touch.
THE WRIT (8:46)- Rounding off SABOTAGE
The Writ is one of Sabbath's most underrated tracks, and it serves as one awesome closer to an excellent album. Ozzy sounds proper pissed the fuck off here, and it's for a good reason- the song is a vicious attack at the band's record label, who treated the band like a one hit wonder past their prime at the time. The song interestingly lets the music take a backseat to Ozzy's vocals, and it's a surprisingly wise decision. Oh, and as the song ends, turn it up to hear Bill Ward drunkenly singing "Blow on a jug, come on everybody and blow on a jug..." over some ragtime piano.
A Farewell to Kings
CYGNUS X-1: THE VOYAGE (11:26)- rounding off A FAREWELL TO KINGS
In addition to making a career on just generally fucking kickass music, they've made a career off of amazing album closers. This was a hard decision, but I chose Cygnus because it's proper fucking kickass. 11 minutes of frantically changing tempos and moods, stellar vocals from Geddy Lee including his highest studio note ever, and as it ends, slow, creepy guitar over a fading heartbeat.
ECHOES (23:30)- Rounding off MEDDLE
As far as Pink Floyd album closers go, "Echoes" is where it's at. Slow, moody and melancholy atmosphere enhanced by a great funk section and some creepy sound effects in the middle, an epic buildup and an ending with creepy ghost voices. A Must hear for sure.
Open Your Eyes
THE SOLUTION (23:47)- Rounding off OPEN YOUR EYES
This is a bit of an interesting one. The Solution is the first 5 minutes of the song, then we get some 2 minutes of silence followed by 16 minutes of ambient sounds, soundbites from previous songs and nature noises. It's sort of similar to "By the Pain I See in Others" by Opeth, except a lot less creepy. Definitely worth checking out.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
A DAY IN THE LIFE (5:39)
"I read the news today, oh boy..."- the minute you hear that, you know you're in for something special. John Lennon and Paul McCartney give us a look at a day in their lives, enhanced by a deranged orchestra that pipes in twice throughout the song. The mournful atmosphere of the song definitely enhances is, and the final crashing piano chord, played on FIVE pianos (!!!), bring you down from this intense journey. Just don't have your dog in the room, though, as they'll go crazy as they hear that dog whistle and those creepy backmasked voices...
Art of Life
ART OF LIFE (28:59)- would have rounded off JEALOUSY if executive meddling didn't persist.]
I left this last, because it's sort of cheating. Art of Life counts as the band's fourth album, mostly because it originally was to be the last song on Jealousy (making said album a double album), but Yoshiki couldn't finish it in time. This would have been a great way to round off Jealousy- a half hour of orchestras, pianos and soaring vocals- bar none, Yoshiki's best song to date.
Now, what do you think are some epic closing tracks?
|Been a while since I've done a list.|
|The Writ is amazing, nice|
|Stone Sour - 'The House of Gold and Bones' is my vote. Closes the double album perfectly. |
If not that, System of a Down's Aerials is a damn good closer too.
2's good but it has some problems. Tommy is a dream boat and needs to be in better bands
4 please no
10 needs no introduction, masterpiece.
Amethystium's Epilogue is my fav closer of all time.
|Tommy Karevik is a babe|
And an excellent singer
|Coma by Guns n Roses is one of my all time favorite closers. Suicidal Thoughts by Biggie Smalls too actually|
|All time greatest is Slint's 'Good Morning Captain'|
|All Apologies is excellent.|
|Are you sure Art of Life would have been the closer? It would have been much more logical to put it between Joker and Say Anything, just like Rose of Pain was placed between Celebration and Unfinished. That said, Say Anything is one of my favorite albums closers of all time, and my favorite X Japan ballad. The guitar solo alone is so heartfelt.|
Kamelot - Serenade (can't even...)
Alcest - Sur l'Ocean Coleur de Fer
Björk - Unison
Anathema - 2000 & Gone
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
Queensryche - Eyes of a Stranger
Tool - Third Eye
Dir En Grey - Ruten No Tou
|i like zero of these|
|Weezer - Only In Dreams|
|The cure - pornography|
Deftones - pink maggit
Explosions in the sky - your hand in mine
Brand new - noro
Tool - third eye
Thursday - autumn leaves revisited
And of course, Jane doe
|pretty weak dude|
exile, Soul survivor
blond on blonde, sad eyed lady of the lowlands
ace of spades, the hammer
gris gris, I walk on guilded splinters
wake of the flood, weather report suite
Yoshiki said it himself in his autobiography.
|okay. well, would have been a wrong decision imo, Say Anything is like the definite closing track|
|7 is 1 great list all around |
|okay. well, would have been a wrong decision imo, Say Anything is like the definite closing track |