Tag Archives: wizards

Movie Review-The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Brief Plot Synopsis: What happens when you get a giant, fire breathing lizard that ransacks some dwarf’s homeland, a grey robed hippie wizard who likes to ‘Volunteer’ people for jobs, a brown robed hippie wizard that likes hedgehogs, and a clueless midget?  You get a movie full of some of the most epic beards ever seen in one place, band together to kick some orc and goblin ass. Continue reading Movie Review-The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Music Review: Gloryhammer CD: Tales from the Kingdom of Fife

Music Review: Gloryhammer

CD: Tales from the Kingdom of Fife

by TJ Fowler

Label: Napalm Records

Available: Release Dates:
29.03.2013 G/A/S & Benelux
27.03.2013 ESP/FIN/SWE/NOR
01.04.2013 Rest of Europe
09.04.2013 USA/CAN

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Do you like fantasy?  Do you like over the top fantasy?  Do you like REALLY over the top fantsy?  Do you also have a sense of humor?  If so then look no further than Gloryhammer’s debut album ‘Tales From the Kingdom of Fife’. Continue reading Music Review: Gloryhammer CD: Tales from the Kingdom of Fife

IRON MAIDEN Song Used In Literature Class

According to Amarillo.com, West Texas A&M University professor Martin Jacobsen recently fused metal music and literature classes by using the “Out Of The Silent Planet” track off IRON MAIDEN‘s 2000 album “Brave New World” during a class exercise, presenting visual diagrams of lyrics construction with the music playing at the same time.

“The students were mad for it,” the professor tells Amarillo.com. “They just thought it was crazy and they loved it. I threw it out there just as an offhand comment one day — ‘What we ought to do is have a class in heavy metal’ — and there was universal agreement from the students in the class, like, ‘Yes, we should actually do that.'”

The class exercise was such a hit that Jacobsen is now teaching a new course called “Introduction To Literature: Heavy Metal As A Literary Genre”. The professor explains that many metal lyricist have been inspired by some of the greatest writers of all time.

“You constantly see these nods to the intellectual tradition that these writers, these lyricists come from,” he said. “It’s connected itself and grounded itself in literary tradition. Therefore it’s reasonable to conclude that it is a form of literature as well as a form of music. In much the same way, you might say country music is a species of folklore.”

22-year-old student Eric Bauer, who got really into heavy metal in middle school with METALLICA, thinks heavy metal is a broader genre than it gets credit for.

“In the lyrics of heavy metal, you can write about anything,” he said. “Social issues, the human experience, wizards and dragons — if you’re interested in a subject, there’s probably a heavy metal song about it.”