Sunday, January 12, 2014

Episode 14: Conan vs. Heavy Metal

Hey all, here we are, back for another episode of THE CROMCAST!

Are you ready for some music? Are you ready for some metal?

If you answered "yes," then this is the episode for you!

(If not.... Then just hang loose until the next episode)

Here's the setlist and links to purchase this music on Amazon:

1. Domine - "Aquilonia Suite I," from Emperor of the Black Runes
2. The Sword - "The Frost Giant's Daughter," from Gods of the Earth
3. Manilla Road - "Queen of the Black Coast," from Metal
4. Elder - "Riddle of Steel I," from their eponymous full-length album
5. Electric Wizard - "Barbarian," from Dopethrone
6. Runic - "Last Days of Aghrapur I (Ambush)," from Liar Kings
7. Ironsword - "The Pyre of Kings," from Overlords of Chaos

And don't forget to listen to that live set from Elder at the Roadburn Festival this past year.
You can get it on a pay-what-you-will basis from Bandcamp! But seriously, throw a few bucks towards ALL of these artists... They need and deserve our support!

A special thank you to Mark Finn for the awesome Sailor Steve opener! Check out Mark's blog at:

Want to know more about the timeline of Howard's influence in metal music? Here's the article we discuss in the episode!

Our next episode will be a discussion of Conan in comics! Interested in some of the stories we'll be discussing? Check out this brief summary in a previous art party post! After that, we'll get back on The Road of Kings! Our next story will be People of the Black Circle. Read it on Project Gutenberg!

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  1. Nice ep. That was the most metal heavy hour I've had in the last 10 years.

    I'm commenting this few days after listening your episode so I'm not sure if you mentioned this. There is a greek(?) metal band called Battleroar and they have few Conan themed tracks.

    1. Thanks for the heads-up, Ripa. I hadn't head of them, so I'll check them out and see if I can fit them into the next music-themed episode!


  2. I loved Ironsword's "The Pyre of Kings". So good. I liked most of the other songs as well, though had to skip Runic's "Last Days of Aghrapur I (Ambush)". I tried so hard to listen through the whole way and just couldn't do it.

    1. Glad you liked the episode, Michael!!!

      I think the Runic song is the most "brütal metal" in the playlist. It definitely could be an acquired taste, but across any of the death-tinged metal I've ran across, it's actually something I can dig into. I think it's the epic melodies that do it for me.


    2. Still slowly catching up on episodes (these are great for biking to work) and oh my god did Aquilonia Suite get my blood pumping this morning. Great episode.

  3. Fun episode. In regards to music that is less heavy metal and more folk-based, without sounding hipsterish, you might like these artists:

    Erang -- He cites Conan among his many influences and does slower stuff in the Dungeon Synth genre:

    Wardruna -- Might know them fro doing the music for the History Channel's "Vikings" series:

    Vox Vulgaris -- Neo-Medieval music at its best: