Sunday, January 15, 2012

You Will Never Find A More Wretched Hive Of Scum And Villainy.

Sorry I haven't posted in a while.

I'd like to say it's because I, like a diligent little cave troll, have been busy scouring the dark and night-haunted caverns of the internet for amazing treasure-troves of metal to share with you (although if you find a nice gold ring I'd appreciate it if you'd hand that over...it's something very precious to me).

"What has it got in its pocketses?"

Sadly, the truth is far more prosaic: I've been spending every waking moment (and some near-comatose ones) playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, the recently released (and truly epic) MMO from Lucasarts and Bioware.

This shit pretty much eats epic for breakfast.

Believe it or not, this is actually sort of relevant.  And don't worry, there will be metal before the end of this post.

I got into Star Wars sometime around the age of 7...for those of you counting, that would have been in 1977, the year the "first" movie was released...and was pretty much obsessed with it until about 15, coincidentally in the early 80's, when I started getting into metal.  Also somewhere around that time I read "The Hero With A Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell.  For those of you not familiar with the book, it basically deals with the universality of mythology and how mythological tales follow a similar pattern despite being culturally and geographically unrelated.  I read the book because it looked like it had something to do with Star Wars (as I recall there was a picture of Luke on the cover in his stolen Stormtrooper armour).  As it turned out, this particular re-release and update of Campbell's work used Star Wars as an example of mythological universality...and as it also turned out that Campbell and George Lucas were old friends.  In fact the legendary interview of Campbell by Bill Moyer that eventually became "The Power Of Myth" took place at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch.

"Bill...I am your father."

This moment was a pivotal one in my life, because it was the moment I got hooked on mythology and folklore.  So in a weird way, Star Wars is responsible for my love and obsession with folk metal.  And while sci-fi and folk don't usually mix, it's important to note that, in Star Wars at least, despite the space travel and robots and laser guns, everything still all comes down to the wizard and the guy with the magic sword.

Now what I really wanted to do was find some kind of Star Wars themed folk metal to share with you, but if you can believe it, such a thing does not appear to exist.  If you're a fan of power and/or mostly instrumental metal lightly scented with melodeath then you might enjoy Anchorhead...

Anchorhead - "Shredisode IV"

...but otherwise the offerings are pretty sparse.  Anyone out there musically inclined? There's an unexplored niche here.  I'll happily write lyrics if you can play something.

So since I couldn't find anything like that, I will share with you something that is culturally and geographically unrelated, a tasty little nugget I found while Trolling the filthy sewage-waters of YouTube.

Ch'aska - "Bicolour Cannibalism"

This is a chunk of folk/death from, of all places, Peru.  Ch'aska released a couple of demos and their first full length, 'Puruauca', came out in 2009.  I can't find anything to indicate if they have anything else coming out soon or if they're even still together, but I really dig this track so I hope there will be news of that ilk soon.  I'll keep you posted.

Until then, be cautious, and always travel single file to hide your numbers.

16 comments:

unthar said...

Would the instruments played by the band in the Cantina on Mos Eisley count as traditional instrumentation?

There is surely Star Wars filk out there but we don't want to talk about that.

Trollfiend said...

Star Wars filk? No. No, we don't want to talk about that.

As far as the cantina band instruments go...since that all happened "a long time ago" in that galaxy far, far away...I'm going to say yes, they DO count as traditional instruments. You know, 'cause they're old, and stuff.

Trollfiend said...

Just because I'm a horrible, horrible bastard...

This Summer (the R2-D2 song)

groverXIII said...

Ah yes, Anchorhead... I posted about them a couple years back on TNOTB, but unfortunately it doesn't look like they've done too much since then.

I asked Chris Marchiel of Powerglove if they would consider giving the Star Wars music the Powerglove treatment, and he said it was something they were considering, which would be just an ultimate nerdgasm for me.

unthar said...

That R2 song was horrific. I had to Sci-Fi detox by looping Slough Feg'sTraveller for a couple of hours. I would like my own astromech droid though.

valleyofsteel said...

I agree, apart from the technological elements and the outer-space setting, Star Wars is totally just a fantasy/adventure story at heart.

As far as the cantina band is concerned, it's my understanding that John Williams arranged the pieces for a fairly standard jazz ensemble, but then EQ'd the recordings very strangely to give the whole thing an otherworldly vibe.

Trollfiend said...

As far as I know that's how they did a lot of the sound effects too; I remember reading about them spending several days at an Air Force base trying to get jet engine sounds for the TIE fighters, but ended up using a slightly modified noise that was being made by the air conditioning unit in their hotel room...

Trollfiend said...

@ Grover: if that happens I must know; there is a high probability of me exploding into tiny little Trollchunks out of sheer ecstasy.

Phro said...

So, does that mean you like mc chris, because he is fucking awesome.

Trollfiend said...

No.

Trollfiend said...

I *want* to like him, but the combination of blippy beats and his annoying voice just kill it for me.

Phro said...

I actually love his annoying voice and the blippy beats...but I can totally see why annoy would hate him.

Personally, I am not a fan of Star Wars (ST:TNG all the way), but he makes me appreciate them more.

Phro said...

I, for some reason, apparently thought that Star Wars took the plural verb form. How fuckstupid can I get??

Trollfiend said...

They are wars of star.

Phro said...
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Phro said...

I'd watch those movies like porn if they contained actual stars fighting each other.

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