TBCSS: S03E05 – In My Arms

Ritorna da me

 

Soul of mine, resting in torment
I feel you in my dreams, come back to me!

 

Men react, men fight, men show off, men scream, men provide, men make justice.

But there’s a soul suffering quietly, a broken spirit that’s been mourning with composure for a long, long time, keeping despair within.

Wounded, inside and out… forsaken in her own blood and misery… Shena lies on the floor, helplessly witnessing the duel between Daltor and the love of her life, Sendor. Her body is torn by bruises, but the physical pain can’t compare to the ache she feels in her heart.

The gracious queen of Icy Forest carried her child in her womb, knowing her love wasn’t going to be accepted by her people. She gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, convinced that she, together with Sendor, would eventually find a way to make everyone welcome little Surod as their prince. Because that’s what love does. Love trusts. Love believes.

But that little baby was abruptly taken away from her. So soon. So unfairly.
She couldn’t find comfort in her soul mate, because the shock of his loss made him go crazy. He took it upon himself to find a way to bring back his son, losing touch with reason, getting angry and isolated, leaving Shena alone.

So there she was, a mother without a baby,  a woman without her companion.

The icy queen kept herself together for the sake of her realm, fighting back the tears, building a strong coat of frost over her heart, to keep its sore core from getting shattered into a million pieces.

 

[Shena]
As ages pass and fly away
the men keep battling,
but in the end nobody cares
what I went through.
I felt him growing inside of me,
felt him moving inside of me
and I wondered “how can I be so in love
with someone I don’t even see?”

So here I am laid on the floor
and they keep battling.
Sendor is both my enemy
and my kindred soul.
How I wish that he still could see
his true love when he looks at me.
In this battle against the inevitable fate
the one who really lost is me.

He passed away, hopelessly,
he passed away in front of my eyes
when his little life had just begun,
you don’t know what’d give
just to hold him once again
in my arms.

Daltor is blind and not intent,
but he keeps battling,
he’s so completely stuck inside
his vindictive mind.
And while I’m making my worn out plea
he falls down landing on his knees
and now Sendor’s really tired of this game
so he hits him and knocks him down.

He passed away, hopelessly,
he passed away in front of my eyes,
when his little life had just begun,
you don’t know what’d give
just to hold him once again
in my arms and feel the rhythm of
his gentle breath here on my chest,
while I sing to him a lullaby
and this pain I must endure.
Fate’s not ours to decide,
we can’t control our lives,
we have to learn to cope
and move on.

Anima mia che riposi in tormento,
nei sogni ti sento, ritorna da me!

He passed away, hopelessly,
he passed away in front of my eyes
when his little life had just begun
You don’t know what’d give
just to hold him once again
in my armsand feel the rhythm of his gentle breath,
while I sing a lullaby!
And this pain I must endure,
we can’t control our lives.
I just try to cope
and to move on,
for I do believe
we will meet again,
and I’ll hold him tight
in my arms.

 

Credits:
– Guidelines written by Sara Squadrani
– The Black Crystal Sword Saga written by Daniele Mazza
– All Lyrics used by kind permission of Limb Music Publishing, Germany.
All Rights reserved.

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Fall 2016 Tour Dates

10 Bardic Years Tour!

It was 2006 when Daniele and Martino first started forming a band to play Daniele’s songs. I joined them a year later.
Being asked to join Ancient Bards is pretty much the best thing that’s ever happened to me because all the best things I treasure in my life derive from accepting their offer.

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into at that time: I had never sung power metal before (nor any other kinds metal, to be fair), I didn’t know anything about the underground music business and I most certainly didn’t expect to be able to release an album worldwide. I had to grow as a person and as an artist. Sure, there is still a long way to go, but I enjoy my journey so much because it constantly gives me huge satisfactions, it takes me to beautiful places and gets me to meet wonderful people.

Everything I am now I owe it to music, so I’m utterly grateful to Daniele for choosing me, giving me the chance to do what I love with some AMAZINGLY TALENTED musicians that also happen to be great human beings, beautiful friends that I love and consider as Family.

If Ancient Bards, through their music, can bring even half the joy they brought to me, I’ll call myself the happiest person on earth.

This premise serves to give you a picture of how excited I am to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the foudation of Ancient Bards this fall around Europe and in Japan!

We will perform a special show, a new set especially designed for this celebration and we can’t wait to party with you! Come and see us!

Here’s where you can find us:

Sept 23rd – Dusseldorf DE – Pitcher
Sept 24th – Roeselare BE – De Verlichte Geest
Sept 25th – Eindhoven NL – FemME Festival
Oct 21st – Heerhugowaard NL – Kompleks
Oct 22nd – Zaandam NL – De Flux
Oct 23rd – Arnhem NL – Wilemeen
Nov 5th – Tokyo JP – Japanese Assault Fest
Nov 6th – Tokyo JP – Japanese Assault Fest

I’m looking forward to meeting you all, see you on the road!

Hugs,
Sara

TBCSS: S03E04 – Across This Life

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I bring the thick evil
of the first night of my death

The duel wages on.

Sendor feels very confident, because he can clearly see his opponent is not thinking straight.  Daltor is acting like he’s got everything under control, he smirks and provokes Sendor, but his eyes are dimmed by the tumult of heavy thoughts. The wizard knows very well where all these concerns are coming from, so he takes the chance to psychologically torture him to further weaken him.

The king of  Westland has lived his whole life feeling guilty about the death of his father and trying his best to strengthen up to be a good sovereign and to make amends.  His world falls apart all over again when Sendor tells him what really happened, almost making fun of the feelings he’s been carrying in his heart ever since.

Daltor’s father was a great friend of Sendor’s. He was the only one who knew about his relationship with Shena and the baby they had together. The king was torn apart by his friend’s sufferings, so he tried to comfort him any way he could, but Sendor was inconsolable. One day he saw a little spark of light shining again into Sendor’s eyes and he thought he had moved on. But that wasn’t the case. Sendor has had an idea: he wanted to steal the Black Crystal Sword from the Dark Cave and he needed his friend to help him.

The kings was scared, the poor man’s plan was unreasonable, forbidden, dangerous and useless. He was witnessing his friend’s insanity escalate at a high pace and didn’t know how to make him change his mind. He tried to dissuade him kindly at first, but he wouldn’t listen to reason, as there were none of it left in him: pain and sorrow had erased his wisodm and were now ruling his will.

Seeing no other way to save Sendor’s soul and prevent a war from starting, the king threatened him to resort to harder measurements. No other words were  said between the two, but they both knew something had been broken. Two brothers, friends of a lifetime, were absolute strangers now.

Furious and distressed, the wizard couldn’t let his enemy stop him, so he put his magic at his evil service. He pronounced a long spell while performing a meticulous ritual. With every wise move he started to gain control of the king’s body, first one leg, then an arm, both hands…

When he finally had his power on the whole body, he made him shut his door, pick up a rope, step on a chiar and hang himself.

I bring the thick evil
of my dark death

 

4. ACROSS THIS LIFE

[Shadow]

Ego fero densum malum
primae noctis leti mei

[Sendor]

Look down don’t raise you head,
just stay there where you are.
What is the quickest way
to take away that sneer?
Don’t fight, don’t mess with me,
don’t tell me you despise me
cause I don’t care at all,
my heart knows no regret.

You will perish
in the attempt to
try and stop me
just like your father.

You took all the blame,
you grew up in pain,
all of this time you never knew
it wasn’t your fault,
the whole thing was staged.
How about now?
Where is your rage
that kept you alive,
throughout these lands, across this life
when I’m the one that made him go home,
pick up a rope and hang himself?

You will perish
in the attempt to
try and stop me
just like your father.

You took all the blame,
you grew up in pain,
all of this time you never knew
it wasn’t your fault,
the whole thing was staged.
How about now?
Where is your rage
that kept you alive,
throughout these lands, across this life
when I’m the one that made him go home,
pick up a rope and hang himself?

