On this free music post, I offer you 3 full albums that are heavily influenced and driven by Tolkien’s world of fantasy, magic and lore. Balrog does not hide the fact that their blend of fantasy dungeon synth is an homage and direct worship of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world that he created. The result is 3 quality albums that should be downloaded and listened to immediately. The artwork alone is worth a gander.
Kicking off our first ever post that offers you all free music so you don’t have to is The Apache Revolver’s latest EP, The Morningstar. The EP is a black metal/shoegaze/post-metal/atmospheric piece of art that successfully puts together all 4 of those genres mentioned and creates something tragically beautiful.
Hailing all the way from Kaliningrad, Russia is a man who takes everything we love about The Lord of the Rings mythology and Summoning then puts his own style into the music using those two as backbone for his structured symphonic journeys. This is no bad quality synth work, this is some carefully composed symphonic sounding stuff combined with elements of epic black metal and an orchestra. Behold the majesty that is Moongates Guardian!
Saor is an atmospheric Celtic black metal band from the mother land, Scotland. Of course it’s going to be as authentic and beautiful as you had hoped. However, some (actually, a lot of people) have never even heard of this band before and their latest release “Aura” just may end up being one of your favorite albums of 2014. How come? Well it’s atmospheric black metal, which is usually stunning by itself. However, this Celtic ideology blended in within the music makes this stand out from the rest. Exceptionally written music, quality production and moments within the massive musical journey that will remind you of your favorite bands. Saor’s latest album is simply this: wonderful.
The evil sounds from the swamp have returned! Blackened thrash group Goatwhore make their way back with more riffs, ominous vocals and brutal drum work. The warriors come back, kick the doors down and just play as loud as possible. Evil music has never been this catchy nor this enchanting. Get your neck ready because Goatwhore brings forth the most headbang inducing riffing ever!
Adabroc – “Iolaire”. Atmospheric black metal from one man in Scotland. This is definitely atmospheric with beautiful music that is quite repetitive and lulls the listener into it’s realm of audio ecstasy. This is great black metal that has nothing to do with being an Odinist or Pagan, definitely give this one a listen. 3.5 out of 5 http://www.adabroc.com http://www.adabroc.com/discography.htm
Combining thirsty newcomer musicians with veteran masters, White Empress delivers quality metal onto unexpected listeners. Lead by Cradle of Filth’s Paul Allender and the talented bassist Chela Rhea Harper (VII, Coal Chamber), the duo grab a handful of wildly driven musicians who all seem to come together all too well. The EP is 4 songs of quality melodic heaviness.
Monolith – “Dystopia”. A doom rock outfit that blatantly and shamelessly just regurgitate a C-level brand of doomy Black Sabbath tunes. Did I hear an “All right now!” in there?!?!? This band’s debut is definitely an attempt to bring out the sound of 70′s classic groove and doom, which they do successfully achieve. I just think the overall sound and writing is a little flat. 2.5 out of 5
Oh Canada. It’s not my home and native land but through musical endeavors and grand photography I feel like it’s home away from home and I’ve never even been there. ANOTHER great band has emerged from the North and it’s an atmospheric post-black band known as Old Graves. Emitting sounds of landscapes, the flowing winds and epic journeys, “Like Straining Boughs” is another fantastic example of why Canada has just become one of the best places for music in the past 10 years.