Here is my attempt to incorporate my love for books with another love of mine- metal. The below books or series are from my read shelf on Goodreads, and more than likely I use the most recently read out of those. Well, goshdarnit, I hope this will be fun!
Note: I am
not sorry if you metal isn’t your shot of vodka, but have a go anyway, keep an open mind and you may tell me how horrible it all sounds in the comments!
Note 2: All of the metal genres and sub genres are not mentioned in this post. That would just take forever, and I’m just after a quick fix.
Why I love metal? It just works for my ears. The lyrics are fantastic (even though sometimes you can’t make out what they’re saying ’cause “rawrarwrarrw”). I love the drums, I love the guitar solos, I love the raw freaking power in this music. I grew up being a total pussy, a weak, walked-over naive girl. Metal gave me strength and I was able to go anywhere at all as long as I had the tunes with me.
My going to the dentist song would be Socio by Stone Sour.
My “life is shit, but I can do it” song would be End of The Line by DevilDriver
and so on, and so on… back to books!!!
In no particular order what-so-ever, let’s go!
Traditional Heavy Metal
The book: The Great Iron War series by Dean F Wilson
The band: Led Zeppelin- Communication Breakdown
The steampunk series of The Great Iron War made me think of Led Zeppelin. Both the book and music have this complexity yet a certain airiness about them. The music sounds as strategic as the book is. I can just imagine the Hopebreaker, Lifemaker and Skyshaker getting ready for a stand-off to the tune of Led Zeppelin. Chaos and mayhem hand in hand with orderliness.
The book: Frank Friendship series by RG Manse
The band: Muse- The Handler
Yes, I just totally put rock among metal. I have a good reason for this- it took me longest to decide which metal category Frank Friendship series fits. Then I realized, because FF series is so out of the box, I needed to categorize the books into a different genre of music. I chose Muse because they are definitely unique. Progressive rock and space rock would be some of the terms used to box their music. The series feels to me like the new Muse album Drones.
Both Muse and Frank Friendship get me worked up, and then there’s a drastic change as to where things are going. I can’t sit down listening to Drones, nor can I sit down reading FF series. It’s kind of like getting zapped by the feels and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Makes me feel alive!
Funnily enough, after re-reading Screw Friendship I knew exact song for it: Undisclosed Desires – the various aspects, the different layers to the story in both the song and the book.
The book: The Good Knight by Sarah Woodbury
The band: In Extremo- Küss Mich
In Extremo seemed to be the proper choice for The Good Knight. Specially Küss Mich. The medieval metal tune suits the book like a fist to an eye and the song represents Gareth and Gwen pining after each other. The rough edges of the music resemble the books murder mystery. Because the book confused me slightly at times, the German lyrics by In Extremo tick that box as well! The band is known to put on a good stage presence with proper clothing and fire-props.
The book: Seven Days of Friday by Alex A. king
The band: Sonata Arctica- Kingdom for a Heart
Drama, heart ache and matters of the soul ties those two together. The song will more than likely give you a whiplash, but that’s exactly what Seven Days of Friday did to me. It was just overpowering, seemingly non-stop and stormy! While reading the book I was constantly in agony- will the drama drive me insane as well? Just like I won’t be able to read the next instalment in the series any time soon, I wouldn’t listen to Sonata Arctica all day-every day. It’s called power metal for a reason- it can become suffocating!
The book: Honest by Ava Bloomfield
The band: TOOL- Forty Six & 2
Oh gosh, it’s been a while since I read Honest, but what I can certainly remember was the psychological angst I felt while reading it. It was just… It all felt so real, in a totally spooky way. In that same way Tool is a wicked band to listen and get lost in. For me personally, Tool is the chilling out music- you know, you kick your feet up, switch off your brain and let the tune take you into places in your head you normally wouldn’t visit.
The book: Twin Souls series by DelSheree Gladden
The band: HIM – For You
I absolutely love-love-love the song lyrics by HIM. In fact, I love everything about HIM. Yeah, they’re a bit sappy but they’re sappy with a morbid twist. Sure, they invented love-metal but again, it’s with a morbid twist. Not to mention, Ville Valo’s voice makes me weak in the knees. Pff!
Twin Souls series was great. Knowing my love-hate relationship with any books that deal with mushy-feely relationships and grown up action, Twin Souls read just right and innocent enough. A soulmate story entwined with Native American legends? Sold! Dramatic, painful, yet beautiful!
The book: After Life by Daniel Ionson
The band: Ensiferum- Lai Lai Hei
Swords, deep dark forests, comradery and mysterious environment. After Life made me cry at the end, because after the long, hard, mysterious journey the characters were on, I got so attached that the ending came as a surprise and I was really devastated. Ensiferum suits the book due to the style.
To finish off:
Pornogrind (yes, it’s actually a genre!)
The book: [insert any erotic romance here]
The band: Erm… I really don’t want to go OTT here, so if you actually have interest in the bands in this genre then Google will help you. A musical subgenre of grindcore and death metal, which lyrically deals with sexual themes. Band names and song titles are quite bold and definitely something you wouldn’t want to cry out on a public street. Not to mention, some of them quite offensive. And, no, I am not a big fan of grindcore or the sub-genre. ’nuff said!
This is such a good idea! I love the idea of matching music genres to books. I’m definitely going to have a look into some of these, even if metal isn’t my first port of call for music because they sound interesting! x
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🙂 I’m glad I used the softer types of bands and songs here so! Otherwise I’d possibly scare people off my blog… lol
Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to use the idea with the kind of music you listen to! Metal might be my favorite, but I do have respect towards all types… well, mostly, anyway 🙂
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Fab! I LOVE metal yet had to lol when looking up examples of Pornogrind. My god, that sh*t is sick! (and not in a good way) :D. I haven’t read any of these books (yet, the FF series is already waiting for me on my Kindle), bur I love the combo’s you made! We (the bf and me) initially wanted to put together a playlist of favourite metal songs for our wedding, but then thought, since the majority of our guests is 60+ and/or ‘sensitive’, we should go for something a little more mild. In the afternoon/during dinner, we now made a combo of Irish drinking songs/hilariously bad music from the ’80’s/Barney Stinson’s psyched mix and David Hasselhoff (for our German guests ^^ ). In the evening, it’s mostly going to be Flogging Molly, the Dropkick Murpheys and some less ‘intense’ Irish drinking songs, BUT also put in some QOTSA, Muse and Turisas’ Rasputin. Because: \m/.
Ehm, back to books: when reading and listening to music at the same time, for me, it HAS to be either film music or metal. Nothing else can captivate emotions so well imho. Did I mention I like your post? ^^
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Yeah… Anything “grind” is wicked… my friends back in Estonia have a grindcore band and they’re having a proper laugh over the lyrics and song titles. Typical men. The band is called C**t Carnage! Hell, if I had a pub I wouldn’t be able to put out posters to promo them. “hey, everyone, come listen to…” Yikes! 😀
Ah, that’s so awesome re: wedding music! Nice choice of tunes though… Sure, at the end of the night you can kick up the atmosphere with some heavier stuff. People, young or old will be too pissed to notice, they’ll dance to anything 🙂
I used to like to annoy my mother with some heav stuff in the car… Change the ABBA CD over to estonian black metal… kick up the volume and you wouldn’t hear her complaining on the back seat to “Turn it dowwwnnn, turrrrn it down!” 😀 haha, ah, poor woman.. we trained her well though, she won’t bat an eyelid now! 😀