tisdag 15 maj 2018

Döds Ände lyrics


Döds Ände – Death's End
First song on Svavelvinter's full-length-album Mörkrets Tid.
English lyrics translation and explanations below.
Album available för preorder at Dimout Production.
Link to video

Döds Ände is sung by the wizard Shagul, shouting out his defiance towards the gods – ”the storytellers” to him. He refuses to be a character in an already written story and has stolen his name, placing it in a magical book which makes him his own master and invisible to the gods.

Swedish lyrics
Var än jag är
förblir min tanke min
I världen härskar jag med egen håg
Jag lever hellre fri av dy och syra
än tjänar gudarna i höga himlar

Jag är han
Jag är ingen
Jag tar makt över tingen
Jag är han
skorpionen
Jag är utvald till tronen

Mörkerman ses mäktig stånda
gräsligt fram ur gravens grotta
Ve den stad där vaggan stod
Djupen må dess murar sluka

Låt fjättra var min lem i stumman länk
om smidd än av den hårdaste demant
mitt skratt ska flykta levande ur fängsel
som fjädern dansa bort med vårens vind

I boken skriver jag mitt eget liv
min hand med tålmod formar var versal
Låt rygg som saknar vilja träla slav
Mitt öga slukar rymd från höga berg

Berättarna må kräla i sitt guld
De läser mig, men ser mig ändå inte
De hör min röst, men ingen styr mitt öde
jag äger mod att knyta stolt min näve

Varje man
jag är Shagul,
bringar aska och tagel


English lyrics
Wherever I am
my thoughts remain my own
In all the world I rule by my own will
I’d rather live free in mud and acid
than serve the gods in high heavens

I am he
I am nobody
I claim power over matter
I am he
the scorpion
I am destined for the throne

The dark man rises with might
horribly from the cave of his tomb

Woe to the city where his cradle stood
May the deep swallow its walls

Let fetter each limb with rigid links
Be they forged of unyielding diamond
my laughter will still escape alive
like a feather in the winds of spring

In the book I write my own life
my hand patiently forms each letter
Let the spineless serve as slaves
My eye tastes the view from above

The storytellers may crawl in gold
They read me, but they see me not
They hear me, but don’t rule my destiny
I proudly dare to clench my fist

All men
I am Shagul,
bringing ash and whip

# # #

* Red text is a quote from the prophecy Vox Ranzina in the RPGs and novels. It spells doom for the city where Shagul was born.
* Lyrics paragraphs 1,4 and 6 were written in blank verse as a homage to John Milton. Somebody pointed out that Shagul has an agenda similar to Lucifer in Milton's Paradise Lost.
* Döds Ände – Death's End – is a concept from the novel Svavelvinter, where the wizard's disciples seek immortality. It doesn't end well for them.
* The name Shagul means ”scorpion” – this is incidently the scorpion on the Svavelvinter T-shirts and on the spine of the novels. You can see Shagul on the reddish book cover to the right, on the cover of the novel Slaktare småAll Little Butchers.
* ”Demant” is an older spelling of ”diamond” in Swedish. I used the older word to better suit the rythm.

måndag 16 april 2018

Vanderland lyrics


Vanderland – Wanderland
Second song on Svavelvinter's full-length album Mörkrets Tid.
English lyrics translation and explanations below.
Album available för preorder at Dimout Production.
Link to video

Vanderland is sung by those who flee from the polar island Marjura as it is invaded by the undead seen on the album cover.