You took all the blame,
you grew up in pain,
all of this time you never knew
it wasn’t your fault,
the whole thing was staged.
How about now?
Where is your rage
that kept you alive
throughout these lands, across this life?

possessed by me he stepped on the chair and put
the rope around his neck!

[Shadow]

Ego fero densum malum
atri leti mei.

Credits:

– Guidelines written by Sara Squadrani
– The Black Crystal Sword Saga written by Daniele Mazza
– All Lyrics used by kind permission of Limb Music Publishing, Germany.
– Photo credit: ‘Volcanic’ – Pen Yr Ole Wen, Snowdonia via photopin (license)

TBCSS: S03E03 – Flaming Heart

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In the forest, the sun filters through the branches and reveals the immense beauty of a lush nature. The creatures move in harmony with the breath of the trees and a mischievous wind shakes the leaves.

Among the dense undergrowth, two figures carefully observe this spectacle, in search of a prey. A father, kind but strict, teaches his teenage son the art of hunting.

When at a short distance a bear appears, the man proudly announces to his son he has taught everything he needs to try to capture his first prey, on his own.

The boy timidly follows the directions: he lays flat on the ground and approaches the bear, quietly and without taking his eyes off it. But in his heart, fear makes its way. A big bear is a way too dangerous test for a beginner, and in his mind, the feeling of his father not having regard for his life is added to the fear of death.

The tumult in his heart prevents him from sharpening his senses to perceive sounds and movements around him. In a moment of distraction, the boy feels the sensation of something climbing up his leg so he emits a cry of terror.

The bear, alerted lunges at the victim and wounds him in the chest with a paw, knocking him into the mud. The father then gets up and tries to attract the animal to himself and, through some expert hunter’s techniques, makes him flee.

The boy, disheartened for the humiliation, in pain from the wounds and disappointed for the abandonment, can’t bear the reproaches of his father, who scolds him out of distress. Blinded by rage, the young man rails against the parent blaming him for what happened, and after accusing him of being old and useless, he runs away screaming he will never go hunt with him again.

Crying as he runs, his proud and crushed heart rejects any bond with the family he belongs to.

But as the moment of shock fades away, the boy realizes that he has poured on his father his own insecurity: the disappointment of not being able to grant him the fortitude of a still too fragile mind has made him angry.

Determined to apologize, he goes through the woods and runs toward the house. No obstacles can block his way to forgiveness, his desperate and determined race.

At the castle, however, the door of his father’s room is closed. Worried about having hurt him irreparably, he begs him to let him in but gets no answer.

Tired of waiting and eager for his embrace, the young man breaks through the door. But once inside, he faces a chilling scene: his father’s body is hanging from a beam.

The boy, shocked, takes the corpse on the floor. Hugging his father, he still holds out his apology.

In his flaming heart, desperation has the upper hand. The sense of guilt for having caused the death of his father is soon accompanied by the certainty that now he is forced to fortify his fragile mind, because now he, Daltor, is the new King of the West.

And no one must know.

No one must know the King has committed suicide because of the prince’s inadequacy.

3.  FLAMING HEART

[Man]
Be careful my son there’s a bear
there in the clearing,
I taught you what you need to know,
this time it’s your turn.
Come down now and sneak through the grass,
slowly get closer,
don’t ever lose sight of your prey,
don’t make any noise,
feel the wind blowing and breathe with the wild
in sweet harmony.
Every fighter knows that his chances are stronger
when peace lies within.

Go!

Well you made the bear run away,
you’re injured and dirty.
Why didn’t you listen to me?
Do you ever learn?
[Daltor]
But father it wasn’t my fault,
I did what you told me,
I followed your every advice,
look what they got me!
Maybe it’s time to admit that you are worthless,
you’re grey and you’re old.
I don’t wanna hunt with you ever again,
will you leave me alone?

[Storyteller]
In Daltor’s flaming heart
when judgment falls apart,
resentment runs like a river that flows out of its bed,
infectious makes him lie,
disown his blood ties,
disgrace the holy bond of family.

[Daltor]
My words resound in my head,
I’m incredibly sad and ashamed at the same time.

