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The ONE metal album that reminds you of D&D / Pathfinder?


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Andoran

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Mine:

The Sword - Gods of the Earth

I love me all kinds of metal; black, death, thrash, traditional, melodic, groove. There's not a sub genre I don't like. However, when it comes to fantasy/Frank Frazetta envisioning thoughts, this album just does it for me. Great guitar riffs and fantasy lyrics about George R. R. Martin books and Norse mythology.

What's your favorite? There are plenty of greats to choose from--Dio, Blind Guardian, Cirith Ungol, 3 Inches of Blood, Amon Amarth, the list goes on and on, but what's the one that does it for you? I'm always on the lookout for new bands, especially those that remind me of a dungeon crawl or Hyboria.


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Pretty much anything by Blind Guardian, but for an entire album, its hard to top *Nightfall in Middle Earth*.

Falconer has some good fantasy style songs too...

Osirion

nomadicc wrote:

Pretty much anything by Blind Guardian, but for an entire album, its hard to top *Nightfall in Middle Earth*.

Falconer has some good fantasy style songs too...

Seconding Blind Guardian. They write songs about just about every popular fantasy series there is. Lord of the Rings, Song of Fire and Ice, Wheel of Time, Elric, etc., but they have actually directly referenced Dungeons and Dragons once in the song "The Soulforged" from the album "Night at the Opera" which is about Raistlin from Dragonlance.

Special mention of Battlelore. Every song on every album is a Middle Earth reference. Every. Song.

Kamelot doesn't skimp on the fantasy lyrics.

Dragonforce should be a no-brainer.

Hammerfall also likes Song of Fire and Ice, as well as making up their own fantasy stuff.

Bal-Sagoth reminds me of Lovecraft and Warhammer 40k.

Symphony X is more into mythology and religion, but there's plenty of fantasy themes to go around in those subjects.


I don't much care for metal, but that's not going to stop me from posting!

The Fairport Convention's Liege and Lief sounds to me like it should be a collection of Andoren folk songs.

Osirion

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Blind Guardian, especially Somewhere far Beyond

Some of the early Savatage Stuff (Sirens, Dungeons are calling, City beneath the Surface, Hall of the Mountain King...)

Rhapsody (of Fire) is at least as cheesy as some D&D Stuff (and has this little epic featuring Saruman himself

Somehow the 'Keepers' Triology (Halloween, Keeper of the Seven Keys from Helloween, Abyss of the Void from Gamma Ray) always put me in a D&D/Pathfinder mood.

And Alestorm for Skull & Shackles is a given ;-)


Blind Guardian-Imaginations from the other side
Blind Guardian-Nightfall in Middle Earth
Bal Sagoth-Battle Magic
Bal Sagoth-Starfire Burning
Bal Sagoth-The Power Cosmic
Bal Sagoth-The Chthonic Chronicles
Ensiferum-From Afar
Ensiferum-Iron
Korpiklanni-Ukon Wacka(Any Korpikanni album)
Emperor-Anthems to the welkin at dusk
Finntroll-Jaktens Tid
Amon Amarth-Twilight of the thunder god
Dragonlord-Black wings of Destiny
Turisas-Battle Metal
Turisas-The Varangian Way


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...Just one? >.>

Mostly for nostalgia sake, but Metallica's Black album, Manowar, and Kamelot's Ghost Opera albums do it for me. Also Dio's Holy Diver album.


It's so hard to narrow it down to just one, but I'll go with Manowar's "Into Glory Ride". The final track, "March for Revenge" gets my blood pressure up to dangerously high levels because I want to avenge his fallen comrade for him!


A good chunk of the Iron Maiden catalogue definitely hits the spot.

As for a specific album Primordial; the gathering wilderness works well.


