Tracks

01. Introduction
02. The Lady's Gift
03. By The Sword Of My Father
04. Naglfar Sets Sail
05. The Death Of Beowulf
06. Instrumental
07. Skaldic Art
08. Domain Of Darksome Ravens
09. Returne To Waelhalle
10. Heathenpride
11. Elves
12. Invictus
13. Wisdom Of Wolves
14. Sailing A'Viking
15. Tribute To Viking Gods
16. Journey Ends (outro)



01. Introduction

Music by Alex "Hugin" Wieser
[instrumental]


02. The Lady's Gift

As if in a dream she approached me
Her beauty beyond all compare
Three melodies were her gift to me
My harp strung by her golden hair
The joys of life and wonders to come
The piercing pain of lost love

The lady gave her gift to me
Those otherworldly melodies
That brought my maiden back to me
The river-elf's lost love

Out of the mist he appeared
So fair but so cold
Drowning in turbulent dreams
Her grief knowing no bounds

The lady gave her gift to me
Those otherworldly melodies
That brought my maiden back to me
The river elf's lost love


03. By The Sword Of My Father

By my father's deathbed I sit
With a grim countenance to fit
He's headed now for the Land Beyond
A vengeance and his sword he he left unto me
Father, tell me what you dream
Up there in the sky
Are there mountains like the ones you loved?
Are the valleys of the heavens evergreen?
Do crystalline rivers flow in their midst?

By the sword of my father...
This day avow!
By the sword of my father...
Revenge shall bejewel my crown!

My son take heed
Remember my creed
Hyperborean steel
From the the stone cromlech drawn
Etched with glyphs of power
Draconian, strong!
Let them behold thy scepter of war
A royal flag from enemies torn!

By the sword of my father...
This day I avow!
By the sword of my father...
Revenge shall bejewel my crown!

Leave behind this deathbed of mine
Carve on their hides a warning for all!


04. Naglfar Sets Sail

Breaking waves announce the end
A tempest born of Charybdis' maws
Giants of frost, serpents and trolls
Allied to bring death to us all!

Naglfar sets sail
From the infernal quay!
Flames take Valhalla's hall
As Ragnarok foretold

The Aesir take up their swords
The Vanir sound their glorious horns
To face the underworld's horde
Naglfar laughs at the aligned enemy host
Maggots and worms
Pestilence and war
The plagues of hell upon ye all!

Naglfar sets sail
From the infernal quay!
Flames take Valhalla's hall
As Ragnarok foretold

Cast out in fire
Axes honed by ire
Black is the flag he raised
To the wind of the dead
Naglfar opens his sails

Naglfar sets sail
From the infernal quay!
Flames take Valhalla's hall
As Ragnarok foretold


05. The Death Of Beowulf

Where now is the hero
Where is thy singing sword
That spelled the bane of dragons
And sent the Ogress to Hell?

Beowulf, these lands will miss you!
Never again to Denmark shall you return
Beowulf, the Valkyries doth kiss you!

The fire has left his eyes
Then rain afterwards came
To gently wash the blood away
His noble features so pale to lay

Beowulf, these lands will miss you!
Never again to Denmark shall you return
Beowulf, the Valkyries doth kiss you!

In the end he overcame
Victory for the brave
Glory, majesty - eternal hail!


06. Instrumental

[instrumental]


07. Skaldic Art

By the fire's gleam
The skald lies asleep
But still his tales dance within the flames
He told me of time long gone
Of warriors proud in legendary shroud
Of Gods and fairy folk
Forgotten now from all

In the Viking times
A tale now unfolds
So keep it in your heart
Least it may go!

In the Viking times
Upon the rainbow's end
Heimdall I met
The guardian of Bifrost!
Tell me skald
Praise with thy fiddle
All the things you saw
When in Viking times
Dragons ruled the North!
In the Viking times
Thor's silver chariot
Rode on clouds sky-borne!

In the Viking times
A tale now unfolds
So keep it in your heart
Least it may go!

In the Viking times
And far, far away
In the North of yesterday
Singing with the boreal gale!


08. Domain Of Darksome Ravens

One darksome raven riding the Northern wind
One black crown to wake the Aesir
And underneath the waning winter moon
The wind swept cedar forest stirs

Where darksome ravens dwell
There in the ancient glade

Where royal eagles soar
There in the storming skies
Will I set my shrine
And hail the Gods on high!
Where fearsome ravens dwell
Underneath their ebony wings
Where wise owls sing
Underneath their stare
Will I hallow my weapons
At night before the fight!

Where darksome ravens dwell
There in the ancient glade

Where winged Fairy sweep
There by the enchanted creek
Will I in solitude pace
Before battle I embrace!
In raven haunted forests I reign
Where all is quiet, all is tranquil
I am the crowned, lonely king


09. Returne To Waelhalle

My eyes are glazed and fixed on skies
Wherein thy ravens fly
One-eyed father on your throne up high
Know thy son has died
Who will recall my name?
None will be left to say
The tale of the one who now steals away
As autumn leafs are born on winds astray

To Waelhalle the Valkyries call!
To Waelhalle my legend doth go!
I am immortal, the right hand of Tyr
I'll see you my brothers upon thy return to Waelhalle!

But here on this night I refuse to lay down my sword, I fight!
I fight for a legacy, I sing for what cannot yet die
A hymn to the Gods of starlight
And headed for eternity
I take to the wing

To Waelhalle the Valkyries call!
To Waelhalle my legend doth go!
I am immortal, the right hand of Tyr
I'll see you my brothers upon thy return to Waelhalle!


