New York Magazine:

Before most of us had ever heard of the Starks, the Targaryens, direwolves, or anything else from HBO’s hit adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, the Sword was obsessed. In the last five years, the Austin stoner-metal act has birthed practically a whole subgenre of bands inspired by their mix of thundering percussion, blazing speed-metal guitars, and an approachable, cerebral vibe. They’ve also, in that time, drank from the same fantasy well as the Thrones universe; “Wolves and ravens, winter and doom,” as front man J.D. Cronise put it. Sensibly, when they encountered Martin’s books, they were hooked — so much so, they eventually wrote a song, “To Take the Black,” (from 2008’s excellent Gods of the Earth) about the Night’s Watch, a downtrodden misfit army that defends against evil in Westeros. “They were speaking my language,” Cronise explains. This makes J.D. the ideal expert to ask about HBO’s adaptation. So, did the show get it right? Where did it screw up? And, most important, which Game of Thrones characters are the most metal?

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