Tuesday, 15 November 2011

DOOMED TO DIE




Band: Nachtfalke
Title: Doomed to Die
Format: Full-length CD release on the Christhunt Productions label (Germany) in 2002, no catalogue reference. Full colour inlays, matt black disc. This was also released as a picture disc vinyl album on the same label.

Track Listing:
01. Valhalla 05:16
02. Pestkrieg 07:06
03. One Home of Once Brave (Bathory cover) 06:51
04. Fallen Heroes 07:42
05. Einherjer (Doomed to Die) 08:04

Almost exactly one year ago (12 December 2010) we visited the "Land Of Frost" by German horde Nachtfalke to discover that our prolific friend Hugin had contributed lyrics to the project as well as one instrumental track, 'The Windlords'. That release was from 2003, and was Nachtfalke's third full-length album. Preceding it was "Doomed To Die" in 2002, notable in this anthology of all things Hugin for the fact that of the five songs all bar one had the lyrics written by our Austrian maestro for performance by Occulta Mors. This appears to be a little known fact, but is fully acknowledged in the credits to the inlay in both the 'hails and thanks' list and under the printed lyrics themselves.

"Doomed To Die" was - and remains - a well-regarded album in its genre, as the following online review from Metal Archives gives you a flavour of:

"Sometimes I wish all Viking based metal was this awesome. Sure your more death metal based bands like Amon Amarth are also great for headbanging to, but when it comes to Black Metal that is based on nordic paganism it is often a rather disappointing affair. The use of folky melodies is something that fits well into the more light metal genres, but the pure energy and raw quality of this album make [probably] the best album in the viking-subsection of black metal. Lyrics on the album are great as well. Sure the whole Viking thing can get cheesy, but the lyrics here are about as tasteful as you will get and the backing music really lends the lyrics the intense background and fury that is needed to make them effective.

"Doomed to Die" is a very solid album and does well to preserve the legacy of Moonblood as well as to further establish Nachtfalke's sound. There is a good balance between the original songwriting style of Occulta Mors and the strong Bathory influence, even working a cover song into the mix without sacrificing the flow of the album. All of the songs work well together to create a cohesive album, rather than a mere collection of songs."

And so, to complete this update of one more of Hugin's contributions to the musical canon, here are those lyrics in full:

Valhalla
Beneath the Mountain's arm
Within the wizard's vale
A great ring-wall of stone
Like towering cliffs
Stood out from the shelter
Of the mountain side
Through years uncounted
Had stood that ancient place
That man called Valhall
Welcome, my lords, to Valhall...
From the north we came

To a battle we ride
Hold high our hand
With Odin on my side
With axes of steel
And bloodred swords
Killing the enemies
In the name of the Gods
Valhalla - open the gates

Valhalla - home of the Gods
Valhalla - open the gates
Valhalla - A warrior's dream
The skyline's in flames

By the power of Thor
The hammer crushes down
Our victory is near
With power and might
Warriors of steel
Hallowed by the fight
Valhalla is near
Valhalla - open the gates

Valhalla - home of the Gods
Valhalla - open the gates
Valhalla - power and might

Pestkrieg

For blood and honour we fight
In hundreds of battles we stand
Mjolnir the hammer is on our side
Swing our swords and raise our hands
When Hel comes to earth

Goddess of suffer and dead
She will open the gates
Unleash the underworld
Triumph or death - Pestkrieg!

War in northland - Pestkrieg!
Triumph or death - Pestkrieg!
Death of the Gods - Pestkrieg!
Cross the river of death

We stand and fight till we die
On ancient shores of all evil
We raise again our swords

Fallen Heroes

Great battles under the north star
Fighting for honour and blood
With iron will under the sun wheel
Hallowed be the fight
Remember the fallen heroes

It's a fine day to die
Heroism in the blitzkrieg

Baptized with flesh and steel
Bounded by the sun wheel
Hallowed be the war
Remember the fallen heroes

It's a fine day to die
Marching through the ruins

Hold high our right hands
Killing under the sun wheel
Hallowed be the death
Remember the fallen heroes

It's a fine day to die

Einherjer (Doomed to Die)

Open - the gates of Valhall
Under - the sign of Odin's eye
Long - swords of black steel
Einherjer - dark faceless horsemen
Riders - with the power of evil

Shadows - black like the night
Poisoned - the weapons of hate
Einherjer - warrior's from Asgard
Fight immortal men - doomed to die

Fight dark riders - doomed to die
Fight out of Hel - doomed to die
Fight Einherjer - doomed to die
Fire - the earth freezes over

Night - conquering the lands
Evil - throne of the dark lord
Einherjer - creatures of war
Demons - from the old world

Eternal - the greed of death
Undead - ghosts of Mirkwood
Einherjer - kill, fight and die
Fight immortal men - doomed to die

Fight dark riders - doomed to die
Fight out of Hel - doomed to die
Fight Einherjer - doomed to die

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