One thing about heavy metal is that, at times, it can tend to take itself too seriously. There’s an extremely fine line between seriousness and self-parody. Manowar, for instance, has made a career out of toeing that line. This is why we need bands like (for example) Carpathian Forest, in the black metal milieu, to poke fun at the tropes of metal from within and remind us that despite the skulls, corpse paint, flaming churches and epic dragon hymns, it’s not all deadly serious.

That’s why for today I chose this whimsical but very catchy song by Ghoul, called “Ghoul Hunter.” It’s from their 2003 album Maniaxe and it always gives me a grin. Ghoul is pretty much a joke band, a side project of a number of metal musicians who generally conceal their identities, though it’s known that Sean McGrath, vocalist of Impaled, is one of them. I like that this is a ballad, not in the sense of a slow or less-heavy song, but a song that tells a specific story. The banter between the vocalist and the chorus is amusing.

Not much else to say about this except enjoy, and have a great weekend and Shabbat Shalom! \m/