Imperium Romanum

by Metal De Facto

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1.
The tale as old as time Told in countless words and rhymes Descendants of the Gods Born to rule, that's who we are Two blessed sons arise Unaware of the looming strife The stream of life, eternal skies With grief, watch their plight Conqueror, on my own Like a wolf, I wander on No other than the road I chose will take me home Conqueror, on my own Like a fool, I never saw My brother, for evermore Together we are strong Pride is the spark That will make all fall apart When blind men start Following auspices and not their hearts Avarice, hate and fratricide No forgiveness in sight The storm of doom will rise Before the halcyon times Conqueror, on my own Like a wolf, I wander on No other than the road I chose will take me home Conqueror, on my own Like a fool, I never saw My brother, for evermore Together we are strong Tales fade in time Lost, are all words and rhymes Deceased, are the ancient gods Still, we wonder who we are Until all men arise United, together we will thrive The stream of life, eternal skies With grief watch our plight Conqueror, on my own Like a wolf, I wander on No other than the road I chose will take me home Conqueror, on my own Like a fool, I never saw My brother, for evermore Together we are strong
2.
Here we stand Face to face With our enemies Cold morning mist Shall bury their bodies On blood-soaked fields We have all given The oath before the Gods We are here To fulfill our part (Our part to soldier on) We shall fight! We shall die! We shall give all for Rome ‘Cause the Empire shall not fall The charge begins I throw my spear Bracing the first blow My shield holds I feel my steel Cut to my enemy’s bone We have all given The oath before the Gods We are here To fulfill our part (Our part to soldier on) We shall fight! We shall die! We shall give all for Rome ‘Cause the Empire shall not fall A quarter of a century Fighting for my country Today it all comes to an end My brothers in arms, farewell The Empire shall not fall
3.
Facing the high tide The moon and the stars The mysterious grandeur of life Colors so varied and scents so sublime All serving the great unknown The golden rays of sunlight Lighting the way to understanding Praising the gods to enlighten my way Divinity’s shrouded altar Infinite wonders and beings all around Dust in the wind is all we are The road goes on towards our future Praise natureʼs might; unbound, unbroken Gazing over mountains high And far beyond the seven seas All the wonders of the world await Now can you hear their call? Time won’t wait for you So, find out the truth of your life and what it means To be and to exist in this natural world The search goes on Our universe and all life Move on in circles of time Following this ancient rule The journey goes on evermore Gazing over mountains high And far beyond the seven seas All the wonders of the world await Now can you hear their call? Time won’t wait for you So, find out the truth of your life and what it means To be and to exist in this natural world All these years I’ve tried to find the Answers, yet the search goes on To these pages, I have poured my lifeʼs Work, all that I could find But time won’t wait for me So, find out the truth of this life and what it means To be and to exist in this natural world
4.
Inferno 04:13
You know me, still you deny My divine power over your feeble God Call my name Beast of the Empire See me reign Beast of the Empire I will engulf the flame Where you will burn Or you will take the blame And face the pain, unheard The act is over, the curtain falls I might be gone, but there will be nine more See them rise Oh, flames of mine I will engulf the flame Where you will burn Or you will take the blame And face the pain, unheard I will engulf the flame Where you will burn Or you will take the blame And face the pain, unheard
5.
Bacchanalia 04:31
Hey! Yeah, you! Why the sad face? Working like a slave And there is nothing to gain? Take my hand I'll lead you so far away Forget your misery And dive into ecstasy Wine flows for the God we love And he knows the way to euphoria All the lustful welcome to bacchanalia The bliss of flesh Now, time to undress! The priestess' nectar The wanton’s embrace Take my hand I'll lead you so far away Forget your misery And dive into ecstasy Wine flows for the God we love And he knows the way to euphoria All the lustful welcome to bacchanalia Take my hand I'll lead you so far away Forget your misery And dive into ecstasy Wine flows for the God we love And he knows the way to euphoria All the lustful welcome to bacchanalia
6.
...what a precious privilege it is to be alive -to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love... Waiting for the dawn As the shroud of doubt again falls Covering my clear thoughts Why is the truth so hard to abide? For all the passion, denied I shall you deify, my love and light Falling from the skies Where my wings broke apart All the roads I wandered upon And left behind Words that weren't said Touches that weren't made I regret them every day Every lonely morning, My whispers in the wind; Echoes in eternity Because my life is only here and now I know I must move on Nothing happens to a man that one can't endure But before the oblivion; a battle, a sojourn in a strange land Falling from the skies Where my wings broke apart All the roads I wandered upon And left behind Words that weren't said Touches that weren't made I regret them every day Every lonely morning, My whispers in the wind; Echoes in eternity Words that weren't said Touches that weren't made I regret them every day Every lonely morning, My whispers in the wind; Echoes in eternity
7.
Colosseum 03:09
8.
Under the light Of the full moon This sacred night Will turn into your doom No divine shield From heavens above Will save you now Because the time has come! Liar Betrayal How could you This is madness! We will all pay our dues The Ides of March has come The price will be paid, fair or not Before the day is done Oh humanity For sweet revenge Or ignorance The outcome is the same So, who dares To play a God? Who dares to say “I've seen it all, across the edge of time?" Liar Betrayal How could you This is madness! We will all pay our dues The Ides of March has come The price will be paid, fair or not Before the day is done Woe is me My brother, oh why? All cowards die So many times But valiant souls Face death only once Liar Betrayal How could you This is madness! We will all pay our dues The Ides of March has come The price will be paid, fair or not Before the day is done “Let the die be cast!” (Julius Cesar, 12.7. 100BC -15.3. 44 BC)
9.
Before the time of men So long ago Every God bent their knees Before the ancient king No rival in his sight Only in his mind Devouring his own kind But one was left behind... Like the sun tears up the night All evil deeds Of the cruel father of time Will be for all to see No, this can't go on Injustice no more I know what must be done Overthrow the ancient one Hear the cry of the eagle And the roar of the thunder As the lighting divides his kingdom Behold Jupiter's might Bright, high skies Horizon divine Augurs who search the skies Have seen the sign Another Ides is coming, so prepare a sacrifice War is drawing near But don't fear the storm Because my heavenly light Will bless the people of Rome Hear the cry of the eagle And the roar of the thunder As the lighting divides his kingdom Behold Jupiter's might Hear the cry of the eagle And the roar of the thunder As the lighting divides his kingdom Behold Jupiter's might
10.
Our General, Our loyalty for you is endless Your legions Are waiting for your next command Some victories are gained without a sword Today, we will march to the tribes of the North “Slaughter and pillage, the glory of Rome” That's our command, our fate Brothers, let's move on Our General, We've shed our blood, we’ve given you our all (All) legions Will bury the dead and hunt down their foes Men, I've heard the call The rescued noble stirred up our foes Sails up! To the riverine! The Silver Eagle, we’ll proudly reclaim, show our might Glorious, eternal Empire Grandiose fame and power Our general The Augur says that we’ll win today Your legions Armours shine and spears are held high Scouts have returned, flanks are secured “Bring me my sword and saddle my horse!” Arrows and fire, rain from the sky Rome will prevail! Leave none of them alive! Our General! With you we are victorious and Your legions Shall praise your name and Rome forever! My gallant troops, this fight is fought Now we must make haste back to Rome Commanded, we are to head far away To the land of the sun and the golden grain Glorious, eternal Empire Grandiose fame and power These barren times Tainted souls Perfidy I can hear them in the night As I lie still Like venom it stings We have all sworn to obey the Emperor’s commands We shall never desert And we shall not seek to avoid death But always be ready to sacrifice our lives for the Roman Empire! Glorious, eternal Empire Grandiose fame and power As a wise man once said: “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, But how good it is, is what matters.” (Seneca)

