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Heavy Metal Thunder -The Recordings-

November 24, 2010

I found about this soundtrack a few years back to my pleasant surprise – to a rock fan like me, a title like Heavy Metal Thunder (not to be confused with the Saxon album of the same name) has to be good! And it certainly was: 45 minutes of total rock-out, a wide variety of styles from super-talented musicians. And it wasn’t just good metal, it was Japanese metal where you can’t understand what the hell they’re screaming about – which makes it all the more awesome. Take the title song for instance, “Heavy Metal Thunder” by The Sex Machineguns. Both the name of the song and the name of the band demand some attention. I mean, just check out this cover:

Heavy Metal Thunder -The Recordings- – “Heavy Metal Thunder” (The Sex Machineguns feat. Michael Schenker)

The Sex Machineguns are one of Japan’s top heavy metal bands. Their skills are among the best in the world. Though they have not made a number 1 single or album yet, their work consistently sells out almost instantaneously throughout Japan. Their name is inspired by the Sex Pistols because they believe that “machineguns are more radical than pistols.” “Heavy Metal Thunder” appeared on their ninth album of the same name and later became the title of a crappy robot fighting game by Square (they can’t make a fighting game to save themselves). It was also the name of a late-night rock show that pit the best bands against each other to make the ultimate rock-out. Note that “Heavy Metal Thunder” also features Michael Schenker. Schenker is one of the ultimate rock-out dudes, who played in UFO and founded Scorpion.

My translation of the lyrics and more after the break.

[If I] Can’t survive ‘cuz I’m clumsy! [SAY] I BELIEVE [IN] HEAVY METAL POWER!
[If] I’m just too serious to be worthy! [SAY] I BELIEVE [IN] HEAVY METAL POWER!

You scream out in the dead of night
It’s dangerous because you stare! ARE YOU READY TO ROCK!*

HEAVY METAL THUNDER! HEAVY METAL THUNDER!
I’m alive, if you’re alive, cry out–!
HEAVY METAL THUNDER! HEAVY METAL THUNDER!
I’m starving, if you’re starving, crave it–!
HEAVY METAL THUNDER!**

If you’re weaker than this other guy: I BELIEVE [IN] HEAVY METAL POWER!
If your body is weak, [use] spikes and chains: I BELIEVE [IN] HEAVY METAL POWER!

Why do you whine? I don’t wanna hear it!
The laws of steel: Embrace them! ARE YOU READY TO ROCK!

Repeat**

[Total Rock-Out]

Repeat*

Repeat**

HEAVY METAL THUNDER! HEAVY METAL THUNDER!
HEAVY METAL THUNDER! WOOOA-OH-OOAH!
HEAVY METAL THUNDER! HEAVY METAL THUNDER!
I’m burning, if you’re burning, cry out–!
HEAVY METAL THUNDER!

Personally, I think the lyrics make the song even more awesome, but the mix of Japanese and English is perfect on its own.

My favorite piece from the soundtrack is “Wandering the Byways” by Saburo Tokito with MARCY & SHARA from EARTHSHAKER. This track uses koto plus guitars for a unique take on the genre, and even breaks out with a koto and flute solo at 2:44. This is a great example of how not knowing the lyrics lets you simply concentrate on the music and the sound of the voice, with little concern for the underlying meaning.

Again, my (quick) translation below, so any errors are mine!

In stormy seas / I am burdened by people who come to cut away

I walk out / to the source of distant memories

I won’t turn back for anything / and spit on the byways

I am taken with / the countless scars that remain

And a dream that knows sorrow / to tomorrow

In the destiny of journey’s end / ’till the day I embrace death

The current flows / but I wander in exile.**

Dancing because I’m beautifully fickle / soul like a blade

One of these days I’ll become dirty / entrust it to these hands

Dancing in the mournful rain / red blood and man’s emotions

Repeat ** 2x

And that’s it! If you’re a fan now, you might want to consider picking up a copy of the album from CD Japan or Play Asia. Be forewarned though – these are ridiculously expensive at $33 a pop!

One comment

  1. I agree, the japanese do make very good metal music, and they are very talented as you’ve mentioned.



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