King of Rome

by Judicator

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KING OF ROME is a power/speed metal album in the style of Blind Guardian, Iron Savior, Gamma Ray and Iced Earth. The lyrics are a concept about Napoleon Bonaparte's last campaign leading up to the Battle of Waterloo and his defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington. Fans of classic power and speed metal will find that Judicator puts a modern spin on the classic formula, with plenty of riffs, melodies and powerful vocals to back it up.

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released October 30, 2012

Band:
Tony C - Guitars, Bass, Drum Programming
John Yelland - Vocals, Lyrics

Guest Spots:
Bryan Edwards (Vermiform, Ex-Seven Kingdoms) - Vocals on tracks 2, 5
Chad Anderson (Disforia) - Backing Vocals
Justin Trombetti - Backing Vocals

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Judicator Tucson, Arizona

Judicator is a Power Metal band formed by Tony Cordisco and John Yelland after the two met at a Blind Guardian concert. They released two historical based albums as a recording project, and then evolved into a full, touring, band signed by Divebomb Records on their album "At the Expense of Humanity". The band is currently recording their fourth album "The Last Emperor" for a 2018 release. ... more

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Track Name: Rising Again
I deny your vile state, a leech unto our pride
We are the worthy host, the ones you hate the most

Rise, I shall rise – never restrained

Trust in yourself
Always behave sly and sharp, just like the fox
Embers of blue in sunset

Dying to be free, my destiny is held and barred
A bird that’s caged and still imprisoned
I yearn to hold all that men need

For now I’m rising again, pride is in my eyes
And Europe fears what I am: the legend reborn

Grey, grey is the sky as we return
Join in the ranks of free men
Sly, sly and sharp, just like the fox
Now we shall see if friends remain

Soldiers listening, all waiting for my careful words

If you would kill your Emperor
Then shoot him now, for here I am

I deny your knotted throne

A leech unto our pride

We are the worthy host

The ones you fear the most




Starlight in the fields, my power yields a flame of hope
I feel I’m changing, the age is dawning

Prometheus will pay for all


For now I’m rising again, pride is in my eyes
And Europe fears what I am: the legend reborn
Track Name: Into the Sea of Bayonets
Wellington is on the move (this time you may not succeed)
And I have been refused (count the cards, one joker missing)

We try as in the old days

Failure is something that you choose



I defy the world around me
I deny the chance is dying



Into the sea of bayonets

Where I'm at home, where I belong

Into the sea of bayonets

I try to peacefully return

Prussians coming from the west (drive a wedge in between now)

Keep the weak from growing strong (there's a chance, one chance in hell)

They'll face the bravest of the brave

Marshal Ney will turn the tide



We hear the batteries are crashing down

Push the skirmishers away and break for center


(Into the dark) the second division

(Into the bleak) slowing burn -- more for the slaughter


And from the left Jerome is killing in the woods

Before the crossroad's taken I will be the ligh
t
A thunder louder than the mind can even take

A shock which pierces deep into the shallow heart
Track Name: Backs Against the Wall
The rain, it falls like a curtain

Wolves are on our heels

Desperate men feeling pressure, pressure to survive


The train of men never ending, moving through the night

Once before I have seen these lands, Waterloo is my ground



Look at their faces, what do you see?

We must pull through for them, set the world free



Keep the pace and push through fire

Never yield the ground that's chosen

Backs against the wall

The night is lit by their fires, the light of countless men
A silence reigned so profound till the downpour resumed

A present left for the morning by the fates in the night
Battle time slowly creeping, the night laughs at what it leaves


Dire moment of the century, not a moment's respite
Two wolves chained and are waiting for their master's respite

A wolf that's tired but collected, the other suffers but snarls

When noon arrives we will ride them down

Let's let slip the dogs of war


And now we stand on the corner between the fear and the rage
It's almost time for the blood storm, pray to what god you choose

The Grand Armee beats the war drum, blood is racing and I

I can't believe this has come to pass, twenty years of war
Track Name: King of Rome
On the field I can see him riding inspired

All those legends that we have heard in our youth

Now it's time to stand, measure ourselves against him



Back to the French lines, "Vive l'Empereur!"
It's my desire to defend the name 
Back to the fire, "Vive l'Empereur!"
What I require was refused again



But as my thoughts return to home and what's ahead 

I was a slave to what my family forged
Thoughts of my son, I will not fail him now



