Lessons in Steel

Much like fellow T&T-blogger The Trollish Delver I’m a huge metal fan. My love for obscure bands of the eighties and epic metal from nowadays is of no surprise to people who know me, especially the participants of my M6E campaign. One of my next posts will describe Komon’Tarr, the planet my campaign is running on, in greater detail, so I will not go deeply into it now. I follow a “Blood & Gloury”-approach with it, thus mixing pulp fantasy with a heavy metal-attitude. Anything can happen on Komon’Tarr. So while it resembles the Hyborian Age in parts, there are also science fantasy or post-apocalyptic elements to be found. The world’s grim and low on morals – “survival of the fittest” so to say.

“What has all of that to do with Heavy Metal?” you might ask. Now, while I’m using soundtracks carefully to accompany my game, in crucial situations (boss fights for example) I use heavy metal anthems with strong lyric content to boost my players’ motivation. Luckily, there are many bands around, old and new, who actually have their lyrical roots in pulp fantasy, greek mythology or are at least inspired by these or similar themes.

Here’s a selection of bands I’m truly devoted to and their respective masterpieces I commonly use in my campaign. If you dig them, you might want to hear more, so I added their MySpace-links for your convenience. Enjoy!

Crescent Shield – Above Mere Mortals (play on YouTube)

Virgin Steele – A Symphony Of Steele (play on YouTube)

Manowar – Hail And Kill (play on YouTube)

Medieval Steel – Medieval Steel (play on YouTube)

Manilla Road – Merchants Of Death (play on YouTube)

(The Lord Weird) Slough Feg – Warrior’s Dawn (play on YouTube)

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