[Storyteller]
Running fast between the oaks,
Sliding down the slopes,
Daltor leaves the forest and heads to his father.

[Daltor]
I’m rushing to get to get back home,
I can’t wait to see him,
I want to look straight in his eyes,
and apologize.
I hope he’ll forgive my contempt,
I’m so unworthy.
Oh father please open the door!
Oh please let me in!
You can’t leave me outside just let me explain,
I’m breaking in!
Oh my god he’s hanging down from the ceiling!
Oh why! Tell me why!

 

[Storyteller]
In Daltor’s flaming heart
when judgment falls apart,
resentment runs like a river that flows out of its bed,
infectious makes him lie ,
disown his blood ties,
disgrace the holy bond of family.

In Daltor’s aching heart,
as his world falls apart,
despair grows faster than weeds on sunny summer’s day,
it feeds upon his guilt
for he has to be
the new king of the West
and be brave
and pretend
for no one has to know
it was
his fault!

Credits:
– Guidelines written by Sara Squadrani
– The Black Crystal Sword Saga written by Daniele Mazza
– All Lyrics used by kind permission of Limb Music Publishing, Germany.
– Photo credit: Phoenix via photopin (license)

Ancient Bards at Wacken Open Air 2015 video!

Ah the excitement! We’ve been waiting for you to see this for a long time and now it’s finally here! The end of our set at Wacken Open Air 2015 is up on YouTube and as I watch it I can still feel the adrenaline rushing through my… body (yeah, enough with the veins puns 😀 )!
What do you think of the video? Were any of you guys there? Do you have pics of the show?
Ok, I ran out of questions 😛
Enjoy my friends, I hope to see you soon!

Lots of love,

Sara

TBCSS: S03E02 – A Greater Purpose

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Sendor and Daltor are now face to face, the battle begins so cruel and ruthless that even the castle seems to suffer the evil influence of the Black Crystal Sword. Daltor, after fighting with Black Dragon, feels that his exhausted and wounded body won’t resist much longer to further fight; his only hope is to make the most of his wit and so he tries to focus, but a disturbing thought distracts him: he is a fierce and proud person, but he realizes now that this is the first time he has an actual responsibility towards all of the world, everything depends on him and he gets tense. Feeling uneasy, he starts thinking about his past behavior and realizes how shallow and vain he used to be, he was so full of himself that now he’s confused and no longer sure he’s actually able to make it.
“What if I’m not good enough? What if my vanity has deceived me making me feel stronger than I am?”
This scary thought gets more and more insistent and as its intensity grows so does the weight of his Silver Sword, to which the destiny of all the people of the world is tied.
But Daltor is very smart and he knows that there’s a way to take advantage even from a bad situation. This new awareness makes him feel like he’s finally a man, he embraces his growth and decides that those skills he developed doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons, he will use now to fulfill his call, to finally achieve his purpose.

2.  A GREATER PURPOSE

[Storyteller]
Thick, dark voracious clouds
wolfing down the tops of the highest towers
bleed unforgiving gloom
that drips down carving stones like knives of terror

[Daltor]
I was always so narcissistic,
superficial and arrogant,
slaying dragons to satisfy
nothing but my vanity.
All the glory and adoration
made me feel like some kind of god,
I was sure that my valiant deeds
would go down in history.

Here on my shoulders I bear the weight
of so many faultless lives,
my sword’s so much heavier now
that I know they all depend on me.

Seeing things from this new perspective
all my past seems so trivial,
I was only a fatuous boy
living out his own deceit.
I am filled by this new awareness,
for my sins I will make amend,
I will cherish the wisdom born
from my strange epiphany.

Here on my shoulders I bear the weight
of so many faultless lives,
my sword’s so much heavier now
that I know they all depend on me.

[Storyteller]
He is face to face with Sendor,
with his cruelest enemy,
while he’s waging the battle
with the demons inside of him!

[Daltor]
Embrace my evolution,
‘cause I sense I was brought to this life
for a greater purpose.
Smack down the fiend!

