|Master Sword band photo|
For this week's Hump Day Hot Ticket, I'm featuring a band that I've written about here before and whose music I enjoy for various reasons: Baltimore-based Master Sword, whose music is an ongoing tribute to The Legend of Zelda video games. Whether they are melodies based on in-game music, or lyrics pertaining to the mythology of the series, Master Sword brings the world of Hyrule (and all its varying parallel universes) to life through music, surely as Link manipulates time and space with his trusty ocarina.
This video is the first single from their upcoming album, due for release in the next several months. It features a guest vocalist whom I have also written about before: Rob Bradley, formerly of Aries and currently of Thrillkiller, he has a set of pipes that are certainly a gift from the Golden Goddesses. In this video, the bandmembers (which includes Jesse Keen from A Sound of Thunder, yet another band I have written about in extensive detail) are shown jamming on their instruments while Rob is at the mic delivering his epic vocals. Master Sword's musicianship is as intricate as a Zelda dungeon puzzle, and as imaginative as a Hyrulean tale.
Now that the band has recruited vocalist Lily Taylor to the mix, it will be interesting to hear how the rest of the album unfolds. But for now, take a listen to “Behind the Mirror (The Dark World)”, a song based on a musical piece from the game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Enjoy!