RaidTunes: The Lion-Hearted Girl

by Andy/Betancore

This album is so full of awesome, not even Garrosh could be disgusted by it.

Time for more RaidTunes, now with playlists!  Let’s get right into it.  For those of you that are impatient, the links to the playlists are at the bottom, and I’ll try to get playlist widgets on the sidebar when I get a chance.

Light: Florence + The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

If you had to sum the feel of this song up in one word, it would be ‘powerful.’  Florence’s big, determined vocals seem to drive the percussive melody, infusing the song with sheer willpower.  But then, the music drops off, and listeners are given a feeling of hopelessness.  In a sense, this is what raiding can feel like.  Your group charges in, determined and ready; but then a healer dies, and all you can do is yell “KILL IT HARDER”  and hope the boss dies before your remaining healers run out of mana.  Determination wars with despair.  Rabbit Heart describes it perfectly.

Also Featured:

Silversun Pickups – There’s No Secrets This Year:

A smooth yet energizing tune to help you slip into a groove for “execution is everything” bosses like Magmaw.

Sarah Blasko – Over & Over:

A gentle, percussive song to keep your spirits up after all those wipes.

Halou – Halfbreath:

Laid-back, melancholy vocals over a drum’n’bass beat.   It doesn’t sound like it would work, but Halou can pull it off.  This song has a nice calming effect on me, and is perfect for near the end of the night.

Heavy: Kylesa – Don’t Look Back

And speaking of determination, this song has tons of it.  I find that Kylesa, especially their latest album, is great music to listen to when you’re tired or frustrated.  And, after a few of our first Atramedes attempts, I was both.  But, Kylesa’s sludgey goodness just has a way of either bringing me out of my funk, or helping me to embrace it.  I highly recommend them if raiding feels like a slog for you this week.

Also Featured:

Amon Amarth – Asator:

Brutal, chaotic, and catchy.  The perfect song for when shit goes horribly, horribly wrong; such as the entirety of the Omnomnom fight.  Also, these guys have a new album coming out this week, and it is fantastic, so they will be the featured artist next week.

Pantera – Widowmaker:

OLD Pantera.  No, not that Pantera.  Older.  Back when they were trying to play hair metal.  Yes, most of it is horrible, but there’s just something about Widowmaker’s hook that engages me in the first 10 seconds of a fight.

Mephiskapheles – Mephiskapheles:

My bolonga… has a first name… it’s “S-A-T-A-N.”

Rock Out, Kill Bosses

That should about cover it!  Next week will probably be all Amon Amarth all the time, but if you have any suggestions, leave ’em in the comments!

RaidTunes Light Playlist

RaidTunes Heavy Playlist

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~ by Andy/Betancore on March 29, 2011.

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