TURNED TO STONE Chapter 2: Masamune & Muramasa

by Howling Giant / Sergeant Thunderhoof

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MetalManiac333
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MetalManiac333 Both bands are absolutely amazing! This truly is a timeless masterpiece! Much ❤ for this release and all those involved! It's tough to pick a fave, I've listened to this at the very least 30 times, no doubt, and I'm still torn between these two. Sergeant Thunderhoof only has a slight advantage because I've been a fan of theirs slightly longer. Honestly both bands are incredibly talented and I cannot give enough praise to this split, my favorite split I've ever heard ever! A must have, period. Favorite track: Muramasa.
Ghigigi
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Ghigigi Masamune & Muramasa is one of the most cohesive split records I’ve ever heard. “Masamune”, Howling Giant’s contribution, is the unquestionably proggier and stronger of the two 20-minute suites. "Muramasa” leans more on stoner metal and heavy psych, rather than prog, but it’s a strong complement to the first song.

Full review here: theeliteextremophile.com/2020/09/14/odds-ends-september-14-2020/ Favorite track: Masamune.
Milo Bloom
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Milo Bloom Both tracks are outstanding, both bands are only getting better. Favorite track: Muramasa.
Crinklechips
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Crinklechips Its Sergeant Thunderhoof. I trust them to deliver the goods these days so I bought it after only a cursory listen.

This is epic, heavy as sin and... long!

The vocal delivery is the strongest yet.

Essential listening. One of this years best for me!
rattleheaduk
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rattleheaduk Yeah, I'm biased as I'm already a big fan of Thunderhoof. But even so, this is an absolutely outstanding piece of work, fully deserving of the rave reviews it has been getting. Both tracks are stunning in fairness, hope we get to see them live as soon as possible. Favorite track: Muramasa.
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Muramasa 21:13
The mountain stands alone upon a blade of fire before the sun Drawn towards a point of light, all of my cold rage entwined And you will come to know me With every sin you crawl, with each passing breath Taste the crimson drops upon this blade And you will come to know me The line between the friend and foe cannot be seen until you fall The blind can see the bison knows, you bend the truth to suit your stall And you will come to know me Lord cast your eyes on me, you know this to be false I’ll slice the ocean whole, give me everything, yeah, oh yeah You will come to know You will come to know And you will come to know me When the body fails, God will gather me When the mind dissolves, God will inspire me When the rivers dry, God will forgive me When the heavens glow, God will provide me, oh yeah Bring me the earth, the rivers and the moon Heaven and hell, I’ll strike them all in two Eternal, when the sky comes down Eternal, come back stronger Deliver me from ego, lust and power of sight The curtain lies open, and only God remains When the body fails, God will gather me When the mind dissolves, God will inspire me When the rivers dry, God will forgive me When the heavens glow, God will provide me The water burns, the tide awake The crashing of the waves again Diamond fire upon the edge The mountain grows again and again A songbird crashes from the sky An endless sleep, behind your mind My master shades his eyes A love so true, to meet my own I placed in you, my soul Before I’m through, the mountain calls My plea to you, my all The songbird dies in my arms What have I done? I’ve seen the edge, so raise your hands I’ve seen the edge, so raise your hands Power flow from me to you Power flow from me to you And I will lead you all to the brink of time A love so true for you Lord cast your eyes on me, you know this to be false I’ll slice the ocean whole, give me everything, yeah, oh yeah

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Chapter two of Ripple's new Turned to Stone series presents the story of two legendary Japanese sword smiths, Muramasa and Masamune, as told in interconnected musical movements by spacefaring psych-metal warriors Howling Giant and their equally cosmic riff-wielding British contemporaries Sergeant Thunderhoof.

In the two pieces, Muramasa and Masamune have a contest to determine whose sword smithery is superior, each crafting a blade of masterful quality and facing off by the edge of the river.

Instead of the typical approach with two bands contributing stand-alone sides of a record, Howling Giant and Sergeant Thunderhoof wanted to write an album that was thematically cohesive. Each side features a 20-minute song assembled via sharing of melodic ideas between the two bands during the writing process, and telling the story from the perspective of one of the sword smiths.

The result is a single piece of ambitious songcraft created by two riff-prog legends leaving another impressive mark on the heavy rock landscape.

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released August 7, 2020

Artwork by Sara-Jane Swettenham

Released by Ripple Music

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