Into Demise and Victory

by Epiclore

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released August 26, 2005

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Epiclore Joensuu, Finland

Olli Hurskainen
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Ercci Pietilä
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Petri Pulli
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Panu Hurskainen
drums

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Track Name: They War the Fallen Lords
On the moors a new day has come
Marching forward - the Legion as one
Fighting for this great land with our toil
until the last of us sleep in the soil

Are we doomed to live...
(and Darkness reign)
or will we die defending the Light?
(and follow the freedom call)

Baptized in fire, blood and gore
heroes are born to fight and fall
Brought up by mourning souls who've
lost their loved ones to the war
Father and son, king and pawn
Each will succumb before the dawn
But until the curtain falls...
by God, They War the Fallen Lords

Long ago, a legend was born
into darkness, a world raped and torn
by the creatures that reigned in his age
He'd prevail in the war he would wage

And his deeds redeemed
(our barren land)
Then he died or vanished away
(soon to return again)

I recall the hero of the world
breaking the creatures' reign
...now I watch him lead the fallen lords
and destruction veils our kind again

Baptized in fire, blood and gore
heroes are born to fight and fall
Brought up by mourning souls who've
lost their loved ones to the war
Father and son, king and pawn
Each will succumb before the dawn
But until the curtain falls...
by God, They War the Fallen Lords

Are all our tries a real chance
to redeem this godforsaken land?
Are all our dreams mere reverie?

Baptized in fire, blood and gore
...lost to the war

Baptized in fire, blood and gore
heroes are born to fight and fall
Brought up by mourning souls who've
lost their loved ones to the war
Father and son, king and pawn
Each will succumb before the dawn
But until the curtain falls...
by God, They War the Fallen Lords
Track Name: Cycle of Light and Shadow
I lie awake and gaze at the starlit sky
All the grief and sorrow fade away for just a sigh
As the heroes of our time roam through their painful lives
I can see the fire burning in their eyes:

They believe there'll be a time when
all the pain has gone away
It makes me think it's after all worth fighting for
But when the children of tomorrow
turn the page back to this day
What will they learn of you and me?

Maybe they know our eyes are mirrors of the truth
and thus reflect the pain we fear and the heroes we revere
But when the shadow reaches out upon our youth
We can feel no fear nor pain
The eternal Cycle reigns over all

Though I hope our mission brings new peace upon the land
I'm afraid the cycle of the time keeps going on
And if so, this tyrant's falling down by my own hand
But one day I would become another one...

And the shadow fades away as light prevails the dawning day
only to succumb to darkness once again
I hear men who passed away chanting in the wind...
they say: "This is your War, you are the future king"

Maybe they know our eyes are mirrors of the truth
and thus reflect the pain we fear and the heroes we revere
But when the shadow reaches out upon our youth
We can feel no fear nor pain
The eternal Cycle reigns over all

Those who've paid the price and crossed the line
must now understand and see the greater span
I know everyone can see the sign
and I feel I'm part of something great... divine...
When I die our fates will intertwine

Maybe they know our eyes are mirrors of the truth
and thus reflect the pain we fear and the heroes we revere
But when the shadow reaches out upon our youth
We can feel no fear nor pain (but) the eternal Cycle reign...

Time goes by, chains around its flow
One last time we strike and cities fall
In ruins they lie but little do we know
that one day someone rebuilds the walls

All our lives are one stage in time
and now our time's begun
Grieving those who fell,
we live this time
until we say farewell
Track Name: Expedition (Into Demise and Victory)
PART I: Prologue

Legion sleep, the night has fallen
Every day it seems all hope will fade
Dreams are torn and hearts are broken
I live these lines and write them day by day

And I hope one day we'll find a sign of peace
and free our minds from the War
and leave all pain behind

Too many promises we've heard along the way...
But for the hope that remains, we carry on
and await the day the shadow disappears
On that day the Lords will fall


PART II: Theme of the Legion
(instrumental)


PART III: Through the Province

The last free town prevailed, but truth behind that triumph
was stranger than the rumors that we'd heard before
The Head was found that day, it spoke to us and helped us
It seemed to want to lead us to the truth of all in the ruins...

