Tag Archives: Metal

Metal Moment – Epica

Haven’t had one of these in a while, so here’s an introduction to Epica, a operatic metal band from the Netherlands. The main vocalist, Simone Simons has probably the most beautiful voice I have heard and she is definitely my favourite female singer. Here’s Mother of Light from their 2005 album Consign to Oblivion:

Here’s Cry for the Moon from their first CD:

Their general sound hasn’t changed much over the years: a beautiful operatic soprano mixed with rough growls over a excellent metal with heavy symphonic elements, but they’ve always managed to keep it fresh and interesting. Here’s Quantum Enigma from their most recent CD:

Here’s something a bit slower and softer, Feint, also from Phantom Agony:

Finally, from their live album, a metal version of Dies Irae. It’s one of the very few live albums I’ve ever felt worth purchasing:





Metal Moment – Turisas

It’s the long weekend (Canadian thanksgiving, baby), and it’s been a busy week. I may have been able to pump out the next section of the Omega’s Guide, but it would have been crap, even crappier than my poorly proofread last piece. So, instead here’s another metal band I thoroughly enjoy.

I present to you Turisas, purveyors of Battle Metal. Their music is a hybrid of folk metal, power metal, epic metal, and death metal, and is all awesome.

This first track is my favourite of theirs from their first CD: Battle Metal. It’s a roaring anthem to violence.

This second song is from their third CD: Fear the Fear. It’s has little more social commentary than their usual fare of vikings and war, but it’s great.

Here’s a strange one form their most recent CD: No Good Story Ever Started with Drinking Tea. Their newest CD isn’t as good as their others, but it’s more oriented towards stupid fun than the previous ones.

Finally, here’s a single that comes as a bonus track on certain re-releases of their second CD (sadly I can’t find the particular re-release on Amazon). It’s a cover of the Boney M song Rasputin, and is great fun on a CD that is otherwise very serious and very epic. (It’s an amazing CD, but should be listened to as a whole).

Metal Moment – Grave Digger

I’ve been busy with things this week, so I don’t have a real post today. Enjoy some Grave Digger, a band that’s been producing solid heavy metal for 3 decades now.

First up, for all the neoreactionaries and Scots, comes the classic  Jacobite song, Rebellion (the Clans are Marching):

For the neo-pagans out there comes a newer song, Valhalla:

For the Brits and Christians, Excalibur:

Finally,  for the sappier readers, a power ballad from one of their more recent albums, When Rain Turns to Blood:

Metal Moment: Blind Guardian

I previously posted my favourite Christian metal band, so now here’s my favourite band, period:

Blind Guardian plays the most epic of power metal.

Here’s the most epic song I’ve yet heard, And Then There was Silence. It’s probably my favourite song of all time. It’s album, A Night at the Opera, is my favourite album of all time. The pomp and bombast is amazing.

Here’s another excellent song, Imaginations from the Other Side, from their 1995 CD of the same name:

Their middle-earth epic CD, Nightfall in Middle-earth,  based on the Silmarillion was also amazing.

Of course, Blind Guardian also had some slower songs. Here’s a concert staple, the Bard’s Song: