Imperium Romanum

by Metal De Facto

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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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Track Name: The Conqueror
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
Track Name: Legionnaires' Oath
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
Track Name: Naturalis Historia
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
Track Name: Inferno
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
Track Name: Bacchanalia
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
Track Name: Echoes in Eternity
...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
Track Name: Ides of March
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)
Track Name: The Ascending of Jupiter
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
Track Name: Germanicus (feat. Maurizio Iacono)
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)

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