After deep discussion with our keyboard player/chief dreamweaver, I have concluded that our EPIC power-metal band will be named The Desolation of Smaug. Music journalists attempting to refer to us as merely "Desolation of Smaug" will not be acknowledged; the "The" is a vital part of our band identity. Definite articles are more EPIC.
The advantage of this name, beyond the fact it is unquestionably EPIC beyond measure, is that "desolation" is a word that brings to mind a great deal of whining and unhealthy introspection, which means my plan to form the world's first power-metal-emocore fusion unit can proceed apace.
If anyone has a problem with my unilateral naming strategy, they are free to quit the band at any time. Splitting over creative differences before the first album is recorded, or indeed the first rehearsal has occurred, or been arranged, or even contemplated, is highly EPIC.