I'll pass the light, give him all the might 

He'll be the King of Rome

I'll pass the light safely through the night

He'll be the King of Rome



From the battlefield, I ride to my place of command


There at the hilltop (thinking of your son)

The heir-apparent, your time will come

There in my shadows (no hope you can see)

I'll fight despite them, too much is at stake



But as my thoughts return to home and what's ahead 

I was a slave to what my family forged
Thoughts of my son, I will not fail him now



I'll pass the light, give him all the might

He'll be the King of Rome

I'll pass the light safely through the night

He'll be the King of Rome
Track Name: Hougoumont
I must inform you, the battle of Waterloo's begun

Into the old wood, an air of dirt and fear, it permeates

We squeeze our rifles, it cannot be this easy, that we know

A roar of cannons begins to tear apart our valiant ranks



Bloodshed, fire, dying

In woods of Hougoumont



As water crashes on stone

Dying to break them down

Like elders fight sands of time

These walls are bought with blood



The ocean's swelling, it rises up against the northern wall

Bring in "the Basher" to carve a path of gore and splintered wood

If there was one chance, then seize it now for this is all we'll get

Into the courtyard, screams of crowded bodies finally meet



Bloodshed, fire, dying

In woods of Hougoumont



As water crashes on stone

Dying to break them down

Like elders fight sands of time

These walls are bought with blood
Track Name: Tu N'es Pas Mort, Coquin?
See Sir Frederick Ponsonby, commander of the 12th Light Dragoons
And General Jacquinot reacts, the French can see we'll hold our own with smiles

Enter the fearsome lancers

Savage and terrifying, they pierce my flesh

Wounded in both my arms and

Out of control I plunge into the fray



Explore the limits of yourself
And ask yourself just how much can you take

When one can take abuse with smiles

Then he in turn may lead his men as sons



When I open up my eyes and try to lift myself out of the mud
Hear, "Tu n'es pas mort, coquin?" and quickly followed by another blow



I feel the steel inside me
The pain is overwhelming and blinding

I taste the blood arising

My lung is pierced and soon I slip away



I once again awaken

So paralyzed, forsaken and alone

I'm robbed in empty pockets

A tirailleur will use me as a shield



Explore the limits of yourself
And ask yourself just how much can you take

When one can take abuse with smiles

Then he in turn may lead his men as sons
Track Name: The Iron Duke
All that I've left behind

All that I've sacrificed

Never I'll fight again

Blood is too high a price



One night before, every chair in here was filled

Empty inside, staring at vacant thrones of my kin



Pride undone

Battles lost,
wars we won

Count the cost

Reading the list of slain, weeping in deepening dismay

There is still loss in gain, do not congratulate

Now that we've spoken, now that we've won
Pray it's all over, peace has begun



And now it's time to cast him out
The toll of our dead is on him

And in this world of gears and decay

Nobody is innocent anyway
Track Name: Elan
These are the gasping death throes now

Into the final fight that I might know


I feel a rush of blood like thunder in my veins

The only fear that's left is left alive but maimed



Rush them and fight to death
I hold my breath and pray for more



The sea of tears and tattered banners

Just like a prophecy, a prophecy that failed

The sea of tears and tattered banners

Our hearts cry out as one, and beat like drums of god

Our elan

We all inhale the smoke and fog

My brisk and youthful self has long been gone


The song of musket fire is playing to our fears

As silhouettes of men so suddenly appear

Pierced and shocked but I survive

We're falling back now, like the ocean tide


Hearts of iron, squares of Old Guard

Fight like lions for the French retreat


I will not be silenced, I will not be caged

Take apart the man who built this stage



Ils ne passeront pas, we shall never yield

Despite the loss on the battlefield

Je ne cedrais jemais, they shall never pass

Protect the fall-back, we must make it last

General Cambronne is captured now

Repel their advance, show the English how

True men fight till collapse, defend their kin

The French are falling, hear the wounded cry



Back to home at Malmaison,
back to the calm before my storm

Fantasize of life anew, dream of life across the sea
There must be something for me there,
science and exploration call

Could I be slightly out of mind?

Surely Prometheus can't fly



Into my final resting place, call me general to push disgrace



When springtime falls back into winter

Just like a prophecy, a prophecy that failed

Will auburn sunsets weep for me?

I steel my heart and sigh, then walk into the black

My elan