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A list for us bookworms, nerds, geeks, etc. Books are brutal and totally fucking metal.
This list lists books, poems, comic books, non-fiction and even movie adaptions of said books in some cases referenced to in albums (whether by concept, individual song or title).
This list is old. I started this way before The Epics, but never finished it. It's obviously not finished, so feel free to request. Initially, I was decided whether I should include songs based on stories from the Bible, but I'm leaning towards it. So expect that in a bit.

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Created by: Lit. | 26.05.2013



1. Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2. Anthrax - Among The Living
Among The Living - The Stand by Stephen King; I Am The Law - Judge Dredd by John Wagner (writer) and Carlos Ezquerra (artist); Skeletons In The Closet - Apt Pupil by Stephen King
3. Anthrax - State Of Euphoria
Misery Loves Co. - Misery by Stephen King
4. Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil
Bat Country - Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
5. Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
Theater Of Pain - The Merman's Children by Poul Anderson; The Bard's Song (The Hobbit) - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolken; Somewhere Far Beyond - The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
6. Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side
Title track contains references to The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolken, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol, The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White, Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and the Corum series by Micheal Moorcock.
7. Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side
A Past And Future Secret - The Once And Future King by T.H. White; I'm Alive - The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
8. Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
9. Blind Guardian - A Night At The Opera
...And Then There Was Silence - The Illiad/The Odyssey by Homer and The Aeneid by Virgil
10. Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time
Tanelorn (Into the Void) - Eternal Champion series by Micheal Moorcock; Road Of No Return - The Innkeeper's Song by Peter S. Beagle; Ride Into Obsession/Wheel Of Time - Wheel Of Time series by Robert Jordan; Curse My Name - The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates by John Milton; Control The Divine - Paradise Lost by John Milton; War Of Thrones/A Voice In The Dark - A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R.R. Martin
11. Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle
Malazan Book Of The Fallen by Steven Erikson
12. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
The Usurper - Conan The Barbarian by Robert E. Howard
13. Demons And Wizards - Touched By The Crimson King
The Gunslinger - The Dark Tower by Stephen King
14. Dream Theater - Images And Words
Pull Me Under - Hamlet by William Shakespeare
15. Hell - Human Remains
Macbeth - Macbeth by William Shakespeare
16. Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings
Dante's Inferno - The Divine Comedy (Inferno) by Dante
17. Iced Earth - The Dark Saga
Spawn by Todd McFarlane
18. Iced Earth - Horror Show
Dracula - Dracula by Bram Stoker
19. Iced Earth - Dystopia
V - V For Vendetta by Alan Moore
20. Iron Maiden - Killers
Murders In The Rue Morgue - Murders In The Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe
21. Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
The Trooper - Charge Of The Light Brigade by Lord Alfred Tennyson; To Tame A Land - Dune by Frank Herbert
22. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Rime Of The Ancient Mariner - Rime Of The Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
23. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner - The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe; Stranger In A Strange Land - Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
24. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
25. Iron Maiden - The X Factor
Lord Of The Flies - Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
26. Iron Maiden - Man On The Edge
The Start Of Darkness - Based on Apocalypse Now which in turn is based on Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
27. Iron Maiden - Brave New World
Title is a reference to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
28. Iron Savior - Megatropolis
Omega Man - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
29. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
Electric Eye - 1984 by George Orwell
30. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
