Black Riders Part II

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Lee Lucas The latest Heartscore album is certainly more of a step in the right direction regarding Radloff's decision to bring in Giacomo Rossi to take over the vocal duties. No doubt Rossi has the power and the range in his voice to fit the music and deliver the goods. You can find out more in my full review of the album here: leespeaksoutaboutmusic.wordpress.com/2019/11/08/lee-speaks-about-music-131/ Favorite track: There was a man and a woman.
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The new heartscore-album "Black riders part 2" is again based on poems by the american author Stephen Crane. I have compiled eight poems from his collection "Black riders and other lines" and also the Guitar-instrumental "To my tiny throes and struggles" is named after a Crane-poem. Only the final instrumental "Mankind" is titles by myself and the title shall point back to the sister-instrumental "Gods" on the previous album. The album is released digitally on all platforms and additionally I have produced a small vinyl-edition. I learned again from the experience with the release of part one and will only make three copies for sale. So don't hesitate and buy one, because actually there are only three available worldwide and I will only order more, if three are sold out.
Shortly after the release of "Black riders part 1" I met an old friend again online, the italian singer Giacomo Rossi, whom I knew from my Soundcloud-years. We did a cover-song together and I was so blown away by his performance, that I immediately decided to get him for the next full heartscore-album. His voice reminds me on the great vocalists of 80s Metal, think on Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and others. A high, dramatic tenor with a wide range and many colors. And of course I was influenced by his voice, when I composed the songs for this new album, so many tracks will probably remind you in parts on the great bands mentioned above, but of course you get also a good portion of the old heartscore-trademarks: Choir arrangements, tricky breaks and a beautiful piano-ballad. The new album is for sure much more accessible than its predecessor and I believe, that it could attract more listeners.

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released November 1, 2019

Vocals: Giacomo Rossi
Instruments: Dirk Radloff
Lyrics: Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

All music composed, arranged and produced by Dirk Radloff
Artwork and sleeve design by Dirk Radloff
Photos are licensed from shutterstock.com
The norse font was created by joel carrouche
Mixed and mastered at home

Special thanks to: my little darling and my beautiful children, Stefan Platte, Anja Radloff, Lee Lucas,
Gordon Midgley, Marquis Zane, Russell Sinfield,
Darren Douglas Danahy, Rock Flexible and all those other online musicians, who helped me with
feedback and suggestions.

bad homburg, november 2019

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Track Name: A man went before a strange god
A man went before a strange God --
The God of many men, sadly wise.
And the deity thundered loudly,
Fat with rage, and puffing.
"Kneel, mortal, and cringe
And grovel and do homage
To My Particularly Sublime Majesty."
The man fled.
Then the man went to another God --
The God of his inner thoughts.
And this one looked at him
With soft eyes
Lit with infinite comprehension,
And said, "My poor child!"
(Stephen Crane 1871-1900)
Track Name: It was wrong to do this
"It was wrong to do this," said the angel.
"You should live like a flower,
Holding malice like a puppy,
Waging war like a lambkin."
"Not so," quoth the man
Who had no fear of spirits;
"It is only wrong for angels
Who can live like the flowers,
Holding malice like the puppies,
Waging war like the lambkins."
Track Name: A man toiled on a burning road
A man toiled on a burning road,
Never resting.
Once he saw a fat, stupid ass
Grinning at him from a green place.
The man cried out in rage,
"Ah! Do not deride me, fool!
I know you --
All day stuffing your belly,
Burying your heart
In grass and tender sprouts:
It will not suffice you."
But the ass only grinned at him from the green place.
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: There was set before me a mighty hill
There was set before me a mighty hill,
And long days I climbed
Through regions of snow.
When I had before me the summit-view,
It seemed that my labour
Had been to see gardens
Lying at impossible distances.
Track Name: Many workmen
Many workmen
Built a huge ball of masonry
Upon a mountain-top.
Then they went to the valley below,
And turned to behold their work.
"It is grand," they said;
They loved the thing.

Of a sudden, it moved:
It came upon them swiftly;
It crushed them all to blood.
But some had opportunity to squeal.

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)
Track Name: There was a man and a woman
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There was a man and a woman
Who sinned.
Then did the man heap the punishment
All upon the head of her,
And went away gaily.
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There was a man and a woman
Who sinned.
And the man stood with her.
As upon her head, so upon his,
Fell blow and blow,
And all people screaming, "Fool!"
He was a brave heart.
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He was a brave heart.
Would you speak with him, friend?
Well, he is dead,
And there went your opportunity.
Let it be your grief
That he is dead
And your opportunity gone;
For, in that, you were a coward.
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Track Name: Once there was a man
Once there was a man --
Oh, so wise!
In all drink
He detected the bitter,
And in all touch
He found the sting.
At last he cried thus:
"There is nothing --
No life,
No joy,
No pain --
There is nothing save opinion,
And opinion be damned."
(Stephen Crane)
Track Name: I looked here
I looked here;
I looked there;
Nowhere could I see my love.
And -- this time --
She was in my heart.
Truly, then, I have no complaint,
For though she be fair and fairer,
She is none so fair as she
In my heart.
(Stephen Crane; 1871-1900)

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