[The group]
See the mortal dance
Left right left right up down up down
One hops forward one steps back
dodges blows bending to the side
Left right left right up down up down
One hops forward one steps back
Cold blades cut the air seeking flesh hungry for bones

[Daltor]
Though this day of grand disillusion
might as well be my very last
I am grateful for I received
the great gift of clarity
The result of my past behavior
wasn’t meaningless after all
If there’s something I’ve ever learned
is to spear cold-bloodedly

Here on my shoulders I bear the weight
of so many faultless lives,
my sword’s so much heavier now
that I know they all depend on me.

[Storyteller]
He is face to face with Sendor,
with his cruelest enemy,
while he’s waging the battle
with the demons inside of him!

[Daltor]
Embrace my evolution,
‘cause I sense I was brought to this life
for a greater purpose.

[Storyteller]
He is face to face with Sendor,
with his cruelest enemy,
while he’s waging the battle
with the demons inside of him!

[Daltor]
Embrace my evolution,
‘cause I sense I was brought to this life
for a greater purpose.
Smack down the fiend!

Credits:
– Guidelines written by Sara Squadrani
– The Black Crystal Sword Saga written by Daniele Mazza
– All Lyrics used by kind permission of Limb Music Publishing, Germany.
– Photo credit: Ross Castle via photopin (license)
All Rights reserved.

These are a few of my favorite things – April

Wow guys, are you actually saying that APRIL IS ENDING? Where did time go? I guess I’ve been so busy time flew by even faster and I didn’t write any new blog post this month… I’m the worst! Well at least I should try to keep up with this monthly bit. March’s favorites were quite “technological”, what kind of things did I like this month? Read on and find out!

TANGLE TEEZER

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This is by far my number one favorite, if you follow some “beauty gurus” on YouTube you’ll probably have heard of this already, I’m talking about the magic Tangle Teezer. I love it because it’s a special detangling hairbrush that eliminates every tangle in your hair, without any pulling or yanking. I’m telling you, it’s amazing, my hair is very long and a bit dry right now, it gets messy pretty easily, but with this teezer I can tame it in no time without any damage. One more thing that I like about it is that I received it as a gift from someone I hold a special place in my heart for. My blonde locks say thank you and hail to the Tangle Teezer!

S-SHAPED PENDANT

Speaking of gifts, my mom noticed I had an attraction for every letter necklace I saw in the shop windows, I don’t know why but I’ve always liked them. I wear my little S pendant in my gold chain all the time, but I was attracted to those huge ones I was seeing lately so… she bought me one! It was really nice of her and, again, this adds immense value to what is just a piece of metal. Look how pretty it is! Thanks mom ❤
Oh and yes, Coca Cola t-shirt, I can’t drink it but hell, I can wear it! Of course the placement screams “Milk is for losers, this is what my future kids are gonna drink!” LOL.

SPRING TIME NAIL POLISH

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Ok, one of my obsessions in life is nail polish. I mean, it’s not something I rationally choose, it’s just that I can’t, I can’t live without my nails painted. There has been a time, a long period actually, a few years ago, when I was very stressed out and didn’t feel good so my nails were weak as heck and didn’t grow, because they would break all the time. It was during that time that I realized I had a problem, it bothered me to look at my hands and see short, uncolored nails. Don’t worry, I think I’m weird too. Now my nails are fine and I can go crazy with all the colors of the rainbow, and now that spring is here (more or less… I’m talking to you, rain!!) I found the perfect corally shade, Cha Cha Cherry from Layla Cosmetics‘ gel polish. Since I have this obsession I almost never use normal lacquers, but semipermanent ones, which last up to 3-4 weeks. Hands and feet always on fleek!

