Black Riders Part 1

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wc_helmets I hear ...and Justice for All era thrash with off time rhythms and Zappaesque breakdowns all over this one. Above all, this is a fun record, with a lot of love given to the riffs and drum programming. It's epic, but not in a way that takes itself too seriously. The artwork is gorgeous as well. Wonderful collection of prog, thrash, and even a bit of punk. Favorite track: Once I saw mountains angry.
The Couch King
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The Couch King The cold programed drums hammer the earth with gods' thundering wrath as Chris sings the poems of Stephen Crane like a possessed prophet and Heartscore wields his guitar like a staff striking down the wicked. This is the sound of music steaming out from cracks in the earth from the hot pressurized depths. And the artwork by Wou-Wou is grand!
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Lee Lucas Well no doubt Judas Priest had their "Metal Gods" and Queen had their "Lap Of The Gods" but through Stephen Crane's inspirational words, I suppose you could say that HeartScore now has it's "Wrath Of The Gods". Metal meets King Crimson and Other Lines maybe the best way to describe the new direction of HeartScore's music and no doubt Dirk Radloff has unleashed the "BEAST" and it ROCKS HARD... Favorite track: Gods.
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Heartscore sets the dark poems of the famous american author Stephen Crane (1871-1900) to music. A daring combination of Metal with electronic drums and dramatic clear vocals lead to a mixture, which sound like a cross of Captain Beefheart, Black Metal and Wagner.

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released November 1, 2018

Chris: Lead Vocals (courtesy of studiopros.com)
Gdaliy Garmiza: Saxophone on "In the desert"
Dirk Radloff: Guitars, Violin, Choir, Programming, Mix

Russell Sinfield: Mastering
Alexander Stanton: Artwork and Illustrations

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Track Name: In the desert
In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter -- bitter," he answered;
"But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."
Track Name: Mystic shadow
Mystic shadow, bending near me,
Who art thou?
Whence come ye?
And -- tell me -- is it fair
Or is the truth bitter as eaten fire?
Tell me!
Fear not that I should quaver.
For I dare -- I dare.
Then, tell me!
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: There was a crimson clash of war
There was crimson clash of war.
Lands turned black and bare;
Women wept;
Babes ran, wondering.
There came one who understood not these things.
He said, "Why is this?"
Whereupon a million strove to answer him.
There was such intricate clamour of tongues,
That still the reason was not.
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: Behold the grave of a wicked man
Behold, the grave of a wicked man,
And near it, a stern spirit.

There came a drooping maid with violets,
But the spirit grasped her arm.
"No flowers for him," he said.
The maid wept:
"Ah, I loved him."
But the spirit, grim and frowning:
"No flowers for him."

Now, this is it --
If the spirit was just,
Why did the maid weep?
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: I stood upon a high place
I stood upon a high place,
And saw, below, many devils
Running, leaping,
and carousing in sin.
One looked up, grinning,
And said, "Comrade! Brother!"
Track Name: Once I saw mountains angry
Once I saw mountains angry,
And ranged in battle-front.
Against them stood a little man;
Aye, he was no bigger than my finger.
I laughed, and spoke to one near me,
"Will he prevail?"
"Surely," replied this other;
"His grandfathers beat them many times."
Then did I see much virtue in grandfathers --
At least, for the little man
Who stood against the mountains.
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: Black riders came from the sea
Black riders came from the sea.
There was clang and clang of spear and shield,
And clash and clash of hoof and heel,
Wild shouts and the wave of hair
In the rush upon the wind:
Thus the ride of sin.
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: Behold from the land of the farther suns
Behold, from the land of the farther suns
I returned.
And I was in a reptile-swarming place,
Peopled, otherwise, with grimaces,
Shrouded above in black impenetrableness.
I shrank, loathing,
Sick with it.
And I said to him,
"What is this?"
He made answer slowly,
"Spirit, this is a world;
This was your home."

