OK, OK, hold the outrage! Yeah, I know. You’re all going, “But Jane, Maiden is too cool to be nerd metal. They’ve been around forever, they’ve influenced practically everybody in rock, and they’re as metal as fuck!” Look, I’m not arguing that Bruce Dickinson et al aren’t cool, and they are definitely influential, one of […]Read more "Nerd Metal Fridays: Iron Maiden"
I’d planned to hold off on these guys for a while, but 1) it’s been a totally crap week and I need to write about something that really makes me happy and 2) the Eurovision finals are this weekend, so it only seems appropriate to go ahead and feature these guys, as that was the […]Read more "Nerd Metal Fridays: Lordi"
I like these guys way more than they probably deserve. It’s the combination of old-school speed metal virtuosity, soaring melody, clean vocals, and really, really beautiful men (I’m looking at you, Herman Li) that just plain makes me happy whenever I listen to these London-based fantasy rockers (OK, mostly it’s the beautiful men, I’m married, […]Read more "Nerd Metal Fridays – DragonForce"
So, I promised you Americans this week and with Florida’s Kamelot, I deliver (well, mostly, lead singer Tommy Karevik is a Swede). They combine extremely melodic tunes with super clean vocals (both from current lead Tommy and previous singer Roy Khan) and full orchestration for a symphonic style that’s distinctively their own. And they did […]Read more "Nerd Metal Fridays: Kamelot"
Going old-school today with Germany’s Blind Guardian. For over 30 years they’ve been turning high-concept ideas into heavy-duty tunes and helping to define what today’s artists mean when they talk symphonic metal. Nerdy? Well they managed to make an entire concept album out of Tolkien’s The Silmarillion (Nightfall in Middle-Earth). If unironic songs about hobbits, […]Read more "Nerd Metal Fridays: Blind Guardian"
Yes, you heard me right, Sir Christopher effin’ Lee. Sure, you just thought he was the best (OK, tallest) Dracula ever (or a kick-ass Saruman for the younger set, or a kick-ass Count Dooku for the younger set with no taste), but the man can rock out too. An operatic bass, he made several appearances […]Read more "Nerd Metal Fridays: Sir Christopher Lee"
So after a crazy week here, I’ll leave you with some crazy music. While HammerFall isn’t necessarily one of my favorites, they can certainly be bombastic fun if you’re in the right mood (they can’t swing a beat to save their lives though, making their cover of Detroit Rock City the most wrong-footed I’ve ever […]Read more "Nerd Metal Fridays: Hammerfall"