And with that…
Here’s a Swedish Vikingarock / Oi! group I ran across many years back, who sadly disbanded quite some time ago.
I first heard them through a lovely ballad that was played on Gotham Radio (gothmetal.net) (an internet straming radio station, which seems to sadly be gone as well) and only release on a compilation album with other Viking Rock artists.
After falling in love with that song, I hunted down their albums and really fell in love with the group as a whole.
[quote]The Tolkien Ensemble (founded in 1995) is a Danish ensemble which aims to create “the world’s first complete musical interpretation of the poems and songs from The Lord of the Rings”. They published four CDs from 1997 to 2005, in which all the poems and songs of The Lord of the Rings are set to music. The project was approved by both the Tolkien family and HarperCollins Publishers. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark gave permission to use her illustrations in the CD layout.
Permanent members are Caspar Reiff and Peter Hall (composition, singing and guitar), Signe Asmussen (singing), Oyvind Ougaard (accordion), Katja Nielsen (double-bass), and Morten Ryelund Sorensen (conductor and violin).
The Ensemble has toured Europe in 2007, combining their own works with soundtrack pieces from Howard Shore’s soundtrack to the film trilogy as well as live narration by Christopher Lee.[/quote]
Here’s my beautiful CDs that I paid an arm and a leg for due to being an import.
I took these pics of a few years back when I had them out, they’re in storage now, so I haven’t listened to them in quite some time.
Up next on the Tolkien music list, is Blind Guardian
More specifically, their Nightfall in Middle-Earth album
[quote]Nightfall in Middle-Earth is a concept album by Blind Guardian, released in 1998. It is also Blind Guardian’s sixth studio album.
The album is based upon J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, a book of tales from the First Age of Middle-earth, recounting the War of the Jewels. The album contains not only songs but also spoken parts narrating parts of the story. The cover represents Lúthien dancing in front of Morgoth.
The music is more “melodic” on this album, compared to previous works such as Somewhere Far Beyond, and the songs have much more fluency, without losing any of the traditional speed or guitar solos and leads. It is also the first album with Oliver Holzwarth as guest musician, playing bass guitar instead of Hansi Kursch[/quote]
Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth
01. War of Wrath – 1:50
02. Into the Storm – 4:24
03. Lammoth – 0:28
04. Nightfall – 5:34
05. The Minstrel – 0:32
06. The Curse of Fëanor – 5:41
07. Captured – 0:26
08. Blood Tears – 5:23
09. Mirror Mirror – 5:07
10. Face the Truth – 0:24
11. Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns) – 6:51
12. Battle of Sudden Flame – 0:44
13. Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) – 4:53
14. The Dark Elf – 0:23
15. Thorn – 6:18
16. The Eldar – 3:39
17. Nom the Wise – 0:33
18. When Sorrow Sang – 4:25
19. Out on the Water – 0:44
20. The Steadfast – 0:21
21. A Dark Passage – 6:01
22. Final Chapter (Thus Ends…) – 0:48
I don’t think I actually posted this group due to the forum not liking other language letters.
However, I was reminded of this little gem ealier tonight, going though my MP3s.
This is one of my favorite songs by this band, it’s from their 2007 promo/single My Way, which you can download on their homepage, here:
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[quote][size=5]RHAPSODY OF FIRE’S FRIENDLY SPLIT[/size]
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 06:52
After 15 years of friendship, hard work and big passion, fully invested in the creation of symphonic music and an epic saga that will remain in the history of heavy metal, Alex Staropoli and Luca Turilli decided to proceed to a friendly split.
“10 albums released and the end of the saga represent, musically and lyrically, an important artistic goal finally reached, underlined by the success of our last release “From Chaos To Eternity”, for which we want to thank our wonderful fans once again. Now it came the time when new artistic stimulations need to be found, in respect of both parts’ visions and perspectives and of our longtime friendship” say Luca and Alex. Due to the latest legal agreements actually in force, Alex Staropoli will go on with RHAPSODY OF FIRE having, between the others, Fabio Lione as singer, Tom Hess as guitar player and Alex Holzwarth as drummer. For the same agreements and the original name’s common ownership, Luca Turilli will release his future works with a new RHAPSODY band, including the faithful band members Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers and Alex Holzwarth.
Alex says: “While wishing the best to Luca and his new band, I want to tell you that Fabio and myself feel motivated and stronger than ever and that RHAPSODY OF FIRE are already planning a great worldwide tour. More information regarding the new bass player and the new second guitar player will follow. Stay tuned!”