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SuperSlayer wrote:

Turisas-Battle Metal

Turisas-The Varangian Way

YES! to all of that

Sabbath's Neon Knights
Rainbow's Kill the King
Rhapsody's Emerald Sword
Maiden's Flight of Icarus
Dropkick's Shippin up to Boston
Flogging's Whats Left of the Flag
Extremo's Herr Mannelig

Where there's a whip..


If you're looking for individual songs (sure, I named one but it was part of the album question) there isn't enough space on these forums for me to list them.


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thats true...then Im going with

Battle Metal from Turisas

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I think of classic stuff from Metallica:

Phantom Lord (especially)
Creeping Death

Basically anything off the first three albums.

Megadeth songs:

The Conjuring
Bad Omen
(Basically, if Dave won't play the song anymore because of his beliefs, it's one of the best Megadeth songs, and reminds me of fantasy gaming.)

Most Iron Maiden songs.

For The Sword, I go Age of Winters, especially Barael's Blade. (Slayer of the spider priest, indeed.)

Don't forget Diamond Head: Am I Evil and Borrowed Time especially.

I'm listening to Danzig 1 at the moment, and while I wouldn't necessarily forward that as a suggestion for this thread, I thought I would point out how awesome that record is.

Andoran

Age of Winters is an awesome album, and a serious contender for my #1. I like Gods of the Earth a little more due to the thrashier guitar sound, I guess.

Some other great battle-metal (since that's what the thread's turning into) is Wulfgar - Midgardian Metal, and Destroy Destroy Destroy - Battle Sluts.

I still want to know what everyone's perfect D&D type album is, though. The best blend of fantasy and metal you've ever heard. After all, this thread could help some newcomers to metal discover what's out there. And it will help us current metal-heads keep up with what we've missed that we shouldn't be missing.

Osirion

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For me it is Blind Guardians 'Somewhere far Beyond' or, if a life album is acceptable, Tokyo Tales from the same band.


Manowar.

I'm a huge old skool metal nut, but reckon Manowar has this one nailed down. Solid anthemic tracks, they just have that solid wall of steel feeling. A good honourable mention to Sabaton.

Manowar
.

Sabaton. Play it for your Paladin.


Amon Amarth gods of war
Amon - rainbow bridge
Amon - guardians of Asgard.
Amon - pursuit of vikings.

Lantern Lodge

I second the Manowar! Very *EPIC* music.
I had a bard character that sang the song 'Courage' in game right before a big battle.
I always envision 'Brothers of Metal' being sung in a dwarven tavern.

Also, Metallica's got a bunch of good stuff, particularly the Master of Puppets album and a few songs off of Lightning and Justice.

Osirion

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Calvert wrote:

Mine:

The Sword - Gods of the Earth

I agree, but I prefer Age of Winters in its fantasy imagery. All three of The Sword's albums are great genre pieces though.


I must be curmudgeon. There's not a single piece of music, metal or otherwise that reminds of DnD/PF. I've played in groupds where the GM would pick and choose songs as the session wore on, but nothing sticks out as RPG reminder.

Andoran

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Check out Rush's Caress of Steel and Fly By Night albums for songs that give off an old school gaming vibe.

"The Necromancer," "The Fountain of Lamneth," "By-tor and the Snow Dog," and "Bastille Day" are just a few of many worth a listen.

Grand Lodge

Metallica, the Black album, for me. My high school gaming group in Miami revolved around that album and 2nd edition AD&D. To this day when I hear "nothing else matters" or "dont tread on me" I think of our Realms party.


  • Bathory: Blood On Ice

    Turisas are awesome, Korpiklaani or for drinking songs and a bit of a jig.


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    Firewind is another group that rocks old school metal!

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    Paul Simon - Graceland

    Andoran

    DSXMachina wrote:
  • Bathory: Blood On Ice

  • Thanks for throwing some Bathory in there. Quorthon deserves more love than he gets.


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    Anything by Nightwish...


