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Friday, April 23, 2010

30 Day Music Challenge, Day 15: A Song that Describes Me

Representation in heavy metal of my values, world view, feelings, and experiences is one of the things that attracted me to the genre in the first place. Some artists are so adept at summing up stuff that has happened in my life, or encapsulated an experience I've had personally so well, I've sometimes felt close to tears. Through metal, I have felt heard & understood, and for someone like me, that is incredibly heartening. I have so much respect and appreciation for artists that have done this for me.

One such band is Angtoria, a British/Swedish symphonic power metal band fronted by the lovely and utterly amazing vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva. To date, they have released one album, the very dark and at times disturbing God Has a Plan For Us All, an album that covers a variety of topics including suicide, sexual abuse by a priest, and cutting. But all is not bleak on this album; there are some very uplifting songs here, and "That's What the Wise Lady Said" is one of them.

Here are the lyrics:

I'm not going to go into exactly why I feel this song describes me, you will just have to take my word for it. But it does, in so many ways, and this is a prime example of what I was talking about earlier in this post. Sarah writes the lyrics for Angtoria, and I really want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this song.

7 comments:

sorcha said...

Love that song! The piano part, Sarah's voice, even the solo's just all fit in perfectly! Also the songtekst is very, very beautiful.
The first time I heard it, I got shiffers from it..

CanuckFan said...

It's such a powerful song, and such a hopeful way to end an album with a lot of hard stuff in it. I'm glad you liked it, Sorcha!

Winterstorm said...

Very cool project! (The video to "Good Has a Plan for Us All" was quite enlightening to me. How fitting everything is in the song and the video.) Is it still ongoing, now that Sarah has released albums under her own name?

CanuckFan said...

@ Winterstorm: I'm not sure what the status of Angtoria is right now, actually, but I do know Sarah has been recording a solo album. I don't know when the expected release is, but I am looking forward to it a because she is so amazing.

Sorcha said...

Sarah's solo album is already out. Atleast here, in March or something it came out. I've already got it from a friend. So far, it sounds promising but haven't got time to listen to it very properly yet.

CanuckFan said...

Sorcha: Oh, thanks for this info! I didn't know it was out yet! I'll have to take a look to see if it's available over here yet!

CanuckFan said...

Sorcha: Ah, I have found the new Sarah Jezebel Deva CD on Amazon.ca! Woo-hoo!