Since time immemorial metal (as in HEAVY metal) has been synonymous with dragons, warriors, warlocks, and general fantasy or sci-fi themes. On the one side you’ll have bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Bathory, Black Sabbath etc, and then you’ll get bands like Thor and Manowar on the other.
Leaving furry codpieces and fluffy boots aside one only has to browse the metal section of any music store (if there are any left) to see images of desperate warriors cleaving through ranks of the enemy, or maybe some lone figure on a quest or calling upon the arcane magick of the underworld (you get the idea).
Games such as Warhammer or Warhammer 40,000 are a veritable smorgasbord of inspiration and lyrical subjects, and the imagery certainly helps to inspire. Look, for example, at bands like the mighty Bolt Thrower and also Sabbat, both having released songs or whole albums that are firmly rooted in the universes created by Games Workshop.
Anyone who has seen my lyrics will probably know straight away where I get about 50% of my inspiration from… and I quote:
‘Sons turned against their father,
And the Imperium of Man,
Siding with the Chaos Gods
The lost and the damned.
The clash of mighty beings
Is written upon the stars,
As he hammers forth his justice
In the bloodiest of wars…’
Taken from ‘Thunderkill’.
All it really boils down to is that we are able to take our nerdism to the next level 🙂
This weekend saw me and my buddy Dethtron and our band ‘Crusader’ head into Bombshelter Recording Studio to begin the arduous task of recording our EP ‘Rise of the Templars’. We spent 3 days working closely with Dan ‘The Man Who Can’ Precision, who was the founding member of ‘Rise Against’ and also has ties with ‘88 Fingers Louie’ and ‘Ryans Hope’.
It was a blast going through the process and although some of it was repetitive and boring, we found ways to amuse ourselves and pass the time. I have still yet to lay my vocal tracks down, as some gremlins in the machine put us back a little on Sunday morning.
The EP will be a 4 song affair, and I have to say, I’m very excited about it. We’ve put our 110% heart and soul into this and I think it’s really showing. Dethtron has gone that extra mile to add some synth effects into a couple of the tracks to add another shovelful of epic awesomeness onto the mix. You can hear some rough stuff at this site, which Dethy graciously uploaded the WIP tracks to.
While we were there, I spied a copy of the old Talisman game by GW. Turns out that Dan was a bit of a gamer himself a while back… Me and Dethy popped the boxes open to find them full of old Squat minis, and some Chaos Renegades and a ton of old skool plastic Space Marines!
I’ll bring you more info as developments unfold. Including our first shirt design 🙂 All of this stuff will be available to buy through When Cannons Fade as soon as its ready to go.
Throw the horns!
4 thoughts on “For those about to rock – Take a leadership test or suffer a ‘perils of the warp’ attack.”
I remember when going through a store’s metal section was like visiting a Frank Frazetta gallery. It was indeed a golden age for both heavy metal and codpiece-centric cover art. Good to see you’re tapping into some of that departed magic. Skeletal warriors rising from the grave… now that’s metal.
Aside from his other work, based just on those old games and miniatures hiding in the studio I’d say you guys found the right producer. Nicely done! (Great lyrics, by the way. You bring back a lot of fond Bolt Thrower memories.) Good luck finishing up the recording, I’ll happily order a few copies of the EP once you’re setup up.
Thank you good sir! your support is very much appreciated! I’ll make sure to throw a shirt in for you too 🙂
Yeah, the ‘metal’ (and I use that loosely) scene of today is just awful. Call me an old fart, but it just seems to lack the imagination. Bunch of kids with punk reject haircuts playing ‘screamcore’ (seriously, wtf??). Give me Bolt Thrower over Bullet for my Valentine ANYDAY!!!!
Sounds awesome!!! Looking forward to the release of Crusader’s first album.
Cool! thanks man!!!!