.​.​.​And Now We Ride

by Sellsword

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jack gibbins Epic, melodic heavy metal with stentorian vocals. Reminds me of a mix of Falconer, Onward, Lost Horizon, that kind of thing - not your happy Euro style or more American heavy style - just the sweet spot of glory and honor to the Kingdom metal that some of us just love.
El_Cuervo
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El_Cuervo The little mercenary metal band that could. Crossing power and classic metal, this thing is so epic and so much fun. Favorite track: The Siege.
Scythian Bear Rider
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Scythian Bear Rider Perfect balance of epic metal and classic heavy metal. Love the fact they are from the UK as the vocalist has the perfect style for this type of music and there's tinges of traditional melodic phrasing throughout the music. Favorite track: The Siege.
Jez Noir
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Jez Noir Top notch metal for head-banging, fist-raising and battle-crying. I couldn't stop grinning on first listen, terrific to hear a new band making warrior-rock with such prowess - huzzah! Favorite track: Ashen Hand.
Skosh
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Skosh German power metal with English sensibilities? Great songs. Great sounding record. I can see where the vocals may not be for everyone, but definitely fits the band, the concept, and the music. Love this. Favorite track: Rise and Take Command.
Oisin Gunning
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Oisin Gunning Holy fuuuuuuuuuuuck


album of the year, baby
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Our first foray into recorded war cries! A 13 track BattleAlbum ready to lay siege to your eardrums!

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released December 1, 2016

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Sellsword York, UK

The world famous Mercenary Metal band!

Seriously Unserious Power/Heavy Metal from the barren plains of Yorkshire.

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Track Name: The Warrior
When it began he was strong
But the road has been so long
Years have passed; age has come
Now he’s old and grey and done.
One last trial, lift the blade;
One good death a legend made
And his reputation saved,
It’s death by the sword he craves.
You have come the trial begins
If you’re victorious he wins
Test his guard find a way in
He will not surrender.

He stands alone, the old grey one
He’ll get it done.

The time has come to test
The strength of his beliefs
And when he fights he only seeks release.
The blade it bites,
A legend that goes on and on, forever more

Come face your fate face his steel
A dance of blades it seems unreal
Muscles burn, sweat it flows,
With each cut, exhaustion grows.
One mistake; now he bleeds
Will he get the death he needs?
End it now; plant the seed,
He will be immortal.

The time has come to test
The strength of his beliefs
And when he fights he only seeks release.
The blade it bites,
A legend that goes on and on, forever more
The warrior.

A lifetime of violence has but one end,
Death his only friend,
No glory in silence; he lived by the sword,
He’ll die by the sword.
By the sword
He lived by the sword and he’ll die by the sword.

The time has come to test
The strength of his beliefs
And when he fights he only seeks release.
The blade it bites,
A legend that lives on and on, forever more
I said the time has come to test
The strength of his beliefs
And when he fights no mercy no release.
The blade it bites,
A legend that goes on and on, forever more
That goes on and on, forever more
That goes on and on, forever more
The warrior.
Track Name: Battleground
His men surround him, and yet he stands alone.
This is the place he has chosen hoping to save them all.
The odds against them, yet still they stand in line.
Now as the enemy threaten destruction they’re out of time.

They’re out of time.

Formations closing, each death feels like his own,
He sees the cavalry charging, dispatching the men he’s known.
The battle surging, all he can do is wait,
Did all he could with the planning he’s leaving it up to fate.

How did it come to this?
We must win through.

Battleground, battleground;
See the dead all around.
Battleground, battleground;
The screams an awful sound,
Battleground, battleground;
You take your life in your hands,
Battleground, battleground;
And make your final stand… on the battleground.

The tramp of feet men so much meat
And with each cry another dies
They took it all but he won’t fall
He will not fall
With every strike he takes a life
The crimson sprays but still he slays
His many wounds leave him unmoved
He will not move.

He will not fall, he will not move.

The left flank breaks the battle takes
A dreadful turn his rage it burns
Must bring them round he can’t fall down
He can’t give ground
His arms like lead the earth turned red
A butcher’s bill he’s had his fill
Now rests his blade a kingdom saved
His legend made

He won’t fall down; he won’t give ground;
The land is saved; his name is made.

How did it come to this?
We must break through.

