Shadows of Man I: Imperium

from Shadows of Man by Scimitar

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lyrics

They run all as one through wild field fern and fen
Pursuing survival for them and their kin
Old moon in their eyes, new sun on their backs
Feet padding softly on nature-worn tracks
How gloriously did this fair land provide
With plump beasts in the woods and fat fish in the tides
Dark soil so rich it ignores season’s whims
How could this fair land be for any but them?

In the tendrils of the twilight they gathered and danced
Singing their revelry to the spirits of the lands
Hunters, wives and shaman laid offerings to rest
Round the ancient stone face in their villages midst

Now no longer running but riding through the fields
The blasting call of a carnyx prompts their enemies to yield
Another cousin to be conquered, and carried in their wake
Why resist when reality shows that empire is fate?

The warrior, the prophet and the slave
The farmer, the trader and the knave
For in and of Imperium

In less than a generation, the face of this fair land was changed
Settlements and forts spread throughout the kingdoms range
The feudal rose from the pastoral, the road from the trail
Distant folks united by the coin the sword and the flail
Then with piercing prying eyes they peered across the waves
And built hulking galleys rowed by battle-captured slaves
For with lands on the horizon, and coffers spilling o’er
Their empire would not be fettered by merely a shore

The sailor, the merchant and the king
The soldier, the courtier and the queen
For in and of Imperium

Thus by their might they held all lands in sight
An imperial archipelago by right
As those spirits of their land that their fathers had praised
Bestowed them strength, so their kingdom was raised
For the ancient stone faces, jutting from the sands
Greeted them on all their to-be-conquered lands
How this elder-race had spread, so too would they
But unlike those forgotten ones their empire would stay

So in the slivers of the sunset they flooded the streets
In jubilant celebration of their imperial feats
Gazing with tearful pride at their own monuments on display
That cast a dark shadow on the elders-ones decay

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from Shadows of Man, released August 23, 2019

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Scimitar is a metal band hailing from the island capital of Victoria, BC, Canada. Combining influences from melodic-death, folk, and black metal; Scimitar features uncompromisingly heavy drums, high-rollicking fingerstyle bass, dual-guitar-driven harmonies, and gruff yet sharply enunciated harsh vocals that deliver lyrics based in historical fiction and fantasy. ... more

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