This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the folks of UG community discussing the matter of finest songs referring to mythology.
You boys 'n' gals have amassed a decent chunk of votes and around 400 comments, all of which have been summed up into a Top 20 rundown.
Before kicking things off, we'll point out that honorable mentions include Dethklok's "I Tamper with the Evidence at the Murder Site of Odin," Manowar's "Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy," Judas Priest and "Halls of Valhalla," and Periphery's "Icarus Lives."
With all that stuff out of the way, the rundown awaits below.
20. Moonspell - Ataegina
Kicking things off with Lusitanian gods, Moonspell get to open this week's list with "Ataegina."
19. Cream - Tales of Brave Ulysses
Inspired by Homer's "Oddysey," "Tales of Brave Ulysses" by Cream features lyrics by Martin Sharp and music by Eric Clapton. One of the key references to the epic poem is the "how his naked ears were tortured by the sirens sweetly singing" line.
18. Tiamat - Gaia
Up next are Swedish Gothic heavy rockers Tiamat and the "Gaia" track off their 1994 record "Wildhoney." Mr. N-D noted: "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."
17. Black Sabbath - The Battle of Tyr / Odin's Court / Valhalla
Giving some love to the Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath, you folks assigned "The Battle of Tyr / Odin's Court / Valhalla" with just enough votes to reach No. 17. In Norse mythology, Tyr - the son of Odin - is the god of single combat and heroic glory.
Tony Iommi said about the whole "Tyr" album: "On 'Headless Cross,' Tony had just come into the band and he assumed, 'Oh, Black Sabbath, it's all about the Devil, so his lyrics were full of the Devil and Satan. It was too much in your face. We told him to be a bit more subtle about it, sofor 'Tyr' he did all these lyrics about Nordic gods and whatnot. It took me a while to get my head around that."
16. Therion - In the Desert of Set
Therion is one of those bands loaded with mythological references, and you folks singled out "In the Desert of Set" for this occasion. In Ancient Egyptian religion, Set is the god of desert, storms, disorder, violence and foreigners.
15. Björk - Aurora
At No. 15 we have Björk and "Aurora," a song about "dissolving with pleasure, and just praying, asking, and demanding for that."
14. Anthrax - Medusa
Featuring lyrics by Jon Zazula, Anthrax's "Medusa" is dedicated to the lady from Greek mythology whose gaze will turn you to stone.
13. In Flames - Jotun
This week's Lucky 13 spot goes to In Flames and "Jotun."
12. Burzum - Dauði Baldrs
As N-D explained, "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)."
11. Blind Guardian - Valhalla
Coming from Blind Guardian's sophomore album "Follow the Blind," "Valhalla" is about the place where Odin and the Valkyries live and where souls of fallen warriors go.
10. Thrice - Daedalus
You are probably aware of the legend of Icarus, and Thrice's "Daedalus" does an excellent job in giving the story a guitar-driven rendition. As the title indicates, the song is written from the perspective of Icarus' father and the man who gave him wings, Daedalus.
9. The Sword - Freya
In Norse mythology, Freyja is the Odin's granddaughter and the goddess of love and fertility. She can transform into a falcon and rides a chariot drawn by two cats. Half of the warriors who fall in battle go to Odin's hall Valhalla, while the other half goes to Freyja's hall Folkvangar.
8. Nile - The Gods Who Light Up the Sky at the Gate of Sethu
Taking a technical death metal turn, up next is Nile with "The Gods Who Light Up the Sky at the Gate of Sethu."
7. Richard Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen
Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelunger" features a set of four epic music dramas based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas and the "Nibelungenlied," a Middle High German epic poem about dragon-slayer Siegfried. "The Ride of the Valkyries" theme from this composition stands out as one of its most recognizable pieces.
6. Symphony X - The Odyssey
If you ever wanted to hear the tale of Odysseus in a metal manner, check out Symphony X's epic piece "The Odyssey."
5. A Perfect Circle - Orestes
Combining personal meanings with the story of Orestes from the Greek mythology, A Perfect Circle's "Orestes" is up next at No. 5.
4. Trivium - Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis
Most of you folks agreed that "Shogun" is Trivium's ultimate masterpiece, securing "Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis" a spot just a step away from the Big 3. Scylla and Charybdis are sea monsters noted by Homer, hence the meaning of the expression is essentially having to choose between two evils.
3. Led Zeppelin - Achilles Last Stand
Written during Robert Plant's recovery from a car incident which included a broken ankle, "Achilles Last Stand" is the third longest Led Zeppelin song, as well as one of the universally acclaimed precursors to the new wave of British heavy metal.
2. Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God
The silver medal this week goes to Amon Amarth and "Twilight of the Thunder God." Thor's final battle with giant serpent Jormungandr during the Norse apocalypse Ragnarok - how much more metal can you get? In case you don't know the story, Thor defeats the snake, takes nine steps away from the battle and dies from its poison.
1. Iron Maiden - Flight of Icarus
While "The Book of Souls" track got a solid amount of votes, and it's always nice to see fresh music getting recognition, this week's Iron Maiden representative is "Flight of Icarus," and it got the gold fair and square!
Once again, we're looking at a piece based on the legend of Icarus, but this time around Mr. Bruce Dickinson altered the tale to craft an allegory of teenage rebellion against adult authority.
And that wraps it up, folks! Hope you enjoyed the ride, stay tuned until next week for another edition of WQ!