Crimson Bow and Arrow

Symphonic Metal always throws people for a loop. Classically trained sopranos, often complete orchestras, or at least string sessions. (But then most people think Thrash Metal is all of Heavy Metal.) And despite all of that, there are plenty of screaming guitar riffs, and lots of drums.

This song is “Crimson Bow and Arrow” by Epica from the 2017 album Epica Vs Attack On Titan Songs. They are a Dutch Symphonic Metal band started by Mark Jansen after he left After Forever. (Though they do have a touch of Death Metal and Progressive Metal in some songs.) Google hates privacy, so when they tell you the video below is “unavailable” it is because they despise the privacy extensions in your browser. Use the link above.

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Universal Death Squad

Back to Metal for Mondays, and back to Symphonic Metal.

Symphonic Metal always strikes me as the inheritor of Progressive Rock. At least in some ways. Epica often uses full orchestra backing, for example. Epica was started in 2002 by Mark Jansen after he left After Forever.

“Universal Death Squad” is a song by Epica from their album The Holographic Priciple, which came out in 2016. This song is in the style known as Beauty and the Beast, which includes soaring soprano, and a Death Metal Death growl. And it has enough drums and guitars for a Monday afternoon. (Youtube WILL trip over any privacy extension in your browser and tell you the video is “unavailable.” Alphabet Corp HATES privacy. Use the link provided above.)