Twilight Tavern by Ensiferum [From Afar (2009)]
We heard that enemies were approaching from the south
We marched to face them, I killed their scout
But we were ambushed and slaughtered in the night
We fought so bravely but none were left alive
One of my favourite songs from this album because, well, it’s Ensiferum and they’re amazing, and this particular song takes me back to a life in which the analogy of battle; blood streaming, friends falling, war horns screaming, banners rising, is no longer pure metaphore but a very lively promise.
Their warrior’s souls forever rejoice
With our ancestors we raise our horns
Their warrior’s swords forever shine on
Welcoming our brothers at the break of dawn!
Plus, I love the mix of harsh vocals and clean choruses that you often listen in folk-metal songs. And the lyrics, as I’ve said before (but not on this blog) remind me of Robb Stark from ASOIAF (a character from a book series you probably know because it’s also a famous t.v show) his cause and his journeyings at the south while fighting at the “war of the five kings”.
Life is so short
Oh! son of the north
You’ll find your peace
At the end of your journey
I love this album.