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BRYAYGH is a Lore-Core band from Oakland CA. We play punk and metal covers of songs from the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and from the Rankin/Bass animated fantasy films 'The Hobbit', 'The Return of the King', 'The Last Unicorn' and 'The Flight of Dragons'. Additionally, we cover the well-know Tolkien-referencing songs 'The Wizard' by Black Sabbath and 'Ramble On' by Led Zeppelin. BRYAUGH is essentially a Tolkien tribute band.
Lore-Core is a term we came up with to describe Tolkien fantasy/mythology/folklore expressed through rock music, be that rock classic rock, metal or punk. Though most of the bands that might fit in this genre are more metal, we choose to take some punk rock sensibility directly to the songs from the soundtracks of the LOTR and Rankin/Bass movies for a more raw-feeling evocation of their fantasy roots. In this, we hope to take the Tolkien lore and re-interpret it; strip it down to it's core song structures, playing it as loud and hard and fast and intensely as possible.
The following short history of lore-core is a cut/paste/edit taken from Wikipedia's Lord of the Rings page. Enjoy!
"Rock bands of the 1970s were musically and lyrically inspired by the fantasy embracing counter-culture of the time; British 70s rock band Led Zeppelin recorded several songs that contain explicit references to The Lord of the Rings ("Ramble On", "The Battle of Evermore", "Over the Hills and Far Away", and "Misty Mountain Hop"). The songs "Rivendell" and "The Necromancer" by the progressive rock band Rush were inspired by Tolkien. And Styx also paid homage to Tolkien on their "Pieces of Eight" album with the song "Lords of the Ring," while Black Sabbath's song, "The Wizard", which appeared on their debut album, was influenced by Tolkien's hero, Gandalf. The heavy metal band Cirith Ungol took their name from a fictional place in Middle-earth of the same name. Blind Guardian has written many songs relating to Middle-earth, including the full concept album Nightfall in Middle Earth. Almost all of Summoning's songs and the entire discography of Battlelore are Tolkien-themed. Gorgoroth and Amon Amarth take their names from an area of Mordor, and Burzum take their name from the Black Speech of Mordor. The Finnish metal band Nightwish has also incorporated many Tolkien references into their music."