Metal Monday–Game of Thrones Edition

I love YouTube.  You can find all sorts of great stuff there.  Like, say, metal covers of songs you can identify with…like The Rains of Castamere.  (“Wait…wait…why do you identify with the Rains of Castamere?”  “Because when someone sends you to crush a rebellion, you crush the rebellion.”)  Sometimes one just has to be in the mood for a genocidal return to or…anyway, White Noise Labs’ version of The Rains of Castamere:



I’m a huge fans of covers.  Sometimes it’s nice to get another person’s take on a song.  Much to some people’s chagrin, I’m still waiting to find someone to do a metal cover of some Hamilton song.  C’mon, the thought of Lzzy Hale, Amy Lee, and Cristina Scabbia doing the Schuyler sisters should be a thing of joy, right?

Metal Monday–Hear Ye, My Words

So I found this song via an I-tunes recommendation.  The album is pretty solid as well.  I always see a lone rider approaching a temple at the intro, followed by a montage of him killing his way to the central chamber where he confronts an angry god.  Yeah, I’m dark like that.  Anyway, when I ever do a fantasy storyline, you can bet that this will be in the rotation.



*muttered commentary*  “Yes, I do have a fantasy idea.  It’s in the queue.”

Metal Monday–Leaves’ Eyes

So as some of you know from my talking at cons, I was stationed in Germany for two years.  One of the benefits of being overseas in Europe is you get exposed to things that don’t quite make it Stateside.  This would be how I ended up finding out about previous Metal Monday “guest” Sabaton.  However, even before I was immersed in “Swedecore,” there was another Scandinavian product that became an immediate steady rotation:  Leaves’ Eyes.

Unfortunately the band appears to have been going through a line up change. Pro tip: Don’t have your lead singer and guitarist married.  Makes divorce kind of awkward.  However, we’ll still have the older songs, like “Elegy.”



One thing about synth-metal–they get the sweeping scope of a song down pat.  If I had to rate Leaves’ Eyes (with Liv Kristine), I’d have to say they’re right up there with Nightwish before that band also had lead singer problems. Maybe there is just something about being a bunch of metal heads that eventually just wears people out?

Metal Monday–Swedecore!

So I’ve got a few songs that I play on steady rotation.  Today’s Metal Monday is one of them–Sabaton’s “Carolus Rex.”

I’m not saying the guy was crazy…but I think the king was a little crazy.  Not George III mad, but when you think that you’re taking orders directly from heaven?  That might be a sign.


At any rate, as will become apparent throughout Metal Monday, I’m a big fan of heavy metal + history.  Sabaton is one of the best at it, but it seems everyone from Iron Maiden to Metallic (“One,” “Creeping Death,” and “For Whom The Bell Tolls” are the examples that come most quickly to mind) has dabbled.

Metal Monday–A Little Lzzy

To say I’m a bit all over the place with my musical tastes is like saying Soylent Green may be a bit unethical as a long-term solution to planetary hunger.  I nearly named this regular feature “Musical Monday” rather than Metal Monday so that I could also include my affinity for soundtracks.  Dirty little secret–I love soundtracks.  How much?  Let’s just say I laughed quite a bit recently when Lisa (The Prolific Trek) told me, mid-discussion, “I think you’re conflating scores with soundtracks.”  I’m not saying this was as much blasphemy as me saying to her, “I think you’re confusing Star Wars with Star Trek,” but close.  In her defense, Lisa never saw the three old school Case Logic cases outside labeled Soundtracks, or realize the hours I spent trying to find The Crow _score_ so I could record this favorite:

Or this one:

Alas, I decided to keep things minimalist and decided I would focus only on appeasing the metal gods.  In that same discussion Di, the other third of the triumvirate and blogger at No Place Like Holmes, pointed out to me that I had not included Halestorm in any of my posts.  I assured her that ol’ Lzzy was coming into the rotation…I just wasn’t sure of which song.  Rather than going with one off the older albums, I figured I’d go with a newer song:

Metal Monday 4

A little of a lesser known band this week.  Jagpanzer’s Achilles:


Achilles seems to be a pretty big staple in the metal world.  In addition to this song, everyone’s favorite Myrmidon seems to appear in at least another dozen songs.  Another one of my all time favorites is this concept song by Manowar:


This song was my first introduction to Manowar.  I mean, yeah, 28+ minutes of hammering metal is a bit much, but you can tell ManoWar took this song very seriously.  I personally like the Hector sequence most of all.