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    Ah, this thread is speaking my language. I live, eat, sleep, drink, <redacted> metal. Blind Guardian and Manowar are the easiest gimmies on this list (and rightfully so). I'll second Calvert's prop for Bathory because very few individuals can lay claim to have launched two metal music genres (Blood Fire Death was the Viking Metal launch and while Venom may have came up with the name for Black Metal, the first Bathory album essentially came with the sound for the genre from which everyone else took from).

    Let me touch on some that have yet been mentioned.

    Einherjer - Out of Ginnungagap

    Heidevolk - Saksenland

    Grand Magus - Hammer Of The North

    Unleashed - To Asgaard We Fly

    Celtic Frost - Dawn of Meggido

    Storm - Oppi Fjellet

    TÝR - Hold The Heathen Hammer High

    Cirith Ungol - King Of The Dead

    Domine - True Believer

    Doomsword - Deathbringer

    Candlemass - The Prophecy / Dark Reflections

    Iced Earth - Ten Thousand Strong

    Jag Panzer - Condemned To Fight

    Judas Priest - Beyond The Realms Of Death

    Primal Fear- Chainbreaker

    Virgin Steele - Invictus

    ... and to wrap things up as I could go all day ... here's a gimmie from Poland:

    Pathfinder - The Lord Of Wolves

    Cheliax

    I would say the whole album by Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion. The album
    screams studded leather and battle axes againts lovecraftian horrors!

    Circle of the Tyrants, (Beyond The) North Winds and Necromantical Screams (original Hellhammer Buried and Forgotten version is also great) are some of the high points, but the whole album (imo) is a great inspiring play for sword and sorcery gaming.Link to whole album

    As for songs, a few off the top of my head -

    Motorhead - Orgasmatron

    Judas Priest - Tyrant

    Osirion

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    Omen - Battle Cry

    Rainbow - Rainbow Rising (Tarot Women and Stargazer, anyone?)

    Andoran

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    How has this thread gone 30 posts without listing Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell album? Inconceivable. :)


    Howie23 wrote:
    How has this thread gone 30 posts without listing Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell album? Inconceivable. :)

    Neon Knights was mentioned upthread or I would have touched on it. :)

    Heaven & Hell is a 10/10 no-fillers for me.


    Ozzy era Sabbath for me.

    I do like Dio tho, but not as much as the original singer Ozzy.

    Qadira

    From Eluveitie's album Slania: Inis Mona

    Andoran

    Urizen wrote:
    Howie23 wrote:
    How has this thread gone 30 posts without listing Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell album? Inconceivable. :)

    Neon Knights was mentioned upthread or I would have touched on it. :)

    Either I was blind or Inconceivable doesn't mean what I think it does. :D

    Good catch.

    Qadira

    I always like Flotsam and Jetsum.....Wading Through the Darkness and that whole album is really good.
    Metal Church...early Metal Church. The Dark and Blessing in Disquise are both good albums.
    I have enjoyed Dream Theatre (early again). Celtic Frost and Iced Earth as previously mentioned..
    I also like some Prove You Wrong and all the songs on that album by Prong.
    and a nod to Primal Fear....good hard 80s metal, today!

    Qadira

    Oh and just a little qualifier for Metal Church....
    "Rip it up, kick it out.
    Blood begins to flow.
    Taking chances,
    The only way I know.
    Sacrificed everything.
    I'm the grinding stone.
    Ripping flesh, drawing blood.
    I'de love to eat your bones."

    Dems be sum goud lyrics and stuff....;P

    Andoran

    Recently found early Metal Church after moving to NoCal and getting more up to speed on that era of Bay Area thrash. Good Stuff.

    For recent material with an apocalyptic lyrics that sets the mood for gaming, the new band Deadlands kicks some serious tail and was just signed to a four record deal.

    Disclaimer: I know the guys and help tote their gear when I can make their gigs.


    Mastodon Blood Mountain


    Fake Healer wrote:

    Oh and just a little qualifier for Metal Church....

