Wednesday Question: Best Song With Mythology References

Name the finest tune about mythology...

Ultimate Guitar

For this week's Wednesday Question, we'd like you folks to focus on the matter of tunes that refer to mythology and answer this:

What's the best song with mythology references?

THE RULES - post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).

Multiple nominations of one song create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given track to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same tune, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.

Finally, vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another classic UG top list. Show us what you got now!

394 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Trivium - Torn Between Scylla & Charibdys (Shogun is a beast of an album...)
    Of Prometheus And The Crucifix for example.
    Like Callisto To A Star In Heaven too. Throes of Perdition, Insurrection, maybe even Into The Mouth of Hell We March. Basically, nearly all of that fucking album. It all kills
    First one I thought of. Shogun is miles ahead of anything else they've done (and I love most of the other stuff)
    Most of Shogun applies. If I had to choose, I'd say that one or Into the Mouth of Hell We March
    Probably their best. They will never achieve that level of greatness again.
    I was going to disagree, but I agree...not to say they won't make more great music. But that album to me is just such a strong piece of work that it will be hard to ever top it in my eyes.
    Fuck Yes!!! Still waiting for my 5 string bass to jam to the extended range songs on this album.
    Flight of Icarus by Iron Maiden
    Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls Mayan mythology, check. This song has everything - interesting lyrics, eerie acoustic intro, it's fucking heavy, great melodies, awesome solos and of course Mr Dickinson's epic singing. And, well, it's Maiden!
    It's nice to see new Iron Maiden tracks getting some recognition. The Book of Souls is an amazing song and an amazing album. You have my vote.
    Thanks TBOS truly is an amazing album, to me one of their best, and so I post new songs if I can
    A Perfect Circle - "Orestes" The track's lyrics certainly reflects the Greek myth about Orestes (read about it), but of course it has other, more personal meanings as well.
    Thrice Daedalus
    I totally searched, didn't see this post, and then found this after I posted it. I hope I don't get all these votes disqualified!
    UG needs to fix the posting system before berating those that comment.
    Came here to say this or The Melting Point of Wax, but I think Daedalus is better.
    Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God Ragnarök has never sounded so awsome!
    Why is my comment getting so many downvotes? im confused lol all i was saying was that the god medal was on tribute and then moved to this comment. I dont get what was so bad about that.
    You just stole the gold medal from Tribute lol I've never seen UG give a gold medal and then take it back and give it to someone else.
    It goes to the highest comment. Sometimes it seems like they give it out earlier than others (seems like it's automatically set to kick in somewhere around +20 if you're on top, but I've seen other times that someone will have it on a low traffic article with +10).
    Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin of course !
    One of my all time favourites. It actually sounds like a sonic representation of an Ancient Greek battle. Awesome track.
    And I think we should mention Therion, whose all songs are based on different mythology - from old to almost modern. And as for one song I pick the "In the Desert of Set" (about Egyptian god Set):
    Burzum - "Dauði Baldrs" The whole "Dauði Baldrs" album is a concept album that tells the story from Norse mythology about the death of a good god Baldr and the subsequent end of the world (Ragnarok).
    Mr Winters
    Got my vote. One of the best prog-metal tunes to cover Greek mythology ever written, and it's because of this tune that I even got into the Iliad.
    The Odyssey wins hands down! I was thinking Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden would be a good one here too.
    And for adding some less usual stuff - Bjork "Aurora" - with references to Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn.
    Tiamat - "Gaia" In Greek mythology Gaia was the mother of all: the primal Greek Mother Goddess; creator and giver of birth to the Earth and all the Universe; the heavenly gods, the Titans, and the Giants were born to her.
    The Sword - Freya
    The song that got me (and no doubt countless others) into The Sword. That opening down-tuned riff resonates something within that makes you want to walk out your front door and let out a primal scream!
    Most of Kvelertaks songs. Norse mythology is one of the main themes in their music, and stories from northern mythology is told vividly and energetically in screechy Norwegian. If I'd have to choose one it'd be "Mjød", the lyrics tell the story of how Odin killed the jotun Suttung and used his blood to give us humans mjød (mead). Pretty badass?
    Holy shit so many people commenting don't have a an clue what "mythology" is and/or are nominating songs without even looking them up to see if they have ANYTHING to do with mythology.
    Metallica - The Call of Ktulu
    It isn't mythology. H.P. Lovecraft created Cthulu.
    Bedside Shred
    Lovecraft created an entire mythology that including the Great Old One and many other Elder Gods (like Hypnos, Azathoth, Shub-Niggurath, etc.) as well as an entire mythologized dream cycle including the quest to Unknown Kadath, the Silver Key found therein, and all the havoc this continuum leaks over into our world. With over hundreds of mythologized creatures and creations I think, yeah, Howard's canon counts as a mythology and the Metallica tune is valid. Though if I had to pick a personal favorite Lovecraft inspired tune it would be "Lovecraft's Death" by SepticFlesh.
    So, it's myth the same way the Lord of the Rings is a myth? You know, fiction.
    The only things separating them are religion and time... which makes it weird that people are saying religious stuff doesn't count. And then they upvote literature that's a couple hundred years older.
    Symphony X - The Odissey Epic tune !!!! awesome instrumentals!!! outstanding vocal quality a ten to rusell allen !!
    Aweomse God by Michael W. Smith
    GGAllinsPizza · Jun 01, 2016 02:08 PM
    This gets downvoted but Number of the Beast gets upvoted?
    I thought it was a good joke lol
    I wonder if Christian Rock songs should all automatically be disqualified from this list. Yes, they certainly deal with mythology... but every single one of them sucks. You can't refer to them as "best" in any context.
    I dunno. Neal Morse's "Sola Scriptura" album is one of the few pieces of "Christian" music (though much more in a classic prog rock vein) that I think is worth checking out, since it's more of a history lesson about Martin Luther and the reformation of the church (the split between Protestantism and Catholicism) than some kind of completely empty "glory to God!" bullshit. And the music is fucking GREAT because it's Neal Morse, and his brand of prog-rock is fucking awesome. For that reason, I may as well nominate the opening track from that record, "The Door", a song about the actual tangible history of mythology:
    Bedside Shred
    False. Listen to the one-man technical death metal band SYMPATHY. The first album, ANAGOGIC TYRANNY, devours.
    Well I mean you got like As I Lay Dying and Underoath if you're into that sorta thing. There is some good stuff, but just the straight worship music, no beuno! I just thought this was funny because I remember this song from when I went to Sunday school and it was hilarious to me.
    Judas Priest - Halls Of Valhalla. Whether you're into modern Priest or not, this is a badass song.
    Sewn Up
    Torn Between Scylla And Charybdis-Trivium I think I spelled that right....