On Friday (17) Hyborian will be releasing their debut album, the accurately-titled Hyborian Vol. 1. The stoner rock band’s album tells a story about an intergalactic time traveling being called The Traveller and is inspired by the Conan series style of writing. With that in mind, singer/guitarist Martin Bush made a playlist of his favorite Sci-Fi- themed metal songs.

Hyborian Vol. 1 will be released on Friday on CD, vinyl and cassette, and can be pre-ordered here.


Black Sabbath, “Into the Void”
The most epic Sabbath song off the most epic Sabbath album, Ozzy basically just says screw it and bails on the rest of us earthlings.

King Crimson, “21st Century Schizoid Man”
Apocalyptic visions of a world destroyed by politics and greed. Sounds familiar. (note: King Crimson isn’t on Spotify, so we included Greg Lake’s version) 

Fantomas, “Der Golem”
Mike Patton and a bunch of other folks (Dave Lombardo, King Buzzo etc.) do their interpretations of classic sci-fi themes. This one is especially heavy.

Tubeway Army, “Down in the Park”
Gary Numan rules, songs about running from robots that might kill or rape you? Yeah that rules too.

Mastodon, “Divinations”
Off a record about a paraplegic who astral projects into Rasputin’s body, who then helps him get back to his body and has to outsmart Satan on the way. About as grand a sci fi concept as you can get.

Metallica, “Through the Never”
I’ve never been a fan of the Black Album, but this is the one stand out track on it, its a rocker.

Montrose, “Space Station #5”
Yeah yeah yeah, Sammy Hagar sucks, but Ronnie Montrose doesn’t. Period.

Satan, “Twenty Twenty Five”
High concept, epic guitars, classic.

Deep Purple,  “Space Truckin’”
If I was stuck on a desert island and was told I could have any record that wasn’t a Sabbath record, Machine Head is what I would inevitably pick.

Megadeth, “Hangar 18”
I hate that they won a Grammy for the record they put out last year. But they probably should have won one for Rust in Peace. Fantastic album front to back, and this is my favorite track.


Here’s the band’s video for “As Above, So Below” so you can get a taste of what they’re like.