Paa Dækket Kalder De Døde

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Engelske Krydsere stængte hver Havn I Landet var Misvækst og Nød Den Fattige sulted, den Rige led Savn For Døren stod Sot og Død Natten er tyst Forud for Morgenens Dyst Fyrretyve Mand Med Jolle i farens Vand Pløjende det salte Hav For Fædrelands Tarv Bygget i Afmagt Søsat i Vrede I mangel paa fordums Pragt I Nød og Graad En sølle Kanonbaad Skal Briten Plage - Kampen optage! Danske Sømand, fat din Aare! Slid og Slæb i usle Kaar! Norske Sømand, fat dit Kampmod! Paalæg Briten Bod! Her er din Bastion En enkelt Kanon Oh hvilken modig Daad I en skamfuld Baad Baadsmænd, ro til Styrken svigter Til Baaden er slaaet til Splinter Her vil I dø Hellere Kampens hede Flammer End bag Prisonens Tremmer Her skal I dø
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Lyset bryder frem fra øst Fra mørket skal Baaden udgaa Vi stævner ud fra Sundets Kyst Mod Dybets Slagmark saa blaa Med Modet højt i vor Bryst Med Angstens Spøgelse ligesaa Taagen letter, Briten venter Kampen kalder over blodrøde Bølger Et skib er i Horisonten meldt I det fjerne vajer et Engelsk Flag Vi higer for et Opgør gengældt Prisgivet denne vindstille Dag Bølgens Børn vaagner paa ny Som fordums Viking saa brav Skælv Brite, flygt og fly! Vig bort fra det salte Hav Did blandt Ruiner søg dit Ly Og i kolde Bølger din Grav! Kanonerne lades, krudtet buldrer Vreden løslades over blodrøde Bølger Skibet blev saa sønderskudt Paa Dækket de Døende jamrer Legeme og Sjæl er brudt Af Kanonildens Hammer Bølgerne Briten bort bæred' Skænket de levendes Blomst Til Dybet de afsjælede foræred' Og Slaget var omsonst
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"De Snekker mødtes i Kveld paa Hav, og Luften begyndte at gløde De leged alt over den aabne Grav og Bølgerne gjordes saa røde" Frelst fra Briten i Norges Favn En sidste ensom Svane Bærende Prinsens Navn Vajer den rød-hvide Fane Kaptajnen kæmpede for sit fædrende Land Med en Løves Mod ud for Oddens Strand Svoret til at føje Fjende med Sværd i Haand En Befalingsmand af Krop og Aand Kongedybets Helt var med da Havnen blev forladt Briten saa den ene Svane og drog paa Jagt Time efter Time fløj Krudtet over Kattegat Og den unge Willemoes blev derpaa hindsides bragt Trefoldig Overmagt gav Slag paa Slag Niogtredssenstyve Mand gik Skæbnen i Møde Til slut maatte Skibet stryge Flag Over Havets Bølger saa blodigt røde Prinsen paa Grunden rend' Og lod sig ej flytte eller føje Briten stak Skibet i Brand Den sidste Orlogsmand fór op i Røg

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Brief history:

Our new EP "Paa Dækket Kalder De Døde" picks up where "Den Rædsomste Nat" left off story-wise, in the wake of the British theft of the Dano-Norwegian fleet in 1807, and covers the dire straits of Denmark-Norway and the naval combat of the "Gunboat war" between them and Britain.

As Denmark-Norway scrambled to find a solution to the lack of a navy and as large ships of line took time and timber to build (which the country increasingly lacked), the solution was to launch smaller "gunboats". These were large rowing boats, mostly driven by oars or a small sail, which was easier and faster to build, but poorly equipped with just a single or two cannons, and no protection against wind, weather or gunfire. The advantage was that they could maneuver more freely on a windless day than the larger ships-of-the-line, and a group of these gunboats could thus more easily surprise lone ships that ventured too close to the coast of Denmark. However, it was often an uneven battle and the Dano-Norwegian navy had few causes for celebration during this period. One of these successes was the capture of the Brig "HMS Tickler" on the 4th of June 1808, which is the inspiration for the song "Blodrøde Bølger"

Meanwhile, the last Dano-Norwegian ship of the line, "Prinds Christian Frederik", led by Admiral Jessen and Peter Willemoes (A naval hero of 1801), had escaped the naval theft by hiding the ship in Norwegian waters, and then formed the backbone of the now greatly reduced Dano-Norwegian fleet. The ship was sent on patrol in the Great Belt, but was spotted and intercepted by a British naval force off the Spit of Zealand in March 1808. After a heroic, but doomed, battle in which Willemoes and 68 sailors met their fate, the ship is set on fire, and thus Denmark-Norway was finally a country without a proper fleet. Several of the sailors were laid to rest at Odden Cemetery on the Spit itself, and the great poet Grundtvig wrote the poem "Komme Hid I Piger Smaa" for his friend Willemoes and a few lines for the fallen sailors. These same lines which is recited at the beginning of "Den Sidste Orlogsmand" was etched in stone upon their common grave. And while Denmark-Norway endured 6 more years of hunger, disease, grueling conflict and, ultimately, defeat and separation, this loss in many ways was the final nail in the Dano-Norwegian navy's coffin.

The cover artwork depicts this battle, painted by the danish naval painter H. P. C. Dahm (1787 - 1844) in 1808 with respect to local eyewitness accounts of the time.

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released March 22, 2021

- All songwriting by Garðarsson & Skóggangr.

- All instruments by Garðarsson.
- Vocals, Lyrics and additional Guitar by Skóggangr.
- Guest vocals on "Den Sidste Orlogsmand" by Simon N. from Wulfaz

- The intro and outro melody is a reinterpretation of the Danish song "Komme Hid I Piger Smaa", original melody written by C.E.F. Weyse (1774-1842), with text by N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872).

- Included in the lyrics are lines from Henrik Ibsens epic poem "Terje Vigen" (Natten er Tyst) as well as lines from N.F.S. Grundtvig (Den Sidste Orlogsmand).

- Vocals was recorded at Crescent Audio by Frederik Rose
- Mixed and Mastered by Johan Emanuel Jørgensen

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ILDSKÆR Aalborg, Denmark

Danish Historical Black Metal - Founded in 2020 by Dark Artist and Illustrator Simon Garðarsson (Í Myrkri) & Skóggangr (Genfærd) - to bring you tales of Danish conflicts and mournful losses throughout the times.

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