Regarding My Sudden Obsession with Foreign Fantasy Rock Music

I’m suddenly becoming obsessed with these random bands that pop up on Pandora which seem … for lack of a better description … to be like Fantasy Rock, or Symphonic Rock… with bands like Nightwish, Epica, Era, Blind Guardian …. I would LOVE any suggestions (in the comments below) if anyone knows what I am talking about and can give me more band names to find. I haven’t figured out yet how to search online since the genre doesn’t really exist – and is all just under “metal”.

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So, recently I have been super irritated by all of music.  My favorite genres were getting old and making me cringe with the repetitiveness of years of listening.  See my whole rant on that here, if you choose.

Anyway, I’m suddenly becoming obsessed with these random bands that pop up on Pandora which seem … for lack of a better description … to be like Fantasy Rock, or Symphonic Rock… with bands like Nightwish, Epica, Era, Blind Guardian and also loving the darker crazier symphonic rock which I have dubbed Viking Metal like the band Turisas -which I love love LOVE – and Falconer, TYR, etc.  Another group which may be Pirate Metal? and is super fun to listen to is Alestorm.

These bands, most of which are apparently Finnish, (and I am on the look out for more if anyone has any suggestions??) are amazingly intricate and epic in nature.  They all seem to be something that could play in scenes from my favorite fantasy movies or RPG videogames.  They have all the complexities of opera or classical music, but with gothic backdrops, fun crazy costumes, and almost humorously epic album art.  I am becoming a fan of music again!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I want to find ALL bands of this sort and soak it all up!

I had a friend in highschool that was in to this weird fringe of music that I used to think was funny.  It was overdone and way too epic for its own good and I thought it was silly and couldn’t understand his interest.   I am fairly certain that these were the bands he listened to, or at least within the same realm of music.   I’m glad I never picked on him for it or I would feel bad now.

I would LOVE any suggestions (in the comments below) if anyone knows what I am talking about and can give me more band names to find.  I haven’t figured out yet how to search online since the genre doesn’t really exist – and is all just under “metal” which really doesn’t fit in my opinion, but whatever.

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