(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: Once I knew a fine song
Once, I knew a fine song,
-- It is true, believe me --
It was all of birds,
And I held them in a basket;
When I opened the wicket,
Heavens! They all flew away.
I cried, "Come back, little thoughts!"
But they only laughed.
They flew on
Until they were as sand
Thrown between me and the sky.
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: A god in wrath
A god in wrath
Was beating a man;
He cuffed him loudly
With thunderous blows
That rang upon over the earth.
All people came running.
The man screamed and struggled,
And bit madly at the feet of the god.
The people cried,
"Ah, what a wicked man!"
And --
"Ah, what a redoubtable god!"
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: A man saw a ball of gold in the sky
A man saw a ball of gold in the sky;
He climbed for it,
And eventually he achieved it --
It was clay.

Now this is the strange part:
When the man went to the earth
And looked again,
Lo, there was the ball of gold.
Now this is the strange part:
It was a ball of gold.
Aye, by the heavens, it was a ball of gold.

(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: In a lonely place
In a lonely place,
I encountered a sage
Who sat, all still,
Regarding a newspaper.
He accosted me:
"Sir, what is this?"
Then I saw that I was greater,
Aye, greater than this sage.
I answered him at once,
"Old, old man, it is the wisdom of the age."
The sage looked upon me with admiration.
(Stephen Crane 1871-1900)
Track Name: There was before me
There was, before me,
Mile upon mile
Of snow, ice, burning sand.
And yet I could look beyond all this,
To a place of infinite beauty;
And I could see the loveliness of her
Who walked in the shade of the trees.
When I gazed,
All was lost
But this place of beauty and her.
When I gazed,
And in my gazing, desired,
Then came again
Mile upon mile,
Of snow, ice, burning sand.
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: I met a seer
I met a seer.
He held in his hands
The book of wisdom.
"Sir," I addressed him,
"Let me read."
"Child -- " he began.
"Sir," I said,
"Think not that I am a child,
For already I know much
Of that which you hold.
Aye, much."

He smiled.
Then he opened the book
And held it before me. --
Strange that I should have grown so suddenly blind.
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: Should the wide world roll away
Should the wide world roll away,
Leaving black terror,
Limitless night,
Nor God, nor man, nor place to stand
Would be to me essential,
If thou and thy white arms were there,
And the fall to doom a long way.
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: Places among the stars
Places among the stars,
Soft gardens near the sun,
Keep your distant beauty;
Shed no beams upon my weak heart.
Since she is here
In a place of blackness,
Not your golden days
Nor your silver nights
Can call me to you.
Since she is here
In a place of blackness,
Here I stay and wait
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: God fashioned the ship of the world carefully
God fashioned the ship of the world carefully.
With the infinite skill of an All-Master
Made He the hull and the sails,
Held He the rudder
Ready for adjustment.
Erect stood He, scanning His work proudly.
Then -- at fateful time -- a wrong called,
And God turned, heeding.
Lo, the ship, at this opportunity, slipped slyly,
Making cunning noiseless travel down the ways.
So that, forever rudderless, it went upon the seas
Going ridiculous voyages,
Making quaint progress,
Turning as with serious purpose
Before stupid winds.
And there were many in the sky
Who laughed at this thing.

(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: Truth said a traveller
"Truth," said a traveller,
"Is a rock, a mighty fortress;
Often have I been to it,
Even to its highest tower,
From whence the world looks black."


"Truth," said a traveller,
"Is a breath, a wind,
A shadow, a phantom;
Long have I pursued it,
But never have I touched
The hem of its garment."
And I believed the second traveller;
For truth was to me
A breath, a wind,
A shadow, a phantom,
And never had I touched
The hem of its garment.
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: In heaven
In heaven,
Some little blades of grass
Stood before God.
"What did you do?"
Then all save one of the little blades
Began eagerly to relate
The merits of their lives.
This one stayed a small way behind,
Ashamed.
Presently, God said,
"And what did you do?"
The little blade answered, "Oh my Lord,
Memory is bitter to me,
For, if I did good deeds,
I know not of them."
Then God, in all His splendor,
Arose from His throne.
"Oh, best little blade of grass!" He said.

(Stephen Crane)

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