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When Gods Walked the Earth

by Strident

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Josh Rodriguez
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Josh Rodriguez From start to finish, this album builds up nicely. I enjoy the vocals & the prog power elements the various tracks provide. The pirate song is great too! Strident rocks!! Favorite track: Blood of the Sun.
fellshadow
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fellshadow Fantastic album, it was tough to pick a favourite song but light in the darkness was so uplifting. I found myself singing or humming along with all the songs and a good few have gotten stuck in my head! Hoping to hear more from you guys in the future \m/ Favorite track: The Light in the Darkness.
Solylok
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Solylok This album is awesome !
Every song are good, Oblivion and the Broforce theme are the cherry on the cake.
Great job guys ! Favorite track: A Pirate's Life for Me.
GilbyRSARNMF
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GilbyRSARNMF This is a FANtastic POWER METAL album that I highly recommend... and also to show the rest of the world that South Africa has got AWESOME METAL!
\m/, (-.-) .\m/ Favorite track: The Light in the Darkness.
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Silence, Can you hear The whisper on the wind? A challenge to begin He has walked this world, A nomad Forgotten prophet Of the coming storm He is lost, and yet he wanders Treading secret paths Bearer of a name forgotten The relic of a broken past He is still, yet he speaks thunder In a tongue lost long ago A man who stands both slave and master To fortune’s call He stands alone there His eyes turned to the setting sun As the stars guide him onward this night His destiny enshrined as he rides The rain has come The storm clouds blacken out the sun As his dreams grow dark and troubled He feels his day is soon to come The day when all will stand and die as one When our song will drown the thunder When we’ll stand together there Our eyes turned to the rising sun As the earth burns below us we’ll ride Our destinies entwined as we... Rise Above the ashes Through the wind and snow Through the eyes of life itself He’ll wander, a stranger lost in time You will hear his song When the stars resound with his name Whispers in the dark that dance like shadows in the flame Keep council in the dead of night, they beckon A test to pass by daylight’s break, a gamble with his soul To conquer or to be enslaved forever Stares deep into the eye of the abyss 'Til cold morning’s light ends the demon’s test Oh, when fate calls to us It may be on trumpets high Or as voices on the wind It speaks in many tongues Its wisdom cloaked in history Wreathed in sacred flames it calls And challenges the will The resolve To rise above the ashes To rise and heed its call Solo (Niell Schoeman) Rise Above the ashes Through the wind and snow Through the eyes of life itself He’ll wander, a stranger lost in time
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You stand at the crossroads Where the future meets the past Between the bridges burned behind you And the fear that lies ahead You see the flicker of ambition It's like a beacon in the night So the choice is yours Will you live or just survive? For a new day is dawning There's a story to be told Your legend's forged in the furnace Of the fire in your soul Raise your flag, stand tall Though those around you crawl You're the light in the darkness For all the world to see Raise your head, stand strong With the will to carry on You're the light in the darkness For all the world to see There are those who'd defy you Their spirits broken and enslaved Though their voices roar like thunder Their hearts already know the grave They fear the force of your ambition They sense the fire in your hear So set the world ablaze Cast their ashes to the wind For when they are forgotten And their stories left untold It's your legend that will live on Through the fire in your soul Raise your flag stand tall Though those around you crawl You're the light in the darkness For all the world to see Raise your head, stand strong With the will to carry on You're the light in the darkness For all the world to see Solo (van Heerden) Solo (Ellis) When the battle is over And the story has been told You're the one who's left standing With the fire in your soul Raise your flag stand tall Though those around you crawl You're the light in the darkness For all the world to see Raise your head, stand strong With the will to carry on You're the light in the darkness For all the world to see Raise your flag stand tall Though those around you crawl You're the light in the darkness For all the world to see Raise your head, stand strong For you have the strength to carry on You're the light in the darkness For all the world For all the world to see
