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Post by New Creation on Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:02 am

Back in the days of classical, composers would tell a story through instrumentation. No words would be sung, unless it was composed as an Opera, Oratorio, or Operetta.

Some well known examples of this are The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, and The Nutcracker and the 1812 Overture by Peter Tchaikovsky.

What got me to thinking about this was the upcoming Tourniquet album, which is currently on Kickstarter. Some folks expressed that they would not be funding because there has been no vocalist announcement. What if, however, metal tells a story, with full lyrics even, without a vocalist?

Imagine a metal album of 9 or 10 songs, all with full lyrics, but no vocals at all. I think this would be great.

I know that in the prog rock world, stories are often told in instrumentals, but usually it's not the full album that I know of.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Re: Instrumental metal with lyrics

Post by Andreas89 on Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:05 am

If done correctly, it can be great indeed Smile

I do know a band that does a variation on this concept however, namely Rhapsody of Fire. Most of the song don't have anything to do with the story, but still the albums are considered to be concept albums.
OK, that was a somewhat sarcastic joke, couldn't resist Wink
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Post by Kerrick on Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:58 am

Are you familiar with Cosyns?  From their Bandcamp, they're described as:
This project utilizes various musical interpretations of Morse Code to convey lyrics within their respective instrumental pieces.

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Post by New Creation on Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:01 pm

Kerrick wrote:Are you familiar with Cosyns?  From their Bandcamp, they're described as:
This project utilizes various musical interpretations of Morse Code to convey lyrics within their respective instrumental pieces.

This is an example of what I was looking for. Nice find! These guys sound great.
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Post by Kerrick on Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:43 pm

Right on!  It's a project of Derek from Blood Thirsty, Whisper From Heaven, Syringe etc.  He's a member here though I haven't seen him around in a while.

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Post by New Creation on Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:58 pm

Kerrick wrote:Right on!  It's a project of Derek from Blood Thirsty, Whisper From Heaven, Syringe etc.  He's a member here though I haven't seen him around in a while.

Blood Thirsty! Excellent. You were the one that turned me on to them as well. I even bought their Christmas CD single.
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