Featured New Release: The Armageddon Chord by Jeremy Wagner


If you follow Rocks ‘n’ Reads, my spot for posting book reviews, you’ve seen my thoughts on Jeremy Wagner’s debut novel, The Armageddon Chord, which is the newest West of Mars Recommended Read.

Jeremy was kind enough to stop in and talk music as part of the ongoing Featured New Release spot here at The Meet and Greet at West of Mars. It wasn’t hard to get him to cough up a song that makes him think of his book. Heck, he’s a musician, after all. He could probably write a song that best embodies the book.

Our conversation went something like this:

me: Jeremy, what song makes you think of your book?

Jeremy Wagner: “The Armageddon Chord song, of course! Written by LUPARA. And all of you West of Mars followers/readers can hear it here.

This is not the cop-out it first seems. Click on through and listen. Okay, maybe it’s not as evil as the book made it out to be. In fact, it’s the sort of death metal I like: full of really good instrumentation and lacking those stupid-assed death metal lyrics delivered in a voice that makes Cookie Monster look like he’s singing soprano.

Dude. I can listen to THIS all day long.

Which, maybe, defeats the purpose of the concept of the song. I mean, hello? The song is supposed to be evil, so evil it melts amps and destroys favorite guitars and unleashes Satan onto the Earth. This is brutal, sure, but evil?

Nah. It’s too good to be bad. Or so bad it’s good. Either way, it’s NOT evil. Thankfully. I’d hate for life to imitate art, at least where The Armageddon Chord is concerned.

Go pick up the book. Here’s the link to Powells, since you all know I like them best of all the online bookstores.


1 Comment

  1. Alice Audrey

    September 8, 2011 10:54 am

    So is the book apocalyptic fiction? I’m all for that. The song may not be evil, but it’s wicked.

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