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Ancient Lies And Battle Cries

by Countess

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Battle Sky 10:18
Swords are silent, the battle has been fought The wind still is raging, but arrows no longer fly Corpses cover the field, so many warriors fell Ghastly goddesses now descend from the sky Across the clouds valkyries ride Mounted on wolves, in the sky Choosing the slain, fallen heroes To carry them to the hall up high Shield maidens weave the web of war Ordaining the clash of sword and spear Corpses of kings, bodies of champions The horn of war they all did hear The goddesses bear the brave dead From the fields of blood and woe Their bravery will now be rewarded To the most splendid hall they do go (bridge) Above the field the valkyries fly Riding high ‘Neath the fallen heroes lie Riding high Above the field the valkyries fly Riding high ‘Neath the chosen warriors lie Riding through the Battle sky Across the clouds valkyries ride Armed with spears and shields of gold Through strong winds and magic mist A magnificent sight to behold Blood of the slain has reddened the field So many brave warriors fell on this day When arrows flew and swords did clash And now the valkyries carry them away Gruesome beings yet ghostly beautiful They fly from the field into the battle sky The warriors slain will feast in Odin’s hall Across the rainbow bridge way up high (bridge) Battle Sky
The gods of old where have they gone Since our folk their worship forsook Their temples and statues destroyed Their wisdom replaced by lies of the book No longer did the gods their wisdom provide They may be sleeping they cannot have died (chorus) Hear the call of the ancient pantheon Listen to the cry of the gods of yore From the past their voices sound Calling for a holy war Have the gods moved on beyond the stars Are they hiding in some desolate abode? Did they leave us when we abandoned them? To fend for ourselves on a desolate road No longer their blessing do we receive Yet I do not believe they did forever leave (chorus) Hear the cry of the gods of times past Listen to their call for a holy war We shall fight for their return Let the holy fire burn The gods of old shall return to their kin When again to the true gods shall we pray Their temples and statues are resurrected Never again their folk to be led astray For the pantheon of old we fight a holy war To restore our gods and revive ancient lore (chorus)
We raise our horns to our gods In the storm eight hooves we hear Time has come for our foes to fear Runes are cast and steel is forged Sigils of might woven into our steel Before our gods the enemy shall kneel By the hammer of the thunder god By the sacred blood in our veins By the wisdom of the High One By the iron will to break our chains Holy fire shall consume the lies Hear our ancient battle cries For our gods we fight and bleed We shall crush Abraham's creed For ages our faith was oppressed Yet always the runes did remain And now shall end Jehovah's reign United behind the banner of the gods Our hearts ablaze with pagan pride Through fire and blood we shall ride By the hammer of the thunder god By the sacred blood in our veins By the wisdom of the High One By the iron will to break our chains The mighty hammer cracks the sky Beneath our blades our enemies die Victory shall be ours this day For glory to our gods we pray Today we answer All-Father’s call His One Eye in the sky does glow Today blood will flow in the snow Wolves are howling the holy names Our divine steel our enemies' fate They shall bow to our gods so great By the hammer of the thunder god By the sacred blood in our veins By the wisdom of the High One By the iron will to break our chains Down upon us two ravens look As we slay the minions of the book Our temples we shall raise once more For the glory of the gods of yore
Bells are tolling when the past is calling The dead shall rise on this dark winter night Spells are broken when the runes are spoken Those once forgotten now return to fight (chorus) Through thunder, mist, wind and rain The dead return to fight again Resurrected to be the vile foe's bane This is the vengeance of the slain The hammer cracks and the thunder rolls Slaves of the cross are trembling in fear Once dead warriors ride forth from beyond After centuries of woe retribution is here (chorus) Again the warriors heed the wanderer's call The betrayal of kings to be avenged by steel Finally revenge to be exacted on the enemy Nevermore our folk to a false god shall kneel (chorus)
Upon the windswept tree hung He Nine nights and nine whole days To Himself given by His spear Down infinite depths did he gaze Upon the tree with roots unknown Knowledge of the runes did He learn Screaming loud He seized the staves And from the depths did return Beneath the eye of wisdom The might of the runes strengthens our souls Beneath the eye of wisdom All-Father's knowledge guides us to our goals Beneath one of the great tree’s roots To wisdom's well He made His way For a draught from the sacred source With one of His eyes he had to pay He drank much knowledge from the well Into the hallowed water sunk His eye Still way up high His one eye glows And looks upon us from the sky Beneath the eye of wisdom We shall return to the glorious ways of yore Beneath the eye of wisdom Ancient powers awake when we wage a holy war Beneath the eye of wisdom Age-old words of great power are spoken out loud Beneath the eye of wisdom Behind the banner of the gods we ride strong and proud
