Dan Johansen | The Tablets Of Gilgamesh

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The Tablets Of Gilgamesh

by Dan Johansen

Bringing story-telling in music to a new level, the ancient aura of Gilgamesh is brought to life in a modern adaption using the art of Progressive Metal with Symphonic Elements and Emotional Piano. You are in for a memorable and emotional journey...
Genre: Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Great Flood
4:27 $0.99
2. Gilgamesh the Demi God
6:31 $0.99
3. Enkidu's Bold Challenge
5:52 $0.99
4. Journey to Cedar Woods
6:04 $0.99
5. Plague of the Bull
5:09 $0.99
6. Revenge of the Gods
5:33 $0.99
7. Quest for Immortality Pt.1
5:19 $0.99
8. Quest for Immortality Pt.2
5:43 $0.99
9. Quest for Immortality Pt.3
6:24 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Tablets Of Gilgamesh is an album that I was inspired to make after reading the Epic Of Gilgamesh online. I honestly didn't know of its existence until I unintentionally found it on a website describing all the 11 true tablets. The 12th tablet was a blur and didn't seem very believable so I dropped that one.

I read and studied it carefully and was truly fascinated by the story, the fact that it was the very inspiration source for such stories are Homers Odyssey... I felt like it was the father of early literature work, so I HAD to throw myself at it. After choosing how I would explain the emotion and story of each tablet, I noticed that certain story points were a bit one dimensional for music composing, so I decided that some tracks should cover several tablets for best experience of the story.

Hmm... as for style... I love progressive metal and I love symphonic music. I believe symphonic music is the absolute best way to tell a story with music for old time movies, but the tension and diversity of metal adds a certain massive edge to it all. So I mixed the two, and I think it worked out pretty good! I wanted the cinematic imagination of the story to come forth with the symphonic part, and the vicious imagination to come with the heavy metal part... What better way to describe danger than to kick drum your way with a solid energetic flow of sustain.

The Great Flood, the first track, the opening track... I choose this one to open because the story about the Great Flood happened BEFORE the tablets... pretty self explanatory really. There are a lot of returning themes throughout the album, if you listen carefully, I am sure you can find all of them, they really make a stronger unity in the story.

As for the recording process... it's too realistic to be fun, so have fun listening! Thanks for reading :)



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Ethan Moses

Doing chores will never be the same
Dan's music is like a smoothie made with the battle cries of vikings. Spectacular stuff, especially if you're the type that enjoys anything that could be considered "epic".


Amazing... I am speechless
When I saw this album here on CDbaby, I first thought, cool artistic cover.. but it's probably brute commercial metal I am used to hearing. Then I gave the previews a few listens, and it was the opposite of what I expected.
You'll find melodies covering the entire journey of this album, well crafted and very memorably music that is rare to find in this day and age. All instrumental too, I was starting to think instrumental albums were dead, but oh boy was I wrong.

Amazing music, KUDOS to you and hope you continue making great music.
10/10 First time I've given this score to an indie artist.