Tomorrow, on 30 March, a very special guy (in the most positive sense) turns 18 – which means «finally legal» in Germany: My great friend and fervent fellow epic metal warrior Aidan, also co-founder and soul of our Epic Metal Blog. In order to celebrate his birthday, I created a – quite long – playlist for him and, of course, you, our readers and social media followers, too.
It contains a bunch of epic songs released since 2003 that Aidan appreciates (or «should» appreciate, in some cases). There were only two major rules for me: one tune per year AND band – quite a difficult task, to be honest.
Besides, you find some bonus material – tracks from artists that play an important role in Aidan’s life, and as a kind of epilogue, his personal «hymn» (on this platform and Instagram, his nick name is Divine Victim, as most of you surely know).
Last but not least, you may listen to a track dedicated to his favourite football club VfB Stuttgart (nobody is perfect, but it could be much worse…).
So, enjoy listening – and don’t forget to raise your horns for Aidan on 30 March! Without him our Epic Metal Blog wouldn’t exist.
Prologue: Richard Wagner – Ritt der Walküren
2003: Iron Maiden – Paschendale
2004: Isen Torr – Mighty & Superior
2005: Slough Feg – Curse of Athena
2006: Blind Guardian – Fly
2007: DoomSword – Death of Ferdia
2008: Battleroar – Oceans of Pain
2009: Twisted Tower Dire – The Isle of Hydra
2010: Atlantean Kodex – A Prophet in the Forest
2011: Dark Forest – Under the Greenwood Tree
2012: Crystal Viper – Ghosts of Sherwood
2013: Manilla Road – The Battle of Bonchester Bridge
2014: Primordial – Where greater men have fallen
2015: Visigoth – From the Arcane Mists of Prophecy
2016: Sacred Steel – Beyond the Gates of Nineveh
2017: Lunar Shadow – Hadrian carrying stones
2018: Solstice – Under Waves lie our Dead
2019: Crypt Sermon – Christ is dead
2020: Possessed Steel – Spellblade
2021: Angel Martyr – Black Twin Rising
Bonus 1: Brocas Helm – Cry of the Banshee
Bonus 2: Claymorean – Into the Courts of Chaos
Bonus 3: Wytch Hazel – Archangel
Bonus 4: Nevermore – Dead Heart in a Dead World
Bonus 5: Midnight Force – In Lindisfarne it lay
Epilogue: Manilla Road – Divine Victim
Guilty Pleasure: Die Fraktion & Die Exil-Schwaben – Für immer VfB