Music for raiding: Dethklok – The Cyborg Slayers

For my second installment of “Music for raiding,” I can’t help but turn to something that’s a little unconventional, at least when it comes to WoW.

Dethklok, the animated death metal juggernaut – and also a real band – is the creation of musician/writer/producer/(etc.) Brendan Small (aided by drum god Gene Hoglan for recordings and shows), and the centerpiece of the hit Adult Swim show Metalocalypse.  And while they aren’t entirely a traditional band, they do combine humorous death metal themes with super-catchy, super-heavy, exquisitely written music.

I could have chosen one of several other Dethklok tunes, with themes like waking sleeping trolls, thunderhorses, Vikings, and so on.  However, the song I’ve chosen is more because of the awesomeness of the music than the appropriateness of the lyrics.

“The Cyborg Slayers” by Dethklok

Starting with the title and throughout the song, the lyrics spark images of very modern combat.

Here are some of the lyrics:

Conflagrate, seal the bridge, take the supports away
Tear it down, leave no trace, we’ll move like ghosts this day
Sensors heat
Infrared fleet
Mechanized opponents, there is no retreat

Crush! Seize! Burn! Kill!
Leave no one alive!
Let no one survive!
Mortification, we annihilate
Electro-degration, we’re gonna mutilate
Leave no one alive, let no one survive

Ultimately, while the music brings to mind helicopters, elite special ops forces, precision missiles, drone strikes, cyborgs, and modern technology in war, the song just kicks my ass!  I find it to be very energizing.  Hope you enjoy it!

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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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