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hawklrd
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:16 pm 
 

I am looking for a list of concepts albums (heavy metal) that are based on literature.

PS: Searches got me to only discussions on concept albums in general, so I created this thread only for literature/books/novels based albums.

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Addis
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:25 pm 
 

I am new to the forum here, but I have an album here that may be what you're looking for!

-Helstar's Nosferatu: based off of Bram Stoker's book Dracula

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:38 pm 
 

Grave Digger's Rheingold, if I'm not mistaken. It did immediately come to mind.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:48 pm 
 

Manticora - Hyperion is based on the novel of the same name. They actually have a blurb in the liner notes encouraging their fans to go out and read the book.

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Doomsday
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:55 pm 
 

Umbra Nihil - The Borderland Rituals is based upon the novel The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson.
Sabbat - Dreamweaver is based upon The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer by Brian Bates.
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awheio
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:05 pm 
 

Kamelot - Epica and The Black Halo, based on Goethe's Faust

Catacombs - In the Depths of R'lyeh, based on Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos

The whole slew of Tolkien-based stuff -- Blind Guardian, Summoning, blah blah.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:07 pm 
 

Angra's Aqua is based off of The Tempest. Very cool, evocative album too...a masterwork and probably their best. Go check it out.
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6Xul66
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:17 pm 
 

Belphegors - Bondage Goat Zombie is based on the works of Marquis de Sade.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:24 pm 
 

Addis wrote:
I am new to the forum here, but I have an album here that may be what you're looking for!

-Helstar's Nosferatu: based off of Bram Stoker's book Dracula


Amazing album, but it should be noted that only about half of it actually concerns Dracula, including two instrumentals.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:33 pm 
 

Several bands composed albums about a 2000+ year old series of dystopian dark fantasy also known as The Bible. Orphaned Land's Mabool is one.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:40 pm 
 

The upcoming The Ruins Of Beverast seems to be themed around the infamous Malleus Maleficarum.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:14 pm 
 

side A of Rush's "2112" is based on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead
Iron Maiden's "Seventh Son..." is based on Orson Scott Card's book of the same name
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Mastodon's "Leviathan" is based on "Moby Dick"

oh, and Jag Panzer's "Thane to the Throne" is Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

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6Xul66
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:20 pm 
 

aloof wrote:
side A of Rush's "2112" is based on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead
Iron Maiden's "Seventh Son..." is based on Orson Scott Card's book of the same name
and
Mastodon's "Leviathan" is based on "Moby Dick"

oh, and Jag Panzer's "Thane to the Throne" is Shakespeare's "Macbeth"


Alot of Maidens songs are inspired by books to be fair...ill have to research some when I can

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aloof
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:25 pm 
 

well, he did ask for concept albums, fortunately... teh internetz is not big enough to list all metal songs based on literature :D

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:27 pm 
 

Bruce Dickinson's The Chemical Wedding and Ulver's Marriage of Heave and Hell are based to great extent on the works of William Blake.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:18 pm 
 

Domine has three albums on Elric of Melnibone.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:35 pm 
 

Symphony X - Paradise Lost: Based on the eponymous epic poem of the same name by John Milton. The poem is also the basis for a large portion of Damnation and a Day by Cradle of Filth.
Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth: Based on Tolkien's The Silmarillion.

Those are the initial albums that come to mind. If I think of more later I'll put them here.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:33 am 
 

Subrick wrote:
Symphony X - Paradise Lost: Based on the eponymous epic poem of the same name by John Milton. The poem is also the basis for a large portion of Damnation and a Day by Cradle of Filth.
Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth: Based on Tolkien's The Silmarillion.

Those are the initial albums that come to mind. If I think of more later I'll put them here.


Damn you, I came here to post exactly those two albums! :P
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:12 am 
 

6Xul66 wrote:
aloof wrote:
side A of Rush's "2112" is based on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead
Iron Maiden's "Seventh Son..." is based on Orson Scott Card's book of the same name
and
Mastodon's "Leviathan" is based on "Moby Dick"

oh, and Jag Panzer's "Thane to the Throne" is Shakespeare's "Macbeth"


Alot of Maidens songs are inspired by books to be fair...ill have to research some when I can


And most are poorly done sketches!

I love Maiden as much as the next maniac but come on! Sans Rime of The Ancient Mariner and maybe To Tame A Land, none of the so called adaptations is deeply probing.

And to the one who mentioned Helstar's "Nosferatu", isn't that based more on the movie than on the book? What with the dialogue intros and all.

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QueenElizawreck
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:19 am 
 

Manilla Road!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Mystification" draws a lot from Poe lyrically and although it is not a concept record it does have the themes of horror and mysticism binding all the songs together.

"Gates of Fire" is three stories in all;
1-3: "The Frost Giant's Daughter" - inspired by the story of the same name written by Robert E. Howard.
4-6: "Out of the Ashes" - inspired by Virgil's "The Aeneid".
7-9: "Gates of Fire" - inspired by the heroic stand of King Leonides and his Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae.

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andersbang
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:56 am 
 

Earth's "HEX; or Printing in the Infernal Method" is based on Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, the best book ever written. Haven't heard the album because drone/doom isn't exactly to my taste.

EDIT: Because I'm an idiot.
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aloof
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:49 am 
 

well, if his writing changed your life so profoundly, the least you could do is spell his name properly :p

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Tired
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:18 am 
 

Sabbat (UK) "Dreamweaver" -> Brian Bates "Way of the Wyrd"

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Abominatrix
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:11 am 
 

Doomsday wrote:
Umbra Nihil - The Borderland Rituals is based upon the novel The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson.


Whoa, really? Most creepy, atmospheric and metaphysically weird book...love it. Will have to check out this band/album because of that.

The progressive death metal band Forgotten Silence's album Thots is based upon Isabel Allende's novel House of Spirits. Both are worth checking out. THe Forgotten Silence stuff is pretty weird with influences all over the place but I much prefer it to something like Maudlin of the Well for the most part.

I remember when I started a topic like this years ago. It wasn't about concept albums but rather metal based upon literature in general, with a request to steer away from Tolkienish stuff (because that's what all these bands seem to want to do, and at this point, sorry to say, who cares anymore?)...and I do know some concept albums were brought up. Might want to look through the forum for that thread.

Oh, and I don't think "2112" is based on The Fountainhead, although it could be aslight inspiration. Anthem, maybe; I haven't read that one but Rush already made a short song about it on Fly by Night.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:43 am 
 

I'm pretty Sure Ahab - The Call of the Wretched Sea is based off of Moby Dick
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:59 am 
 

Abominatrix wrote:

Oh, and I don't think "2112" is based on The Fountainhead, although it could be aslight inspiration. Anthem, maybe; I haven't read that one but Rush already made a short song about it on Fly by Night.

This. 2112 isn't really based on Anthem either, but the similarities are clearly there. The Fountainhead, I think, is a miss.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:14 pm 
 

Tron_79 wrote:
I'm pretty Sure Ahab - The Call of the Wretched Sea is based off of Moby Dick

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Earth's "HEX; or Printing in the Infernal Method" is based on Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, the best book ever written. Haven't heard the album because drone/doom isn't exactly to my taste.

Fuck, still have to read that. Cormac McCarthy really is brilliant.

Not a full on concept album, but Cobalt's Gin is largely inspired by the work of Ernest Hemmingway and Hunter S. Thompson.
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