Since putting out our latest show, exploring new worlds of Moorcock inspired music in the company of the artist known as Elric and our very own Patron Demon, The Guljas, I received some very groovy recommendations and discovered some other magic inspired by the Big Man via Bandcamp.
Since then I’ve found some more absolutely banging stuff that I need to share.
First up, Hawkmoonmor from the Ukraine. They only have two EPs on there but they are pure Moorcockian rock magic. The Red Amulet EP has the title track (based upon the Mad God’s Amulet) as well as The End of All Songs and another track dedicated to someone or other called Frodo (weird name). Their older EP, from way back in 1999, despite being called Hawkmoon’s Tales consists of two tracks, The Elric Saga/Straasha’s Deeps and Corum. Hawkmoonmor play a doom-laden blend of noise metal, ambient soundtrack and hints of melodic rock. Well worth a look and super atmospheric.
Sticking with the Hawkmoon vibe, the Duke of Koln also serves as the title for some electronica with tracks from Black Falcon and some more trippy dance music c/o Bstep .
As I mentioned last time around, Bandcamp is just a treasure trove and it’s my go-to site for new music. Looking into Moorcock inspired music has opened up a portal to the 15 worlds.
Elric is never far away from the Metal Realms and Newcastle’s Starborn are a good example of how mighty riffs, thundering drums and soaring vocals are always a good match for the pale prince. Their second long player The Dreaming City is a great place to start.
Flipping back over the aisle again I also found another artist called Imrryr and their album, also called The Dreaming City This time the full album is directly an adaptation in musical form, with song titles directly drawn from the Elric saga. The bandcamp description of them being purveyors of bleak electronica and experimental music is bang on the money, and if that floats your quaintly shaped boat, this should be an instant port of call. In nicely Moorcockian fashion you can also find an alternative version of the album called The Dreaming City (Revisited) that has some overhauls of certain tracks as well as all new ones. Highly recommended and worthy of a few sheckels to support!
Finally, if you’re in the market for an epic electronic orchestral suite (with the odd break beat), see PRINCE ELRIC by Glitched Orchestrals, described by the artist as a symphonic poem inspired by the Elric novels of Michael Moorcock.
EDIT: Allister Thompson on the twitter just pointed me to the epic drone synth ambience of Melniboné from his album Ancient Metals under the moniker The Gateless Gate.
Doubtless there’s tons more great stuff out there. If I’m missing anything drop me a line.
Our latest show, exploring new worlds of Moorcock inspired music in the company of the artist known as Elric and our very own Patron Demon, The Guljas, is doing brisk business and is on track to be our fastest downloaded show to date!
Since it was uploaded I’ve had some great conversations too, with some other music projects being thrown my way that are deserving of attention.
Our man Clarkey put me on to Italian power metal outfit Domine. From the outset they wore their influences on their sleeve (literally) with 1997’s release Champion Eternal, and they followed up with numerous Bob Howard and Moorcock influenced material, frequently featuring Elric on their cover art. A regular fixture across their releases is the epic and multipart track The Chronicle of the Black Sword.
They haven’t released anything since 2007 as far as I can tell, but they still have an active presence on social media and are still gigging. If power metal is your thing they deserve a look.
More recently I came across Canadian outfit Smoulder via their track Ilian of Garathorm. They’ve released an album and an EP, easily available via Bandcamp, and they’ve got it all… chunky chest beating riffs, a cracking rhythm section and, to top it off, powerful, melodic vocals and epic, heroic fantasy inspired tales to tell.
Finally, coming very much from the more classic NWOBHM inspired end of the metal spectrum, Eternal Champion have been knocking out some galloping goodness with a strong Moorcock influence and, in the tradition of their classic metal forebears, have got faster, crisper and more intricate over the time they’ve been active. Their last release, Ravening Iron, dropped in November last year and it’s a beast.
If there’s anyone else out there doing Arioch’s work, drop me a line.
As 2021 continues in much the same vein as 2020, but somehow worse, there is some good news.
We closed out the last show, the birthday special, with the mellifluous tones of SÖNUS and their track The Eternal Champion from the album Worlds Undreamed Of. For the nimble fingered, there is a limited run of 100 cds available on Bandcamp.
The new year is upon us and… without much further ado… it feels much like 2020.
Here in the UK we’ve entered another full lockdown and have been awarded the nickname Plague Island. Meanwhile our cousins across the pond once again have some 24 hour election coverage to get stuck into (and I must confess I’m keenly following developments as I type this). Therefore I expect that here at Derry & Toms we will be confined to remote recording for at least another three months. We’ve had some practice now though and are getting a bit better at it as we go.
