Heavy metal and Games Workshop’s masterpiece Warhammer 40,000 go together like cookies and milk. The grim darkness, the epic fantasy battles, destruction on a galactic level mixed together with loud solo riffs, the thunderous vibrations of the bass guitar and the absolutely violent beating of the drums – you just can’t go wrong with that combination. It’s actually baffling why metal artists aren’t taking advantage of the vast plateau of inspiration laid before them.
But not all of them are missing out on the opportunity. Recently, Lorcan Ward, an up-and-coming musician with a passion for Warhammer 40,000 has been singing praises to the Imperium of Man – more specifically Cadia and its Guardsman, and most recently – the mighty Space Wolves chapter.
Not two weeks ago, Ward released “Unbreakable” on his YouTube channel – a “propaganda song” as he calls it, that is sure to boost the morale of any Imperial Guardsman. It’s highly inspirational and uplifting, very fitting for the unbreakable Cadian line. The song was an immediate success, sending shockwaves through the Warp, and seeing his subscriber count immediately rising.
Heroically Inspirational, Brutally Heavy – The Sky’s the Limit
Fortunately, he didn’t stop there. His latest single “The Wolves of Fenris” is a Viking metal song inspired by the infamous Fenrisian Space Marine legion. The song was extremely well received and is getting more and more popular by the minute. While “Unbreakable” was inspirational in nature, “The Wolves of Fenris” is far more brutal and unforgiving.
And rightfully so, as the song takes jabs at the Thousand Sons traitor legion, with the video featuring a graphic of the burning of Prospero. The lyrics further collaborate this with the line “… when the pack has descended your world will know fire…” Any Space Wolves fan is sure to love the tune, but it’s not just for them – every metal fan will have a blast listening to it.
Lorcan Ward joins the ranks of other esteemed musicians like Bolt Thrower, D-Rok, Debauchery, Evertale and others. Hopefully, he will continue his work in the future, so we can all enjoy some Warhammer 40,000 bangers. On a rather personal note – mayhaps he can take inspiration from the forces of Chaos – the Dark Gods know they have ample material for some metal tracks. Or perhaps there will be some “Necron metal” songs in the future? Who knows – the sky’s the limit!