Melodic Death Metal

The Down Troddence – Shiva (Official Music Video)

Long story short: Guy plays music for a God with his own organs. Metal \M/

 

Location: Bangalore

Style: Death/Thrash/Folk/Groove

This music video depicts the story of Ravana’s penance for Lord Shiva’s blessing. Lord Shiva is known as the Destroyer and the transformer. Ravana was a devotee of the God Shiva. When he went to seek this blessing, he was denied by Nandi (the bull that is the mount of Shiva). Noted: If you need a body guard, try a bull!

Ravana attempted to show the bull his love for Shiva by trying to move the mountain Kailash. (Ravana does have 10 heads, so you could say his ego got to his many heads) Shiva, annoyed at this guy’s arrogance decided to show him the real strength of a God. Shiva merely had to place his toe upon the mountain to trap Ravana painfully underneath. Ravana – who was well known for his musical abilities – created a musical instrument out of his own intestines and commenced to sing praises to Shiva (that’s pretty brutal). This went on for years until Shiva finally released Ravana from his bondage.


Piano Cover of Amon Amarth’s Embrace The Endless Ocean


Twilight of the Thunder Gods – Amon Amarth

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Need some music to sword fight and pillage to? Check out my Amon Amarth favorite. Yes, yes I know this song came out back in 2008, but I love it so much that I decided it must be spread on the internet like a 13th century plague. Okay! Bad example! But I digress. The Twilight of the Thunder Gods album as a whole stood out to me more than the other Amon Amarth albums. As vikings they upgraded from raiding monastaries, to pillaging the Vatican and burning the pope’s underwear. Okay, bad example again!

Yet there is definitely something different about this album. Could it be that they got the guitarist Roope Latvala from Children of Bodom to play a solo track on this song? Could it be that they got the Cello metal folks from Apocalyptica and the vocalist, Lars Petrov from Entombed to contribute to other songs on the album. Nah. I just think they were a little extra viking the day they made this album.

Side note: apparently the sword fighting in this video is not that accurate – but is the sword fighting in any metal video that realistic?


Be’lakor – From Scythe to Scythe

From scythe to scythe and measure to measure, this song is driving and pumping. The melody builds and gains power like an amassing swarm of Orcs. Speaking of which, the band is named “Be-lakor,” after a demon in the table top game Warhammer. These nerds hail from a land of untamed monsters and salty sandwiches. Lustria, the jungle where the lizard men roam you say? No, but that was a good guess. They actually come from Victoria Australia. The singer sounds like a mighty warrior himself and reminds me of Joahan Hegg (Amon Amarth Vocalist).

They are a melodic death metal band that builds on themes of nature, paganism, gaming and Greek mythology.

So if you need some mood music while you swing your scythe into some oozing green orc skulls, check this song out.

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Amon Amarth’s Death in Fire Live

Time to watch some metal happening in a viking ship on stage. Hopefully this will make your day as much as it made mine.


Sylosis: Death Metal With a Spiritual Vision

“It’s said the future’s written in the skies
The stars align
Planets collide
Shadows inherit the Earth
Denounce this shallow faith
I have seen through the veil
I espouse this call to arms
Of the Empyreal paradigm”

Not only do they have a great vision, but these guys have incredible talent. The vocalist succeeds in combining clean vocals with high and low growls. Many times when vocalists try to do this it sounds weird, but this guy is a natural!

The guitarist has a great thrash and death style and well placed solos.

Sylosis, you made my day. Like the name of your new album, I’d go to The Edge of The Earth for you!