Music to Write Realmgard to: Tres Brujas

“Three witches you shall meet
Along the road to your fate:
The first at twilight, the second at night,
And the third at the coming of day.”

Trying out something new here and starting to post some of the music I listen to while I’m writing and then giving a quick write-up about the song and the performer.

And, once I’ve got a few of these together, I’ll try to get an actual playlist together, just as soon as I actually figure out how to do that…

In keeping with my recent theme of being Halloween-centric, here’s a song about witches — though, admittedly, it’s less like scary Halloween witches and more like Fantasy novel, quest-giver witches.

“Three witches you shall meet
Along the road to your fate:
The first at twilight, the second at night,
And the third at the coming of day.”

The Sword is — or, more accurately as of a few days ago, was — a metal band from Texas who were consistently well-received by critics but never a commercial powerhouse, though all but one of their albums did manage to chart on the Billboard 200.

I think my quick pitch for their music would be “Conan stories set to music — in some cases literally; a few of their songs are directly based on Conan stories, along with other Fantasy series.

Today’s chosen song, Tres Brujas (Spanish for, as you may glean from the lyrics, “three witches) is from their 2010 concept album Warp Riders.

In brief, it’s a Science Fantasy about a planet tidally-locked to its three suns so that one side is always day and one side is always night.

And unto this (see what I did there?), an archer named Ereth who finds a magic orb, travels across the planet and into space and ends up fighting some sort of evil space god. Admittedly, it’s not entirely clear and The Sword clearly focused more on making good music than laying out the story in clear, concise prose.

Also, most of the supplementary material is apparently in the liner notes of the physical album, and I’ve only ever streamed it…

Tres Brujas is both the album’s lead single and the story’s opening, telling of Ereth’s discovery of the the aforementioned orb, vision quest, and subsequent need to find the three witches mentioned in the title.

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