A Little Apocalyptica

For those not familiar with Apocalyptica, feel free to read more about cellos and heavy metal here.

So on their song “Deathzone,” there was a hidden track entitled “En Vie”:

People liked it so much, they decided to produce an English version:

It’s a haunting tune about how even someone who has it all might be unhappy.  I don’t think I need to explain how that can be adapted to a story.  😀

When Times Are Hard

Every character goes through struggles.  Sometimes there’s a song that speaks to this process.  Without further ado, Iced Earth…

I will say Iced Earth is an interesting band.  As folks who regularly peruse this feature may note, they’ve changed their lead singers a few times.  Definitely a story of persevering through different events.

Metal Monday Returns!

*coughs on dust*  So it’s funny going back and finding the number of times I’ve tried to update the “Metal Monday” program.  I will say, in the dark ages of trying to get things done, that became one of the “things that could go away.”

So we’re going to try and do this again.  😀  First up, Evanescence’s “Even In Death”

As some of you may recall from earlier posts where I provided a playlist, this is one of my favorite all time songs.  I think of it often when I’m putting a character through a period of loss and grieving, as it seems to perfectly capture that initial period where it’s hard to grasp the person is actually gone.  I’d imagine this goes for people lost at sea and in space given the lack of a body for closure.  So, yes, this was playing for much of Aries Red Sky.  😀

 

Metal Monday: Minutes Seem Like Days

As previously mentioned on this blog, I have a post-Apocalyptic universe.  Despite using asteroids for mine, I grew up in the ’80s when nukes were a big deal.  Like many a child of the Cold War, I dealt with the constant discussion that eventually the United States and Soviet Union were going to stumble into war and blow us all to kingdom come.  (At around the 3:24 mark, I thought of Alannis Morrissette’s “Ironic.”  ‘It’s like, nu-ukes on your wedding day…like an X-ray blast taking your bridesmaid away.  Like a blast wave making the beautician a waste…who would’ve thought, it figures…”)

Anyway, a lot of dark music came from that era.  Some of it I didn’t discover until much later in life, like this particular Slayer song:

Metal Monday–I. Am. The. Water God

Today we have a double feature.  I present to you, Dethklok…(cartoon violence in spades…don’t say you weren’t warned):

 

“Wait…wait…DID I JUST WATCH BATMAN MURDER THE LITTLE MERMAID?!”  Yes, yes you did (or saw this and decided not to click on the YouTube).

Unbeknownst to me, there’s a sequel song.  Which is perhaps even harsher than the first one.  Lyrics after the imbed:

 

“Murmaider II: The Water God”

The gods watch over you
And they consider what you’ve doneBut now you’ve hidden away
To gain your strength
Deep in a cave
Your power is regained

And your legacy has spread
To the deepest of the sea
The one that brought them vengeance
That fights for his belief

He can swim through matter
He has poisoned teeth
His tentacles have murdered
His scream can kill the weak

He’s got
Explosives
Check
Corrosives
Check
A master of the art of murder
Mermaids weep the blackened tears

So you swim to a sunken ship
Invited by a soul who bleeds from the lips
This prophet who beckons you wades in the dark
Speaks an ancient language this language is of
Sharks

He says your the one that I decree
The one that can save us and set us free
You’ve gained the power of a deity
You have the strength to wake us from this
Sleep

And so you swim on
Swim on
And so you swim on
Swim on
Keep swimming now

And the prophet gives to you this warning
If this path is chosen you’ll be met with strife
For you’ll be seen as an enemy of the sacred

And the gods will curse you
For the rest of your life
And you say

I get by just fine
Check
I’ve known much worse life
Check
I’ve conquered dark times
Check
They should fear my mind
Check

So now you know then go then
Swim on through the cold then
Harness your strength
Because one day you may be called
To meet the mighty gods
Deep within the ocean
And if you’re not prepared
Your soul will not be spared

Your eyes have gone black
You’ll never look back
You’ll never stop swimming
You’ll always be tracked

Your life has transformed
Your power has grown
Your minions stretch for leagues
For a bloodied coral throne

A crown of murdered foes
Will sit upon your head
Those that wish to challenge you
Will wish that they were dead

The beasts of the sea will collect and submit
Prey for your forgiveness and live as you
Permit

And you say:

I am the water god

You will bow to the water god
You will live for the water god
And you will die for the water god

Live for the water god
Die for the water god

And the deities loom nearer
They will find you…

Metal Monday–We Are the Fallen

We all know a good band that, to use the euphemism, “Went in different creative directions…”  Fans of Evanescence may remember just such an event splintered the group when Ben Moody punched out mid-tour.  Without picking a side in that fight, I’ll simply point out that today’s Metal Monday group was the offshoot of that particular disintegration.  We Are the Fallen wrote one album, got dismissed as “Evanescence Lite,” and basically dropped off the music map.  Tear the World Down is a pretty solid hard rock / metal album, with “St. John” one of the better songs off it.

 

Metal Monday–Lacuna Coil

Today’s “Metal Monday” group hails from Milan, Italy.  Lacuna Coil’s a pretty big deal in Europe, not so much here in the States.  Which is a shame, as they’re a really good group with a long back catalog.

The better half  (whose “bare bones” blog is now here) and I have a long-standing debate on whether this song is dealing with a murder or suicide.  You be the judge, but in either case go check out the rest of Lacuna Coil’s songs if you like metal at all.