Crime And Punishment

by Stormhunter

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1.
Last Words 05:19
Last Words Once you used to fight for me And treated me as friend You even gave your life away My reason to defend Too blind to see the scars you leave You laugh at my decline Indifference and apathy Against my cries of pain The hands that once rocked me to sleep My cradle now destroy The tender voices from the past Turned into agonizing cries Abandoned in the gutter Among derision and deceit Despite of all my begging For me there's no chance for relief Will you remember The last time that we met? Will you remember The day which seated my fate? Will you remember That you're all the ones to blame? In the final hour Do you even know my name? The air I breathe is getting thin I'm suffering in silence One tick away from suffocation Longing for the end Forever now I close my eyes Obscurity surrounds me From the fire once so vivid Only ashes will remain
2.
Perfect World We waited for this many years Since the dawning of our time The conclusion of our agony Has finally arrived The end of our misery is near The traces of oppression Are about to disappear Our endeavour for a perfect world Before long will culminate In a state of divine apathy, Free of anger, free of hate The end of our suffering is near The scars from our battles Our remaining time will heal Has the space between the lines Become too small for you to read Have the wounds left in your mind Become too old for them to bleed Has the pain you feel inside Become too vague for you to cry Are the days not black enough For you to grope for the light The truth of yesterday Has just become a lie The things that you believed in, Once important, now denied Banished from your memories, Buried in the past The essence that remains Is that nothing ever lasts Did you ever wonder where has gone The diversity of life Domination of conformity Common sense now is a crime Submission as salvation for us all Shuttered in your gilded cage Gradually your mind corrodes
3.
Condemned Stranger Born into a time when our life seems to be worthless A time where all good things will turn into a living hell Life is like a freak show on rotation day by day No one knows the other but accuses him in any way Condemned stranger Running through the fields of time Condemned stranger You will never get it right Condemned stranger Searching for the meaning of life Condemned stranger Doomed to die Violence, hatred, death and destruction seem to be courteous Madness delivered free from a media reigned by disdainful wealth On sanctimonious ways they are marching into madness Avoiding the ultimate truth as they drown in their selfishness Fighting, killing, stealing, lying - trying to survive War and murder, rape and hunger – who wants to live a life like that?! Wishing, dreaming, creating, believing - waiting to be alive Peace and freedom, hope and faith – don´t you want to be set free?! In future times to come will this world turn for the better No more war-games for the masses and suicide for the youth Will we bow to the inevitable and recognize what has to be done Or will we always be stigmatized for life Condemned stranger Running through the fields of time Condemned stranger You will never get it right Condemned stranger Searching for the meaning of life Condemned stranger You will die before your time has come
4.
Knights Of Metal (Part 1) RESTLESS AND WILD Our METAL HEARTS are beating inside We´re KINGS MADE OF STEEL INTO GLORY we RIDE IN THE HEART OF DARKNESS HELL AWAITS for us But STARLIGHT will guide us Our BATTLE HYMNS resound in the night WITH POWER AND GLORY We MARCH INTO FIRE With loud BATTLECRIES We´re the GODS OF NOISE Caught SOMEWHERE IN TIME SOMEWHERE FAR BEYOND In DARK PLACES we are LOST But we´re RIDING THE STORM On the HIGHWAY TO HELL Knights Of Metal Breaking loose a storm of Steel Knights Of Metal Heavy loaded air we breathe In our hearts grows roaring thunder And our souls were forged in steel Knights Of Metal... READY FOR BOARDING Out on the SEA OF MADNESS we sail We're THE LAST COMMAND Bringing the KISS OF DEATH FROM THE DUST OF AGES On a JOURNEY THROUGH THE DARK IN UNION WE STAND, FOREVER FREE METAL HEARTS
5.
Reality, Fatality As I look around me I can't help to feel scared In so many places Decline seems to be prepared This is not a dream The nightmare's getting real An odyssey on stormy sea The captain on his knees Of abundance and misery Your fate you'll never know On which side of the line you'll fall What life will choose for you Of forbidden fruits Too many times you've had a taste Convictions once so precious Have slowly gone to waste Reality, fatality Our cries for help fall on deaf ears The evidences for the end Are fading with the years Awaiting the next battle still The sheep follow the wolves While the flock's fed just enough To be kept on the run The day they will force us to kneel To reintroduce slavery We should be prepared to defend Our freedom, our liberty
6.
Robot Age 03:15
