Track Premiere: Iron Void – ‘Lancelot of the Lake’

It’s been a few years since I took a history class, but I think it’s safe to say that Iron Void (originally formed in the late ’90s and reactivated in 2008) are enamored by the history and mythology of legendary British leader King Arthur. It’s a perfectly logical line of thought, given that the English heavy metal/trad doom defenders titled their latest album Excalibur, with song titles like “Lancelot of the Lake,” “The Grail Quest” and “The Death of Arthur.” You can hear a few of those songs on their Bandcamp already, and Decibel has the scoop on “Lancelot of the Lake” today.

Iron Void lead with a galloping riff that lends the mental picture of knights on horseback, triumphantly riding into battle against the Saxons, and singer Steve Wilson’s clear voice weaves tales of pulling Excalibur from the stone over the doomy riffs that follow. The heavy metal historians tell the stories well, skirting “cheesy” and landing in “epic.” Hear it for yourself below:

Want more Iron Void? Pre-order Excalibur from Shadow Kingdom.