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Take my hand, as we walk through the firestorm In this maelstrom of death, a young soldier’s breath chokes away Faithful, as he watches the towers fall Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori Once men and kings fought and died side-by- side Their destinies ruled by the swords in their hands A king, a song, a fire long gone Cowards take flight; watch as their kingdoms burn Forsaking their oaths, taken by promises of power and gold By a tyrant’s command, they march and they fall   Monuments burn down to ashes and rust Dreams left in ruins, our hopes turn to dust Dying men cry to Heaven Fire swallows the sun Leave the dead as vultures circle Soon the order will come, to March! March! March! Bow your head and... March! March! March! Leave the dead and... March; the doomed have no choice But to carry the burden of history Lost; the dead have no voice Only ruins left burning as the… Night comes down Heavy the hammer that shatters the crown Dying men cry to Heaven Fire swallows the sun Leave the dead as vultures circle Soon the order will come How can faith but falter ‘Neath machines in the sky? Shadows of men, now wait in silence For the order to die Solo (van Heerden) Solo (Schoemann) Where angels fear to tread, we... March! March! March! Bow your head and... March! March! March! Leave the dead and... March! March! March! Bow your head and... March! March! March! Leave the dead and... March!
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Twilight falls; the people of the sun wait for the last light To bleed into the earth The setting sun; no longer beating down on those who cry for it We bleed into the earth Midnight brings the ending the cycle of the years until the Flesh-hood that was borrowed must pay penance to gods Douse, the fires; sink into the night Pray, for dawn, to take us out of darkness into light To - na-tiuh! (heart-soul) Ma-ce- hualli! (humanity, the indebted) Teo-mi- cqui! (the God-dead) Nex-tla- hualli! (debt payment) Clad in sacred skins; living faces of the gods As the crowd kneels at their passing, over garlands in the dust Bearers of our burdens to the realm that lies beyond They ascend the smoking pyramid of he whose slaves we are Blessed are the children, for their tears betoken rain Led to immolation to give offerings of pain Blessed are the god-dead who complete their sacred task In our need and in our excess we must offer what we ask Sworn to follow, the footsteps of the gods To lie on the altar where the black blade waits for blood To sacrifice their heart-souls to the sun The sacred fire will carry us from darkness into light To - na-tiuh! (heart-soul) Ma-ce- hualli! (humanity, the indebted) Teo-mi- cqui! (the God-dead) Nex-tla- hualli! (debt payment) All we are Are fragments of the Sun Deserved and brought to life Through sacred penance Like heroes past Sent to death to bleed for us As chosen we must die For the world to be reborn Solo (van Heerden) Screaming  as the blade cuts Tearing; out their beating hearts Solo (Schoemann) Solo (Engelbrecht) Hearts borne to the Sun Waiting for the gods to come And take them home Solo (Engelbrecht) To - na-tiuh! (heart-soul) Ma-ce- hualli! (humanity, the indebted) Teo-mi- cqui! (the God-dead) Nex-tla- hualli! (debt payment) All we are Are fragments of the Sun Deserved and brought to life Through sacred penance Like heroes past Sent to death to bleed for us As chosen we must die For the world to be reborn
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Over mountains steep, under shadows deep All that beckons is not what it seems In the darkest night burns a faint distant light When it shines, close your eyes, and dream And dream… When embers fade, and darkness falls We fear the silence, more than the storm The lives we lead are but a whisper on the wind Like fleeting dreams, that fade away As we walk (as we walk) through the shadows (the shadows) of our memories As we’re drawing our lines in the sand The lives we treasure, the things we’ve known Will they be forgotten? Will they die alone? Our lives will pass, like embers on the wind Our flames will burn, then fade away As we walk (as we walk) through the shadows (the shadows) of a memory Still we’re drawing our lines in the sand Over mountains steep, under shadows deep All that beckons is not what it seems In the darkest night burns a faint distant light When it shines, close your eyes, and dream And dream… Solo (van Heerden) Fly my friend, for a new day dawns And the shadows hold no fear There in the clearing we’ll meet again, some better day And we’ll leave the dark behind Deep within the dark lie the chains that bound your soul Now you walk through the firestorm, and you blaze into the light Deep within the river, lie the answers that you seek To why we die, why all our paths must lead to night Why we walk through the shadows of our memories Why we draw our lines in the sand For all those we have lost, but not forgotten For the ones who will burn with the stars Over mountains steep, under shadows deep All that beckons is not what it seems In the darkest nights burn the brightest distant lights When they shine, close your eyes, and dream Leave your fear behind, take your place in the light Rest your head, close your eyes, and dream
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All right, laddies Let’s do this! I once sailed with a buccaneer, who knew a preacher’s daughter A master of the of the sorts of things, her father never taught her One night when we pulled into port, I found her standing free And asked would she be open, to spend the night with me We drank, and we danced, until the cock sounded its call Then she took me to her boudoir, and we danced a little more She beggared me to stay behind,  but oh, that could not be A young lass may be pretty, but my mistress is the sea Woh, Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- di, sing and let the colors fly Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- dum, crack the case and pour the rum Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- do, the open sea is all I know Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- day… A pirate’s life for me, hey! Once sailing on the north sea, we spied a lonesome galley Begging to be plundered, with a cargo full of Spanish gold