This epic 14-minute mostly (but not totally) instrumental slab of melodic death metal may seem like an odd choice, but it’s a very special song to me. This is my “Wacken traveling song.” Way back in one of my early trips to the Wacken Open Air festival, maybe 2001 or 2002, I listened to this album, and especially this song–on a Sony CD Discman, no less!–over and over again on both transatlantic flights to and from Europe. Imagine the red-line-crossing-the-map traveling sequences from the Indiana Jones movies, with this song on the soundtrack instead, and that’s what traveling to Wacken is like.

I’m shocked that this band, Dispatched, didn’t have a bigger career than they had. They were a melodic death outfit founded in Sweden in 1991, and spent much of the early part of that decade in the demo/home-produced EP stage, until their first full-length album came out in 1994. They did not come to my attention until the year 2000 when I heard their massively awesome album Motherwar, from which this song comes. For the zine I was writing for at the time, I chose Motherwar was my favorite album of 2000. After another album (which wasn’t as good) they went on hiatus. Too bad, they had some great potential. I would have loved to have seen them at Wacken, but alas, it wasn’t in the cards.

Although it’s a long haul, listen to the whole song. It’s pretty cool.

This is my last “Metal for Friday” post for at least 2 weeks. Shabbat Shalom, have a great Friday and great weekend! \m/