Ramble On - Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolken, certain lyrics also reference to "Namárië," a poem by Tolken.
31. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
The Battle Of Evermore - Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King by J.R.R. Tolken
32. Lascaille's Shroud - Interval 01: Parallel Infinities - The Inner Universe
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynold
33. Lich King - World Gone Dead
A Storm Of Swords - A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R. R. Martin
34. Manowar - The Triumph Of Steel
Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy In Eight Parts - The Illiad by Homer
35. Manticora - Hyperion
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
36. Mastodon - Leviathan
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
37. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - The Punisher by Marvel; Five Magics - Master Of Five Magics by Lyndon Hardy
38. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
For Whom The Bell Tolls - For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemmingway; Creeping Death - The Bible (Exodus 12:29); Call of Ktulu - The Call Of Cthulu by H.P. Lovecraft
39. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey; The Thing That Should Not Be - Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft
40. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
One - Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
41. Nile - Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka
Title is a reference to the short story "The Outsider" by H.P. Lovecraft
42. Nile - Black Seeds Of Vengeance
The Nameless City Of The Accursed - A short story by H.P. Lovecraft
43. Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked
Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten - Unaussprechlichen Kulten (also known as Nameless Cults or the Black Book) is a sacred text frequently referenced to in the Cthulu Mythos.
44. Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
45. Rob Zombie - The Sinister Urge
Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy) - A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
46. Rush - 2112
2112 - Anthem by Ayn Rand
47. Rush - A Farewell To Kings
Xanadu - Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
48. Rush - Moving Pictures
Tom Sawyer - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; Red Barchetta - A Nice Morning Drive by Richard S. Foster; The Camera Eye - title is a reference to U.S.A. trilogy by John Dos Passos
49. Sabaton - The Art Of War
The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
50. Sepultura - A-Lex
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
51. Sepultura - Dante XXI
The Divine Comedy (Inferno) by Dante
52. Seven Kingdoms - Seven Kingdoms
The album (along with their name) references to A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R. R. Martin
53. Summoning - Stronghold
Rhûn - Rhûn, also known as The East and Eastlands in the Westron tongue, is a large region in the far eastern part of Middle-earth in the Lord Of The Rings saga; Long Lost To Where No Pathway Goes is taken from the Lays Of Beleriand by Christopher Tolken, The Lay of the Children Of Húrin and a Tolkien poem about Saint Brendan of Clonfert's death (who's travels are depicted in The Voyage of Saint Brendan) called Imram; The Glory Disappears - Based on William Wordsworth's poem "Loud is the Vale" & "Lines Left upon a Seat in a Yew-Tree"; Like Some Snow-White Marble Eyes - Some lyrics are derived from a poem by Robert Frost called Stars; Where Hope and Daylight Dies - Based on a Tolkien poem called "I Sit Upon the Stones Alone;" The Rotting Horse on the Deadly Ground - Taken from "the Song of Eriol" from the Book of Lost Tales; The Shadow Lies on the Frozen Hills is lyrically based on two poems found in The Fellowship of the Ring; The Loud Music of the Sky - Taken from an anonymous poem called 'The Fairies' Song'; A Distant Flame Before The Sun the lyrics are taken from the "Song of Eärendil" which was written & performed by Bilbo in Rivendell
54. The Sword - Gods Of The Earth
The Frost-Giant's Daughter - The Frost-Giant's Daughter by Robert E. Howard; To Take The Black - A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R. R. Martin
55. Symphony X - The Odyssey
The Odyssey - The Odyssey by Homer
56. Symphony X - Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost by John Milton
57. Unseen Terror - Human Error
Garfield For Presidents/Odie's Revenge/Garfield Strikes Again - Garfield by Jim Davis
58. White Zombie - La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1
I Am Legend - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson



