The Raven's Shadow

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1.
Raven, dreary flake of night Drifting in the eye of day Where this raven roams forlorn Veins of midnight flaw the morn And the universal chime Falter out of tune and time Coils the labyrinthine sea Duteous to the lunar will In the night When you lie alone Haunted by a shadow On silent wings When the bird becomes a thought And the thought becomes a dream And the dream, outspread on high Lords it over the abject sky He not less will croak and croak As he ever caws and caws Till the starry dance he broke Till the sphery paean pause The Raven's Shadow In the night When you lie alone Haunted by a shadow On silent wings
2.
Like a gust of wind through wheat Mown down by gunfire Rows of people fell to the ground Faces splattered in blood It was a carnage Like a battlefield Blood and bodies Everywhere Finally there was silence In the cathedral of death A tomb for mankind This immense hall of agony As chaos reigns Final hours unfurl Precious lives come to an end By bullets godsent It was a carnage Like a battlefield Blood and bodies Everywhere
3.
Hör Den Tod 04:53
In der dunklen Tiefe der Nacht An der traumlosen Schwelle zur Ewigkeit Wenn mir der Schlaf entflieht Kreisen die schwarzen Gedanken Ich starre in den Abgrund Nur ein Schritt in die Dunkelheit Jede Hoffnung scheint verloren Ich höre den Tod Schuld und Angst verzehren mich Verzweiflung folgt auf Trauer Ich bin eine Hülle, hohl und leer Mein Herz ist ein kalter Stein Ich starre in den Abgrund Nur ein Schritt in die Dunkelheit Jede Hoffnung scheint verloren Ich höre den Tod Hilflos treibend Im Mahlstrom des Lebens Umfängt mich das Vergessen Und macht mich frei Endlich frei! Ich springe in den Abgrund Ein letzter Schritt in die Dunkelheit Jede Hoffnung war verloren Ich hörte den Tod Ich hörte den Tod Ich hörte den Tod
4.
For I´m divine, I command The slaughter of your son Bind him to the altar Let the bloodshed begin Blood On Thy Hands Blood On Thy Hands Infant sacrifice to satisfy The soul eating gods The tears shall wet the earth Let the bloodshed begin Tear off the nails Extract the heart Decapitate Burn, murder, blood Three blows of an axe Flatten the man's head Cut open his throat Let him die the threefold death Blood On Thy Hands Blood On Thy Hands
5.
After the battle under the blood red sky As the crows feast on the dead Lamentations rise among the warriors The great king has fallen Now raise the mound Over the black ship Let the sacrifice begin Honor thy master With your own blood The fallen lord shall rest in his grave Lay him down with all his weapons So he will find eternal peace And sit among the mighty gods Bond-women five Shall follow him And eight of my thralls Well-born are they Children with me And mine they were As you have served in life You will follow him into death Put a rope around your neck And stab you with a knife Flames lighten the northern sky And massive pillars of smoke Elevate the spirit to the afterlife And guide him to Valhalla Now rise the mound Over the black ship Let the sacrifice begin Honor thy master With your own blood
6.
For many ages of men In the frostbitten lands The grim and watchful gods Ruled over the north Now kneel down under the crosses Casting shadows on the world Surrender to the trinity Of father, son and holy ghost The heathen kings subdued Denying their beliefs The monuments of the old gods Crumbled into dust Now kneel down under the crosses Casting shadows on the world Surrender to the trinity Of father, son and holy ghost On ships they came To the northern lands Bringing the cross With a sword in their hand Now kneel down under the crosses Casting shadows on the world Surrender to the trinity Of father, son and holy ghost Never kneel down under the crosses (Never kneel down) Casting shadows on the world (Deep black shadows) Never surrender to the trinity (Never surrender) Of father, son and holy ghost (Holy ghost)
7.
Out of ominous deep shadows I'm on a trail of blood red rage A wanderer out of desolation I am the bringer of pain, no one knows my name Shadow warrior Riding on the wings of the storm Shadow warrior I will erase you from the earth Sent by the preacher in his cave To punish you for your sins Your blood will soak the earth Countless souls sent to rot in hell Shadow warrior Riding on the wings of the storm Shadow warrior I will erase you from the earth I will invade Eradicate Set to kill Break your will Spreading fear I'm right here Conjoined by fate I'm fueled by hate Shadow warrior Riding on the wings of the storm Shadow warrior I will erase you from the earth
8.
I am the ice-cold fount I am a lake in the plain I am a wave of the ocean I am the sound of the sea Under this sun Growth and decay Celebrate life Through all the ages Under this sun Under this sun I am a hawk on a cliff I am a salmon in a pool I am the eagle in the sky I am the wolf deep in the forest Under this sun Growth and decay Celebrate life Through all the ages Under this sun Under this sun I am the dormant seed I am the tree in spring I am the falling leaf I am a witness throughout the years Under this sun Growth and decay Celebrate life Through all the ages Under this sun Under this sun
9.
The North Star whispers: You are one Of those whose course no chance can change You blunder, but are not undone Your spirit-task is fixed and strange When here you walk, a bloodless shade A singer all men else forget Your chants of hammer, forge and spade Will move this northern village yet Your flambeau in the dusk shall burn Flame high in storms, flame white and clear Your ghost in gleaming robes return And burn a deathless incense here Yet shall the fragments still remain Yet shall remain some watch-tower strong That ivy-vines will not disdain Haunted and trembling with your song

about

The successor to the album "Nemesis", released in 2016, shines with 9 songs full of gripping rhythmic thunderstorms and captivating, majestic melodies. BLOODRED have refined the songwriting on this album and show the band at the peak of their work so far.

