Ordeal

by Fenris

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    The album 'Ordeal' is a concept album. The theme of the album consists of the journey of a people that faces ongoing hardships and quests. The trials (ordeal) this people has to go through serves as an allegory for the search, suffering and resurrection that every human being and the human race in general has to go through in order to prevail. The lyrics therefore deal with topics like predestination, hope and perseverance.

    The storyline starts with 'De Verschroeide Aarde' (The Scorched Earth), a desolate and barren place from which the journey begins. In 'Suffering Predestined' the people continue to battle the hostile elements and feel as if all hope is lost. 'Chronicle Of Kings' tells the tale from the perspective of the evil forces that hinder the people. The kings are the metaphor for the evil elements. In 'Heilland' the first signs of hope appear to the people. In their own dominion, Heilland, they seek to find peace and prosperity. 'Heil' is Dutch for welfare or salvation.

    With 'Das Boot' the second part of the story starts. The boat takes them to their beloved place of shelter, although they still face the evil gods and elements. In the title track 'Ordeal' the grand finale takes place. For the first time the people take their fate into their own hands, no longer willing to submit to external forces. Even though it is still unknown where their journey will take them, from now on, they will shape their own future. 'Burst into oblivion...And Beyond' symbolizes the ongoing cycle of these events: mankind will never truly find eternal salvation, nor will their suffering be everlasting.

    Tracklist:
    1. De Verschroeide Aarde
    2. Suffering Predestined
    3. Chronicle Of Kings
    4. Heilland
    5. Das Boot
    6. Ordeal
    7. Burst Into Oblivion
    8. ....And Beyond

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1.
in het leven van weleer huist het beest der eon machten alle stralen dalen neer toont de hemel ons haar krachten in dit godverlaten oord wordt het zwaard nabij gekoesterd van een bodem eens verdord ontspringt het water nu verwoestend over vlaktes zwermt de pest de wil gebroken niets dat rest geef mij uw zicht onder de hemel als brandend licht schijnt de nevel schepper van vuur doop mij in uw zee voor al op aarde u verdreef in het levenslicht aanschouw, velen buigen neer maak hen tot slaaf van de leer als de gesel hij, alziend, verstrikt in de zin toorn van wrevel verwoest de wereld met uw storm zegen het oordeel alom u gaf mij zicht onder de hemel eens schepper van licht nu gehuld in nevel
2.
Erase the prophecies untold of a suffering predestined no virtue of law in this chaotic frenzy "once on the throne, now the end of my reign desolate thoughts on my future remain thus weak and bereaved, I bow my head in shame" blessings upon the ways of the martyr no saviour is he, [who is] to perish alone "once on the throne of my glorious past, it will come again [for now it is time:] in numbers unseen I shall seek my revenge like storms form the north to sweep through your realm the signs of your gods have forsaken thee?" shrouded in seasonal darkness shattered a history of faith forlorn echoing the power serenades of trivial space
3.
all: grant us the strength - usurper bestow the crown - of fury the victors: divine master mundane let us shudder the earth sprung under dust filled skies your will proven stronger redeemer from afar lightening the dark for you we ignite the fires of midgard the king: as the illness sweeps through me the torment of lives I see worshipper of stone and flesh hear your silent god the slime: from the spiral flame reborn the day of anger near in our visions, place of shelter the spirit is released await our resurrection all: under siege - we are the slaves of eden trampled before - the throne of the obscene
4.
Heilland 07:57
Heilland uit de as herrezen wederopstanding der ziel gekomen en bevrijd van dit juk de gift van razernij doet leven zoals de hemel open viel leidt ons heen in den onbekende [ons Heilland] breng mij in vervoering door uw macht dit is hel: het vagevuur verlicht onze wegen een reis van vrees, (een) leeg bestaan een laatste schreeuw klinkt door de nederwereld de roep van allen, snel vergaan leidt ons heen in den onbekende [ons Heilland] Ons Heilland is het gegevene land leidt ons heen in den onbekende naar ons Heilland
5.
Das Boot 09:23
My reign sweeps stronger I come from the south A rage unrivaled Becomes our fate Mystic signs of written words They tell of quests unseen Travelling through our different worlds In the voight of sphere dimensions Erups our ways of life By the stars Racked mindless souls Your embers still mark my curse We sail through stars up high Aimless and starved Why so starkened? Beyond lies but slaughter I am a curse stronger than all I am the one reason to run Blessed throughout times In heavenly chimes From darkened worlds I'll soon disperse
6.
Ordeal 06:52
across the straight through worship barricades a sacrifice made for bewildering renegades lord help raise our swords untill the end frozen lands mark our boundaries worship strands to be left with treacheries lord we await for thou wrath to be sent no darkness shall form our doom the restless born free, creatures of might they'll be the way unknown is our ordeal a fate surreal the land now parched for us to cross the purpose lost sent off to the abyss in time our state of bliss wallow father our fate is sealed wallow mother our fate we shape
7.
The cold spawn Stream of life Fearsome mogul Evoke the storm Mournful servants Spread thou seed Creeping onward Of dirt you'll feed
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The album 'Ordeal' is a concept album. The theme of the album consists of the journey of a people that faces ongoing hardships and quests. The trials (ordeal) this people has to go through serves as an allegory for the search, suffering and resurrection that every human being and the human race in general has to go through in order to prevail. The lyrics therefore deal with topics like predestination, hope and perseverance.

The storyline starts with 'De Verschroeide Aarde' (The Scorched Earth), a desolate and barren place from which the journey begins. In 'Suffering Predestined' the people continue to battle the hostile elements and feel as if all hope is lost. 'Chronicle Of Kings' tells the tale from the perspective of the evil forces that hinder the people. The kings are the metaphor for the evil elements. In 'Heilland' the first signs of hope appear to the people. In their own dominion, Heilland, they seek to find peace and prosperity. 'Heil' is Dutch for welfare or salvation.

With 'Das Boot' the second part of the story starts. The boat takes them to their beloved place of shelter, although they still face the evil gods and elements. In the title track 'Ordeal' the grand finale takes place. For the first time the people take their fate into their own hands, no longer willing to submit to external forces. Even though it is still unknown where their journey will take them, from now on, they will shape their own future. 'Burst into oblivion...And Beyond' symbolizes the ongoing cycle of these events: mankind will never truly find eternal salvation, nor will their suffering be everlasting.

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released May 1, 2005

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Fenris Almkerk, The Netherlands

Established in the Netherlands in 1997, Fenris has a long history of combining thunderous viking metal with scorching black/death metal. At times blindingly fast, sometimes atmospheric, but always melodic and dynamic. With strong roots in Nordic and Germanic mythology, and some of the lyrics in their mother tongue. ... more

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