The Metal Shakespeare Company

The Metal Shakespeare Company


A power metal band that performs scenes from Shakespeare plays in full costume. Picture Iron Maiden performing Macbeth in tights.


Really, power metal and Shakespeare are pretty similar when you think about it. They're both bombastic and concerned with honor and glory. They're both simultaneously manly and a bit fruity. But it wasn't until 2006 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, that a group of bookworms who could shred decided to combine them by literally adopting the bard's texts as metal lyrics.

A Metal Shakespeare Company show is about 70% metal and 30% theater. In addition to guitar harmonies, there are duels. With swords. Audience participation has included public readings of the bard and public executions.

MSC is a versatile band that has performed with like-minded theme metal acts like Thor, Zolar X, Doro, Mini Kiss and Stovokor as well as rock n' roll bands like Dead Moon and the Hunches. But colleges and Shakespeare festivals are the band's most successful market. They performed at the nationally renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival last year.


Self-titled full length CD on CleanBox Entertainment. The single "Hamlet III.i: To Bleed or Not to Bleed" receives some college radio play in Oregon and California.

Set List

Most MSC songs are a single scene. They range from epic metal to really epic metal and last 4-7 minutes. Sets can be as short as 30 minutes or as long as 75. Covers can include: Iron Maiden's "The Trooper," Dio's "Holy Diver," Europe's "Final Countdown," and Manowar's "Pleasure Slave."