Moongates Guardian – The Eagle’s Song

You ever have an album that you acknowledge that on a somewhat objective level is total trash, but you still love the shit out of it anyway? And not just in the “so good it’s bad” or in the “it’s bad but really fun” way. But like in a way where the album is so unique and quirky, so full of both insane stupidity, and immense brilliance, that it turns what should be shit into absolute magic? This is The Eagle’s Song. On the one hand, it’s a Lord of the Rings / Summoning worship (which I guess is the same thing if we’re being honest) that for the most part, is slightly over the top, but a tad generic. Like, higher end generic, but generic nonetheless. But that’s only like 40% of the album. The rest is some kind of fucking experience. The vocals are completely fucking trash. It’s like these guys wanted the worst vocals possible that would still sound trve black metal, but like the really bad trve black metal you find in demo tapes from the 90s that were unknown for a reason. The guitar sound is 90% shit during the entire album, but then have random, tiny moments where it matches perfectly with the music. And that’s what makes this album so special. Despite all the wrong that there is here, there is almost as much moments of sheer amazement. The synths on Sauron legitimately make for a 10/10 dungeon synth song. The black metal aspects are mediocre, but those synths are fucking movie tier, GOOD movie tier. The same can be said for the synths on Legolas’ Song of the Sea. There are moments here of inspired beauty that feel like they just shouldn’t be there, but you’re glad that they are. And then you get shit like Inn of the Prancing Pony, which I still can’t for the life of me tell if it’s meant to sound the way it is. Like you get the idea that maybe they’re trying to be purposefully ridiculous, but at the same time in the back of your mind, you think maybe it’s not intentional. That’s the thing, no matter what this album throws at you, you’re left guessing as to whether or not any of the highs or lows are intentional. That combined with the fact that this is an obviously sincere work of love for Tolken, makes for such a magical journey, that good or bad, I couldn’t help but love every second of.


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