Music for raiding: Týr – Hail To The Hammer

Tonight starts a three-night string of raids for me.  As of this raid lockout, I’ll be joining my guild’s regular Sunday raid team, which is currently 2/8 Heroic, on Mushan.  I’m currently 1/8 (Morchok, of course) Heroic on him, and we’ll be working on H Zon’ozz and H Yor’sahj as well as likely downing H Ultraxion.  In addition, tonight I’ll be running the regular Saturday alt run on Anacrusa (balance), and I’ll probably be breaking in my other max-level hunter, Ghilleadh, in the guild’s Monday alt run.

I don’t always do this, but I often like to listen to – or at least think about – music that gets me hepped up for kicking some ass before a raid.  It’s almost always of the metal variety (naturally), and as there are several songs that I like to choose from for this purpose, I thought I would start sharing them here on the blog.

For this first post, I’d like to share one of the most epic Viking-esque songs I know.  It’s called…

“Hail To The Hammer” by Faroese band Týr

For a game like WoW, this song just about has it all.  It sounds amazing.  It’s heavy.  It’s got the elements.  Folklore.  Gods.  Swords.  Hammers.  Hailing to hammers.  Hunters.  Tales of times of old.  Seasons.

Here are some of the lyrics:

Longing eyes turn into the sun, low in the winter.

Grey as a wolf, now the wind has come, cold as a hunter.

Ride across the sky; thunder roll and lightning fly.

Gone is the summer.  What will keep us warm in the winter?

Tales of those who died, sword-in-hand in times gone by.

Hail to the hammer!

Narrow eyes turn against the wind; out from the ocean,

Until the day when we sail again.  Life is a long pain.

Hail to the hammer!

To the god of thunder, the god that’s protecting us all,

All hail to the giant hunter, and hail to the forces of nature!  All!

As I said, this song has it all.  Hammers, swords, hunters, mythological figures, forces of nature, and tales of past battles and bygone heroes.  It makes me want to pump my fist, bang my head, and go in and kill stuff with my team even more than usual!

This song gets me hepped up to raid, and I thought I’d share it with you.  Hope you enjoy it!

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Thanks for reading this post by Mushan at Mushan, Etc.  Comments are welcome!


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