If you like your music loud, then you’re undoubtedly going to love the newest Hottest 100-style countdown that saw their very first edition presented over the weekend.

Last month, it was announced that The Faction, Australia’s heavy metal streaming radio station, was set to hold their inaugural ‘Hardest 100’ countdown.

“This is an epic opportunity for everyone who is into heavy music to get involved and show that there’s a strong voice for our scene,” said Tim Price, founder of The Faction, at the time.

“Vote for the best heavy songs of all time, vote for Australian heavy songs, vote for the most obscure black metal band you can think of – if it’s good, vote for it – who knows what might end up in the countdown.”

After a month-long voting process, the very first Hardest 100 was counted down on Saturday, March 17th, and undoubtedly served as a proper tribute to the 50th anniversary of the genre it was aiming to honour.

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Kicking things off with Lamb Of God’s ‘Redneck’, the countdown took a well-guided tour through new and old classics, while sampling liberally from the genres of screamo, thrash metal, alt-rock, post-hardcore, and so much more.

Coming out on top of this year’s countdown was none other than Architects’ ‘Doomsday’ (which if you’re wondering, also scored #139 on this year’s Hottest 100), proving that us Aussies definitely love our music loud these days.

“The votes from The Faction listeners have produced a stunning list of songs that prove why metal is among the most successful genres in the world,” stated Tim Price.

“From Black Sabbath through to Architects, just as The Faction is a celebration of metal in all its forms, The Hardest 100 has well and truly delivered a flag to wave for the genre.”

Check out the Spotify playlist of (the majority of) the Hardest 100, and check out the full list of the countdown below.

The Faction’s ‘Hardest 100’ for 2018

#100: ‘Redneck’ – Lamb Of God
#99: ‘The Devil In I’ – Slipknot
#98: ‘New Noise’ – Refused
#97: ‘Blackwater Park’ – Opeth
#96: ‘Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)’ – Deftones
#95: ‘Oblivion’ – Mastodon
#94: ‘Crushed’ – Parkway Drive
#93: ‘Got The Life’ – Korn
#92: ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ – Iron Maiden
#91: ‘Painkiller’ – Judas Priest

#90: ‘Demanufacture’ – Fear Factory
#89: ‘Final Episode’ – Asking Alexandria
#88: ‘Blackbird’ – Alter Bridge
#87: ‘Lucid’ – Polaris
#86: ‘Creeping Death’ – Metallica
#85: ‘I’m Broken’ – Pantera
#84: ‘Roquefort’ – Karnivool
#83: ‘Toxicity’ – System Of A Down
#82: ‘Drown’ – Bring Me The Horizon
#81: ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ – Metallica

#80: ‘Poison’ – Alice Cooper
#79: ‘Sober’ – Tool
#78: ‘Break Stuff’ – Limp Bizkit
#77: ‘Black Sabbath’ – Black Sabbath
#76: ‘Roots Bloody Roots’ – Sepultura
#75: ‘Horizons’ – Parkway Drive
#74: ‘Iron Man’ – Black Sabbath
#73: ‘The Number Of The Beast’ – Iron Maiden
#72: ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – Nirvana
#71: ‘One Step Closer’ – Linkin Park

#70: ‘Sleepwalker’ – Parkway Drive
#69: ‘Run To The Hills’ – Iron Maiden
#68: ‘Epic’ – Faith No More
#67: ‘The Pot’ – Tool
#66: ‘Laid To Rest’ – Lamb Of God
#65: ‘Du Hast’ – Rammstein
#64: ‘Thresher’ – Hellions
#63: ‘Fade To Black’ – Metallica
#62: ‘Replica’ – Fear Factory
#61: ‘Holy Diver’ – Dio

#60: ‘All Signs Point To Lauderdale’ – A Day To Remember
#59: ‘Ace Of Spades’ – Motorhead
#58: ‘Spit It Out’ – Slipknot
#57: ‘Bottom Feeder’ – Parkway Drive
#56: ‘Open Letter’ – The Amity Affliction
#55: ‘Youngbloods’ – The Amity Affliction
#54: ‘(sic)’ – Slipknot
#53: ‘Blind’ – Korn
#52: ‘The End Of Heartache’ – Killswitch Engage
#51: ‘Enter Sandman’ – Metallica

#50: ‘The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies’ – Faith No More
#49: ‘Freak On A Leash’ – Korn
#48: ‘Domination’ – Pantera
#47: ‘The Beautiful People’ – Marilyn Manson
#46: ‘Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em’ – Parkway Drive
#45: ‘Battery’ – Metallica
#44: ‘Dispossession’ – Northlane
#43: ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due’ – Megadeth
#42: ‘Gravity’ – Architects
#41: ‘Down With The Sickness’ – Disturbed

#40: ‘Psychosocial’ – Slipknot
#39: ‘Bulls On Parade’ – Rage Against The Machine
#38: ‘Would?’ – Alice In Chains
#37: ‘Pittsburgh’ – The Amity Affliction
#36: ‘The Kill’ – 30 Seconds To Mars
#35: ‘Back in Black’ – AC/DC
#34: ‘Earthwalker (feat. Joel Birch from The Amity Affliction)’ – In Hearts Wake
#33: ‘Quantum Flux’ – Northlane
#32: ‘Davidian’ – Machine Head
#31: ‘Highway To Hell’ – AC/DC

#30: ‘All I Want’ – A Day To Remember
#29: ‘Lateralus’ – Tool
#28: ‘Sleepwalking’ – Bring Me The Horizon
#27: ‘Walk’ – Pantera
#26: ‘Shadow Moses’ – Bring Me The Horizon
#25: ‘Reign Of Darkness’ – Thy Art Is Murder
#24: ‘Judith’ – A Perfect Circle
#23: ‘Bleed’ – Meshuggah
#22: ‘Romance Is Dead’ – Parkway Drive
#21: ‘Angel Of Death’ – Slayer

#20: ‘Themata’ – Karnivool
#19: ‘Tears Don’t Fall’ – Bullet For My Valentine
#18: ‘Paranoid’ – Black Sabbath
#17: ‘This Could Be Anywhere In The World’ – Alexisonfire
#16: ‘Raining Blood’ – Slayer
#15: ‘Stinkfist’ – Tool
#14: ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’ – Deftones
#13: ‘Wait and Bleed’ – Slipknot
#12: ‘Nihilist’ – Architects
#11: ‘War Pigs’ – Black Sabbath

#10: ‘Duality’ – Slipknot
#9: ‘Forty Six & 2’ – Tool
#8: ‘Chop Suey!’ – System Of A Down
#7: ‘The Downfall Of Us All’ – A Day To Remember
#6: ‘The Remedy’ – Polaris
#5: ‘Killing In The Name’ – Rage Against The Machine
#4: ‘One’ – Metallica
#3: ‘Carrion’ – Parkway Drive
#2: ‘Master Of Puppets’ – Metallica

#1: ‘Doomsday’ – Architects

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