We found the hidden tome and in the hour of darkness
I read about the future world in grief and woe
And from the city ruins we fled towards the mountains
into a tunnel that would help elude the foe

Thus, from that day...
through the wind and snow we're marching on
Now on our way across the realm
(for the armies of the North)
where tyrant's rule remains
(through the heathland striving forth in fury)
forgotten be his name...

And as we left the plains where freedom used to reign
we knew we might not see our home again
And as we journeyed through the Province now in flames
We knew the quest had just begun...

Two days underground... meanwhile it turned to the winter
We heard the Fallen were approaching us before
And while the Champions set out to free our captured leader
we were to seek the arm that once belonged to a Fallen Lord

Through the wind and snow we're marching on
Now on our way across the realm
(for the armies of the North)
where tyrant's rule remains
(through the heathland striving forth in fury)
forgotten be his name...

And as we left the plains where freedom used to reign
we knew we might not see our home again
And as we journeyed through the Province now in flames
We knew the quest had just begun
Oh, we knew the quest had just begun...


PART IV: Captured in Stone

I can feel it's spring again
We're on the move once more
We have come down from the mountains
It's the 18th year of the war
Now we're camped before the woodland realm
And I feel a bit unease
When a scout emerges through the forest
Crashing out from the trees

The Fallen, drawing near...!
so it begins as their hordes appear
Troops of war we're able to withstand...
but the Fallen Lord has something else in hand

What took place before my eyes
Still remains unknown
But as I raise my head and glance around me
We are Captured in Stone
There are signs of ancient evil beings
Once trapped within these walls
We refuse to share their fate, believe me
I can hear freedom call

Yes, we will find a way out of this maze
Time stands still as we roam these dismal caves
Moments pass, a world shatters in his hand
And we will last in a future king's command

There's a structure made of skulls of men, a horrifying sight
Atop, a tattered standard of an ancient might

"Something tells me...
we'll see it once more before the end"

Yes, we will find a way out of this maze
Time stands still as we roam these dismal caves
Moments pass, a world shatters in his hand
And we will last in a future king's command


PART V: Northbound
(instrumental)


PART VI: Before the Gates of Hell

On the road... I keep on writing
Death and pain my weary hands convey
Through the marsh we've roamed on fighting
Now we're here, our journey ends today

Only hours until sunrise
The Legion wait for their demise
As I turn my head I realize...
I stand Before the Gates of Hell


PART VII: Finale (At the Fortress)

Here we wait for the dawn
and behold the Fortress rise ahead
As the rays of the sunlight fall
the Legion's blood, it will be shed

I was chosen for the plan
and if we prevail we may survive
as the rest of the Legion's men
engage the Fallen one last time

There's a half-a-million foe
from here to the stronghold
Not a single one of us survive

Die is cast...
and twenty-hundred men fight to the last

Meanwhile the standard we found in the caves
is brought to the field and before the Fortress raised
And now we wait in the midst of the war
"Keep in mind that he has been killed before..."

As the light fades away
from the heathland phantom's way
In the end of all dismay
a new dawn will then await...

One display, one domain,
different fates and different names
But the soul - just one - remains,
a single everlasting flame
And every hero's one and the same...

Time goes by but some things last
And the standard did provoke his past
The field behind was turning red...
as we took his life and cut off his head
The Legion lay in pools of blood
the battle's lost but the War is won

The sun is rising from behind the fort...
By the sword we've turned the page of time
and the dark alliance of the Lords:
shattered with the mastermind.
Now the one who seemed to rule them all...
his remains lie headless on the ground
And the rest of them will face downfall
for they will be hunted down...

All, behold the Ruler of the Fallen Lords!
As foretold, we removed him from his throne
See his head in endless darkness fall,
Rule of death... it will reign this land no more

And after all the strife and after all the pain
at last there's grace upon the realm again
We live our dream once more and now it's on the wing
Eulogy for the slain we sing...
(and see a rising star)

Few percieve - a Being disappears...
As we know, it's taken place before
It is gone now - for a thousand years
We know what it's waiting for...
As the Comet rises, (it) takes new form,
then returns to rule and rearray
The eternal Cycle turns the world
as heroes rise... and fade away.