Death is a Fine Companion

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In early Germanic cultures, it was considered a great honor for a warrior to give his life in battle. During pagan times, it was believed a that those who died in battle would be granted a place in Valhalla, where they would feast and fight until Ragnarok, a much preferable afterlife to the boredom of Helheim. Even after conversion to Christianity, it was still considered the ideal end for a Germanic warrior to give his life in battle. The verse of death is a fine companion describe scenes of battle a warrior of the Dark Ages was likely to encounter, whilst the chorus is a reminder to the warrior to welcome death in battle should it come for him. The interlude includes an English translation of verses 75 and 76 from the Old Norse Havamal.

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The arrows singing in the sky
A duet with the battle cry
As men are charging from their lines
Seeking glory

Hosts meet with a mighty crash
Spears are splintered
Shields are smashed
Shining swords raised in the sun
Bring men honor

Death is a fine companion
When he comes for the foe
But keep your welcome warm
When he comes for you

Screaming echoes all around
The cries of men we've stricken down
Cowards throw their arms and flee
Men no longer

Warriors would rather die
Than live out a disgraceful life
They kill as many as they can
And die with valor

Death is a fine companion
When he comes for the foe
But keep your welcome warm
When he comes for you

“Cattle die, kinsmen Die,
Even the self must die
There is one thing which never dies:
The reputation of each dead man”

“Cattle die, kinsmen Die,
Even the self must die
There is one thing which never dies:
Glory for the man who can achieve it”
- Adapted from Havamal

So do not let fear block your hand
See to it blood shall coat this land
Whether it be yours or theirs
Makes small difference

The only thing that's better than
Taking lives of other men
Is to sacrifice your own
A death in battle

Death is a fine companion
When he comes for the foe
But keep your welcome warm
When he comes for you

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from Land of the Setting Sun EP, released October 14, 2016

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Isenmor Baltimore, Maryland

ISENMOR is dual-violin-fronted Gewyrdelic Folc Metal. Combining elements of folk metal greats ENSIFERUM, HEIDEVOLK, ELUVEITIE, FALKENBACH, and TÝR, ISENMOR fuses the heart of the Old World with the spirit of those who sought out new shores.

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