Battleground, battleground;
See the dead all around.
Battleground, battleground;
The screams an awful sound,
Battleground, battleground;
You take your life in your hands,
Battleground, battleground;
And make your final stand…
Your final stand…
Your final stand…
On the battleground
Track Name: Crossing the Blades
Fallen, they broke you down,
Unbelieving, you see your blood on the ground,
Anguish burns in your eyes
The reason; you scream your pain to the skies

Claim it; it’s in your hands
To get here you travelled many strange new lands
Hatred burns like the sun
Your anger gives you the fuel to get it done

So rise and seize your destiny
You hold the fate of those you hate in your hands
You cut, you thrust, parry,
Before the life leaves your veins

You’re crossing the blades
You will not fail today
Crossing the blades
Death is the price they pay
Crossing the blades
No one will face you now
Crossing the blades
With hatred you cut them down
Crossing the blades
Crossing the blades

Memories of all you lost
The hardships; you’ve nothing left to pay the cost
They took it; they took it all
Destroy them; you cannot rest until they fall

So rise and seize your destiny
You hold the fate of those you hate in your hands
You cut, you thrust, parry,
Before the life leaves your veins

You’re crossing the blades
You will not fail today
Crossing the blades
Death is the price they pay
Crossing the blades
No one will face you now
Crossing the blades
With hatred you cut them down
You’re crossing the blades
You will not fail today
Crossing the blades
Death is the price they pay
Crossing the blades
No one will face you now
Crossing the blades
With hatred you cut them down
Crossing the blades
Crossing the blades
Track Name: Rise and Take Command
They say to you ‘it can’t be done,
Know your place; you can’t be reaching for the sun’
They put you down before you start,
But rise and fight; you will have freedom for the heart.

Freedom for the soul;
If you kill the king the kingdom’s yours,
So take control.
Freedom for the land;
Rise and take command.

Don’t wait too long to take your chance,
The pieces falling one by one; moves in the dance.
It’s time to strike so take your part,
And you’ll be there to win the freedom for your heart.

Freedom for the soul;
If you kill the king the kingdom’s yours,
So take control.
Freedom for the land;
Rise and take command.

And when it all comes crashing down,
Rise to your feet; hold your ground.
The pieces falling one by one my friend,
But if you fight you’ll be free again.

Freedom for the heart, freedom for the soul;
If you kill the king the kingdom’s yours,
So take control.
Freedom for the land;
Rise and take command. x 2
Track Name: Against the Wind
They took my home; they took my life,
They burned my farm; they killed my wife,
They broke my heart; they broke my head,
They cut me down; left me for dead,

I could not think; could not feel,
Until my hand was holding steel,
I travel now to far off lands
To wreak the vengeance I demand.

Against the wind, my journey now begins.
The fallen burn; they paid for my sins.
Against the wind, my journey now begins.
The fallen burn but they will be avenged.

I travelled long; I travelled far,
A hundred miles for every scar,
Across the land; across the sea,
To bring those bastards close to me.

And when I finally hunt them down,
My blade they’ll taste; in blood they’ll drown.
I will not stop; I won’t relent,
Until in death my foe repent.

Against the wind, my journey now begins.
The fallen burn; they paid for my sins.
Against the wind, my journey now begins.
The fallen burn but they will be avenged.

Against the wind, my journey now begins.
My foe will learn; there’ll be a reckoning.
Against the wind, I'll find them in the end.
And one day soon the dead will be avenged.

Against the wind, my journey now begins.
The fallen burn; they paid for my sins.
Against the wind, my journey now begins.
The fallen burn but they will be avenged.

They took my home; they took my life,
They burned my farm; they killed my wife,
They cut me down left me for dead…
Track Name: Sellsword
The city burns, no sleep tonight;
Its broken walls are a welcome sight.
A bloodied blade, a life to sell;
You pay the price and we send them to hell.
In from the North, a savage horde;
We give no quarter; we have no Lord.
If you have coin we’ll serve you well,
But pay the price or we’ll send you to hell.

And as we ride…
…Our foes will die.

Sellsword; our blades are for hire.
Sellsword; we live our lives in your mire.
Sellsword; no master but gold,
Sellsword; our story never told.

Upon our shields the foe will break,
Out in the field their life we take,
The blood it flows upon our steel,
One look at us and your enemies reel.
Their banners fall taken one by one,
But still we go gleaming in the sun,
They know us now and fear us well,
You paid the price and we sent them to hell.

And as we ride…
…Our foes will die.

Sellsword; our blades are for hire.
Sellsword; we live our lives in your mire.
Sellsword; no master but gold,
Sellsword; our story never told.
Track Name: Ashen Hand
An endless march begins; no one shall escape
An un-dead army that does not tire nor break
Where is the hero to protect us from harm?
An age of darkness holds the land in its palm.

Now, see the ashen hands arise
See the bodies made of lies
See the hatred in their eyes
The end is near.

No mortal army can withstand this fell foe
Ten thousand tried and failed; they soon were brought low
Can nothing halt this tide of the restless dead?
Who will deliver us from this realm of dread?

Now, see the ashen hands arise
See the bodies made of lies
See the hatred in their eyes
Unending fear will be spread throughout the land
Domination has been planned
In the grip of ashen hands

Where are the heroes?
Let them come, let them come.
The land is forsaken
And undone; and undone x 3

Now, see the ashen hands arise
See the bodies made of lies
See the hatred in their eyes
Unending fear will be spread throughout the land
Domination has been planned
In the grip of ashen hands
Track Name: Merchants of Menace
There’s a camp of traders selling all you can dream of and more,
All you need is silver but beware just what you bargain for.
Is your land in danger? Do your armies of farmers not have the skill?
Maybe we’re your saviours…
…or the ones coming in for the kill!

