seven tales of savage trails (demo 2014)

by C is for Cadaver

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Seven songs of monsters, demons, assassins, mages and rogues.
I considered providing summaries of each song, but I'd like to think the subject matter of each song speaks for itself. So give that a try. I included the lyrics with each track. Send me a question if you're curious about a tune's meaning. Thanks for listening and/or buying!

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released August 20, 2014

Thanks, Nick, for helping with the recording process and letting me use your equipment because I'm a cheap bum.

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C is for Cadaver St. Louis, Missouri

Tales from the Realm of Muerdaria. Dark fantasy. Folkpunk inspired by roleplaying games, Tolkien and Lovecraft.
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Track Name: into the dungeon
When something bad might happen, I imagine something worse
To prepare my fragile psyche, for what may not occur
What a way of self-conditioning I've fashioned for myself
A tomb for a lonely ghost / A most unheavenly host
Three pages torn from a mage's tome, a spell that went unfinished
A rambling existential troll with a soul trapped and diminished
This affliction's got a hold on me, this affliction's gonna kill me
But as long as I've got this blade I will live to find another day

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Three pages torn from a mage's tome
A spell for all the right ideas
A spell for the right thoughts in your head
A spell to quell unfeeling
Three pages taken from the battlemage
An ancient wizard's greatest work
Auctioned off to the highest bidder

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So I dive into the dungeon / the dungeon deep and dark
With nothing but a torch and a short blade stored at my side, and I
Do not fear this dungeon or the orcs that hide inside, for I've
Come to seek the pages that battlemage stole back
Now he's hiding in a chamber right behind an enchanted door
I am not a mage but I know a spell that just might work
Blood magic is forbidden but I do not fear the gods
So I cut my palm wide open and I charge in sword drawn here to claim my prize

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Three pages torn from a mage's tome
A spell for all the right ideas
A spell for the right thoughts in your head
A spell to quell unfeeling
Three pages taken from the battlemage
An ancient wizard's greatest work
Now I am the rightful owner

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Now I am the rightful owner
Of the mage's spell
Track Name: bird of war
The vulture
Flapping it's ethereal wings
Brandishing talons of steel
Blight of all kings and all queens
The dead have become the next meal
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Picking the bones of the weak
Soon we will find it imprisoned
Muzzle the mighty bird's beak
Roaring to all dare to listen
Track Name: lone wanderer
I do not have a place to call my home
No, I do not have a place to call my home
But I've passed a lot of ruins on this dusty iron road
Maybe I'll build a fire inside of one
Maybe I'll build a fire inside of one

There's a lot of piles of bones inside of here
Oh, there's a lot of piles of bones inside of here
Skulls and scraps of leather, hats, and empty bottles of beer
I will not make my bed, instead I'll run
I will not make my bed, instead I'll run

It's quiet and it's cold under the stars
Oh, it's quiet and it's cold under the stars
I looked for food and shelter but I didn't get very far
Now I think that someone's following me
And now I think that someone's following me

Eyes peek out from shadows in the trees
Oh, eyes peek out from shadows in the trees
I can see my breath but not the road in front of me
Only eyes that pierce into my soul
Only eyes that pierce into my soul

The demons of the forest call my name
Oh, the demons of the forest call my name
They ask a lot of questions and they wanna play some games
They say they've got a place to call my home
Yeah, they say they've got a place to call my home

It's very warm and dry where they've taken me
Oh, it's very warm and dry where they've taken me
But its never cold and I get free meals and bones to pick my teeth
I will not wander out, never again
I will not wander out, never again

There's too many piles of bones inside of here
Oh, there's too many piles of bones inside of here
I thought that I could manage but I cannot fight the fear
Demons are not considerate best friends
Demons are not considerate best friends

Do not get a demon as a friend
Do not trust a demon as a friend
A demon cannot become your best friend
Track Name: hunter's game
An arrow let loose into the sunset
And the sun ran red with blood
The hunter's spirit lifted o'er the treeline
Like only a hawk ever could
As the blackness of the night summoned the starlight
The moon, it drew an image of a stag
As the beast of crimson features shouted loudly
The hunter felt the calling of the mad
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Follow my path, I'll teach you the Hunt
I am the wolf king! I am the wolf king!
Your prey will beg forgiveness, now, listen close
Fight and die, die and kill! (x2)
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The father of the manbeasts saw the hunter
Was watching from the throne within his plane
He granted power greater than the giants
An affliction sure to bring near-endless pain
The hunter began cursing to the heavens,
fur and bones were bursting through his skin
Now he knows the power of the werewolf
A lycanthropic warrior of kin