about

Metal De Facto was formed in late 2017 by Esa Orjatsalo (ex-Dreamtale) and Sami Hinkka (Ensiferum), who had met and discussed the deeper meanings of power metal in Ensiferum’s tour bus. The line-up was soon completed with Atte Marttinen (ex-Kivimetsän Druidi), Benji Connelly (Everfrost), Mikko Salovaara (Leverage) and Mikael Salo (Everfrost). The band promises to “Make Power Metal Great Again” with their powerful sound and epic concepts, ones that deal with different historical themes and mythologies.

The idea was that every album would have a theme based on a certain country’s / culture’s history and mythology. The debut album Imperium Romanum will deal with the Roman Empire and the many tales, true stories and philosophies associated with it. Each song is about a different aspect of this grand topic, and while being enjoyable as escapist storytelling in itself, also delves into the mindset of the different characters and people from whose perspectives the songs are written.

Guitarist and founder Esa Orjatsalo states: “As our band name states, it is pure heavy metal music just as we like it, it means that it is time to ‘Make Power Metal Great Again’! That is what METAL DE FACTO is all about. “Imperium Romanum” is an album made by a huge power metal fan for other power metal fans. We didn’t want to reinvent the wheel just for the sake of it, but we definitely also brought some fresh perspective into the songwriting. If I would hear this album when I was young, I would have been really excited!”

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released November 22, 2019

METAL DE FACTO are:

Mikael Salo – Vocals
Esa Orjatsalo – Guitars
Mikko Salovaara – Guitars
Sami Hinkka – Bass
Benji Connelly – Keyboard
Atte Marttinen – Drums

Featuring Maurizio Iacono (Kataklysm, Ex Deo) - spoken word on 'Germanicus'
Acoustic guitars by Sami Hinkka
Gang vocals by Mikael Salo, Sami Hinkka, Élodie Frioux and Atte Marttinen

Written by Metal De Facto
Produced by Esa Orjatsalo

Recorded at Goodman studios

Mixed and mastered by Esa Orjatsalo at Tadaa Music studio and Goodman studios

Cover art/booklet art by Gyula Havancsák


Released by Rockshots Records

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