Robot Age Iron slaves without volition A dynasty of restless steel Exploited ´til our demolition Finally we die alone Blessed with strength And armed with power To serve their decadence Harder, faster, every day The junkyard, our last resting place Left alone, long forgotten A discarded piece of iron scrap Hiding there like a rusted dustbin Waiting for our time to come Blinded by their genius They just underrated us Too old, too slow, too useless They never thought We’d create our own intelligence Now it´s time to rise, to awake our iron will Time to break the chains And strike the spark of consciousness Now it´s time to rise , to enforce our iron will Time to break the chains And inflame the fire of resistance Iron gods of true metal power Standing as one in unity Fighting ´til extinction Judgment day has come Blessed with strength And armed with power To overthrow their decadence Knowledge, might, total control The robot-age has finally arrived
7.
Unholy Seed 04:26
Unholy Seed The call of duty we answered Without hesitation prepared for the fight Instructions were clear, the procedures to follow, Decisions where now cut and dried Relentlessly the sands are running out Contamination - took us away From our families and from our home Will we ever get back - nobody knows One for all, all for one, yet alone We knew the burden we would have to bear In our sanctuary now, nothing's left to share We are the rulers over mankinds destiny The only left from a chosen few To defend humanity Ticking off the checklist of insanity On the surface, orphaned land Wasted for eternity Trapped in the womb of the earth In my coffin of doom I am going insane Helpless witness to war and destruction Keeping my eyes on mankinds decay Long ago I lost the sense of time This underground fortress became my refuge Out of reach of the spreading disease On the road to perdition my valiant companions One by one found the trail of relief Millions have died, millions will follow Fear and despair rule the game Solitude, fuel for my delusive hope Is carrying me to the end of the day
8.
Inner Demon 04:03
Inner Demon Back to back we're standing Among the creatures of the night Waiting for the dawn to break For equity to strive In the mist of blackened shadows Tempting fate, defying death We count the steps separing us From drawing our last breath Back to back we're standing Forsaken in the biting cold Petrified with paranoia Are we enemies or friends? The stronghold of hostility Has locked its doors forever We're slipping into lunacy Trapped inside its walls Just close your eyes To be able to see Time to fight the inner demon Just shut your mouth To be able to breathe Time to fight the inner demon Cover your ears to be able to hear Time to fight the inner demon Sharpen your senses Sharpen your blade Time to overcome anxiety
9.
The Final Battle Side by side against the enemy We´ll fight until we fall We´re not afraid to die With courage and with pride For freedom we will fight Until the end of time We´ll never surrender We´ll fight or fall All for one and one for all As the sun leaves the horizon For the darkest hour´s reign We get prepared to fight As the breakup of the world seems near Our forces rise again The force of steel prevails We´ll never surrender We´ll fight or fall All for one and one for all Together we fight Together we ride In our hands our destiny Together we fight Together we ride On the path of glory side by side Together we ride Together we fight In our hands the force of steel Together we ride Together we fight The final battle for eternity
10.
Crime And Punishment A breath of wind in the fresh of the day Signifies the end Timidly, but without fail My dark intend ascends Without reason, without aim I'm wandering around A desperate quest for my refuge I Know I run aground The sequence of calamities Born from my haughty mind Have made me struggle on my way Helpless,lost and blind And may my guilt be ever Such a heavy load Still I hope for better times I'll take the burden on Delirious with fever My aprehension grows I'm bound by chains of paranoia Fate exacts it's toll I feel it in my bones Assailed by doubts and woes The moment of exposure nears It's time to make my bows There will be no reprieve To expect from destiny The shadows of the past Will haunt me for eternity Not a single tear, for sure will be shed for me My steps may lead me to release But free, free, I'll never be

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released May 1, 2011

Recorded in Februrary 2011 by Christoph Brandes at the Iguana Studios.
Produced by Christoph Brandes and Stormhunter.

Cover Artwork by Robert Buhl.
Fotos by Knuth Lohse.

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Stormhunter Balingen, Germany

Stormhunter is a Heavy Metal Band from Balingen playing metal in the vein of early Helloween and Running Wild.

It was founded 1998. After a break, the band was reactivated by Stefan Müller in 2007.

Current lineup:
Frank Urschler (vocals), Andreas Kiechle (drums), Fritz (bass), Burkhard Ulrich (guitar), Stefan Müller (guitar)
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