My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Stratovarius

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun September 12, 2021.

(Sunday 8:00 – 10:00PM US Central, replay Wednesday at 10:00pm … stream on wvlp.org)

10. Cold Winter Nights, off Destiny (1998).

9. Distant Skies, off Fourth Dimension (1995).

8. Move the Mountain, off Elysium (2011).

7. Witch Hunt, off Fright Night (1989).

6. Black Diamond, off Visions (1997).

5. My Eternal Dream, off Eternal (2015).

4. Fireborn, off Nemesis (2013).

3. Eagleheart, off Elements Pt 1 (2003).

2. Lost Without A Trace, off (Eternal 2015).

1. Unbreakable, off Nemesis (2013).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Circle II Circle …

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun September 05, 2021.

(Sunday 8:00 – 10:00PM US Central, replay Wednesday at 10:00pm … stream on wvlp.org)

10. Victim of the Night, off Reign of Darkness (2015).

9. Lies, off Watching in Silence (2003).

8. Echoes, off Delusions of Grandeur (2008).

7. Who Am I to Be?, off Burden of Truth (2006).

6. Blood of an Angel, off Consequence of Power (2010).

5. Diamond Blade, off Seasons Will Fall (2013).

4. Cynical Ride, off The Middle of Nowhere (2005).

3. Forever, off Delusions of Grandeur (2008).

2. Take Back Yesterday, off Consequence of Power (2010).

1. Heal You, off Burden of Truth (2006).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Andromeda …

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun August 29, 2021.

(Sunday 8:00 – 10:00PM US Central, replay Wednesday at 10:00pm … stream on wvlp.org)

10. Antidote, off Manifest Tyranny (2011).

9. Crescendo of Thoughts, off Extension of the Wish (2001).

8. This Fragile Surface, off II = I (2003).

7. The Hidden Riddle, off Chimera (2006).

6. Worst Enemy, off The Immunity Zone (2008).

5. In the End, off Chimera (2006).

4. In the Deepest of Waters, off Extension of the Wish (2001).

3. Chameleon Carnival, off Extension of the Wish (2001).

2. Inner Circle, off Chimera (2006).

1. Morphing Into Nothing, off II = I (2003).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Epica …

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun August 22, 2021.

(Sunday 8:00 – 10:00PM US Central, replay Wednesday at 10:00pm … stream on wvlp.org)

10. The Second Stone, off The Quantum Enigma (2014).

9. Kingdom of Heaven (A New Age Dawns Pt 5), off Design Your Universe (2009).

8. Cry for the Moon (The Embrace That Smothers Pt 4), off The Phantom Agony (2003).

7. Consign to Oblivion (A New Age Dawns Pt 3), off Consign to Oblivion (2005).

6. Delirium, off Requiem for the Indifferent (2012).

5. Edge of the Blade, off The Holographic Principle (2016).

4. Seal of Solomon, off Omega (2021).

3. Never Enough, off, The Divine Conspiracy (2007).

2. Kingdom of Heaven Pt 3 (The Antidiluvian Universe), off Omega (2021).

1. Victims of Contingency, off The Quantum Enigma (2014).

Top 5 Long and Top 5 Mid Length Iron Maiden Songs

My Top 5 Favorite MID LENGTH Songs by Iron Maiden (6-8 minutes) …

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun August 08, 2021.

(Sunday 8:00 – 10:00PM US Central, replay Wednesday at 10:00pm … stream on wvlp.org)

5. Phantom of the Opera, off Iron Maiden (1980).

4. Infinite Dreams, off Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1986).

3. The Journeyman (*), off Dance of Death (2003).

2. To Tame a Land, off Piece of Mind (1983).

1. Hallowed Be Thy Name, off The Number of the Beast (1982).

(*) Yes, I love this song. Suck it, haters.

My Top 5 Favorite LONG Songs by Iron Maiden (8+ minutes) …

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun July 04, 2021.

(Sunday 8:00 – 10:00PM US Central, replay Wednesday at 10:00pm … stream on wvlp.org)

5. Empite of the Clouds, off The Book of Souls (2015).

4. Alexander the Great, off Somewhere in Time (1986).

3. Dance of Death, off Dance of Death (2003).

2. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, off Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988).

1. Rime of the Ancient Mariner, off Powerslave (1984).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Masterplan …

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun June 06, 2021.

