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    The Mountain Goats Announces Dungeons & Dragons-Inspired Album

    American rock band The Mountain Goats has just announced a new album called In League With Dragons, inspired by Dungeons & Dragons, and set for release on April 26th.





    My favorite quote from that NPR interview, "I am earnestly hoping that a new genre called "dragon noir" will spring from the forehead of nearly two years' work on these songs, but, if not, I am content for this to be the sole example of the style."

    And the song they include is excellent in my opinion. Very D&D.

    YOUNGER

    [Verse 1]
    Crank that siren high
    Drain the wellspring dry
    Map out your coordinates
    Send out scouts by day
    Dole out mercenary pay
    For restless young subordinates

    It never hurts to give thanks to the local gods
    You never know who might be hungry
    It never hurts to scan the windows on the upper floor
    I saw a face there once before when I was younger

    [Verse 2]
    Set the torch aflame
    Call the night by name
    Stake out your dark position
    Lie in wait
    By the gleaming city gate
    Try not to lose sight of the mission

    It never hurts to give thanks to the broken bones
    You had to use to build your ladder

    [Verse 3]
    Moment close at hand
    Half of you will never understand
    And it doesn't really matter
    Big smile on my face
    Capsule just in case
    Underneath my tongue

    Voices on the breeze
    I heard voices once like these when I was younger

    [Bridge]
    Blood rushing to my face
    I know that sweet warm taste
    And the bitter trace

    [Verse 4]
    Storm right down that hill
    If I dont, no one will
    Follow me right through the chaos
    This whole house is doomed
    Even the big parts get consumed
    Prepare a grave for Menelaus

    It never hurts to give thanks to the navigator
    Even when he's spitting out random numbers

    I knew what those figures meant
    And what they hoped to represent
    When I was younger
    [Outro: saxophone solo]
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    Song didn't inspire anything for me. Maybe it ties into the other songs on the album?? Lyrics were kinda all over the place suggesting stories, but didn't actually tell one.

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    I had never heard of them before reading this, and so I listened to a snippet of their stuff on Amazon. If you're not familiar with them, they are a folksy mostly unplugged acoustic guitar-driven outfit with mostly slow songs. To me, RPGs, especially of the fantasy genre, will always be best scored with Metal. This stuff reminds me of the music that drove Bluto Blutarsky to smash that guy's guitar on the stairwell at the Delta house.

    If you like Lesbian Seagull, you'll dig the Mountain Goats.


    ...and after watching that video, I think many of you reading it will recognize the ATF team is just a group of PC Murder Hobos, on the job. Good stuff - solving problems the way players often do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyle.spade View Post
    To me, RPGs, especially of the fantasy genre, will always be best scored with Metal.
    That explains the heavy metal scores that Howard Shore and Basil Poledouris composed for their highly acclaimed fantasy soundtracks.
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    Other of bands do this. Check out Gygax.

    And yes for me classic and power metal is the soundtrack for RPG games. When working on games stuff its Manilla Road, Virgin Steele, Manowar, Omen, Blind Guardian, Visigoth etc.

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    To add to my case that Metal is for RPGs, please see below the lyrics to Judas Priest's "The Sentinel," from their "Defenders of the Faith" album.

    Along deserted avenues
    Steam begins to rise
    The figures primed and ready
    Prepared for quick surprise
    He's watchin' for a sign
    His life is on the line
    Dogs whine in the alleys
    Smoke is on the wind
    From deep inside its empty shell
    A cathedral bell begins to toll
    A storm begins to grow

    Sworn to avenge
    Condemn to Hell
    Tempt not the blade
    All fear the Sentinel

    Amidst the upturned burned-out cars
    The challengers await
    And in their fists clutch iron bars
    With which to seal his fate
    Across his chest is scabbards rest
    The rows of throwing knives
    Whose razor points in challenged tests
    Have finished many lives

    Now facing one another
    The stand-off eats at time
    Then all at once a silence falls
    As the bell ceases its chime
    Upon this sign the challengers
    With shrieks and cries rush forth
    The knives fly out like bullets
    Upon their deadly course
    Screams of pain and agony
    Rent the silent air
    Amidst the dying bodies
    Blood runs everywhere
    The figure stands expressionless
    Impassive and alone
    Unmoved by this victory
    And the seeds of death he's sown

    Sworn to avenge
    Condemn to Hell
    Tempt not the blade
    All fear the Sentinel

    I used this a few years ago as inspiration for a Big Bad guarding an important site in a DnD game.

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    Neat! Its a funny world we live in, where a fairly popular (I know they routinely sell out shows) band releases a D&D-inspired album. But Im quite happy to be living in that world.

    As for metal, I certainly love my share of it. Rhapsody of Fire, Rainbow, Xandria, Blind Guardian, Black Sabbath, Emperor, Mayhem, and so on. Theres plenty of fantasy-themed metal, but it hardly is exclusive to metal. Heck, going way back, how many albums have Space Rockers Hawkwind released inspired by Moorcock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralif Redhammer View Post
    Neat! Its a funny world we live in, where a fairly popular (I know they routinely sell out shows) band releases a D&D-inspired album. But Im quite happy to be living in that world.

    As for metal, I certainly love my share of it. Rhapsody of Fire, Rainbow, Xandria, Blind Guardian, Black Sabbath, Emperor, Mayhem, and so on. Theres plenty of fantasy-themed metal, but it hardly is exclusive to metal. Heck, going way back, how many albums have Space Rockers Hawkwind released inspired by Moorcock?

    All true!

    And did you know that Lemmy, late of Motorhead, was a roadie for Hawkwind? You created a transition back to Metal, and maybe didn't know it.

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    Roadie, bassist, and sometimes vocalist (See "Silver Machine," for example)!

    Quote Originally Posted by lyle.spade View Post
    And did you know that Lemmy, late of Motorhead, was a roadie for Hawkwind? You created a transition back to Metal, and maybe didn't know it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralif Redhammer View Post
    Roadie, bassist, and sometimes vocalist (See "Silver Machine," for example)!
    This guy deserves Inspiration! And Bennies! And Action Points!
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