Panzerkampf

Panzerkampf

The largest tank battle fought started on July 5th, and ended on August 23rd of 1943, between the the German army, and the Soviet army, at Kursk, in the USSR. Of course Sabaton has a song for it. And a history episode. While we're at it, a cover. I think the art is fanart, for Girls und Panzer.…

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More Noise

More Noise

The post from the other day on Nightwish's new single, in concert with my other recent post on personal "brands", has stayed on my mind. Apparently, there's a significant contingent of Nightwish fans that are "WTF" and not quit sure they like it, or will come to like it. I can see that. Not my concern. A lot of people have seen the first layer - the strong criticism of social media. What keeps pulling my attention is how the name and symbolic elements encompass far more than that. First - the video, more than the song itself, takes a…

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Noise

Noise

Like Peter Grant, I have something of a love-hate relationship with Nightwish. I love their music, but the themes they touch on at times... eh. That said, it looks like it's time for a new album, and a new single has been released: Noise. Before we go there, a segue: If you want to skip the video, it's a discussion of how every public space is utterly polluted by sound - and not even beauty in music, but horrid stuff meant to be ignored and fill the silence until nothing is left, not even room for thought. Twenty One Pilots…

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Sabaton on Tour

Sabaton on Tour

Interestingly, Sabaton is posting live videos of ther concerts from the European wing of the tour. Not sure how long it will stay up as many of these, despite being official vids on the official channel, are mostly taken down shortly after the next one goes up. Audio and video quality are mobile phone grade at best, but it's an interesting look at the energy and crowd at a typical live show.…

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Rorke's Drift

Rorke's Drift

I'm a bit late, but January 22nd is the anniversary of the battle of Rorke's drift. Of course someone took the song and set it to Zulu with Michael Caine. And in case you want the official lyric video...…

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Sabaton Day by Day - Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Sabaton Day by Day - Seven Pillars of Wisdom

You can consider this the inauguration of a series - to insofar as possible, commemorate the events behind Sabatp's song on the anniversary of said events. I haven't mapped all of them to a calendar yet, so things may be incomplete for a while, but I've already seelcted dates for each song in The Great War. Today marks the anniversary of one of the first raids conducted by the Arabs in conjunction with T.E. Lawrence "of Arabia" against the Ottoman Empire. Incidentally, the story of Lawrence is arguably a major influence on the story of Dune.…

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Really?

Really?

I'd become accustomed to the dazzling variety of metal genres out there. Old school 70's metal, acid metal, black metal, death metal, speed metal, thrash metal, symphonic metal, power metal, folk metal... Filed under not quite as "what the hell did I just watch" as my introduction to BabyMetal, it turns out there is, indeed, a capella metal. Or the next best thing to it.…

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