10. Heathenpride

Music & lyrics by Vratyas Vakyas
Once a mighty king ruled in a northern land
His enemies he fought with steel and iron hand.
So many tales were told, his name a glorious sound,
"God-like he is" they said, and by no Christian laws was
Bound.

Long ago in a northern land...

One day they came across the Nordic sea,
The man of the cross and camped beside a tree
Which was called a sacred one for all thy heathen hearts,
Where sacrifices were given to their northern forefathers
Gods...

The elder and wise men amongst them
Watched distrustful to all those
Of the foreign men with their swords in hand
...And the mighty tree was felled...

Some days gone by and the elder men disappointed,
They found a grave with a wooden cross upon.
So they all gathered at a place near the sea at night,
They all sat around their king, and a campfire gave it's
Light...

First words were spoken by a maiden of great beauty,
She whispered silent words to Freya and began to speak.
Her iceblue eyes filled with tears as she told them all what
Happened
In the woods three days ago when two Christian men raped
Her body...

Many people told what happened and what was done by the
Christian men;
A girl was burned and three farmers died, nine children were
Never seen again...

The king drew his sword and saddled his black horse,
They gave a sacrifice to Odin and to Tyr, the Gods of their
War,
That might before the morning of...

REVENGE!!!

The stars were shining from a dark black sky,
Their swords reflected the light of the moon,
Their torches burned red, the flames blazed up high,
The hour of their raid will come soon...

REVENGE!!!

As the sun at last arose crimson, beyond the Nordic sea,
They all stood in armour, with helmet and sword,
And with certainty of what was forever will be...

...A furore normannorum libera nos domine...

The bells of the Christian churches tolled,
Woke them up so much to late,
Two ravens high above watched this bloody deeds
When the steel becomes their fate...

After hours the most of the Christian men
By the northmen all were slayed,
The sun high above was shining bright
That day of heathenpride...


11. Elves

Have you ever seen the beauty of an elven rose in spring
Picked by a mortal lover
As the first to his fairy paramour?
I could never love another as I loved thee once before
In this secret garden
Freyja's arms bound me to thy breast
Look into thy glass and tell me
What will cruel tomorrow bring
Mine was the beauty of yesteryear's
That made pearls out of my tears...


12. Invictus

Come O' twilight
Gently caress the gleaming snow
As weary I rest beneath the oak
Mystic paths unravel before my sight
Leading to dreams and hope
Once my time on earth is done
I will pass on with the heroes
Behold Valhalla's golden-green meadows
Feast with All-father and my Gods
At night in the banquet of lords!

Now I die free
And my heart cries victory!
I ride the everlasting dream
Lightly taking to the wing
Invictus, the champion see!

Death benighted my eyes
Silently bequeath thy frosty tides
Wound scared and worn
This body will lay here forlom
Upon my mountain-throne
Forever I shall dwell
King carved in stone
Return is lost forevermore
Mourn now for me my love!
Sing an epitaph of glorious deeds
Sing to the setting of the sun
Of valor, the fearless might
Cast your sweet spell of magic!
Farewell, I kiss thee on the wind
Come O' twilight
Let us unite
And on into the night!

Now I die free
And my heart cries victory!
I ride the everlasting dream
Lightly taking to the wing
Invictus, the champion see!

Fly my banner to the sky
Raise a final sword salute
Drink the ceremonial wine
Then my pyre set alight!
With the youthful dawn cry no more
For mighty was the one now gone!
Beaten yet never defeated
Towards oceans unknown I sail
I am the captain of my soul
The master of my fate!


13. Wisdom Of Wolves

The voice of wisdom is calling to me
On snowy peaks ravaged by the wind
Where Woden's wolves roam free
Spruce forests wave under moonlight's sway
The mighty wolf pack reigns supreme

Lamenting the dawn
Wolverine moonlight, sunshine is now gone
Come predatory guile!

A darkened sky
Ancient specters cry
Waving spells of pandemonium high
A withered orchard of bones
Pagan rites midst circling stones
Dusk-time, an immortal dies
Nocturnal hunt has begun
To sate Lycanthropic bloodlust!

Lamenting the dawn
Wolverine moonlight, sunshine is now gone
Come predatory guile!


14. Sailing A'Viking

O' goddess, sing of the wrath of Viking raiders
Who sent many a hero's soul to Hades
And left their corpses unburied as food for the dogs
The Vikings are advancing
And the earth doth tremble beneath their feet
As if by the pouring of the lightning of the great thunder god...


15. Tribute To Viking Gods

Listen, son
I'll tell you now how Vikings die
With a bloody axe
An arm so strong and sword held high
That's how a Viking dies
We die in battle cry
Trust in the Gods
Trust in the Runes and in your steel
Life and death
Live a never ending wheel
At Odin's table, we meet again
Heroes meet again
I sailed across the seven seas for fifty years
I conquered all the continents with fire and steel

A tribute to the Viking Gods
A tribute to the Viking Gods
A tribute to the Viking Gods

Now I'm old and in my next fight
I'm going to die
I meet you again in Odin's hall
No need to cry

A tribute to the Viking Gods
A tribute to the Viking Gods
A tribute to the Viking Gods


16. Journey Ends (outro)

Music by Alex "Hugin" Wieser
[instrumental]