Chase the night / Fear the day
Guards of the dawn will only bring dismay
Rend of flesh / feast of chase
Predator by night, but prey by day
Track Name: necromancer's tale
Come 'round children, let me tell you a tale of madness
A sickness, that still haunts the pages of man
Not of god, no a healer's hands failed to stay it
The most noxious of pestilence ever to creep of this land

The trigger was found 'neath the capitol's cobblestone alleys
Where the sewers were filled to the brink with a flowing most foul
The waste of the rich, oh no, it was just the beginning
Like that of the lunar embrace of a direwolf's howl

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Ask "how were the governors sleeping?"
"While their citizens rotted away?"
"Were they blind to the plague of the vermin?"
"Or were they too busy filling their coffers to ever delay?"
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Plague... of the vermin /// Clear the streets with a virtue so great
Speak... holy sermons /// Welcome morals on wiping the slate
Apocalypse in your tirade
To wash the world clean of its hate

So they covered their faces with masks for the virus was airborne
And carted the dead to their burial down by the sea
From youngest to elder, from beggars and nobles to newborn
It became very evident no was was safe from disease
No corpses were burned, the tombs were not covered in soil
Cadavers were twitching and moaning as eyes came to life
Palms began grasping the walls as they clawed up to freedom
Once familiar of townsfolk, now were the agents of strife

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Know how the dead began feeding
Tearing flesh with hands broken and grey
Point blame to the ignorant leaders
Bleeding just to hoard enough gold to take to their graves
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Plague... of the vermin ///
Clear the streets with a virtue so great
Speak... holy sermons ///
Welcome morals on wiping the slate
Apocalypse in your tirade
To wash the world clean of its hate

Bones... of the dearly departed
Seek no rest while the kingdom still lives
Sink... sink your teeth into the heartless
Bash your limbs 'til the palace doors give
Tear out the throat of this rift
'Til slumber, I give you, this gift...
Track Name: lady of sin
Breeze licks the candles at the tables
As a door of wood and iron opens in
A boot comes down to snuff the life of the kobold
Oh, the woman in dark raiment, silk of skin

Pass the flagon of mead
Full of courage I shall need
For no number of words is enough
She'll tear out your heart where you stand
Mother of demons, killer of man
Even with your perfect hand, she'll call it a bluff

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You'll never, ever win against the lady of sin
The deadliest feminine assassin
You'll lose before you begin / necks will break while heads will spin
Your soul will wither thin / the lady of sin
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A scent of putrid intoxication
Follows her every move
Bodies line the walls of every brothel and city hall
Of men who believed they had their love to prove

Like the roll of the die
Doom lingers in chance of try
With luck, your speed of death will match your skill
But this I warn, let me regale
All blows will glance, criticals fail
She'll be lining you up in her sights, her easiest kill

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You'll never, ever win against the lady of sin
The deadliest feminine assassin
You'll lose before you begin / necks will break while heads will spin
Your soul will wither thin to the lady of sin
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Track Name: serpent's bane
You are Satan's spawn / sent straight up from hell
You do not have arms / no wings and no spells
You have two sharp fangers / two fangs full of ire
Closest to a dragon / without breathing fire
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Your scales are like steel / your hide is your armor
You slaughter and pillage every village you conquer
While you're murdering innocents / from mountain to sea
Please make me an ally / Oh, won't you spare me?

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King of the tall grass, oh tell us your name
Terror of the forests - serpent's bane!
Your foes writhe in pain / Your venom in their veins
Fear the demon snake / serpent's bane / serpent's bane
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You are Satan's spawn / sent straight up from hell
You do not have arms / no wings and no spells
You have two sharp fangers / two fangs full of ire
Closest to a dragon / without breathing fire
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You do not want riches, adoration or glory
Just limitless worship while we're ripped up and gory
You're a bloodthirsty tyrant / we rejoice in your splendor
The realm's greatest horror / god's greatest contender

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King of the tall grass, oh tell us your name
Terror of the forests - serpent's bane!
Your foes writhe in pain / Your venom in their veins
Fear the demon snake / serpent's bane / serpent's bane
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Serpent's bane
Demon snake
Serpent's bane
Serpent's bane