Okay, so this obviously isn't metal by any stretch of the imagination. But it's still a lot heavier, darker and more ominous that what most heavy bands manage to fart out. Howard Shore may look like a cross between Mr. Magoo and a turtle, but by god he sure knows how to write some seriously sinister shit.
When people like Celtic Frost, Deathspell Omega, Dimmu Borgir and countless other "extreme" bands incorporate classical pieces on their albums, this is exactly the kind of shit their trying to get at. And failing, most of the time. And I swear to God (or Satan?) that I heard a melody on Watain's last album Sworn To The Dark that was identical to the Minas Morgul theme. Or maybe I heard it in a Deathspell Omega song...? One of the Kénôse tracks perhaps? Well, it was either Watain or Deathspell Omega, that I know for sure. I just can't really remember which. You'll have to take my word for it.
It makes perfect sense though for either of those bands to reference to Minus Morgul, it would fit in perfectly with their ideologies. You know, since Minus Morgul was once a good, happy, beautiful place (originally known as Minas Ithil, built by the Gondorians) and then taken over and horribly corrupted by the evil forces of Mordor, now eerily silent and housing the nine ringwraiths, led by the Witchking of Angmar. Alright, that's enough nerdery for now.
Onto the music (these are all highly recommended):
I was planning on just posting three tracks, one from each movie... But fuck it, this shit is too good, so here's another one from The Return Of The King:
(mp3) Howard Shore - Treebeard
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