CASEY NEISTAT’S VLOGS

Casey Neistat is an amazing film maker, I’ve been following him for a while on YouTube and he makes some pretty nice movies. The first video I’ve ever seen was the one where he’d organized a road trip with this ex girlfriend to make up with her, it was so nice, sweet and crazy too. He has a very raw aesthetic taste, he’s neat, tidy, super organized but at the same time he’s rough and clunky. I find Casey very interesting man, not only because of his talent in film making, but for his attitude in life too. Casey lately started vlogging and his vlogs are great! Not only he makes you fall in love with New York City every day with the most stunning shots and the most breathtaking time lapses you’ll ever see, he also gives you pills of his weltanschauung, of the way he sees life and work, and I can assure you it is utterly charming, inspiring and smart. Here’s one of the many quotes from his videos I liked:

I think the essence of hard work is one that’s pretty straightforward. You’ll never be the best looking, you’ll never be the tallest, most talented, or most capable, you’ll never have the most money and there will always be someone who’s better at whatever you’re doing than you are… but you can always be the hardest working person in the room and I think the hardest working person will always win.

GAME OF THRONES

Yay! Game Of Thrones is finally back and I couldn’t leave it out of the favorites of the month! Although the other day I was thinking about which was my favorite character and I couldn’t find an answer in my heart. I don’t wanna risk spoiling the story for anyone, but we all know by now you can’t really get attached to ANY character, because you know, they tend to die, and all of them at some point have made something disappointing, have taken decisions acting differently from what you thought was their nature. Do you feel the same? Is there really anyone you are specifically rooting for in Westeros? I know a few people from Westland, from a whole other story, and they seem to be far more coherent, don’t you think? 😀
Anyway, I think I would have to choose little Arya right now, followed by Brienne. And you? Who’s your favorite?

A NEW DAWN ENDING ANNIVERSARY

On April 25th 2014 we were able to share with the world for the first time our latest album, A New Dawn Ending! It’s nice to see how much we’ve grown since then and we’re amazed every day by the support we’re getting from our fans all over the world. We are working for you guys, stick with us and we’ll all have a blast!

Big hugs everyone,
take care!

Sara

TBCSS: S03E01 – Before The Storm

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Previously on the Black Crystal Sword Saga:
Shena, Alron and Rahed are defeated, heavily wounded, they don’t have the strength to get back up and keep fighting. Sendor takes the time to try and finally use the magic Sword to reunite his son’s soul with his body. He tries and tries again, he pronouces the spell, he waves the sword in the air but nothing, Dorus is still just a puppet, he’s still the empty body he extracted from the grave, no sign of Surod’s heart in his eyes. The disappointment and delusion together with the power of the sword make Sendor lose himself to rage, after realizing there is nothing left to do, that his dream will never ever become reality he lets anger take him over and runs towards the kings to take it out on their poor bodies. It’s in that exact moment that a window crushes revealing Daltor riding the Black Dragon, he enters the castle and confronts Sendor in a duel. A long and intense battle is about to begin!

Sendor on one side, Daltor on the other.
Panting the look at each other, they study each other, they study themselves.
From this moment on they win or they lose, the live or they die.
Disappointment and madness on one side, thirst for justice and revenge on the other.

1. … BEFORE THE STORM

[Storyteller]
“The world seems to hold its breath anticipating what is to come. The quietness only broken by the rattling of battle weary lungs pressed to the ground. Barely perceivable to most, they roar loud as thunder in the minds of the two combatants, as they prepare for the crucial battle.”

Credits:
– Guidelines written by Sara Squadrani
– The Black Crystal Sword Saga written by Daniele Mazza
– All Lyrics used by kind permission of Limb Music Publishing, Germany.
– Photo credit: Phil Gibbs via photopin cc
All Rights reserved.

ANDE Tour in pictures

Hello there! So, we’re black from the A New Dawn Ending Tour, we’re very tired but we had so much fun! I thought I would share with you some photos, though they’re not too many because, you know, we were so busy living the moment to the fullest that we rarely remembered to take pictures! The ones you’ll see below are a bunch of them and they were taken by me, Claudio, Federico, Matteo Ermeti (www.matteoermeti.com) and Giacomo Astorri (www.giacomoastorri.it). Thank you guys!


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@claudiopietronik , Brandeburger Tor #Berlin #AncientBards

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You can't do epic shit with basic people ❤️ #ANDEtour #AncientBards #band

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Also, this happened:

I hope you enjoyed, take care!

Sara