The House Spirit (EP)

by Vanaheim

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"The House Spirit" is a conceptual EP which will take you deep into a mythical forest, where dark creatures from ancient beliefs still prevail. It tells the story of the Domovoi (Домовой), and its ancestral roots connected with the spirit of nature.

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released April 24, 2017

Zino van Leerdam: Vocals, Folkinstruments and Orchestrations
James Chancé: Guitars
Nick Roovers: Live Guitars, Promotion, Management
Mike Seidel: Bass and Background Vocals
Bram Trommelen: Drums

Creia Wraith: Additional background vocals in Forefather's Awakening

Music by Vanaheim
Lyrics by Mike Seidel and Zino van Leerdam

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Mike Seidel
www.facebook.com/Mike-Seidel-BassistVocalist-702192626546082/

Logo artwork and EP layout by Wappenschmied
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Cover artwork by Joop Bongaerts

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Track Name: The Dwarven Chant
In a gnarly forest of the ancient night
The way is lost and hidden in conspiracy
A glowing fire is lighting the abode
Darkness befalls the everlasting green
The sun has set and there is no way to go
Surrounded by the whispers of the creaking woods
Big Shadows are falling from the moon
Coldness arises from the humid sparkling soil

From a far coppice where the treetops fall asleep
Voices are arising along their way
Getting stronger with every single step
Never heard this sound amidst of the Night

Has the time come for a myth coming true?
The reason for the harm, a reason for the plague
Is it really true what the old have told?
Nasty little feet bring the harm in our home

The story of the old dwarven chant
Always told by the oldest wood
Never to be seen, never to be heard
A human oath since knighthood
Rumors being spread and lies go around
Knights will revere and kings were crowned
No one will bear, no one will dare
An unforgettable sound

Now so loud that it shakes the earth
A reverential murmur, response from the roots
The wood is pulling tight and the fire starts to flee
There is no way to hide, no way to go
A feast has begun in the winter’s decade
Now they are ready to show their face
Human’s harm is their joy of life
A bloody massacre will end this day

Should I run or should I rather climb?
Where is the escape, where am I safe?
They are near, surrounded by them
This is the end, the slaughter has come

A myth was told
A myth has been told so long ago
A myth was told
A myth has been told so long ago

Has the time come for a myth coming true?
The reason for the harm, a reason for the plague
Is it really true what the old have told?
Nasty little feet bring the harm in our home

Burning roofs and flying axes
Whetting blades that compose a song
A forgotten melody refreshed by the blood
The chant which will once rise again
Track Name: Domovoi
Little gnome with scraggy hair
That keeps harm in every morn
Dark, alone as an elder born
Let’s summon and hold the scorn
Within the night a shadows creeps
Between dreams it stalks and talks
It makes sounds out of wooden poles
Chill in the dark ‘till the dawn that comes

Into the dark, it crawls to kill the one
A charlatan, that howls in the night
and occults the sun, souls getting smited
Unsafe, in front of the evil eyes, it dies
Another night, unveil the wrath of the damned ancestors

Domovoi your beard is a witness of time
We will honor you appearance
Be gracious

Oh Domovoi, oh Domovoi
We will pray for your joy
Oh Domovoi, bring us luck
And endow our tribe

Hundreds of souls contains your mind
Hollow voices deep in the night
Whistling, laughing and noisy stumps
Little ghost above the stove
Backed bread, milk and salt
Warming places that cheer your mind
Swinging dances around the barn
Daily prayers bring your delight

Never let the fire come to an end
and gets cold like a stone to your closest friend
Where the daily grind covers your soul inside
There should be no sorrow, but joy and pride

The smallest things that seem to be hidden
Alone and dark
Become alive, beset
Until you are dead
Track Name: Forefather's Awakening
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Daughter Of The Dawn
Storms arise
With giant waves of death
When a lightning will strike the earth
Peaceful vales quake and burst in flames
Hear the sound of hidden stories
Which were whispered in the wind
Walls of stone crush into the depth of the sea
Never forget the pact between life and death

Howling wind spreads the seed of heavy rains
Summon ancient ghosts of the sparkling flame
In the rhythm of tides time remains
Wilderness is calling

Spirits of the oldest realm
Come alive and bring the fate of our soil
Fate of our soil

Power of the sun
Dry out the deepest lakes
Force every spark of life into dust
Where the future lies ahead
Rain will collect your stream
All dust turns into bloom
The night awakes a shadow of silence
Come and take a breath in the morning dawn

Coldness of water, warmth of the sun
Cover the sorrow with your protecting hand
Create new life where death leads your land
Come alive daughter of dawn

Howling wind spreads the seed of heavy rains
Summon ancient ghosts of the sparkling flames
In the rhythm of tides time remains
Nature’s rage is calling

Nature’s wrath is cold
Frost takes every life in chains
It’s the balance of spring and fall
That creates fortune or distress
When the night comes up and the shadows spread again
Souls of the green slowly fade into a grey
Till the dawn arises and the time stands still