American Music Club, "Nightwatchman"
Speaking of night watchmen, we watched Night at the Museum with the kids last night, and I was kind of pleasantly surprised that the effects didn't look too janky. I mean, sure, the whole premise was ridiculous, but I thought there was a good chance that it was going to look so stupid as to totally jar me out of things. But no, held up just fine as a family movie.
Botanist, "The Reconciliation of Nature and Man"
We here at Five Songs are unabashed fans of ridiculous song titles. I mean, at this point, it's not like anybody says these things over the radio or anything, so who cares? And this one, that's a real prize. That's the sort of song title that had better be attached to an epic, and in a lot of ways, it's a genuine upset that this track doesn't even crack 10 minutes (just barely). This is kind of one of those songs that sits astride both black metal and shoegaze. There's not a whole lot of dissonance to this, really, it's mostly just a really big rock song with a wall of sound.
Young Hunter, "Cities of Black Mesa"
More huge rock sounds! More Sabbath-y here, though, especially in the guitar tone.
Hammerhead, "Evil Twin"
The title track of the last album from Hammerhead's first run, this is a delightfully crunchy couple of minutes. If I had to sum up Hammerhead for somebody quickly, this might be the song I'd point towards.
Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Well, folks, rock doesn't get much bigger than that!