Blood Dancer

by Blood Dancer

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released 26 July 2012
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Brian Rumsey

A Special Thank You...

To the Bloody Ones; those who have touched our hearts and enjoyed listening to our music. YOU are why WE exist! Salud! But especially, thank you Brian Rumsey for making this album possible, mixing, mastering, engineering, drumming, playing bass and providing backup vocals and for being a part of this project since 2010. Glad to have you on board, buddy!

Thank you Chris Konecki for the awesome cover art and the first draft of the Blood Dancer logo. Tony Montemarano, for his graphics work editing the album art, logo, photography, and becoming our bassist. Peter Goldberger, for his legal advice, copyrighting our songs, suggestions on art and the logo and for creating the Blood Dancer website. B.J. Barclay, for her managerial advice, aiding the band financially and for being a fan of our music. Paul Abbot at Zen Mastering, for the “freebie”. Jonathan Kearney, for being a fan and letting us use his Taylor guitar on Discourse of the Soul. Paul Clausen, for being our fan and becoming our rhythm guitarist. Jamie Van Wagoner for helping Brian record the drums when no one else would. Jonah Brenner, for being our fan and Santa Cruz jam buddy. Tara Vrsalovich, for helping with the photography. And thank you to the families of Blood Dancer for always being supportive and amazing!

Thank you Nate Upton for loving the music just as much as we do. You rock, man! \m/ Thanks Bernie Giovannini-Bernal, Jordan Willoughby, Dave Alleshouse, and Mark Wainscott for putting up with our obnoxious loudness over at Brian's house and sometimes even enjoying it.

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Blood Dancer San Diego, California

Blood Dancer is a metal band from San Diego, California. Founded in summer 2010, they are self-described as a unique blend of Iron Maiden, Dio, Van Halen and Opeth.
Blood Dancer was originally a brotherly duo of epic proportions, begun in San Diego, California (USA).
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Track Name: Death to the Saints
Spirits of your fallen kin, wander through the night herein
Restless were the chosen when they joined the path of righteous men

Trudging through the frigid snow, the stars no longer shine
Under the storm a fiery glow torn from the fabric of time

And the rage turns the page in their minds
The broken winds of change realign

Crescent moon on the jagged lake of hope and despair
An unknown fate, Death to the Saints, we declare!

No more fear. No more lies. We stand here, and we will fight!
No more fear. No more lies. We stand here, and we will fight!

Death to the Saints! Death to the Saints!!

Bloody flood from the River Styx
Hollow saint burns his crucifix
Trapped in the endless mists of time
The league of the faithless follow him blind

And the rage turns the page in his mind
The broken winds of change realign
Track Name: The Herald of War
The countryside is beset by wild darkness and vile beasts
Silhouettes are descending upon us, like crows to a feast
With haste you ride to warn your tribe. The sun rests on the shore
The lone enforcer on the horizon; The Herald of War

Fighting for something you've never known
They come to take everything you own
A life in shackles or dead with a crown
Heartless spirits that cannot be bound

Journey with the Herald to some place to call your own
Brothers and sisters join with you and fight to defend the throne
The greatest things come at a price. Freedom comes from sacrifice

The Bloody Ones are whispering of an omen pierced through the storm
A plague the wind carries. And you have been warned

Your foreseen fate has been cast aside
Your entrance to heaven has been denied

Something is dark here, something not right
Something I can't see hides in plain sight
Prospect of death, you must be a savior
Before you go indulge in sinful behavior

Your foreseen fate has been cast aside
Your entrance to heaven has been denied

Journey with the Herald to some place to call your own
Brothers and sisters join with you and fight to defend the throne
The greatest things come at a price
And freedom comes (At cost of life). Freedom comes from sacrifice

Something is dark here, something not right
Something I can't see hides in plain sight
Prospect of death, you must be a savior
Before you go indulge in sinful behavior
Track Name: Without Heroes
The battle's lost; That's what your mind is telling you
You can't be sure; Can't keep your head from playing these tricks anymore
There's no one else. How can you trust anyone if you can't even trust yourself?

We sit and pray to gods that don't exist
Hoping they see our misery
Fight in their name, history repeats itself
We are to blame for turning heaven into hell

What was your name angel in the sky?
With your demon wings and the face of a child
Was it sympathy? Then show me your light
From way up high, where angels never die

If you follow friends and your friendship never ends
Make sure they're the friends you need
Open your eyes! Don't listen to fools
Are you blind or can you see?

