Friday, July 24, 2020

FRIDAY MUSIC: Corvus Corax, by JD

Corvus Corax is the Latin name for the common raven which is the largest of the corvids.

Most people will be familiar with the association of ravens with the Tower of London and with the legend that England would not fall to a foreign invader as long as there were ravens at the Tower (Just to be on the safe side the ravens wings are clipped!) According to Wiki the legend is probably a Victorian invention but their source for that is The Guardian newspaper which, as we all know, is honest and reliable. It is more likely that it really is a story whose origin is lost in the mists of timebut according to the Mabinogion, one of the earliest stories of the history of Britain the head of the Welsh god Bran the Blessed (whose name means raven) is buried at the White Hill in the Tower as a talisman against invasion.

The bird features in mythology very often as a pyschopomp, a bridge between the two realms, between life and death.

And so, after that short bit of 'setting the scene', to this week's music which comes from a German band of the same name - Corvus Corax.

How to descibe them? How about Dudelsack medieval heavy metal? They are positively Wagnerian in their stage shows! So fasten your seatbelts, turn up the volume and prepare to be blown away by the most spectacular show you have ever seen. And the music is good too.


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