||"Forging of the Rings"
||If you avoid things that do not appear to have taken the most rudimental precautions against self-embarrassment, you will probably pass on 2023 folk-/power-metal songs about The Lord of the Rings,|
||"The Shadows Ball"
||especially ones that don't even justify their nerdiness by explicating some obscure detail of Númenórean backstory.|
||"La Última Función"
||"Forging of the Rings" is about...the forging of the Rings. The Rings that the Lords of the Rings are Lords of.|
||"Ride the Storm"
||This is like a band called Paris writing a song about how the Eiffel Tower is tall and thus visible, or Runrig covering "Loch Lomond",|
||Above the Stars
||or, come to think of it, most sports commentary.|
||"My Will to Live"
||My Will to Live +2
||Ainur, to be fair, have spent 17 years writing folk/prog/metal songs about, mostly, reasonable metal subjects,|
||"Creatures Of The Night"
||Creatures Of The Night +2
||by which we mean details from The Silmarillion,|
||with the exception of, as guitarist Luca Catalano notes, "and only one time with The Hobbit ones".|
||"Need Each Other"
||But, really, there's no evasive imperative to pretend that you don't love what you love.|
||"Can You Conceive It"
||"Forging of the Rings" is as much a culmination of the folk-hard-rock impulses of Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin,|
||"Light up the Sky"
||folded through the bellows of Queen's harmonic theatricality,|
||as it is any kind of variation on Eluveitie or,|
||to pick another example completely at random, Oakenshield.|
||For I Am King
||I had to Ctrl-F Ainur's discography page to make sure they have not already written a song called "Beleriand Rhapsody".|
||Whether that will still be true by the time you read this, I feel less sure.|
||In general, you'll appreciate metal more if you aren't afraid to take goofy things seriously without forgetting that they're goofy,|
||but then that's probably true of everything,|
||and helpfully suggests that most kinds of creative failure stem from either failing to take a goofy thing seriously enough,|
||or forgetting, while you're taking it seriously, that it's not.|
||As December Falls
||This is either a profound truth underpinning human nature,|
||or the beginning of an oblique explanation of why it makes sense to me to go from "Paradise By the Earendil Light" to this breathy sweatshirt lament by a singer about whom I know, after a few minutes of diligent research, literally nothing.|
||"Heaven Sing Now"
||That is, it makes sense because everything makes sense.|
||BAKA MITAI 4
||Streaming reifies the abstract principle that all human songs may be juxtaposed.|
||We do not have to walk the distance between cultural points.|
||Loud Hailer +2
||Food and music have similar power to carry the nature of one culture into the body of another,|
||"I Love you Forever !"
||but in food we're still back in the LP era:|
||appreciating one platter at a time, studying the ingredients on the back,|
||or if we're feeling ambitious, stacking up 2-6 plates on the spindle so that we can|
||eat half of each meal and then flip them all over.|
||In the infinite playlist world, each bite can completely reset not just your palate|
||BOY MEETS HARU
||"confused by the night"
||but your culinary expectations and nutritional needs.|
||DAI DAI DAI
||We draw apart, you and I, or our lower and upper jaws,|
||and by the time we meet again, revolutions have been staged and quelled and historiographically resituated.|
||We argue about how to measure things, while we feel them on our skin.|
||Our rings do not bind or conceal us,|
||they tap distractedly on the side of the guitar as we wait for the drummer to count us in,|
||Natural / Sabotage 2
||to bring us back out of momentary excruciating silence into the love of noise of love.|
||Our clichés soar, unapologetically, over all the shorter buildings the planners insisted upon,|
||"風になれ (cover ver.)"
||because they knew that it would be easier to coopt idolatry as reverence|
||New Year Memorial
||than to talk us out of things we didn't yet realize we would want to believe.|
||"2 the edge"
||MIDNIGHT IN PURGATORY 6
||These songs may invert at any moment,|
||within or between them.|
||The Nazgul can see you any time you dream of power,|
||but this is their problem, not yours.|
||The Howling Void
||"Into Darkness Ever More Profound"
||Into Darkness Ever More Profound +3
||We turn off the lights, and open our eyes, and in doing so summon every aspirational evil|
||to gather about us and be deployed or discharged by our will.|
||"Steps of Damnation"
||If you avoid all the things that are warm from our cursed touch|
||you will be lonely and cold and watching us dance.|
||"Si no es contigo (feat. Rafa Val, Viva Suecia)"
||One ring for the Basque lords in their mountains,|
||"Es werde Licht"
||one for the toymakers in the Erzgebirges.|
||"Immer erst am Anfang"
||So many stories begin this way, dealing out the sigils like cards.|
||Draw the next song from the list, and for 2:13 that is all you have to care about.|
||Did he just say something about YAML? If we can have Scottish rap, then of course we can have config-hop.|
||"Tic Tac Toe"
||The rings are not precious from scarcity. You can download the files and 3D-print them yourself in any color.|
||They are precious because we put them on, and in doing so assert the right to be transformed by symbolic gestures.|
||The Rig (Prime Video Original Series Soundtrack)
||While this song is playing, I am invisible.|
||Diary Of Dreams
||While this song is playing, I have the power to burn candles in reverse, coalescing wax out of the close air of the room into an ascending pillar,|
||wrapped around a strand of borrowed memory.|
||One ring for the Pedi in the Transvaal, and I'm dancing to this song in an office building in Boston and I don't know if I'm about to be exorcised or married, and I start to explain that both of these are redundant, but it's not necessary for each song to start over from nothing.|
||First to Eleven
||A song can start again from where you are, every time you play it, differently or the same.|
||Do you have the heart to throw yourself into it, for three minutes, or away?|
||All of these songs are ridiculous and inevitable,|
||Twenty One Two
||vividly lit or cryptically obscure,|
||Anti-Hero / Kiss Me More 2
||enough rings for us all.|