We all know that heavy metal has an obsession with death and destruction. It's just part of the genre's mystique. And there's no man-made weapon capable of more destruction than nuclear weapons.
This playlist examines the subject of nuclear war through the window of heavy metal songs.
Although there are metal songs that revel in the pain, death and destruction of nuclear annihilation, most of the songs are really a protest against nuclear weaponry.
This playlist kicks off with a band whose image and sound oozed evil, and paved the way for the genre, but whose lyrics could be socially conscious: Black Sabbath.
In all, the playlist contains 19 metal songs, and spans many sub-genres. You'll find classic metal by the previously mentioned Black Sabbath as well as Iron Maiden and Deep Purple, but also pop metal by the likes of Dokken and Def Leppard, hardcore stuff by Slayer and Sepultura, and alt metal by System of a Down and Rage Against The Machine. They've all used the powerful imagery of nuclear war to get their points across and this playlist is a good example.
Heavy Metal Songs About Nuclear War Playlist