Stormlord : Hesperia

Symphonic Black / Italy
(2013 - TrollZorn Records)
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1. Aeneas

Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris
Italiam fato profugus Laviniaque venit
litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et alto
vi superum, saevae memorem Iunonis ob iram,
multa quoque et bello passus, dum conderet urbem
inferretque deos Latio; genus unde Latinum
Albanique patres atque altae moenia Romae.
Musa, mihi causas memora, quo numine laeso
quidue dolens regina deum tot volvere casus
insignem pietate virum, tot adire labores
impulerit. tantaene animis caelestibus irae?
Urbs antiqua fuit Tyrii tenuere coloni
Carthago, Italiam contra Tiberinaque longe
ostia, dives opum studiisque asperrima belli,
quam Iuno fertur terris magis omnibus unam
posthabita coluisse Samo. hic illius arma,
hic currus fuit; [...]
progeniem sed enim Troiano a sanguine duci
audierat Tyrias olim quae verteret arces;
[...] sic volvere Parcas.
multa quoque et bello passus, dum conderet urbem
inferretque deos Latio; genus unde Latinum
Albanique patres atque altae moenia Romae.
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Excerpt from the preface of Virgil's Aeneid


2. Motherland

For the Queen of Gods, the blazing fire
Was soaring high through a blood red sky
And weaving a shroud of crimson ash
And distress made for my fleet!

“We were the fallen!
We are the chosen ones!
Once, we were fallen.
Now, we are the chosen ones
Of Ilium! We are the sons!

The foaming waves are calling,
why can’t you hear them?
Listen, the wind is screaming your name!
You shall answer!
Acesta must be left behind,
That’s the will divine!

We were the fallen!
We are the chosen ones!
Once, we were fallen.
Now, we are the chosen ones”

Thus Nautes spoke:

“Aeneas,
Now gather your soldiers
As the sun begins to set!
The skies command you
To bring back the glory of Troy!

Sail on!
Forget all your regrets,
Ride the waves and cross the sea!
To find an homeland,
To bring back the glory of Troy!

Fato ti volle ramingo,
dai lidi violati da Ulisse
ti spinse per mare e per terra
sino a lambire le italiche coste
Soffrendo l'ira celeste
nel Lazio porrai nuovi Dei
ed il sangue latino dei padri
che sopra quei colli ergeran Roma

The time has come
To gather the warriors!
Beyond the horizon lies the hope!
The skies command you
To bring back the glory of Troy!

Sail on!
Forget all your regrets!
Ride the waves and cross the sea
To find an homeland,
To bring back the glory of Troy!”

Follow your fate.
Out of the darkness a shade arose!
Follow your fate.
Father, speak to me again!
Follow your fate.
Of Dis I’ll wander the nether halls!
Follow your fate.
‘Till my breed will be revealed!


3. Bearer of Fate

I know the burden of being the chosen one,
every step I take the world seems to judge

I know the fire that lurks in every man,
someone calls it love, some other just desire

Torn between flesh and divine,
human drives against the Faith,
tell me, what should I choose
as Dido weeps my name?

Never I will rest my mind
she’s my love, I must leave her
Dying a bit inside
as Dido weeps, as Dido weeps my name

Vast looming walls and towers
begun and left undone,
the works are broken off,
no more the city grows
Slave to this passion, we left ourselves behind
A sweet oblivion, a sin in the eyes of the Gods.

Torn between flesh and divine,
human drives against the faith,
tell me, what should I choose
as Dido cries my name?

Never I will rest my mind
she’s my love, I must leave her
Dying a bit inside
as Dido cries, as Dido cries my name

“Venus, release this life
Hades, please, receive my soul”

Forgive me, Queen of Carthago

The shining of a pyre reflecting on the sea
as my fleet is sailing away to distant shores
I feel your sorrow, I wasn't strong enough
to be your lover and not the bearer of Fate

Torn between flesh and divine,
human drives against the faith
Tell me, what should I choose
as Dido curse my name?

Never I will rest my mind
she’s my love, I must leave her
Dying a bit inside
as Dido curse, as Dido curse my name

“Venus, release this life
Hades, please, receive my soul”

Goodbye, my wretched queen


4. Hesperia

Dei trionfi gli echi remoti
nel vento sussurrano il nome “Hesperia”
Il tuo lauro è il mio supplizio

Figlia del verbo divino
dilani ed infiammi quest’animo pio
Tu sei Hesperia

Silenzio,
duro come fosse selce,
il dono di colei che da monarca, per mio amore si fece donna

Alle acque increspate dello Stige,
gravide di ombre penitenti,
lo sguardo adombrato ella ora rivolge

Se di tal dolenza il seme fu celeste,
come mai i futuri allori
non fugano dal cuore con l’oblio
la brama di esitare,
la brama di fuggire,
la brama di fallire,
questa brama di esistere?

