jueves, 5 de noviembre de 2020



Origen: Grecia, Atenas

Formados: 2019

Estilo: Black

Temática: Luchas de clases en la Edad Media.

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  • Ayloss Batería, guitarra, teclados y voces

  • Castles Conquered and Reclaimed CD 2020
  • Empires Vanquished and Dismantled CD 2021
Primer álbum para Mystras, one man band griega cuyo único integrantes también lo es de Spectal Lore. Este nuevo proyecto abandona un tanto el black metal de corte cosmológico para centrarse en un black de influencias medievales, tanto en lo musical como en la temática, incluso el nombre Mystras está relacionado con una fortaleza. El grueso de este "Castles Conquered and Reclaimed" lo forman cinco temas que se relacionan entres si por partes de black atmosférico en forma de pasajes acústicos en donde aflora una vena entre el folk y el pagan. Los temas más extensos, en donde Ayloss da rienda suelta a un black más directo, suelen comenzar de forma acústica, guitarras limpias y algunos teclados logran crear una ambientación de corte medieval, sin embargo esta primera toma de contacto con los temas pronto da paso a un black mucho más directo y visceral de vocea agresivas, distorsionadas y mucho más directas, mientras que el plano musical también construye un muro de sonido a base distorsión y agresividad no exento de cierta crudeza. Sin embargo la relativa amplitud de los temas en cuanto a duración permite que algunos interludios se sucedan y vuelvan a hacer acto de presencia las atmosferas más medievales que rodean a todas las composiciones. El álbum, sin llagar a hacer abuso de ello, si que es cierto que por momentos se deja envolver en una ambientación más épica que nos traslada al fervor de las batallas en la Edad Media. Ayloss sabe muy bien lo que tiene entre manos, su extensa carrera al frente de Spectral Lore le ha servido para pulir su estilo, y aunque este "Castles Conquered and Reclaimed" no tenga prácticamente nada que ver son su otra banda, no podemos pasar por alto el sello personal que ha sabido plasmar en el álbum. Sin lugar a dudas un álbum impregnado de una magnifica ambientación, que encuentra un equilibrio perfecto entre la agresivad y la ambientación medieval. (8,1).

1. Castles Conquered and Reclaimed 06:37
  Through the deep starry night they march
Common people turned into brethen of war
Unmounted and armorless
With bleeding feet and aching hands

Carrying the tools of their work
That by coercion and deceit they gave away
For their whole lifetime to others

Scorned, ignored and vilified for generations
Same story in different times and realms
These scythes will not crop grain any more

Tonight the shadows of the forest are our allies
By surprise we charge like wolves into their prey

Aim the guards! Climb the Walls! Strike them down!
By tomorrow our flag shall be raised high into the sky
May the ravens spread everywhere the word
That our rebellion has begun
2. The Cutty Wren 02:12   instrumental
3. The Murder of Wat Tyler 12:39
To those that have been degraded Written off the books that chronicle The passing of time and the greatness of mankind Yet gave all their blood and bone Wat Tyler represents them One generation after the Black Death Swept the world with his Scythe Man and woman saw there was more in life Than servitude and misery To the old winners of wars I am not my father nor my mother Then with what right do you inherit The earth that blossoms and the steel that shines bright What makes you worthy of them? So said the people throughout all England And Wat Tyler, the roof tiler from Kent Put cold steel in he who thought himself to be so powerful To assault his daughter's innocence in front of his eyes Thus the people of Kent marched to London While Essex, Suffolk and Northfolk fought their own battles Fires burned across the city Broken gems, silver plate and gold filled the streets "With King Richard and the true Commons of England" So the people said to show they loved their King They hated not him, but serfdom and rotten gentry And the King trusted them and gave them charters To Smithfield then he rode to meet them all And Tyler came, he who with his mighty bow in France Fell countless men for the King Now He called him among the crowd History is always written by victors They said that he was rude when he asked for water But the threads had been already spun before he walked And Wat Tyler was cut down by the treacherous leaders of men The people had freedom in their grasp of their bow And every right to strike down the killers of Wat Tyler But the King rode and appeased them with his golden tongue Promises and more charters he handed over And thus they all came back to their homes To be slaughtered like cattle For the charters meant not freedom but their death Thus the people all over the world learned That what is best and what is most pure in this beast called man The trust, the faith, the love Is not to be given to those that want to stand above all men The brave peasants of England did not die for nothing For the Crown started to crack and crumble And their memory will live on.  
4. Contre Dolour 01:31   instrumental
5. Storm the Walls of Mystras 08:40
Traversing the mists of Arcadia While the wind carries the far away Whispers of the Neiads The mighty walls of Mystas Begin to emerge from the horizon Built by William of Villehardouin Great Frankish Prince who was hiding in a barrel Conquered by the Palaiontologoi Worthless schemers into each other's throat Poverty, hunger and imminent invasion The hallowed gift of every Godsend King I, pagan son of the forest, Join my Albanian brothers and sisters With whom we share no language But the shackles that we must break Storm the Walls of Mystras! These giant halls, these mighty Keeps The treasures and knowledge they hold Built with our toil and sweat By us will be reclaimed! All Empires Fall The end of Byzantium is near
6. O Tsakitzis 01:39   instrumental
7. The Zealots of Thessaloniki 09:58
Thessaloniki, Great City, envied and sought after Liberated from the hands of Saracens, Francs and Normans Now caught up inbetween civil war Conquered by a pretender that favours the wealthy Fifty noble families hold land and every position of authority Enslaving common people with chains of debt Siding with the pretender to the throne While famine and misery reap In the worker's unions, the whisper of rebellion spreads Old dusty books are opened, new ideas fervently discussed To give power back to the people, to create an ideal Poleitia Many congregate at the teachings of Barlaam of Calabria Historians will call them Zealots Democracy, separation of church and state Social and philosophical ideas enshrouded in religious debate Under immense danger we rouse the people Motivate the passionless, appease the fearful Confront the reactionaries Τhe time for swords to sing has come Avenge the murderers of the people Hurl them from the walls of the citadel! "Α servant dragged his master Τhere a slave his purchaser While the peasant struck the strategos Αnd the labourer beat the soldier" We have risen, a beacon of light in a tyrannic world We shall endure proud and free until the end Until our story is heard to all downtrodden in the world Long live the commune of Thessaloniki!  
8. Ai vist lo lop 02:00
"Here, we toil laboriously all the year To earn some coins, And after one month, I saw the wolf, the fox and the hare, We have nothing left"  
9. Wrath and Glory 05:09
   Who said there's no beauty in the mighty sword that cuts
In the song that fills our hearts with wrath
And makes us lift our fists to roar like boars

Who said that honour is meaningless
For humanity is lost and doomed

That there's no glory in our struggle
That our eyes see red and that our spirit is black

Who weeped that the fight is futile
When death is certain

From the Jacquerie to the Spanish Irmandades
From Flanders to the Swabian highlands to Kinai

The fight against injustice is eternal
And Eternal we shall become

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