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scapeplan - 27.05.2013 at 04:43  
Lich King-World Gone Dead-A Storm of Swords-A Song of Ice And Fire
Caladan Brood-Echoes of Battle (entire album)-Malazan Book of the Fallen
Blind Guardian-At The Edge of Time- Ride Into Obsession and Wheel of Time-Wheel of Time, War of the Thrones and A Voice in the Dark-A Song of Ice and Fire
Susan - 27.05.2013 at 05:00  
Quote:

Rush - 2112
2112 - Anthem by Ayn Rand


Dude, I had no idea! Anthem is the only Rand novel I've read; I was 15 and I loved it. Will have to re-listen to some Rush now....
Ozman - 27.05.2013 at 13:04  
Yet fails to mention The Loneliness Of Long Distance Runner by Iron Maiden which is originally a short story by Allan Silletoe
Vombatus - 27.05.2013 at 13:06  
Hammerfall has a few A Song Of Ice And Fire references... as in the songs Take The Black and Dark Wings Dark Words (probably some others too).
Their fifth album's title is a reference to the motto of House Martell.
Lit. - 27.05.2013 at 23:30  
Updated. Thanks for the references, and thank you Marcel for your daily dose of snarkiness.
Keep them coming.

Written by Susan on 27.05.2013 at 05:00

Dude, I had no idea! Anthem is the only Rand novel I've read; I was 15 and I loved it. Will have to re-listen to some Rush now....

That's exactly the kind of response I wanted people to make after looking at this list. So, thanks for that.
It might be based on the philosophy behind the story in the least, but I'm certain there's some influence by Rand in the song.
Susan - 27.05.2013 at 23:51  
Written by Lit. on 27.05.2013 at 23:30

Updated. Thanks for the references, and thank you Marcel for your daily dose of snarkiness.
Keep them coming.



LOL!!!! What would we do without him
Lit. - 27.05.2013 at 23:59  
Written by Susan on 27.05.2013 at 23:51

LOL!!!! What would we do without him

Well, there'd probably be significantly less arguments around here.
psykometal - 28.05.2013 at 02:29  
Lascaille's Shroud is based entirely on the "Revelation Space" book series by Alastair Reynold.

http://lascaillesshroud.bandcamp.com/
psykometal - 28.05.2013 at 02:45  
No Summoning?! They're just as obviously LotR worshippers as Blind Guardian...lol
Zaphod - 30.05.2013 at 21:47  
There are a lot of Blind Guardian ones on the Tales From The Twilight World album that I know of. I know there's more than the ones I'm gonna mention but these I can think of off the top of my head:
Tommyknockers (The Tommyknockers by Stephen King)
Lord Of The Rings (The Lord Of The Rings by Tolkien)
Traveler In Time (Dune by Frank Herbert)

I think pretty much 98% of all Blind Guardian songs were based on some book or story.

EDIT 1:
Written by psykometal on 28.05.2013 at 02:29

Lascaille's Shroud is based entirely on the "Revelation Space" book series by Alastair Reynold.

http://lascaillesshroud.bandcamp.com/

Actually it's his own story, there's just a lot of references to Alastair Reynolds (like the name Lascaille's Shroud) and other science fiction writers.

EDIT 2: "The Thing That Should Not Be" by Metallica was also inspired by "Shadow Over Innsmouth" by H.P. Lovecraft
Rhiannon - 30.05.2013 at 22:30  
Good idea for a list!
I also have a suggestion: Seven Kingdoms
A lot of their songs and even the band's name are based on A Song Of Ice And Fire.
Lit. - 30.05.2013 at 23:27  
...And I thank you both for the suggestions. I'll get on them soon.
LeKiwi - 31.05.2013 at 01:05  
Written by scapeplan on 27.05.2013 at 04:43

Lich King-World Gone Dead-A Storm of Swords-A Song of Ice And Fire
Caladan Brood-Echoes of Battle (entire album)-Malazan Book of the Fallen
Blind Guardian-At The Edge of Time- Ride Into Obsession and Wheel of Time-Wheel of Time, War of the Thrones and A Voice in the Dark-A Song of Ice and Fire


Thumbs up for Malaz; incredible series
psykometal - 31.05.2013 at 06:52  
Written by Zaphod on 30.05.2013 at 21:47

Actually it's his own story, there's just a lot of references to Alastair Reynolds (like the name Lascaille's Shroud) and other science fiction writers.

I never read the books but the info on his Facebook page makes it seem like all of his music is based entirely on that novel series.
mz - 31.05.2013 at 12:52  
Nile song"kafir" from "those whom..." contains a phrase "there is no God but God..." which is the direct transation of one of the most famous phrases of Quran. Also, why not including orphaned land here ?
Zaphod - 31.05.2013 at 12:54  
Written by psykometal on 31.05.2013 at 06:52

I never read the books but the info on his Facebook page makes it seem like all of his music is based entirely on that novel series.