Produced by Alex Krull in his Mastersound Studios, the music shoots out of the speakers clearly and powerfully. Joris Nijenhuis was in top form again on the drums. "THE RAVEN'S SHADOW" is rounded off by the timeless and impressive artwork by Stefan Heilemann.

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9/10
“It is a Blackened Death Metal proposal that will be worth listening to as they create an interesting fusion resulting from Black and Death influences […] Great job.”
(Metal Gods TV)

“The Raven’s Shadow” is worthy any minute the fan decides to spend listening to it. If you are a fan of an extremely well-done Extreme Metal band, Bloodred is the answer to your prayers.
(Metal Addicts)

8/10
“The music of the band is a form of melodic Blackened Death Metal, pulsing with a raw energy and an aggressive insight tempered by fine and melodic arrangements. BLOODRED really can be great one day with the right sharpening of its own musical features, but for now, listening to “The Raven’s Shadow” is a very good experience.”
(Metal Temple)

“Gelegenheit zum Luftholen lässt einem das Album nicht. […] Technisch anspruchsvoll und dennoch gefühlvoll, druckvoll und dunkel mit sorgsam eingebrachten Melodien ist ein Album entstanden, das wie eine Wanderung durch das Teufelsmoor im Oktober.”
(“The album does not give you an opportunity to catch your breath. […] Technically demanding, yet soulful, powerful and dark with carefully introduced melodies, an album was created that is like a hike through the Teufelsmoor in October.”)
(Metal-Heads.de)

9/10
“Es wird ein fettes Death Metal Brett dargeboten, das mit seiner schwarzmetallischen Bösartigkeit und den teils epischen Melodieakkorden direkt ins Blut übergeht und besagtes sehr stark in Wallung bringt. Hier ist exzessives Headbangen vorprogrammiert. Ein starkes Stück Metal, dem man unbedingt Beachtung schenken sollte.”
(“Massive Death Metal is presented here, which with its black metallic malevolence and the partly epic melody chords goes straight into the blood and gets the said one going. Excessive headbanging is pre-programmed here. A strong piece of metal you should definitely pay attention to.”)
(Metal Only)

9/10
“Definitiv eines der Top Blackened Death Metal-Alben der letzten paar Jahre.”
(“Definitely one of the top Blackened Death Metal albums of the past few years.”)
(AMMO supports the underground)

9/10
“Hier passt einfach alles zusammen! Ein tolles Album …”
(“Everything fits together here! A great album …”)
(Crossfire)

8,5/10
” … ein imposantes Album … Das was BLOODRED hier auf die Kette gebracht haben gelingt einigen Bands während ihres gesamten Bestehens nicht.”
(“… an impressive album … What BLOODRED have put on the chain here is not possible for some bands throughout their existence”)
(Zephyr’s Odem)

8/10
“In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Bloodred and if you are a fan of melodic and blackened death metal, you should check out this album.”
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

7,5/10
“With a blackened death metal approach that appears to be pretty straightforward, the band creates an impression with quality delivery.”
(The Metal Observer)

7,3/10
“Mit The Raven´s Shadow haben Bloodred ein gelungenes Stück Blackened Death Metal abgeliefert.”
(“With The Raven’s Shadow, Bloodred delivered a felicitous piece of Blackened Death Metal.”)
(Time For Metal)

7/10
“”The Raven’s Shadow” ist ein absolut hörenswertes Album mit einigen genialen Momenten geworden.”
(Kobzr Magazine)

“”The Raven´s Shadow” […] platziert BLOODRED im oberen Drittel der Metal-Bundesliga.”
(“”The Raven’s Shadow ”[…] places BLOODRED in the top third of the “Metal-Bundesliga”.)
(Metal-Inside)

“Fazit: BLOODRED liefert mit “The Raven’s Shadow” ein richtig gutes, abwechslungsreiches Album ab, das aus dem riesigen Becken an Veröffentlichungen im Bereich Black und Death Metal herausragt.”
(“Conclusion: BLOODRED delivers with “The Raven’s Shadow” a really good, varied album that stands out from the huge pool of releases in the field of Black and Death Metal.”)
(Powermetal.de)

“Viele gelungene Gitarrenriffs, gelegentliche softe Parts, dann wieder ein regelrechter Dampfhammer gepaart mit intensivem Growling – so könnte man mit wenigen Worten beschreiben, was man zu hören bekommt, allerdings ginge dabei der Blick auf die Vielschichtigkeit der einzelnen Tracks verloren!”
(“Many felicitous guitar riffs, occasional soft parts, then a real steam hammer paired with intense growling – you could describe in a few words what you hear, but you would lose sight of the complexity of the individual tracks!”)
(MetalMammas Neuigkeiten)

“Unterm Strich macht das zweite Album von BLOODRED ziemlich Spaß, weil Mastermind Ron Merz mit Herzblut in diesem Stil komponiert […] ein solides Stück Metall.”
(“The bottom line is that BLOODRED’s second album is pretty fun because mastermind Ron Merz is passionately composing a solid piece of metal in this style.”)
(Legacy / Print #126)

“Am Ende steht hier ein echt gutes Album, das Metalfreunde mit Faible für Black/Death und für starke Melodien packen sollte.”
(“In the end there is a really good album, which metal fans with a soft spot for black / death and strong melodies should grab.”)
(Amboss-Mag)

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released September 25, 2020

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