What’s playing in Jay’s iPod?

In an effort to fend off Google, I’ll not quote any of the lyrics this time around, but rather provide a few elusive clues. Here we go.

1) the album is named after a piece of music originally written for a play in the 1800’s

2) the band does a guitar-centric rendition of the the aforementioned piece of music as an introduction to a song the is loosely based on the play

3) On subsequent albums, the band added a lot of piano to their metal sound creating this bizarre, but strangely interesting, rock opera sound

4) Oddly enough, most people are familiar with the band, but don’t know it

Okay, any guesses?

Updated 12/4/2005
Better add some more clues.

5) The bands 10th album (which also happens to be in my iPod) is a story set during the Balkan wars of the early 1990’s

6) The band’s name appears to be an early 80’s attempt to mash together two “dangerous” sounding words

7) Okay, let’s expand Clue #4. The band has an alter-ego, another band that focuses on Christmas music.


  1. The Clueless Blonde Wonder
    Dec 3, 2005

    I haven’t even an inkling!

  2. COD
    Dec 3, 2005

    I have a feeling I should know – but nothing is coming to me.

  3. co-blogger
    Dec 3, 2005

    i haven’t a clue either, but congrats on the now 3 comments you’ve received!! :)

  4. Stephanie
    Dec 5, 2005

    Manheim Steamroller???

  5. Mom/Ruth
    Dec 5, 2005

    I know the band and the album for clue #5. Does that count?

  6. Jay
    Dec 5, 2005

    It counts. Let’s hear it.

  7. Mom/Ruth
    Dec 5, 2005

    Band is Savatage; 10th album is “Dead Winter Dead”; Christmas counterpart is Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

  8. Jay
    Dec 5, 2005

    Excellent! Right on all 3 points. And from clues #1 and #2, the name of the album is… ?

  9. Mom/Ruth
    Dec 5, 2005

    I just want to be nice and let someone else share the glory!

  10. Mom/Ruth
    Dec 5, 2005

    On the other hand, I’m guessing “Hall of the Mountain King.” What’s the verdict?

  11. Jay
    Dec 5, 2005

    That makes Mom the big winner!!! In the Hall of the Mountain King by Savatage is the correct answer. Congratulations!

  12. Mom/Ruth
    Dec 5, 2005

    Hmmm… And just what did I win?