Ah, I don't have Facebook so I wouldn't know that :p
It's just that I read an interview with the guy where he more or less said what I typed before and where he was also asked if he would want to put the story in a novel, to which he replied yes. So it seemed kind of weird to me that it would just be the same story as Revelation Space.
Azarath - 31.05.2013 at 18:43  
I don't want to be "that guy" but the Rush song is "Red Barchetta". Speaking of Rush, they also have a Tolkien-inspired song called "Rivendell" on Fly By Night.

"The Edge of Darkness" by Iron Maiden is based on the film Apocalypse Now, which in turn was an adaptation of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

And since you've done Greek mythology, wouldn't "Flight of Icarus" fit?
Ozman - 31.05.2013 at 19:41  
Written by Azarath on 31.05.2013 at 18:43


And since you've done Greek mythology, wouldn't "Flight of Icarus" fit?


I was thinking the same thing but didn't want to be "that guy" a.k.a. My Usual Self
qlacs - 31.05.2013 at 20:00  
Comes to my mind
Manticora: Hyperion album - Dan Simmons: Hyperion
M C Vice - 01.06.2013 at 05:28  
King Diamond's The Eye is based on events around the French Inquisition. (all but tracks 1, 4 and 11)
More details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louviers_possessions for tracks 5-10
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chambre_Ardente and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Nicolas_de_la_Reynie for tracks 2 and 3
Azarath - 01.06.2013 at 20:15  
Written by Ozman on 31.05.2013 at 19:41

I was thinking the same thing but didn't want to be "that guy" a.k.a. My Usual Self

I'm sure resisting that impulse was a major struggle.
Lit. - 15.06.2013 at 06:39  
Man, I forgot I even made this list.
Concerning Greek mythology, most of it has been oral throughout history and has no definite text to pinpoint it from, or at least comes from a variety of texts, most unnamed and far too many to list. I could be wrong, but until then, Greek (or any mythology with similar instances) mythology remains out.

Written by M C Vice on 01.06.2013 at 05:28

King Diamond's The Eye is based on events around the French Inquisition. (all but tracks 1, 4 and 11)
More details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louviers_possessions for tracks 5-10
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chambre_Ardente and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Nicolas_de_la_Reynie for tracks 2 and 3

I'm having trouble finding out how this relates to literature.
M C Vice - 15.06.2013 at 12:08  
Written by Lit. on 15.06.2013 at 06:39

Man, I forgot I even made this list.
Concerning Greek mythology, most of it has been oral throughout history and has no definite text to pinpoint it from, or at least comes from a variety of texts, most unnamed and far too many to list. I could be wrong, but until then, Greek (or any mythology with similar instances) mythology remains out.

Written by M C Vice on 01.06.2013 at 05:28

King Diamond's The Eye is based on events around the French Inquisition. (all but tracks 1, 4 and 11)
More details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louviers_possessions for tracks 5-10
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chambre_Ardente and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Nicolas_de_la_Reynie for tracks 2 and 3

I'm having trouble finding out how this relates to literature.

I thought you were including historical stuff here. Sorry.
Monolithic - 18.09.2013 at 09:10  
I really like the idea here. A great reference for anyone who's interested in where the backstory comes from in each and every album you've mentioned. so +1
Doc Godin - 03.09.2014 at 13:30  
Very cool list. Though, I think you could probably make an entire list of just Tolkein-related songs/albums. Hell, isn't pretty much every Battlelore song about Lord Of The Rings?
Darkside Momo - 03.09.2014 at 14:10  
Written by Doc Godin on 03.09.2014 at 13:30

Very cool list. Though, I think you could probably make an entire list of just Tolkein-related songs/albums. Hell, isn't pretty much every Battlelore song about Lord Of The Rings?

indeed - and the same applies to Summoning as well
Lit. - 03.09.2014 at 17:11  
Kinda why I gave up on this list. There's a lot more than I initially anticipated.
Troy Killjoy - 05.09.2014 at 05:33  
You have all these potentially grandiose lists that end up overwhelming you before you can complete them.

Just goes to show how metal has expanded over the years.

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