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Ex Libris - "The Motherland" (video)

Το βίντεο των Ex Libris για το "The Motherland" από το EP "Ann - Chapter 2 - Anastasia Romanova"
A white velvet winter coat
Lay bestowed upon the palace lawn.
Through the cold, the river Neva flows
To the Baltic Sea, with regality
She winds away from my home,
The Russian throne.

From northern lands under Aurora skies,
Through vast terrains and through the Volga veins,
From snowy corners of our nation
All the people sing our family's hymn

Oh my rodina, home of the Tsars,
May you guard the Romanov's rule.
To thee I vow and pray, until the day
That I die, my rodina.

A smile to the outside world,
May well deceive one's own soul.
But no! The truth is ghastly and plain.
Oh what burden befalls our family?
What slithers through our brother's veins
That can't be tamed?

From northern lands, under Aurora skies,
Through vast terrains and through Siberian plains.
No-one should ever understand our masquerade,
The Tsarevich's fate.

Oh this curse, cloaked in crimson red,
Catastrophe lurks on my brother's path.
Do not revolt, I see no reason why
He cannot live unbruised and nobly die.
Tell me why!

Oh this curse, cloaked in crimson red,
Catastrophe lurks on my brother's path!

From northern lands under Aurora skies,
Through vast terrains and through the Volga veins,
From snowy corners of our nation
All the people sing our family's hymn

Oh my rodina, home of the Tsars,
May you guard the Romanov's rule.
How divine our name, fortune and fame.
But the truth, if only they knew...

We must not speak of our brother.
What plagues him, his agonizing pains.
For the people, they will not condone nor forgive...
That he inherited a curse he cannot outlive.


Το 2003 δημιουργήθηκε στην Ολλανδία ένα συγκρότημα με Ελληνικό όνομα (Erinyen, δηλαδή Ερινύες). Έναν χρόνο αργότερα το "γύρισε" στα Λατινικά (Ex Libris). Μπάντα συμφωνικού metal με οπερετικά φωνητικά. Η αγάπη τους προς τα Ελληνικά φαίνεται κι από τους δύο full length δίσκους που έχουν κυκλοφορήσει. Ο πρώτος τιτλοφορείται "Amygdala" κι ο δεύτερος "Medea". Ο τρίτος φέρει τον τίτλο "Ann" και "βγαίνει" σε... τρεις δόσεις! Αντί για "ολοκληρωμένο" album, τρία EPs (αλά Manowar δηλαδή).

Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn
Sound: Vintage progressive metal
Status: Released August 2018

Chapter 2: Anastasia Romanova
Sound: Symphonic progressive metal
Status: Release date: March 15th 2019

Chapter 3: A...... ?
Sound: For us to know for you to find out!
Status: Expected late summer 2019!

Δελτίο τύπου: «Ex Libris, Dutch progressive/symphonic metal featuring Dianne van Giersbergen, presents the official -lyric- video for "The Motherland", taken from "Chapter 2: Anastasia Romanova" which is the second part of the metal trilogy "ANN"! Part 1 & 2 of the metal trilogy "ANN" are available in our webshop. Part 3 is expected later this year.»

Bio: «Progressive powerhouse Ex Libris entered the world of heavy metal in 2004. Hailing from the Netherlands, a country known for it’s big and diverse female-fronted scene, they stand out as u unique voice within the genre.

Classically trained soprano Dianne van Giersbergen soars and whispers throughout big, bombastic songs that are not only impressive in length, but also in sheer, raw power. There’s ample room for progressive licks, melodies and solo’s next to atmospheric and soothing soundscapes. But make no mistake, they put the pedal to the metal.

Pounding double bass drums, furious riffs and frighteningly intense vocals all combine to make Ex Libris a singular force in the world of female-fronted music. Expect full-on musicianship, epic songwriting, extreme dynamics and the full emotional spectrum from one of the most gifted sopranos in The Netherlands.»

Band: Ex Libris
Country of origin: Netherlands
Location: Boxtel, North Brabant
Formed in: 2004
Genre: Symphonic/Gothic Metal
Lyrical themes: History, Mythology
Years active: 2003-2004 (as Erinyen), 2004-present

Video: "The Motherland"
Created by: Wayne Joyner
Footage of Dianne by: De Videomakerij
Album: "Ann - Chapter 2 - Anastasia Romanova"
Type: EP
Release date: March 15th, 2019
Label: Independent
Format: CD, Digital

Track listing:
1. The Motherland 06:45
2. The Healer 05:42
3. The Exile 08:10

Band members:
Koen Stam - Keyboards
Dianne van Giersbergen - Vocals
Luuk van Gerven - Bass
Harmen Kieboom - Drums
Bob Wijtsma - Guitars

Guest/Session:
Oeral Kozakkenkoor - Vocals (choirs)

Miscellaneous staff:
Jos Driessen - Engineering
Darius van Helfteren - Mastering
Jelle Steenhuisen - Cover art
Gregor Bak - Conductor (choir)
Joost van den Broek - Producer, Recording, Mixing


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