We're stuck in a land. Without Heroes or gods
We do what we can. Too proud to ask for a helping hand

If freedom has a price then what is the cost?
When is the battle won and when is it lost?
If there is to be a simple change
Everything we know, can never stay the same

Gods that don't exist. Gods that don't exist. Gods that don't exist

They send us there, when we're needed here
I can kill a man but can't drink a beer
This generation is growing so fast
So why are the laws generations in the past?
Track Name: Skulls Crushed (And People Burned)
Skulls crushed and people burned. Screaming at the stench of death
The hunger to enslave outweighed by a zealous madness

Sacrifice innocence. No remorse for their sins
Sacrifice innocence. Bloodthirsty

Retribution for the downfall, never vanquished twice
This is unholy existence. A mockery of life

Sacrifice innocence. No remorse for their sins
Sacrifice innocence. Bloodthirsty

The prophecy must unfold
Martyr of a godless land
Red moon sinks from view
It's power you command

Through the wicked gate, an ancient evil laughs
Unsure of what they see, these demons of old collide with a new breed

Sacrifice innocence. No remorse for their sins
Sacrifice innocence. Bloodthirsty

In the wake of a genocide, the people hide in fear
Cresting over a bloody tide, the wrath of hell is here
Skulls crushed and people burned. Screaming at the stench of death
The hunger to enslave outweighed by a zealous madness
Track Name: Palace of Bones
Imagine in your mind, back to a time
When you were denied. The chaos from being satisfied

Tempted by desire. You don't know which to choose
Step into this nightmare, as it brings the worst out of you

Running through the hallways, the catacombs, the rooms
All the wealth you've dreamt of in coffins and tombs
You thought you did it right but now you're drowning in the well
Now you've found yourself in a never ending hell – Yeah!!

Through the walls your darkest thoughts invade your head
Cold-hearted, no regrets. I think you'd rather see them dead

You cannot choose a path of immortality
Don't rectify your demons and don't you dare follow me

You can't escape from here
Don't let the fear be known
Your tainted path is clear
Welcome to... The Palace of Bones!

Let your skeletons out
And let the nightmare in
Come let your mind corrode
And you'll be blessed... with... Sin!

Through the walls your darkest thoughts invade your head
Cold-hearted, no regrets. I know you'd rather see them dead

You cannot choose a path of immortality
Don't rectify your demons and don't you dare follow me

You can't escape from here
Don't let the fear be known
Your tainted path is clear
Welcome to... The Palace of Bones!

Bones!!!
Track Name: Last Stand of the Pagan Kings
The fog is rolling through the Docks - are dimly lit the only thought
To see it through the coming night. We caress the moonlight
They enslave us with their cross. Call us heathens in the mud
But they eat the flesh of their God, and they drink his blood
Our pagan stock is burning deep. The city watch is fast asleep
They tried to change our ancient ways. Now we set this town ablaze

Jump from the boat to the pier
Torches raised high, the howling breaks the sky
I can smell the fear in the air
As we surround the town and prepare to run it down
No help is going to arrive
Tonight we paint the ground red with Christian lives

Stare into his eyes, just before he dies
I can read the lies, cut him down to size
Send him screaming towards the light

Look to the west and I can tell
Crusaders coming, to send us straight to hell
I try to spin my kin and turn us around
But the white stallions are already bearing down
Red crosses on silver shields
They spill our blood on the open fields

Steel blade on the rise, as my eyes go wide
Pitch black staring back, then his next attack
And I feel the sting, from the battle priest
I can't feel a thing, then I'm released

Drifting high above the sky
The Valkyrie won't let me die
She brings me to the tree of life
And the hall of the one-eyed god

He tells me "righteous son
You are not yet done
You have many gods
But they only have the one."

"So I send you back to fight
And to smite their wretched cause
Welcome your eyes to the sight
Of monumental loss."

Valhalla!
I will return
Once I fulfill my fate...

And I Awake.

Can you see the fields of war?
I open my eyes to crimson plains
And the heroes of pagan lore

Stake your claim, make your reign, and don't you miss
Strike them down, win the crown, of eternal bliss
Templar knight, you are mine, first you die, and then your shrine
Once you fall, I join the hall, of heroes slain
A chosen Thane

My spear flies true
Through the helm of a Templar knight
Follow me on her winged steed
To the heavens we will fight

Hell-bent we are charging deep
Whatever you can kill, you can keep
I can see the captain through the clear
A pagan sacrifice is drawing near

Tempered by archaic rage
I'm possessed by Odin's gaze
Berserk I run at the leading knight
Keen to end this with one preemptive strike

Legends tell of the champions of Midgard
The defenders of Nordic beliefs
The final breath of a blackened star
The Last Stand of the Pagan Kings