Good day inmates!

And what a wonderful day it is too! The sun is shining, the sky is blue and I’m not cold for a change. I’ve even managed to get out on the bike a few times since recovering from the great plague. Here’s hoping it lasts and gives us an excellent spring and summer this year. So how are all of you? Navigating the wiles of life pleasantly I hope. The world is a rather unsettling place right now, in all manner of ways. And here I was thinking the asylum was for the mad folks! Haha! Take care eh?

So on to something less insane. Music! Well I guess music can be a bit crazy too but shush you’re ruining my segue. It’s time for the Harlequins writing music! Did anybody see todays theme clue? I was a bit unsure on it to be honest. But I suppose that’s the given with clues. They’re not necessarily meant to be solved easily. I digress.

So, todays theme. What could it be you ask? Well, don’t rush me and I’ll tell you! Todays musical theme is symphonic metal! Well, its a genre many of you have heard of I hope. I know when some of you hear the word metal, a certain image is conjured in your minds. Some very angsty long-haired men punishing their instruments and vocal chords on stage. But I would argue symphonic metal is incredibly different to that. The name may give you a clue. Symphonic metal has more roots in a kind of orchestral sound mixed with metal instrumentation. Traditionally the bands of this genre tend to be female-fronted as well. Indeed some symphonic metal vocalists are actually trained opera singers or use a rather operatic style. The likes of Tarja Turunen or Dianne Van Giersbergen for example. This creates a very heavy emotional and deep sound for these bands, sort of like a movie soundtrack actually. I hope that I’ve sold some of you guys on todays theme, though I have no idea if I’ve described it all that tacitly. Want to hear some of it so you can make your minds up?

Well, join me as we delve into the musical minds of symphonic metal artists the world over!

Tarja – I Walk Alone

Aviators – Song of the Abyss

Within Temptation – Memories

Sirenia – The Other Side

Leaves Eyes – Elegy

And there we have it! How about those wonderful singers? I almost feel like going to an opera. Not really, but you get the idea. There were so many artists that I could have chosen, but I settled on these. I sort of wanted to include Nightwish (another band worth checking) but I did include my personal favourite thing about them. Tarja Turenen, to be clear.

Speaking of favourite things, may I be one of yours? I’m joking of course, but would you mind having me in your thoughts? The asylum has a page over on Facebook, an account on Instagram and also a page on Twitter as well! Come follow me! If you really enjoy what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me on the Ko-Fi page as well. Thank you for everything!

Until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

  1. Carol anne says:

    Loving these xoxo

  2. shauna says:

    Wow! So many talented artists out there! Thanks for sharing!

  3. […] opinion. They are technically classed as a symphonic metal band, but unlike the bands I showed the other week in that theme, they tend to stand out. You see, other than a drummer, all of the band members play cellos. […]

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