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Offline DavidN

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[Melodic Metal/Epic] - Tears of an Eagle (IT)
« on: May 30, 2006, 10:32:31 »
I was waiting for Modplug to come back up again before "officially" releasing any new music, but now that the SQL on my own site's server has broken down as well I think I might as well put one or two up.

"Tears of an Eagle" is the main epic from my latest collection of music. It describes a scene that I saw in a nightmare, an attack on a perfect world.

http://www.modarchive.com/cgi-bin/download.cgi/W/wcb-eagle.it

But it wouldn't make much sense without the lyrics, so here they are.

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Look up to the fortress that stands on the hill
Walls of gold surrounding the core
On the tower the statue, an eagle, stands tall
The symbol of freedom and justice for all
Its eyes watching over utopian land
The only defence from hostile hands

We walk up the path to the blank golden walls
The city lies in sleep
A robed figure watches, he sees what's to come
And turning away, begins to weep

And as we approach the city of gold
Lightning flashes from on high
We shield our eyes from the blinding light
As the wind howls from the sky
For a moment there's darkness, the city awakes
With a sudden piercing cry
And as we watch the fortress splits apart
Torn by fire from the sky

On the edge of the light we see them
As from the earth they rise
Their metal skin reflects the light
And shows their lifeless eyes
As one by one they take their place
They form a perfect ring
A wall of metal creatures that
Begins to close us in

The beings march towards the light
With no remorse or feel
And in their wake they leave the ground
Cold and hard as steel

The hero who could never cry
The leader of us all
Once proud, the life gone from his eyes
His crown replaced by thorns
The tears of an eagle
Fallen from the sky
A future that we never had
The lives we had will die


The glow fades from the fragments
Scattered all around
The statue of the eagle
Lies shattered on the ground

Oppressors take the people
And they mark them with their seal
Their flesh turned in to silicon
Their skin to lifeless steel

Aged, greyed and broken
His bravery torn down
The future of this world lost
The thorns replace his crown
Our guardian lies sleeping
The fallen fortress torn
The pride of all our world is gone


Join us now in victory of metal
All shall hail the tyranny of steel
Join us now in victory of metal
All shall hail the tyranny of steel
Join us now and become one of us
Leave your life behind

With the tears of an eagle, guardian of light
We saw the mighty fall from the sky
And yield to the night
Tears of an eagle, guardian of light
We saw the mighty fall from the sky
Give in to the night

I was the eagle, wings torn away
Only able to watch as my people were taken away
Helpless, defenceless, it seemed like the end
But some day I wish to fly again

The hero who could never cry
The leader of us all
Once proud, the life gone from his eyes
His crown replaced by thorns
The tears of an eagle
Fallen from the sky
The pride of all our world is gone
I saw him, he was

Aged, greyed and broken
His bravery torn down
The future of this world lost
The thorns replace his crown
And many people stand by us
The faces that we've seen
Each one of them now marked to be
A part of the machine

I was watching them all leave me
They thought that I had died
Alone and in the darkness now
But I am still alive
And leaving back on the ground
The tears that I've cried
I'll rise to soar high once again
The eagle will fly

Offline CrazyAznGamer

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[Melodic Metal/Epic] - Tears of an Eagle (IT)
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2006, 18:48:58 »
I didn't really check the lyrics (because I'm pretty lazy). At least during the song. I do like the transitions you have. I rather like the latter half of the song, as you tend (I think) to be more creative towards then.

I don't like the fact this song sounds like most your other songs. Even with the harpsichord and the higher guitar. I don't know, but this is mostly a stylistic thing, so don't take it personally. :D

at... uh... is it pattern 68? I do like the transition from really cluttered to really sparse. Personally, I think I prefer the sparse, as you don't have the percussion happening on every line or the bass, which sorta blends into the percussion because of that. I think it happens a few other places... (75?)

Your samples are all very clean, but a few (I think 3?) have absurdedly high frequencies. Like... 13 grand something. You could downsample these once or twice and cut down those filesizes :wink: (for us 56kb-ers haha)
And maybe a dirty sample here and there (I'm thinking in the more tragic moods of the song) might actually help out. Maybe.

I can't think of anything else right now...
Oh, if you have a song in a radically different style than what you usually do (And I do mean RADICALLY), I'd really want to listen to it. :) Not sure if this thread is the right place to put any of that tho'...

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[Melodic Metal/Epic] - Tears of an Eagle (IT)
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2006, 23:50:23 »
I find the whole form a bit unbalanced. Halfway the song the speed is increased, but it appeared to be already the start of the ending of the song almost. The train keeps running on.

And the trick at the end to transpose the same selection of patterns to stretch the ending of a song is quite old cheese.

You call it 'lyrics' but I couldn't hear them being sung. So maybe you should call it a poem, as part of the compo.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2006, 14:56:39 »
This is a H*LL of a (master) piece! I don't know where to start. VERY inspiring. It's long, yet I don't think I heard an uninteresting part at all. The insane speed levels also spice up the overall atmosphere. You seem to have a clue about harmonic movement - you have a thing for the leading tone, don't you? Not only in major keys, but only minor! Some extremely enjoyable melodies in this one, and I definatley enjoyed the transitions. Even if the overall piece is a heavy metal/hard rock oriented minor based track, you threw in upbeat parts here and there - which worked greatly. You must have spent some time on this one? I didn't focus on the lyrics this time, as I was captured by the music. This one is going to be examined further soon. Keep it up!