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'The Lord Of The Rings' Has Been Transformed Into A Three Hour Metal Epic

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'The Lord Of The Rings' Has Been Transformed Into A Three Hour Metal Epic

YouTuber Bradley Hall has a passion. A passion for the breathtakingly epic soundtrack to The Lord Of The Rings trilogy of films. Even with the first film, Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring releasing two decades ago in 2001, Howard Shore's soundtrack is widely recognisable even today.

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Taking inspiration from one epic, Hall decided to undertake something legendary of his own. He rescored the whole of the first Lord of the Rings film, and the extended version to boot, with an intensely metal three hour long song.

“It [the original soundtrack] was so epic, majestic, mystical... and pretty damn metal! It was my hope that one day someone would make a full metal version of the films, but alas that day never came. So as a culmination of months of pandemic-induced boredom/frustration/madness, I plucked up the courage to finally do it myself!”

If you are as passionate about The Lord Of The Rings as Bradley, then take a look at the upcoming The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum which is lurking until the time is right.

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He explains how he managed to fit his music so perfectly with the film in the description of the video, encouraging viewers to play the Blu-ray at the same time as his song to get the music to sync up perfectly.

"I imported my 5.1 surround-sound version of the Blu-ray into Reaper so I could split the audio tracks up into separate channels. The majority of the dialogue is in a single channel, so I could mute it and be left with an almost-instrumental version of the movie. I then had to painstakingly tempo-map the entire movie audio to a grid so that I could program drums over it. Once tempo-mapping was done it was "just" a case of laying-down all the drums and guitars. Thankfully I had the orchestral score as a reference guide which sped-up the process significantly!"

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The whole process took three months including one week of "no-lifing" at the end to get it finished. While the different parts of the song were recorded on separate days, Hall wears the same T-shirt throughout the video, and he "vowed not to wash it until he was finished as encouragement."

With over 100,000 views on YouTube the metal rendition appears to be a hit. However, Hall doesn't seem keen to work on the next two films in the series any time soon. When asking himself if he would carry on the trilogy he answers "Absolutely not! I may do another movie in the future but DEFINITELY not one as long as this again."

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Still one three hour metal epic is enough to be applauded all by itself.

Featured Image Credit: New Line Cinema / Bradley Hall

Topics: The Lord Of The Rings, TV And Film

Georgina Young
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