    "Rip it up, kick it out.
    Blood begins to flow.
    Taking chances,
    The only way I know.
    Sacrificed everything.
    I'm the grinding stone.
    Ripping flesh, drawing blood.
    I'de love to eat your bones."

    Dems be sum goud lyrics and stuff....;P

    The Dark is a 10/10 album for me; there's no fillers on it.

    Taldor

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    High on Fire - Thraft of Canaan

    Ocean quest upon me, shoreline fades away
    The mighty men drifting night and day
    The sea has tossed them, beast beheld their eyes
    Ready the ships, now it's do or die

    Forged of blackened steel, wields the iron hand
    Voices loud as thunder, pillaging the land
    Drone seeks mortal vision, pulse the silver steed
    Riding out to conquer all humanity

    I'm high on fire, heads are searing
    Give with pain all thy hearing
    Promised land never veering
    I'm stoned again, reset bearing


    Speaking of High On Fire, I was supposed to see 'em next month but Matt Pike went to rehab and thus cancelled all their appearances for the upcoming tour. Hope he can get it together.


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    Restricting to fantasy-themed metal, as requested by the OP...

    I have a hard time limiting myself to one album, but the following are all contenders:

    . Amon Amarth - With Oden on Our Side
    . Amon Amarth - Fate of Norns
    . Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God
    . Amon Amarth - Vs. the World
    . Demons and Wizards - Demons and Wizards (how can that not scream D&D/Pathfinder?)
    . Leaves' Eyes - Vinland Saga (probably my favourite of those listed here)

    Taldor

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    Urizen wrote:
    Speaking of High On Fire, I was supposed to see 'em next month but Matt Pike went to rehab and thus cancelled all their appearances for the upcoming tour. Hope he can get it together.

    Considering the number of people I know who responded to Jerusalem by saying how much they wanted to do bongs with the people who wrote it... being away from bands, fans and the whole circus of touring is probably a vital part of post-rehab clean-living as well. Shame, I saw them live with Mastodon in 2003 and they were very, very good.


    I thought this was about the ONE metal album that triggers mnemonic responses to D&D/Pathfinder gaming. If we're gonna shift into multiple albums and artists, I don't think there's enough bandwidth for my posts alone... lol... Then we add those of the other headbanging dice rollers here we'd crash a server somewhere!

    Wow. I just discovered I posted something about this earlier in the thread. Must. Get. More. Sleep.


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    DungeonmasterCal wrote:

    I thought this was about the ONE metal album that triggers mnemonic responses to D&D/Pathfinder gaming. If we're gonna shift into multiple albums and artists, I don't think there's enough bandwidth for my posts alone... lol... Then we add those of the other headbanging dice rollers here we'd crash a server somewhere!

    Wow. I just discovered I posted something about this earlier in the thread. Must. Get. More. Sleep.

    One cannot simply restrict themselves to ONE METAL ALBUM! :)

    Andoran

    Urizen wrote:

    One cannot simply restrict themselves to ONE METAL ALBUM! :)

    I realize it's a problem--some days I wanna hear Behemoth, sometimes Waylander, sometimes Maiden. Too much good metal.

    But I really wanted to hear what everyone's "cream of the crop" fantasy metal album was. The best of the best. Plus, it takes me about an hour to get to work every day, so it's just enough time to hear one really good L.P.


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    Urizen wrote:
    One cannot simply restrict themselves to ONE METAL ALBUM! :)

    Brother, you and I are of one accord on this. Maybe we should just private message and shout artists and album titles at each other!!! LOL


    What are people's impression of Dragonforce? They don't do it for me but seem popular none-the-less?

    Moonspell or Mortiis - The Stargate/ Crypt of the Wizard


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    So hard to choose just one!

    Since they haven't been mentioned yet I'll throw in:
    The Gates of Slumber - Hymns of Blood and Thunder

    Conqueror by the same band is also good...Drat! That's two!

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