The hunger for metal is upon me

And I should warn you, I enjoy metal entirely unironically.

Lordi won Eurovision 2006 with this:

I love the wings/hat combo.  But really, I prefer the official music video, and not just because of the extremely pretty girl.  Deadite cheerleaders are just indisputably cool.

Also cool and Finnish is Nightwish, symphonic metal formerly fronted by the classically trained opera soprano vocals of Tarja Turunen:

and currently adequately fronted by Anette Olzon:

Alestorm may have invented the subgenre of pirate metal.

But for Viking metal, the go-to guys are Turisas from, you guessed it, Finland, the most metal country on Earth.

Since we’ve got the first two thirds of a nautical trifecta going on here, this looks like a good place to insert Mastodon, who made a thoroughly badass album based on Moby Dick.  “THIS IVORY LEG IS WHAT PROPELS ME!  HARPOONS THRUST IN THE SKY!”

The Sword are local boys, though they’re off touring at present.

And being the enormous Bob Howard fan that I am, you know I’m gonna dig a song called “How Heavy This Axe.”

Also local are the Lions, who I saw live once in an epically crappy little dive in Denton, where they totally kicked ass in front of a tiny audience.

And while we’re at it, here’s the forefathers.

I’m pretty sure Prof. T. would not have been a fan of Zeppelin’s music (or Jimmy Page’s fascination with magic in general and Aleister Crowley in particular) but they were sure big fans of his, as evidenced by the fact that the went ahead and recorded a song about the Battle of the Pellenor Fields (and another one called “Misty Mountain Hop,” and another one where they talk about Gollum stealing their girl…).

And finally, because I skipped Robert E. Howard Monday, and because I’m also a big Lovecraft fan, we’ll close with Bal-Sagoth:

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One Response to “The hunger for metal is upon me”

  1. Dude, that’s a lot of metal. Came across this trailer for an 80’s style ninja movie:

    Thought it would be right up your alley.

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