Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Music Discovery: Dragonland

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Dragonland, Power Metal from Sweden

This is another entry coming from Pandora to me to you. On the last post, I mentioned one of my pandora channels was a station centered around the bands Sonata Arctica and Avantasia.  Well, Nocturnal Rites got added to that lineup as well, and this band, Dragonland, constantly cropped up next to them, and I was impressed each and every time they did. These folks are from Gothenburg (Göteborg) Sweden, the same place where the Metaltown music festival is held annually, and to put it proverbially, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

And look at their wild stage personas! Oh, wait, those are the guys from Dragon Land...

So this album is called Starfall, and is the first in the band's discography to not continue the ongoing story saga that they've been creating. The first, second, and fifth of their albums follow a self-produced fantasy saga called the Dragonland Chronicles, which, to be honest, sounds like it'd make a killer book or graphic novel. This album, however, tells a self-fulfilling story about the Book of Shadows, following the discovery of an ancient force in egypt and how that power is later reawakened in the modern era. I won't spoil it. It's killer. Sadly, I don't see any official videos, so I'll be linking a song from a youtube jerk with a particularly awesome theme getup:

Mmm, dat chorus. This song is one of my favorites from the album, and one of the uploads whose quality suited me enough to share. Good news is, if you're the type to preview your albums before you buy them (and you better buy them!) this album is on there in full, and someone has each chapter of the Book of Shadows tracks lumped into one video too if you'd prefer to hit those up.

I will definitely be doing a follow-up on this band when I further explore their discography. They've made my list for having one of the outright coolest band websites ever. It features and interactive world map from the Dragonland Sagas storyline! Check it out!! Oh, dang, I forgot to do the 'if you like' thing again... If you liked the music from Nocturnal Rites, if you like Firewind, Altaria, and other icons of power metal, you'll probably love these guys!

For now, cheerio, and have fun playing with these shiny new links!

Go forth, and as always, listen to more music!!

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