To honor the people of Scotland and their historic vote yesterday–about which I’ll have more to say tonight–I thought the first Metal for Friday since my return from my research trip should be some Scottish-themed metal. And there’s no better exemplar of that than Grave Digger’s iconic song “Rebellion,” which is here shown in a live performance featuring some high-profile guest stars, Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and the a capella metal group Van Canto. This was recorded at Wacken Open Air in (I think) 2010.

“Rebellion” is one of the catchiest power metal tunes to come out of Germany in the 1990s, which was a time and place extremely well-suited for that kind of metal. The 1996 album from which it comes, Tunes of War, memorializes the long Scottish struggle for independence from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Given its timing and the inclusion of a song called “William Wallace” I suspect it was heavily inspired by the film Braveheart, which was the source of a lot of Internet memes this week surrounding the Scotland independence vote. Regardless of your feelings on the vote, it’s an awesome, hard-rocking metal song. It makes you want to put on a kilt and shout “FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEDOMMMMMM!!!!!”

I’m very happy to be back on my normal posting schedule which will include a “Metal for Friday” each week. Shabbat Shalom, have a great weekend! \m/