The wonderful world of ironic metal covers typically thrives on the edges of social media and live performances, where fans are free to pay tribute to -- or parody -- popular song with the power of C tuning, blast beats and seven layers of screaming without upsetting corporate copyright holders. Once in awhile, though, an ambitious project will clear licensors with the power of an undead viking army. Coroner Records' freshly released "Princess Ghibli" is the latest (and possibly the greatest) such triumph for the niche, compiling metal covers culled from Studio Ghibli's most beloved animated features. Check out a preview after the jump.Named "Imaginary Flying Machines" after a Ghibli Museum-exclusive short film, the project assembles Japanese and European metal outfits Disarmonia Mundi, Blood Stain Child, Destrage, Living Corpse and Neroargento for 12 heavy tracks as produced by Ettore Rigotti and mastered by Alessandro Vanara. All you really need to know is that you're going to hear beautiful tunes from your childhood layered with all the melodic goodness contemporary metalcore has to offer. In essence, it's really just what a hardcore Ghibli fan sounds like when they're explaining Castle in the Sky, Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro or any of the studio's other classics to the uninitiated.

The full album is currently available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon and elsewhere if you'd like to drop $8-10ish for the entire thing. ComicsAlliance claims no responsibility for the impromptu circle pit that may erupt in your cubicle/car/living room if you do take the plunge, though.

See the trailer for the "Princess Ghibli" compilation below:

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