Sailing swift we signalled them, “Surrender, or we board!” They answered with a warning shot, like many fools before We pulled up to their broadside, with blunderbuss and cannons roaring Brief and bloody was the fight, but soon we had our spoils We gathered the surviving fools, the blaggards begged for mercy But Davy Jones’ locker was the last they’d ever see Woh, Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- di, sing and let the colors fly Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- dum, crack the case and pour the rum Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- do, the open sea is all I know Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- day… A pirate’s life for me, hey! Hoist up the skull and crossbones Dominion we claim, from sea to shining sea Pirates are we, the last of the free So hoist up your flagons high! Some fools worship gold, some fools hope for heaven Some fools bargain deals with the devil But pirates are free, we’re the dogs of the sea We’re the masters of every horizon So raise your sails high, ‘tween the sea and the sky No one will tell us where to go Our fortunes lie buried, so drink and be merry! Who knows, what tomorrow may bring… Solo (van Heerden) Hoist up the skull and crossbones Dominion we claim, from sea to shining sea Pirates are we, the last of the free So hoist up your flagons high! I’d rather sail with a ship of scoundrels Than scupper my pride, and serve under a king Pirates are we, the last of the free So hoist up your flagons high! Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- di, sing and let the colors fly Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- dum, crack the case and pour the rum Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- do, the open sea is all I know Hi-dee- dee, and a fiddle-dee- day, A pirate’s life for me, hey!
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Every story begins Every story must end Every page we turn Not knowing when The gods Will return to the realm of Men Come to reclaim creation again Here we stand On the eve of oblivion Blood-red horizons bode our Ultimate fate Undying gods awaken From their uneasy sleep They have returned Come to retake And to reforge There are no heroes this day There are no champions of myth come to save us When the sky cracks open, and fire scorches the earth When the fury of the gods descends from above The prophesies of man, forgotten in the shadows Of the final blinding light "Save yourself!" cry the meek and the brave alike All will abandon hope under blackening skies Mountains quake, and decay into dust once more Shrouding the sun, the moon and the stars In eternal night There is no calm in the eye of this storm There are no prayers, no sins to atone The end has begun Until the seal is broken, and thunder shatters the earth Until the stars are torn from heaven above In this final hour nothing but ashes and dust remain Of all that was and would be (Solos: van Heerden / Ellis) Hear, as the voice of the gods Finally speaks Without love or mercy Hear, as the voice of the gods Casts us away Into oblivion Here we stand as one, born of the stars, All that we are, all that we were Unto the stars returned When the sky cracks open, and fire scorches the earth Until the gods themselves step down from above The memory of man, just one more fleeting shadow In the final blinding light When the seal is broken, and thunder shatters the earth Until the stars are torn from Heaven above In this final hour nothing but ashes and dust remain Of all that was and would be
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Deep inside the jungle, in the shadow of the war There rises a sinister evil The people live in fear, under a tyrant’s reign of terror Who will save us now? From out of the darkness and into the fight Broforce is coming to set things to right Broforce! Kicking ass for justice and for liberty For freedom and the flag They’re the final stand The last band of heroes Who’ll fight terror with no remorse... Broforce! For Freedom! Broforce! For the flag! Broforce! For liberty and justice for all! Satan’s forces are amassing But they’ll never take our freedom! We call on the defenders; on the red, white, blue avengers To liberty or death! On wings of iron eagles, Broforce brings the rain A whirlwind of blood, sweat, and bullets Terrorists will pay for the blood they have shed Cos Broforce is coming to fill them with lead Broforce! For Freedom! Broforce! For the flag! Broforce! For liberty and justice for all! In the darkest hour In the eye of the storm We stand together An unbreakable force of bros! Broforce! Kicking ass for justice and for liberty For freedom and the flag They’re the final stand The last band of heroes Who’ll  fight terror with no remorse... Broforce!

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The second album from South African power metal outfit, Strident.

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released July 31, 2016

Strident are:

Deon van Heerden - vocals, guitars
Christian Burgess - Drums and percussion
Pi Delport - live bass, backing vocals
Jo Ellis - session bass, guest guitars
Karin Pretorius - live keyboards

Produced, mixed and mastered by Jo Ellis at Blue Room Studios, Ladismith, South Africa

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Strident Cape Town, South Africa

Strident is South Africa's premier power metal outfit. It was formed in 2007, and has headlined every important metal festival and stage in South Africa. Their second album, When Gods Walked the Earth, releases on 31 July, 2016.

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