Well met, and welcome back to the blog! It’s definitely been a while since I last posted an article, and I wanted to get back into blogging with an article about something I’ve been working on for a while: music.
As some of you may know, I’m working towards digital composition and music, and I would love to release my tracks soon. I wanted to talk about some musicians that have inspired me over the years into writing the songs that I do.
- Nightwish. I’ve been writing music for a long time, but it was Nightwish (especially the Dark Passion Play album) got me started writing music seriously. Symphonic metal in general really inspires me, and the addition of fantasy elements like references to Lord of the Rings makes me a huge fan. This leads to my next inspiring musician…
- Kamelot. I’m a bit late to the Kamelot party, but I’m here, and I’m not going home any time soon. In particular, their song “Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)” and a lot of the songs from the album Haven are among my favorites, as well as some tracks from The Black Halo (I’m choreographing an aerial silks routine in my head to “Soul Society” as I’m writing this). A lot of my songs are inspired by the way Kamelot and Nightwish sound, as well as my next musician…
- Myrkur. I’ve observed a lot of controversy surrounding Myrkur’s music (can she really call herself black metal or can’t she?) but in any case, the combination of the metal-sounding guitar and bass combined with her softer, almost New Age-type vocals is really inspiring to me. I describe her music to people as “Enya fronts a metal band”, which is a sound that I find myself emulating in some of the songs I’m writing now.
- Vindsvept. I found Vindsvept on YouTube through another channel, and some of his songs just make me smile no matter what, like the song “Through The Woods We Ran”. His songs remind me a lot of other musicians like Jeremy Soule’s work on The Elder Scrolls and Howard Shore’s work on Lord of the Rings, and it’s those types of songs that I love.
- Evanescence. This was my jam in high school, and I’ve noticed that a lot of my songs nowadays have a similar vocal impression to Amy Lee, especially how she sounds in the album The Open Door. At first, I wasn’t entirely sure that that’s what I want, but it just kind of happens, so maybe it’s meant to be there. *shrugs* I don’t know.
Which musicians and artists inspire you? Let me know in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed this article! Until next time!