… ever since I started reading George R.R. Martin’s fantastic books, the stories always seemed a bit metal to me.
Winter Is Coming, my fellow kilSters! Winter Is Coming! Fire and Blood!, Hear Me Roar! Whatever House you root for, it’s all part of the fun, fantasy, and fatalities that reside inside the world of Game of Thrones, is it not? I don’t know about you, but ever since I started reading George R.R. Martin’s fantastic books, the stories always seemed a bit metal to me, if I had to break it down to a genre of music. That’s right, Metal! Metal and Fantasy always seemed to go hand in hand to me.
You know, the “We are serfs and oppressed” kind of serious.
Since I’m reading the books, I wanted a soundtrack to go with my brain movie. I could have gone the cheap route and just legally downloaded the Game Of Thrones soundtrack by show composer, Ramin Djawadi, and that would have made all the sense in the world for me to do; but, I didn’t want to recreate the Westeros that GoT‘s series creators, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss had set up for me. I wanted to create my own using only George R.R. Martin’s books as a guide. Metal has always been a ridiculous genre to me because those creating the music within said genre always took themselves a little bit too seriously for my taste. Like, medieval-type of serious. You know, the “We are serfs and oppressed” kind of serious. Come on, how perfect to have metal music be the soundtrack for the world that’s unfolding in my mind with each turn of the page?
The power and raw energy of the song mixed in with the barbaric, blood lust, take-you-from-behind and tear you open attitude …
It all makes sense if you think about it (and no, I won’t be giving away any spoilers for those of you who have never seen the show/read the books. You should though. You know, do both. Read and watch this great show.) Just from a character point of view, from season 1/Book 1, if, let’s say Khal Drogo, had a theme song befitting of his character, I would say “Thunderhorse” by that fake/not really fake after all band, Dethklok would suit him perfectly. The power and raw energy of the song mixed in with the barbaric, blood lust, take-you-from-behind and tear you open attitude that he exudes makes for a perfect marriage of character and metal song.
“Hungry Like The Wolf” would work in some Day-Glo, Miami Vice, I wanna dance til’ the wolves come home to feast-kind of way.
How about House Stark? What metal song would work as their theme? I’ve thought long and hard about this one, and although (for those who have read the books/seen the show) something having to do with a wolf would be considered appropriate, however, that would be a bit on the nose. So instead, I like the Iron Maiden song, “Alexander The Great” as a proper Stark theme. Alexander The Great was a fearless warrior who conquered the known world by the time he died at the age of 32. The Starks, although without a royal lineage like our brave Alexander, are fighters. They’re warriors in their own way and command the respect of all the other houses of Westeros, sans the Lannister lions who believe that they’re all that and a bag of potato chips. (You know, in thinking about it, if I weren’t restricting myself to a metal theme with Game Of Thrones, Duran Duran‘s “Hungry Like The Wolf” would work in some Day-Glo, Miami Vice, I wanna dance til’ the wolves come home to feast-kind of way. But again, let us not be too on the nose or ridiculous, for that matter.)
… her massive army and the three fire-breathing dragons flying high behind her …
This next one is not a metal song in the conventional sense, but rest assured, it has metal at its core. “Bulls On Parade” by Rage Against The Machine fits oh-so-perfectly for Dany, does it not? Daenerys of House Targaryen, Lady Regnant of the Seven, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, and Mother of Dragons is a bad ass amongst bad asses. Small spoiler here (okay, so I lied. It wouldn’t be a spoiler if you watched the show and/or read the books. Now whose fault is that, hmmm?) Okay, are you ready? She commands dragons. Not only does she command dragons but where she started with a spattering of people left over from her late husband’s kingdom, or khalassar in Dothraki, she has come out as a serious contender for the throne of the seven kingdoms; a throne, mind you, that is technically, rightfully hers anyway. Daenerys controls (currently on the show at least) a massive army that are slowly but surely making their way back home to Westeros and although unconventional, “Bulls On Parade” is perfect for Daenerys to march into King’s Landing with. The song by itself is a metal monster. If you put that song behind a person of her character, couldn’t you see her trampling on all the gold cloaks and Lannister men with the power and might of her massive army and the three fire-breathing dragons flying high behind her? She wins just by having “Bulls On Parade” as her theme song. Now, how it will all actually end is anybody’s guess …
Here’s your hint: “Master, Master“
Lastly, (yes, I said “lastly”, GoT fans. Do you know how many Houses there are in the realm? I don’t want to be here forever.) we come to House Lannister. Oh, those Lannisters. They sure do know how to throw their power, money, and privilege around, do they not? The only metal theme that works like it was written for them (and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s… What? Haven’t you guessed? Here’s your hint: “Master, Master“) is; that’s right, Metallica’s ride through the depths of Hades that is “Master Of Puppets” . It is the ultimate in metal themes where it concerns this family of calculating heathens of the Damned. They are the family that you love to hate because they have it all and they walk around King’s Landing as if they do so five feet above ground, unlike the rest of the Westeros population. Then is “Master Of Puppets” fitting for this House of Lannister lions? They are the true masters of Westeros; and until I finish the books, or the series comes to an end and proves me otherwise, what else am I to believe?
Ramin Djawadi and George R.R. Martin came up with some beautiful music to accompany the great houses of Westeros, but since I’m the one reading the books, it’s nice to piece in my kind of music to accompany the ever-unfolding tale of Westeros from the books. Now, I want to hear from you all. If it was you reading the books, what would your brain movie soundtrack be to accompany them? You know mine, now let me hear about yours. Please feel free to leave your own Game Of Thrones soundtrack in the comments section below. I now leave you with this…
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