In better news, our fellow traveller Jim successfully kickstarted Urish’s Horde: The Guide to Elric Collectibles. Jim assures me that us UK folks (and anyone else outside the US) will be able to pick this up via online retailing once its published. I can’t wait to get my mits on it!Meanwhile, I’ve continued to play around with The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly and have Chapter 8 recorded and 9 written. Try as I might to do 160 pages in three days, a la the man, the reality is a bit more creaky and painstaking. Still, it’s good fun and a nice distraction from the ongoing barrage of bad news. Even more exciting (for me at least) is the collaboration I’ve just undertaken with a very old friend of mine from my salad days. Way back in the mists of time I collaborated a little with a couple of friends on some electronic music and, 28 years after we last spoke, we reconnected on twitter and had a good natter. One of the outcomes is that, compared to previous episodes, Chapter 8 has had a polish and the Journal now benefits from an entirely original score. More will be revealed soon.
Finally, as we’re racking up the chapters, I’ve decided to have another play around and compile the Journal into a series of chapbooks. I’m working on volume one right now. If it works out Chaos Engineers and Jugaderos will get PDFs and Patron Demons will receive a hardcopy. This is a work in progress for now, but watch this space.
Right, that’s it from me for now.
Take care, stay safe, and I’ll see you soon… on the moonbeam roads.
It’s December 18th 2020, Michael Moorcock and Phil share a birthday AGAIN (weird right?) and, with the help of some friends, we celebrate a great day and take a look at Mike’s Sherlock Holmes story, The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger.
In addition we consider the broad appeal of Moorcock and how it crosses some boundaries that in this strange day and age are often extraordinarily difficult to bridge, and we get to showcase some great music c/o SÖNUS.
We’re three days out from the second Breakfast in the Ruins Birthday Special and we have a bumper show in store. As is now tradition, Phil and I will partake of booze and vittels, read our chosen story and record our bit on the day before I upload it at some indeterminate point, so long as it happens on the 18th.
Meanwhile a couple of fun facts.
Since putting the podcast on YouTube earlier in the year, it’s been very quiet in terms of views. Not unsurprising given that YT is a visual platform so not the best for podcasting, but I only put it on there because I was interested in how the process worked and it made it easier for my Mam to listen. Weirdly though (or perhaps not so weirdly), in the 40 days since I posted the Halloween show on The Rats, it’s had four times as many hits and minutes listened than every other episode combined! Obviously there’s some mileage in talking James Herbert some more. In terms of podbean analytics though it’s been a good performer, but not exceptional.
On the subject of podcast analytics though, the second fun fact is that this week we passed 10,000 downloads!
I didn’t realise at first, but when I put the first two episodes out I used Veteran of the Psychic Wars by Blue Oyster Cult as the opening music. After I was tipped off by someone on twitter that it could become an issue further down the line I made the decision to re-edit and re-upload the files with the now familiar Giantkind opening and closing music (thanks Loz & Neil). As a result the couple of hundred or son downloads up until that point disappeared from the analytics. Yesterday I saw that the count for the current roster was up to 9815. I did some counting on my fingers and the penny dropped.
Whilst it may just be numbers, that feels like a pretty significant milestone to me, so thank you all for your support!
We’ve had a productive couple of months recently, and the output has been higher than normal thanks to a couple of very gracious new guests making themselves accessible.
In the new year we’ll be concluding our look at the Knight of the Swords with Loz, Tash and I will be investigating a potential ‘one shit book’, we’ll take another look at Moorcock and music with another brand new guest and Hussein and I will conclude The Final Programme with Phase Three (setting a new record for taking four and a half, or more, hours and around a year to talk about a 160 odd page book).
The recent fast pace may relax a bit as my day job goes high intensity for a while thanks to the bizarre political situation here in the UK, but it’s been great to have you along for the ride and I hope you can stick with us.
And finally, thanks to our Patron Demon Sir Neil of Burton for the amazing bespoke card. It’s fucking amazing!
Stay safe pards, and a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Team Ruins.
After getting caught between worlds and never managing to quite hook it up, through a radio link between Earths 2 and 5 we finally get it together to discuss Moorcock with comics luminary and 2000AD Script Droid KEK-W!
We talk Moorcock, comics, Dark Judges, music and the disturbingly beautiful art of Dave Kendall.
I continue to learn regarding online recording, with mixed results.
Gerard Arthur Connelly gets his slippers wet.
As discussed on the show Jim’s Kickstarter for Urish’s Horde – The Guide to Elric Collectibles is here.