These days, it's a dangerous business--as a wise scribe once wrote--going out your door. For obvious reasons, it has been quite some time since we highfalutin peasants put on the ol' adventuring boots, packed our rucksacks, and headed out for the high road, a thirst for new scenery and unexpected encounters our only true motivation. As such, I'm particularly excited as of late to feature music that evokes a sense of fantastical adventure.
Enter (the accurately moniker'd) Celtic Metal Dude--not a band, but a man who endeavors to create acoustic and folk covers of folk and metal. Said covers are accompanied by some of the most gloriously bombastic music videos I've had the pleasure of witnessing as of late. Much assorted headgear, swords, beer, barechestedness, tattoos, and general emotive enthusiasm await. Y'know, the usual folky metal shenanigan stuff. For reference, please see Exhibit A:
Beyond the visual aesthetic, of course, is the music, which is frankly some of the most engaging of its ilk. Today's song in question is a joyous little ditty with exactly the dosage of uplifting vim and vigor that I suspect we all need right about now. It's got a woodsy charm, an infectious sense of jubilance, and a self-awareness that only the best of drinking songs possess. There's a delicious lushness to this track, from the lightfooted percussion, to the flute solo, to the gang vocals, which practically ooze camaraderie. I don't know how many more ways I can say that this is a helluva fun track, so there you have it. This is a helluva fun track, and I hope you enjoy as much as we slumbering villagers did.
If this all sounds like your definition of a damn good time, check out the video for "High Adventure" below! This track, released today, is an original, but we'll let the Celtic Metal Dude speak on that in detail below. In the meantime:
When it comes to featuring cool stuff, we typically yammer for a while before eventually (and inevitably) coming to the revelation that people are probably bored of reading our ramblings. As such, here's a statement directly from the source, aka one Reece Miller:
"Man oh man, making this video was an unforgettable romp! This song was written by Francis Roberts (the nerdy mastermind behind King Gorm and Old Man Wizard) many years ago back when he and I were performing together in The Dread Crew of Oddwood, but, it never made it’s way into the track listing of an album. However, I’ve loved the song since I first heard it, and I knew shortly after starting this project that I wanted to do a version for Celtic Metal Dude! I love covering metal songs in my very not metal style, but I think the CMD instrumentation lends itself to this original piece perfectly. It was an absolute joy to arrange and record, and shooting this felt like a quest through the realms of my childhood fantasies: scrambling up the posts of lagoon side docks, running through the canyon trails of my home town, playing dress up to make some goofy costumes, and drinking a shit ton of beer! A very special thank you to Madison Lowery, who not only lent us her voice and her performance skills in front the camera, but dragged herself out of bed at 4:30 in the morning to film me for the sunrise shots. I hope you enjoy watching this as much as we did creating it! Let’s go on an adventure!"
And we'll leave it at that! Be sure to subscribe to Celtic Metal Dude for more cool stuff like this. I also highly recommend checking out his back catalog--that Rise Again cover is particularly stellar.
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