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June 8, 2013

Fear Before the March of Flames: “Taking Cassandra to the End of the World Party”


Released: 2006
Album: The Always Open Mouth

Today’s musical interlude, “Taking Cassandra to the End of the World Party,” comes from experimental rock band Fear Before the March of Flames. As with many works based on the story of Cassandra, this song focuses on her inability to convince people that the future she sees will happen. I’ve listened to this song several times over the past year and I have never been able to decide what I think of it. The section that stands out to me the most begins at 1:10 and represents the other Trojans hurling insults and threats at Cassandra – an interesting idea although I don’t find it particularly pleasant to listen to. Perhaps this simply isn’t my kind of music? I actually think I like the unusual mixture of imagery found in the music video more than I like the actual song. I have a bit of a weakness for scenes in movies or music videos where the music builds behind images of characters moving or reacting slowly, so I really like the part at 1:47 where the song bursts out of the bridge accompanied by the simple image of Cassandra pouring a libation.

I have noticed a trend in which my fondness for these Trojan War-based songs grows about three sizes once I have written about them here, so perhaps by this time next week I will be in love with this one too. In the meantime, feel free to let me know what you think of it!

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March 26, 2013

WarCry: “El guardián de Troya”


Released: 2004
Album: Alea Jacta Est

I really don’t remember how I found out about “El guardián de Troya,” a song by Spanish power metal band WarCry, but I’m glad I did because I quite like it! The lyrics are a little hokey, but if I want to listen to songs about the Trojan War I think I will just have to get used to that. I like everything else about the song and I especially enjoy the moody guitar at the beginning.

A search for this song on YouTube brings up several fanmade music videos that combine it with clips from Troy. I will link you to my two favourites: this one, which has the lyrics onscreen, and this one, which also includes audio from the movie’s Spanish dub.

I haven’t been able to find an English translation of the lyrics online, so if any of you would like me to whip one up just let me know in a comment. My Spanish is nothing extraordinary, but for my birthday I did receive a Siglo de Oro play that I intend to read for funsies. (Just in case you were afraid that Greek mythology was my only nerdy hobby.)

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September 1, 2012

Icehouse: “Trojan Blue”


Released: 1982
Album: Primitive Man

I spent some time the other night hunting around the Internet for Trojan War songs to add to my pitiful collection, and I think this one, Icehouse’s “Trojan Blue,” is my favourite of the bunch. This is partly because it’s synthpop, which is a genre I enjoy much more than any type of metal (apparently there are A LOT of metal songs about the Trojan War), but mostly because its lyrics are a lot more subtle than those of the other songs I came across. You might not agree with me, but after listening to so many songs in a row that were all “War! Flames! Prophecy! Tears!! Disaster!! DEATH!!!!,” finding this one was definitely a relief. I mean, check out the lyrics to the chorus:

The finest treasures of kings, all of those precious things
They never tempted you
So as you stood in the ruins, how could you dare to look on
As they burned for you?
The broken pieces of clay and the palest eyes, painted in Trojan blue

He’s singing about pottery, you guys. New favourite Trojan War song, right here.

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April 22, 2012

Loreena McKennitt: “Penelope’s Song”


Released: 2006
Album: An Ancient Muse

I’ve been a fan of Loreena McKennitt since I was ten and have seen her in concert twice, but somehow it was only within the past month that I realized she has a song based on the events of the Odyssey. I think almost as soon as this song starts playing you can guess what you’re in for: a slower song in which the Penelope character sings about waiting for Odysseus. (See this page for the lyrics and a comment about the creation of the song.) To be honest, I think it’s pretty but it’s far from my favourite Loreena McKennitt song – and if you’re equally unimpressed, I feel compelled to point you towards “The Bonny Swans,” which is my favourite Loreena McKennitt song.

Oh, also, by the way, unrelated, here is my brand new ~Works Based on the Trojan War Drinking Game~!!

1) Take a drink every time you read/hear “wine-dark sea.”

… Yep, that’s pretty much it.

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April 20, 2012

Blind Guardian: “And Then There Was Silence”


Released: 2002
Album: A Night at the Opera

I have a friend who is a huge fan of the power metal band Blind Guardian, and a few years ago she was kind enough to alert me to the fact that their song “And Then There Was Silence” is about the Trojan War. The song’s fourteen-minute running time and my general disinterest in metal meant that it took me an embarrassingly long time to listen to the whole thing, but now it has really grown on me. Some of the lyrics are a bit heavy-handed, but I think I’m just going to have to accept that as being typical of songs based on mythology – especially songs that are at least partly from the point of view of Cassandra! Anyway, my favourite lyrics of the song come from the sequence (that seems to be) describing the events leading up to Hector’s death:

We don’t regret it
So many men have failed but now he’s gone
Go out and get it
The madman’s head it shall be thine
We don’t regret it
That someone else dies hidden in disguise
Go out and get it
Orion’s hound shines bright

As you will see as this blog progresses, I can be very forgiving of a work’s other flaws if I like the way it handles Hector’s death, and I do like the way this song handles Hector’s death. I also quite like the closest thing the song has to a chorus (the bit that starts with “Misty tales and poems lost”), and the way the lyrics aren’t afraid to jump around in time. If you’re a bit confused by that last feature, then allow me to link you to a forum’s interpretation of the lyrics and a fan site’s interpretation. And if you happen to disagree with one or both of those, then leave me a comment because I’d love to know what others think of these lyrics!

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October 20, 2010

Alesana: “Third Temptation of Paris”


Released: 2006
Album: On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax

This is Alesana’s song “Third Temptation of Paris,” which I think I discovered by accident one day while I was surfing Wikipedia or something. The lyrics are pretty hokey but I like the title (anyone have any idea what it’s referring to? I feel like I’m missing something really obvious here) and the mixing of the different voices is pretty cool. I would consider this one of my favourite Trojan War-inspired pop songs, although as you can imagine there’s not a huge amount of competition.

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