Metal Monday: Guest Blog featuring Judas Priest, Skin, Furyon, and Nazareth

furyon gravitas Heavy Metal fans, Mike’s Daily Jukebox has a treat for you today.   A guest blog from Big D from the United Kingdom.   His website “Assorted Thoughts From An Unsorted Mind” has been looking back at the history of metal including his quest to find every song with “metal” in the title!   It’s a must-see site. Today’s post was written and chosen by Big D. Thank you for introducing me to Furyon, love their sound and you can’t go wrong with Halford and Judas Priest.


Judas Priest - Point of entryNestling in between Heavy Metal classics British Steel and Screaming For Vengeance. Point Of Entry is usually seen as something as a misstep. But once you get used to the idea that Priest are trying something a bit different there’s some gems to be found- this brooding piece of sci-fi for instance. (See a previous post on “Don’t Go” from the Point of Entry album)


skin-cdcoverFormed by four experienced vets of Britain’s rock scene, Skin had a nice line in catchy songs, Neville Macdonald’s voice and a tendency to play with their shirts missing in action. I can personally attest to Skin being a fantastic live act. Unfortunately while reasonably successful, 1994 was not a good time to be an upbeat Hard Rock band and you can only wonder how they would have fared if they had arrived 5 years earlier – and been American. Look But Don’t Touch is Skin’s signature song and contains more use of the word “Baby” than any rock song in recorded history.


A relatively new British band citing Alice In Chains, Alter Bridge and Whitesnake as reference points, I hope to see bigger and better things from these guys. This was taken from their 2012 Gravitas album.


Nazareth  - no mean cityI first heard this song on a tv documentary and to this day, whenever I hear it I get a mental image of twenty or so bikers sat in a circle, formation headbanging. The Scots rockers briefly enlisted Zal Cleminson – formerly of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – to beef up their sound and his twelve-string guitar is what drives this song.


  1. Helena, I saw Alice In Chains when they opened for Guns N Roses in the early 90’s. Layne was mesmerizing, Nutshell is all-time favorite of mine and a song I posted on my site’s second day!

  2. Dale, hope you get some new traffic from the post! I’ll give it some thought and give you a cool Top 10 list some day. I do a metal/hard rock post every week but I think it’s so awesome that yours is coming right from the UK.

  3. Wow, I didn’t realize Nazareth was still together. “Love Hurts” was popular when I was in junior high, back in the mid-70s. Furyon kicks ass, very reminiscent of AIC, whom I had the privilege of seeing live at Lollapalooza 1994 before Lane Staley died. Great selections, Big D!!!