“Lord of the Metal Rings” is an arrangement album of music from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The album has 12 tracks of music from all three films and has been arranged in a a metal/rock style. Think Sauron with a flying V, Uruk Hai playing blast beats, Hobbits doing Pete Townsend slides…you get the idea. The purpose of the album is to both pay tribute to the incredible score of these films (composed by Howard Shore) and to demonstrate my own abilities in rearranging, performing, producing and advertising an album of music.
The idea was conceived in late 2010, officially started in February 2011 and after several times rearranging and remastering songs it is finally finished in 2017. This is a FREE, non-profit album and is not affiliated with Warner Bros, New Line Cinema, Reprise Records, Howard Shore, Peter Jackson or anyone else related to the original score of these films.
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01 – One Ring to Rule Them All
The album begins with an arrangement of the ‘Ring theme’, which I thought would be a great way to introduce the album. There is also a short appearance of ‘Gollum’s theme’ and the music that plays during the Argonath scene in ‘Fellowship of the Ring’. I also used a sound effect of the ring hitting the ground and a distant heartbeat to add to the atmosphere of the song.
02 – Shire Folk
Track 2 is an arrangement of the music related to the Shire and the Hobbits. It’s one of the more upbeat and melodic tracks on the album.
03 – Riders in Black
‘Riders in Black’ refers to the Ringwraiths and this track combines several of the themes and motif’s used for them. It is also one of the heaviest songs on the album. I tried to emulate the violin glissando heard in the films at 2:04 and I also experimented around with a video effect at 1:47 to look like the wraith-world.
04 – The White Hand of Saruman
‘The White Hand of Saruman’ is the symbol used for the Uruk-Hai from Isengard. I recreated some of the instruments found in the original music, such as Taiko drums and a metallic percussive sound. I kept the time signature and aggression of the original music, whilst adding new riffs, harmonies and a melodic section to contrast with the other parts.
05 – Nine Companions
‘Nine Companions’ refers to the 9 members of the Fellowship. This is an arrangement of the Fellowship theme, one of the most memorable themes in all 3 films. I also included another theme that plays when the Fellowship are leaving Rivendell in the extended edition of the first film.
06 – Journey Through the Mines
‘Journey through the Mines’ is a medley of 6 different themes that play during the Fellowship’s stay in Moria: Dwarrowdelf, Balin’s Tomb, Bridge of Khazad-dum, Fellowship Theme, Balrog Approaches and Gandalf Falls. I also added a few sound effects and quotes from the film during the iconic “You cannot pass” moment. This was a great challenge to arrange but I think it turned out really well in the end.
07 – Wise and Immortal
If Track 6 was all about the Dwarves, then track 7 is all about their pointy eared counterparts – the Elves. This cover combines the themes from both Lothlorien and Rivendell and I went for a mysterious, ethereal sound in the introduction which then transitions to standard heavy metal shenanigans.
08 – Forth Eorlingas
This cover combines the main Rohan theme with Eowyn’s theme. The title is a reference to what Theoden calls out during the final charge at Helms Deep and I included the quote for good measure.
09 – Rock and Stone
This track is a cover of the ‘Nature’s Reclamation’ Theme, which plays several times in the soundtrack, but most famously when Treebeard and the Ents begin their attack on Isengard.
10 – Hope is Kindled
‘Lighting the Beacons’ was one of my favourite pieces of music from the LOTR trilogy and I tried to do it justice with this metal arrangement. Damn those string parts were tricky to learn!
11 – Where the Shadows Lie
This track is an arrangement of the Mordor/Sauron theme, also featuring Christopher Lee citing the “Verse of the Rings” poem (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPigCMnrSmk) and Sauron makes a quick Cameo too. I probably spent the longest time arranging and reiterating and ended up being my favourite track on the album.
This video upload happens to coincide with the unfortunate death of Sir Christopher Lee, so I dedicate this track and video to him and his amazing performance of Saruman.
12 – White Shores and Beyond
The original song “Into the West” plays right at the end of the final film and I thought this would also be a fitting way to end the album. It’s quite different from the rest because it is structured more like a standard song as opposed to themes and leitmotifs. It’s also the most ‘melodic’ track on the album which makes a great contrast from the more heavier songs.
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– Arrangement, recording, performance, mixing, filming, editing
– Original compositions
Peter Jackson and New line Cinema
– Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Tolkien Ensemble
– “Verse of the Rings” sample used in Track 11. Go buy the original album here: www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Rings-Caspar-Reiff-Peter/dp/B000EU1JL0
– Writer of the books
Special thanks to
Youtube channels – dogsrule3444 / jediking12 / cwdalmeida – Made it easy to listen to and learn some of the music
dafont.com – Fonts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_The_Lord_of_the_Rings_film_trilogy – Information about the music
http://www.scribd.com/doc/19213139/LOTR-Score-Analysis-278 – Score Analysis
Patient fans for waiting due to delays
Frequently Asked Questions
How long did it take and why was it delayed?
An album is never late nor is early, it arrives precisely when it means to.
Why the album name?
It’s a double meaning. “Lord of the metal’, which would be me haha. And “metal rings”, which is what they are. Well, magical metal rings to be more accurate.
Do you plan to cover music from the Hobbit or more songs from the Lord of the Rings trilogy?
I have made a Hobbit medley already, but I am not convinced there’s enough new material that I could turn into an album. There is also more material from the LOTR trilogy I didn’t cover this time around so maybe I will cover a few more tracks in the future.
Jacob Headrick – “At long last! I remember downloading Shire Folk from Youtube, using a MP3 conversion program to get the music into portable form. Now, I can finally have the whole thing legitimate. Thank you.”
Sizio – “I’m so excited this is finished. I remember finding the video for Shire Folk years ago and thinking it was great.
Thanks for making this!”
RanchMe – “YOU ARE A GOD. Thank you for bringing this divinity into existence”