Moorcockian Music – Addendum the Second

Encore at the End of Time by Rodney Matthews

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.

Moorcockian Music – Addendum

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.

Andy

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Moorcockian Music – Elric and Corum

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We delve into New Worlds of Moorcock influenced music with the other-worldly Dungeon Synth of The Artist Called Elric, and the powerful METAL!!! of Corum, two faces of the Eternal Champion.

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Entropic State Report 6th January 2021

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.