Swedish lyrics
Vårt liv var
nu rinner det med blod ur handen
och sinnen bar
de bleka fingrars spår i sanden
Vi står här, vi väntar på den karga stranden
men sorgen tär de råa, sönderslitna banden

En mörk däld
vi följer bort från hemmahärden
Mot norrskenets eld
och fjärran stränders is går färden

En kall dag
vi går i skepp från moderjorden
Med vindars tag
hörs mörka vågor slå mot borden
En blek syn, då tystnar alla sorgeorden
som havens dyn ur skogen väller döda horden

En tusenårig leda
min vilja fjättrad med eviga band
Jag bidar stum i nedan
vars smälta sätter mig i brand
För synen böljar ringen
Jag trälar under mitt ögas tyrann
En väg för all och ingen
I dimma elden undan rann

Folk som djur
slät som kvur
lämnar trakten
Övermakten
härjar, jagar
De som klagar
flyr från döden
Dolda öden
väntar vaga
Sorgesaga
fä som frände
går till ände
Rinn i natten
blod som vatten
ur min hand
Vanderland

En lång tid på Gjutenheim 
vi levt, nu är den
med Kmorda förbi
Nu brinner jord, nu smälter världen


English translation
Our life that was
now pours with blood from our hands
Our senses trail
pale fingers in the sand
We stand waiting on the barren shore
grief tearing the raw, torn ties

Through a dark valley
we wander from the hearth of home
Towards the burning northern lights
and ice of unknown shores we walk

One cold day
by ship we leave our native home
With every gust of wind
dark waves lap against the strakes
A paling view, silencing all wailing
Like swell of the sea, the dead come forth

A thousand years of dejection
my mind bound by eternal ties
I wait muted below
where the smelt burns me
Before my eye the ring wavers
I'm a slave under the tyrant of my gaze
A road for all and no one
My fire swallowed by the mist

People and beasts
smooth and kvur
leave the lands
Mighty powers
ravage and hunt
Those who wail
flee from death
Hidden destinies
dimly await
Saga of sorrow
beasts and folk
reach their end
Run in the night
blood and water
from my hand
Wanderland

A long time in Gjutenheim 
we lived, now it has passed
along with Kmorda 
Earth is burning, world is melting

# # #

Red text is sung by the native humans
Blue text is sung by Jagganath, a giant being trapped in the magma under Marjura
Black text is a description of what's going on
Green text is sung by the ice giants that leave since the glacier Kmorda is melting

Please ask away if you have any questions!
(Incidently, Vanderland is the title of the fourth book in my fantasy tetralogy. There's a double meaning to the word, but I won't spoil the story.)

söndag 15 april 2018

About Mörkrets tid

Mörkrets tid – Time of Darkness – is a full length album by the Swedish metal band Svavelvinter, music by Christian Älvestam and lyrics by Erik Granström. It will be released in may 2018.

In this blogg all lyrics from the record in Swedish and English will be collected. I will explain what each song is about, one at a time for those interested.

Songs in the album
Döds ände – Death's end
Vanderland – Wanderland
De åldriga ödlornas ed – Oath of the ancient wyrms
Glasmannen – The glass man
Shum Shaula
Den gudomliga väven – The divine tapestry
Ishjärta – Heart of Ice
Mörkrets tid – Time of darkness

The setting
The setting in the album was created a long time ago for a series of Swedish role playing game (RPG) adventures and novels written by Erik Granström. Christian played the RPG as a kid and picked up the name Svavelvinter, which is the title of the first RPG adventure as well as the first novel in the series. The renaissance fantasy land Trachoria invades the polar island Marjura to gain control of it's sulphur marshes, setting in motion all kinds of bad things.

All the songs on Mörkrets tid are set on Marjura, picturing scenes, creatures and moods from the novels, while the next Svavelvinter album probably will move to Trachoria proper.



fredag 12 januari 2018

Mörkrets tid är här


Här är omslaget till metalbandet Svavelvinters andra album Mörkrets tid med motiv från Marjura och Trakorien. Christian Älvestam har gjort musiken och undertecknad skrivit texterna till alla åtta låtarna på skivan. Christian har precis sjungit klar alla skönsångspartier med bättre utrustning och ska nu köra partierna med growl. Under februari blir det mixning och mastering i Skövde och sedan hoppas vi kunna trycka upp CD-plattor för försäljning framåt april. Vi kommer eventuellt att köra en separat kickstarter för vinylversion senare.

Illustrationen med crurerna som vaknar ur sin mosse är gjord av Pär Olofsson och Seiya Ogino kommer att fixa layouten från Australien tillsammans med Christian.