Track: Inis Mona
Year: 2008Genre: Folk Metal
Stumbling through my college years with tastes and interests that the flock of sheep couldn't relate to, I was surprised to come across a hidden coven of metalheads in (this is where it gets surprising) the music room. We would end up talking about, listening to, and in some cases covering a few of our favorite songs. What a beautiful feeling it is to belong, yet not to the majority.
Anywho, one of these guys introduced me to this cracker of a song. Filled with references to Celtic land and pagan elements (no, this is not Satan or the Devil. Pagan simply relates to the natural elements like the Sun, wind & land).
'Inis Mona' starts off with a bang and never lets up! The song has the punch of hard rock and the intricacies of western classical with several wind and stringed instruments colliding to create harmony and beauty. This opened me up to other Scandinavian and European acts over the years.
The video always reminds me of scenes from Game Of Thrones. This is a straight to playlist song, and it stays there!