ALBUM REVIEW: Nightwish – Human. :||: Nature.

With gaps of up to five years between studio albums, it takes some serious dedication to be a Nightwish fan these days. Since 2007, the band has only released four albums, but in that time, their fanbase has grown so large that the symphonic Finns (well, mostly Finnish) have been able to make that often treacherous leap from mid-sized venues to selling out full arenas. Continue reading

Watch Dan Weiss, Ramin Djawadi, Tom Morello, Scott Ian, Nuno Bettencourt, and Brad Paisley Cover The Game of Thrones Theme Song

Tonight marks the last episode of the eight seasons of Game of Thrones on HBO, “the most metal show ever“. Check out this performance of the GOT theme song, the dyadic track ‘The Rains of Castamere” organized by Fender Guitars. The performance features series co-creator Dan Weiss, award-winning composer Ramin Djwadi, Tom Morello, Scott Ian, Nuno Bettencourt and Brad Paisley. Check it out! Continue reading

Game of Thrones, The Most Metal Show Ever, Returns Tonight

L to R: Kristofer Hivju (Tormund – cast), Ben Crompton (Edd Dolorous – cast), Brann Dailor (Mastodon drums/vocals), Brent Hinds (Mastodon guitars/vocals), Kit Harington (Jon Snow – cast)
Photo credit: Helen Sloan/ HBO

Surely there will be another sci-fi fantasy show quite as great as Game of Thrones. The phenomenal series begins its final six episodes ever tonight on HBO. Not only was the show an epic experience e to watch no matter who ends up on the Iron Throne (or no throne at all), it is clearly the most metal show ever. In addition to the story and the amazing soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi, the show has battle, dragons, magic, zombies (White Walkers), Viking-like Northmen, witchcraft, and wildfire, and direwolves. But also the show has inspired metal covers and tribute songs, bands inspired by the show, a live concert experience based on the music for the show starring metal artists, music in the show and trailers from heavy bands, the actor that played the beloved Hodor character can shred to Megadeth, and even appearances by our favorite dudes in Mastodon in the army of the frozen undead (several times). Get pumped with a new Spotify playlist with a lot of rock and metal bands, and these covers below and happy watching! Continue reading

Ramin Djawadi Wins An Emmy Award For Game Of Thrones Season 7 Soundtrack

Composer Ramin Djawadi won an Emmy® Award this weekend for his iconic musical work on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Having composed for all seven seasons of the hit HBO series, Ramin’s score for the penultimate season finale episode “The Dragon and the Wolf” earned him the win in the category of Outstanding Music Composition For A Series Original Dramatic Score. Ramin was honored with dueling Emmy® nominations in the same category this year, also receiving a separate nomination for his music on the famed television show Westworld. Last night in L.A. The Game Of Thrones® Live Concert Experience 2018 Tour kicked off. Continue reading

Ramin Djawadi Nominated For Two Emmys For Game Of Thrones And Westworld

We normally don’t give a crap here about awards shows, but we have to give props when the music is just this great. Composer Ramin Djawadi has earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series Original Dramatic Score. Having crafted outstanding musical scores for two television juggernauts in Game of Thrones and Westworld, Ramin will be honored with dueling nominations in the same category. Ramin was previously nominated for an Emmy in 2017 for his Main Title Theme Music on Westworld. Continue reading

Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” Featured In Westworld Episode

After being teased before the season, the full piano and orchestra-based version of Nirvana’s classic track ‘Heart Shaped Box’ appeared last night in the Season 2, eighth episode Kiksuya of HBO’s Westworld. The cover was created by acclaimed series composer Ramin Djawadi, also known for his work on Game Of Thrones. The trailer uses imagery that also called to mind the lyrics and even the music video for the song, which came from the In Utero (DGC Records) album, which has its 25th anniversary this year. Djawadi’s Westworld soundtracks have featured re-imaginings of classic songs from artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Wu-Tang Clan, Soundgarden and more.

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The Rolling Stones Paint It Black Appears In HBO’s Westworld

SPOILER ALERT! If you are not caught up on HBO’s Westworld Season 2, then read no further. Last night on the much-anticipated episode ‘Akane No Mai’, a rendition of The Rolling Stones classic ‘Paint It Black’ was used. Last year it was used in a crucial episode as a chamber music version. This time it was reimagined as a classic Japanese theme, matching their visit to “Shogun World”. Composer Ramin Djawadi used all Japanese instrumentation to bring this version to life. Check it out! Continue reading

Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” Featured In Westworld Season Two Trailer

An elegant orchestral version of Nirvana’s late-era classic ‘Heart Shaped Box’ debuted last night in the Season Two trailer for HBO’s Westworld. The cover was created by acclaimed series composer Ramin Djawadi, also known for his work on Game Of Thrones. The trailer uses imagery that also called to mind the lyrics and even the music video for the song, which came from 1993’s In Utero (DGC Records) album. Season 2 of Westworld premieres on April 22nd at 9 PM local time. Watch the trailer now! Continue reading

Top Five Heavy Metal Covers Of The Game Of Thrones Theme Song

The seventh season of Game of Thrones is set to premiere tonight on HBO, and to help get you more excited for the new episodes, we’ve gathered together our favorite heavy metal covers of its now famous theme song! Winter is here! Continue reading