(Sunday 8:00 – 10:00PM US Central, replay Wednesday at 10:00pm … stream on wvlp.org)

10. Lonely Winds of War, off Time to Be King (2010).

9. Return From Avalon, off Novum Initium (2013).

8. Spirit Never Die, off Masterplan (2003).

7. Far From the End of the World, off Time to Be King (2010).

6. Black in the Burn, off Aeronautics (2005).

5. Heroes , offMasterplan (2003).

4. Keeps Me Burning, off MKII (2007).

3. Sail On, off Masterplan (2003).

2. Crimson Rider, off Aeronautics (2005).

1. Falling Sparrow, off Aeronautics (2005).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Signum Regis …

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun May 30, 2021.

(Sunday 8:00 – 10:00PM US Central, replay Wednesday at 10:00pm … stream on wvlp.org)

10. The Ten Plagues, off Exodus (2013).

9. All Over the World, off Signum Regis (2008).

8. Given Up for Lost, off Flag of Hope (EP) (2020).

7. The Voice in the Wilderness, off Chapter IV: The Reckoning (2015).

6. Unfold the Mystery, off Decenniumn Primum (2017).

5. A Memory, off The Seal of a New World (2019).

4. The Secret of the Sea, off Chapter IV: The Reckoning (2015).

3. Come and Take It, off Through the Storm (EP) (2015).

2. The Future King, off Decenniumn Primum (2017).

1. Living Well, off Through the Storm (EP) (2015).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Poverty’s No Crime …

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun May 23, 2021.

(Sunday 8:00 – 10:00PM US Central, replay Wednesday at 10:00pm … stream on wvlp.org)

10. Open Your Eyes, off Save My Soul (2007).

9. Every Kind of Life, off The Chemical Chaos (2003).

8. My Favorite Delusion, off Symbiosis (1995).

7. Spiral of Fear, off Spiral of Fear (2016).

6. Grey to Green, off A Secret to Hide (2021).

5. The Longest Day, off Spiral of Fear (2016).

4. Walk Into Nowhere, off The Chemical Chaos (2003).

3. Point of View, off One in a Million (2001).

2. Flesh and Bone, off A Secret to Hide (2021).

1. Rain of Gods, off The Autumn Years (1996).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Bruce Dickinson (solo) …

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun May 09, 2021.

(Sunday 8:00 – 10:00PM US Central, replay Wednesday at 10:00pm … stream on wvlp.org)

10. Shoot All the Clowns, off Balls to Picasso (1994).

9. Tattooed Millionaire, off Tattooed Millionaire (1990).

8. Kill Devil Hill, off Tyranny of Souls (2005).

7. Freak, off Accident of Birth (1997).

6. Book of Thel, off The Chemical Wedding (1998).

5. Jerusalem, off The Chemical Wedding (1998).

4. Innerspace, off Skunkworks (1996).

3. Navigate the Seas of the Sun, off Tyranny of Souls (2005).

2. Road to Hell, off Accident of Birth (1997).

1. Tears of the Dragon, off Balls to Picasso (1994).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Shadow Gallery …

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun May 02, 2021.

(Sunday 8:00 – 10:00PM US Central, replay Wednesday at 10:00pm … stream on wvlp.org)

This is a tough list. If I remade it next month, there might be a few changes, with some songs that didn’t make it this time coming forwards, depending on the day of the week. There is a large back-log of tracks that could be 10.1, 10.2, and so on. Metal purists might be aghast that I have not included their lengthy works Ghostship and Queen of the City of Ice. Both are great songs, but Ghostship feels a little too weighted by “interludes”; I could include certain parts of the song in this list, but it seemed wrong to break it up. Queen of the City of Ice would be a strong contender, except for the somewhat lengthy voice acting segment towards the back end of the song. Nothing spoils a music track more than voice over acting. Bands: stop it. If you need voice overs to communicate the story, put them between tracks, not on top of tracks. Also looking at you, Seventh Wonder and “One Last Goodbye.”

10. Crystalline Dream, off Carved in Stone (1995).

9. Question At Hand, off Shadow Gallery (1992).

8. Strong, off Digital Ghosts (2009).

7. The Dance of the Fools, off Shadow Gallery (1992).

6. Deeper Than Life, off Carved in Stone (1995).

5. Alaska, off Carved in Stone (1995).

4. Digital Ghost, off Digital Ghosts (2009).

3. The Archer of Ben Salem, off Room V (2005).

2. War for Sale, off Tyranny (1998).

1. Room V, off Room V (2005.