They are not omnipotent, they are not infallible Yet they are immortal They are not unchangeable, they are not judgemental They are the gods Many gods there are, in infinite diversity In countless realities My life they guide, my heart they sustain My soul they illuminate Glory to the gods Gods of war, they bless our steel They give us battle Gods of lust, they bless our loins They give us desire Gods of art, they bless our minds They give us inspiration Gods of death, they bless our passing They give us life Glory to the gods The gods are us as we are them And all is one in the end As we evolve, so do the gods And together we grow Beyond morality, beyond rigidity The truth we will find And on our quest, our relentless pursuit The gods are with us Glory to the gods
Heavy metal was forged by the gods With hammer and anvil and fire and ice Pure and majestic, a glorious sound It shook the earth and cracked the skies They saw that it was good They saw that it was right By the hammer and by blood We worship the gods of metal tonight Heavy metal was forged by the gods In the holy forge of celestial steel Nothing can oppose its might Before the metal altar all shall kneel They made it loud and fierce They made it strong and proud By the hammer and by blood The war cry of heavy metal we shout (chorus) Pray for the cult Recite the metal creed Pray for the cult The oath of steel is all we need I swear allegiance to true metal To fight the false with the power of steel Forever true to the gods of metal To no man shall ever I kneel Heavy metal was forged by the gods Through holy magic by sacred seal Onto us the torch of metal they passed Ghosts of leather soldiers of steel They gave us the might of metal They gave us the power and pride By the hammer and by blood For the glory of the cult we ride (chorus)
Beneath the blazing desert sun A powerful king lost his mind Betrayed his kindred's ancient gods Unleashed a curse upon mankind The gods and goddesses forsaken Shrines destroyed, temples defaced On the mad pharaoh's road to ruin Statues of the gods laid to waste One creed, one god, one lie Prophets of the curse we shall defy The first of many prophets false Creator of the one god curse From history he was eradicated Destroyed was his faith perverse Yet the seed of the lie was sown The curse to haunt mankind for ages From the east spread over the earth Cataclysm staining history's pages One creed, one god, one lie False prophets face our battle cry Almost forgotten the gods of mankind We shall revel in their divine return The one god lie shall forever perish Soon all the houses of Aten shall burn One creed, one god, one lie Annihilation of the curse is nigh The curse shall fall
Skies darken above the throne Fires of rebellion burn in the night Behind his walls the monarch trembles Shining steel to crush 'divine right' Thunder roars and lightning strikes Freedom calls the king must die His banners to burn before the morn In a blazing storm revenge is nigh (chorus) The castle walls are coming down The king today will lose his crown With spite his illicit rule we spurn On this night the throne we burn The last of a long line of usurpers Finally shall meet with his just fate The castle soon reduced to rubble When legions of steel storm the gate The monarch's reign now ends in blood His birthright void, his minions slain The castle burns, the crown is crushed Our swords the royal bloodline's bane (chorus)
Relate to me tales of ages past Show me the future long gone by Speak to me of history yet to be Show me the past you did foresee Show me the past, the ways of old Show me the shining walls of gold Show me the glory of days gone by Show me the gods beneath the sky Show me the sacred bloodied rites Show me the holy burning nights Show me the king, sword and shrine Show me the hallowed cycle of nine A journey through the veils of time In magic mist ancient bells chime Winds of destiny, clouds of fate Drifting through an ethereal gate Awakening amidst a storm of woe Walking fields of bloodied snow Amongst my kin who came before Standing tall at the dawn of war From far we journey to the shrine The ravens' flight a divine sign Ten thousand warriors side by side With my forebears proudly I stride Gathered 'neath the sacred northern sky Winter shall yield spring is nigh Torches blaze, sacrificial blood flows Through the trees the wild wind blows Songs are sung and prayers are said To our gods so great loyalty is pled Our glorious ancestors we praise Yet soon shall perish our olden ways From the south the shadow draws near The ways of Rome shall soon be here The age of the cross is upon our land No matter how brave and strong we stand Houses of the foreign god shall rise To befoul our once proud pagan skies The disgrace of baptism upon our kin The chains of the lie, of guilt and sin Yet not all is lost in veils of time When history fades to myth and rhyme Only the temple's ashes may remain Gods of the blood can never be slain I see the future, the ways of old I see the shining walls of gold I see the glory of days to be I see the past you did foresee What once was, shall be once more A golden dawn for the gods of yore


released April 9, 2014


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