We are merchants of menace
Our stock and trade is in blood
We are merchants of menace
To us men are but mud

Skalds proclaim our glory; weapons bristling shield bosses shine
Cowards flee before us; turn, stand now and fight us and die.
Where the slaughters thickest; there you’ll find us for there we belong
Harbingers of justice; you can pay us for right or wrong…

We are merchants of menace
Our stock and trade is in blood
We are merchants of menace
To us men are but mud

Now the camp lies empty; turned your dreams into nightmares for sure
We took all your silver, but hey, it’s you that we’re fighting for!

We are merchants of menace
Our stock and trade is in blood
We are merchants of menace
To us men are but mud

We are merchants of menace
For us the world stands aside
We are merchants of menace
Deals done, and now we ride!
Track Name: The Siege
For seven years we’ve lived in fear.
Our walls stand strong, we must hold on.

Wave after wave, our blood they crave.

Hold, we must hold.
If we fall we lose it all.

The siege begins; we can’t give in.
Day turns to night but still we fight.

Wave after wave, thousands meet the grave.

Hold, we must hold.
If we fall we lose it all.

Hold the line x 4

The men are tired and weary; their blood runs through the city,
‘Til death we do our duty and there can be no pity,
The enemy keep coming; the walls are broken, burning,
But don’t you think of running hold the line…
We must…

Hold, we must hold.
If we fall we lose the wall.
Track Name: Starlight
Did you look to the sky in your search for the answers?
Did you follow the sign to the place that you seek?
Did you answer the calling, that you hear in your nightmares?
Is it worth the wait to fulfill your fate?

Did you lose all your hope at the first sight of danger?
Did you seize every moment or surrender to fear?
Did you curse at the sunrise for the struggle the day brings?

Is it worth your time just to take what's mine?
Is it worth it all just to watch me fall?


Starlight will show the way,
to end your pain
(Waiting for the day)
Find what you're searching for,
and hear my call,
in the end you will fall!


Can you seek out the truth from the lies that surround you?
Can you follow the path when temptations arise?
Can you find the courage when the burden is crushing?

Will you see the light in the blackened sky?
Will you search for me, will you set me free?


Starlight will show the way,
to end your pain
(Waiting for the day)
Find what you're searching for,
and hear my call,
I wait for my fall


My final day draws near
Fate is clear
(Destiny awaits)
I see the blinding light of starfire burning before my eyes
Track Name: Hardrada
Norwegian King arrives on English shores,
‘Ruthless’ his name; and Fulford Gate it falls.
Now silence reigns over a bloodied field,
At Stamford Bridge there was no chance to yield.
Their shattered shields no longer stand in line.
Glorious dead in Valhalla now dine.

On raven’s wings they came here in Odin’s name.
Oath-sworn to serve their Lord; death was their last reward.

Hardrada, you and your armada,
Experienced disaster,
Your men they died for you.
Hardrada, Norwegians call you master,
But hear the Saxon laughter,
Your men they died,
And you died too.

Three hundred ships set sail to bring his war,
At battle’s end they need but twenty-four.

On raven’s wings they came here in Odin’s name.
Oath-sworn to serve their Lord; death was their last reward.

Hardrada, you and your armada,
Experienced disaster,
Your men they died for you.
Hardrada, Norwegians call you master,
But hear the Saxon laughter,
Your men they died,
And you died too.

All hail the King x 4

All hail the King x 4


Hardrada, you and your armada,
Experienced disaster,
Your men they died for you.
Hardrada, Norwegians call you master,
But hear the Saxon laughter,
Your men they died,
And you died too. x 2
Track Name: Meet Your Maker
The verdict’s in and for your sins its time to meet your maker
Sentence begins; let’s send him in, its time to meet your maker
Pull the rope tight head towards the light its time to meet your maker
The blade will fall your head will roll and you will meet your maker

Right and wrong have no meaning here
Pleas for mercy fall on deaf ears

It begins, now they will decide
Payments due and the price could be your life

State your case but don’t be deceived
Desert justice; there’s no reprieve

Quake with fear as they make their choice
All comes clear as your fate is given voice

The verdict’s in and for your sins its time to meet your maker
Sentence begins; let’s send him in, its time to meet your maker
Pull the rope tight head towards the light its time to meet your maker
The blade will fall your head will roll and you will meet your maker

You pay for your crimes with your life
In this land justice comes at the end of a knife

One last look to the sky its your time
No last words no goodbyes as you die

The blade brings with it your release
Pain will cease; be at peace
Your one regret is that you could have won
Feel the sun; the end’s begun

The verdict’s in and for your sins its time to meet your maker
Sentence begins; let’s send him in, its time to meet your maker
Pull the rope tight head towards the light its time to meet your maker
The blade will fall your head will roll and you will meet your maker

Meet your maker…