The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast LI:
Songs Of Starfire & Ice-Veiled Thrones
Original release date: 15th December 2014
Total length: 4:24:15 in 4 parts
First, you’ll need to read this lengthy statement if you want to know the full background behind the troubled history I have with literature, which I have hosted on the Orchard Of Lamentations, the “hidden” section of the Hammer Of Retribution website:
Two years ago, Ogg-Cast 32: They’re Taking The Hobbits To Isengard! explored the impact the works of J. R. R. Tolkien have had on the world of metal, as Peter Jackson unleashed his… “Amazing Adventures Of Bilbo Baggins Somewhat Based On The Hobbit“. Last year, as the second film was released I was on an enforced break, so now as the last part of the trilogy has come to the cinemas, I’ve decided to revisit the worlds of high fantasy – but I’ve deliberately sidelined old Johnny in favour of every other fantasy world I could find that isn’t Middle Earth. Bar one band (which Lennard had planned since this show was originally supposed to have surfaced in July), there will be no Tolkien references, so you can forget about Amon Amarth, Rivendell, Summoning, Sauron, or any Hobbits being taken to Isengard.
I was told a year ago that if I liked the Lord Of The Rings films, I’d most likely enjoy Game Of Thrones, the TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s Song Of Ice And Fire books (much more than I’d prefer the books, for reasons I have already explained at some length – see the link at the top). Whoever said that was spot on, and I’ve spent this month immersing myself in as much Westeros as I thought I could handle, including all the background information, “the making of” several episodes, cast commentaries and whatever else was included in the Blu-Ray packages. So this world will take centre stage, but I’ve also managed to include (by bluffing my way through with help from comprehensive wiki sites) Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book Of The Fallen, Robert Jordan’s Wheel Of Time, and other works by H. P. Lovecraft, Michael Moorcock, Philip Pullman, H. G. Wells, Ray Bradbury and Bernard Cornwell. I’ve always said I am not a literary man (even before I made my previous lengthy statement) but that’s not bad going, is it?
Bands who choose to write their lyrics based on the fantasy works of those authors (and more) are further joined by those who choose to invent worlds of their own, one such band having conveniently written an album titled Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule. And from this starting point, it was Lennard who suggested the title of this show – he’s not even a native English speaker so consider me impressed.
I may not read much beyond Jeremy Clarkson’s combined rants, Wikipedia pages and chemistry textbooks, but if I can make some new converts to any of the novel series I’ve highlighted via the bands on this show, then I will consider it a job well done.
Also, don’t forget to visit thorcast.co.uk and point all your fantasy literature obsessed pals that way.
Meanwhile, I will now indulge myself in all three parts of Peter Jackson’s “Amazing Adventures Of Bilbo Baggins Somewhat Based On The Hobbit“, and I expect to hear no complaints that I have done so.
PART ONE (1:09:23)
0:01:33 Artificial Fear – Game Of Thrones Theme
0:06:02 Arkngthand – A Game Of Thrones [Spotlight]
0:11:40 Lich King – A Storm Of Swords [Spotlight]
0:23:27 Chain Of Dogs – Coltaine
0:29:44 Caladan Brood – Echoes Of Battle
0:41:41 Vermithrax – Final Feast
0:47:27 Catuvolcus – Par Monts Et Par Vaux
0:54:21 Winterfell – Winter Is Coming [Spotlight]
1:00:19 Seven Kingdoms – We Do Not Sow (The Legacy Of Black Harren, Part I) [Spotlight]
PART TWO (1:07:48)
0:01:35 Alchemist – Eve Of The War [Covered]
0:06:50 Weena – Land Of Mind
0:10:15 Aggressive – Fahrenheit 451
0:20:25 Espada Negra – Parallax
0:27:41 Shrinebuilder – Pyramid Of The Moon
0:37:34 Ravenage – Northbound (Part 1)
0:43:56 Ravenage – The Road To Retribution (Northbound Part II)
0:50:31 Imperium Of Man – The Iron Throne [Spotlight]
0:52:51 The Sword – To Take The Black [Spotlight]
0:57:29 Craving – Targaryen Wrath [Spotlight]
PART THREE (1:00:50)
0:01:50 Myrddraal – Dumai’s Wells
0:07:01 Shaidar Logoth – Mashadar
0:16:44 Æsahættr – The Sundering Blade Of Bolvangar
0:19:50 Blind Guardian – The Quest For Tanelorn
0:28:16 Númenor – The Hour Of The Dragon [Tunes Of Yore]
0:34:27 Furthest Shore – Tower Of God [Tunes Of Yore]
0:40:51 Bran Barr – Celebration – Son Of Nuadh Amhach [Tunes Of Yore]
0:47:00 Eton Nir – Umaril The Unfeathered [Tunes Of Yore]
PART FOUR (1:06:14)
0:00:48 Bal-Sagoth – Atlantis Ascendant
0:06:13 Xanthochroid – The Leper’s Prospect
0:14:28 Arkham Witch – David Lund
0:23:07 Shub Niggurath – March Of Mephistopheles / The Evil Always Prevails
0:28:35 The Great Old Ones – Visions Of R’lyeh
0:37:44 Irish Moutarde – The Bear And The Maiden Fair [Spotlight]
0:42:01 The Foreshadowing – The Rains Of Castamere (A Requiem For Wolves) [Spotlight]
0:52:01 Nocte Obducta – Winter: Dezembermond
Visit the website at thorcast.co.uk.