So Willingly Deceived

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"So Willingly Deceived" is written from the perspective of a last holdout to Germanic paganism addressing their people who had converted to Christianity. While many people who admire the Germanic pagan ways hold the belief that the pagan peoples of Europe were all forced to Christianity, the reality is that most converted willingly. Events like the Verdict of Verdun, where pagans were forced to convert or die, were actually not that common, and in most instances the populace converted from the old ways voluntarily along with their rulers. This song is a somber mocking of those who chose to leave the old ways for the bastard son of a tyrant, listing the deeds of the Aesir and Vanir, and questioning how anyone knowing them could choose the Christian religion over those.


See the Ash and Elm
From which Mankind
were carved
And given breath of life
By your fathers’ gods

See the Runes on the stones
Bought at such great price
So their secrets men could know
Through Wodan's sacrifice

Hear the Thunder in the Sky
The sound of Donar's
mighty strikes
Through all the Nine Worlds
he rides
As he defends all of mankind

The missing eye and hand
Given gladly by the gods
To keep all safe from harm
By Loki's ravenous spawn

But yet you have forgotten
All this that has been done
You gladly pledge yourselves
To a tyrant's bastard son

So willingly deceived
By a poorly concealed lie
And what good has it done
For your foolish, traitorous lives?

How could you turn your backs
On those who gave you all?
How could you have forgot
All that the gods have done?

So willingly deceived
By a poorly concealed lie
Of a coward's paradise
How could you be so blind?

After all you have been told
Of the Aesir's mighty deeds
How is it you have been
So willingly deceived?


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



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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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