Canti di onori venturi
da Roma declamano il nome “Hesperìa”
Il tuo lauro è il mio supplizio

Figlia del verbo divino
dilani ed infiammi l’anima mia
Tu sei Hesperia
Hesperia


5. Onward to Roma

Like nomads of the oceans
we searched for the land
the prophecy told us about
Countless losses to fulfil this dream
Like mermaids the shores were singing:
“Come sailors, for too long now
the salt has been thy lover
and the chant of the wind thy serenade”

When the strength will leave your limbs
the voice of Gods will thunder:
Onward to Roma!
Ancient Mother waits for you to seal an oath divine
Onward to Roma!

These words, the priestess of Cuma,
possessed by the Archegetes,
spoke to the heir of Dardanus
prophesying war and victory

“I will lead you
beyond the swamps of Acheron
This bough of gold
will be the key to wastelands yet unknown
Many trials lie ahead,
the path of darkness
you should not walk unless your faith is strong”

When despair will grip your will
the fallen ones will cry out:
“Onward to Roma!”
Ancient Mother waits for you to seal an oath divine
Onward to Roma!

“En huius, nate, auspiciis illa incluta Roma imperium terris, animos aequabit Olympo,
septemque una sibi muro circumdabit arces,
felix prole virum”

(trad.: “Behold, O son! by his auspices shall that glorious Rome extend her empire to earth’s ends, her ambitions to the skies, and shall embrace seven hills with a single city’s wall, blessed in a brood of heroes;” - Liber VI, 781 – 784)

Be thy charge, Roman, to rule the nations in thine empire,
to crown peace with justice,
to spare the vanquished and to crush the proud

When the strength will leave your limbs
the voice of Gods will thunder:
“Onward to Roma!”
Ancient Mother waits for you to seal an oath divine
Onward to Roma!

Onward to Roma
Onward to Fate
Onward to glory
Onward to Roma


7. My Lost Empire

Too deep for words
The grief is mind is calling back now
The fall of Ilium
Will blind my eyes with salty tears

Of Hector
The ghost stole my dreams
A feeble warning
To save my life

Voices from the past
By moonlight
I can hear them screaming
Up to the sky
Close to my heart
The memory of Troy remains
My lost empire

Our men
Like a leaf against the storm
In one night
They were swept away
I was loyal to the shadows
Sword held in my hand
My faithful son and wife by my side

Forty soldiers born
From the horse
Havoc bringer made of wood
Were the ruthless makers
Of Trojan doom
Close to my heart
The memory of Troy remains
My lost empire

Not even the sovereign
King Priamus the wise
Was spared from death
Under the pale shade of a sacred altar
Achilles first born child
Became among the sinners the worst man
Pyrrhus

Too deep for words
The pain brought by this bitter story
Whose rememberance
Will blind my eyes with salty tears
This dying domain was
A cradle of flesh where
From blood and fire
The eagle rose

Voices from the past
By moonlight
I can hear them screaming
Up to the sky
Close to my heart
The memory of Troy remains
My lost empire

And when
The world will fear your name
It will bow to
My lost empire

And to those who
Gave their lives
For you
To claim the crown
For you to shine


8. Those upon the Pyre

Thunder God has spoken:
"With these mortal hands...
I will forge among the gems of the Olympian Crown the brightest jewel!"

My comrades hail me as a king,
Anchises’s worthy heir!
The one who shall fulfil
The prophecy that made us bear... the torments!

Lone I’m standing on this foreign ground
As they worship the remains
Whose fame makes my shadow larger, and my heart sink.

Spirits lost in fire, rise up!
Take a look at our pain
And behold the pride... of your offspring!

We belong to those upon the pyre!
All for them, all for those laid on the fire!

When silence reigns,
Just before the dawn
We can hear their call!

“La progenie di Iulo cantiamo,
che estenderà il dominio sino alle terre
distese oltre le stelle,
dove eterno Atlante la celeste volta regge”
[English translation:
“The offspring of Iulo we sing,
that will lead the kingdom to the lands
laid beyond the stars,
where Atlas carries the heavens eternally”]

Far away from home we roam,
Covered with the long,
Heavy shades of the forefathers!
We feel... of centuries the weight!
Our destinies... every single one of them now belongs
To those upon the pyre!
All for those laid on the fire!

When the rays of a future sun...
Will shine over a thousand domes...

When all these old wounds will hurt no more...
(When the Warbringer will rest!)
In the flame you will find us all!
(You’ll find us all... into the pyre!)

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