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City of Blood

by اکوان (Akvan)

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David Fischer
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David Fischer I love black metal more than I love myself. Fast, slow, toaster-produced, polished, I hardly care. I also enjoy exotic instrumentation quite a lot. Suddenly, Akvan enters the stage with City of Blood. Beautiful tar melodies accompany the raw, sawing sound, samples of gruesome shootings provide a high level of immersion. خرمشهر‎ is hypnotic, it is tragic. The lyrical themes are highly debilitating. Nevertheless, it is beautiful. And it is one thing more than all of the above: important. Favorite track: پیروزی بر همه / Vanquish All.
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philbgray Hardly a day goes by where this is not playing. Amazingly raw and aggressive, yet melodious and beautiful! Favorite track: پیروزی بر همه / Vanquish All.
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porcelainheart- A hauntingly sorrowful tribute to one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern-day history. Favorite track: زخم های پنهان / Hidden Wounds.
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Beyond the filter Of this stifling mask Through the noxious fog Of mustard gas Past the barbed terrain Mined and vast Lies the playground Of blood and ash Where Saddam's dogs Shall breathe their last As we advance And push The bastards back Like choking rats In an iron grasp Their weakened battalions Succumb to Our violent wrath Bullets burrow through Flesh, skulls, and jaws On gushing wounds Death tears and gnaws Men's intestines suspend From barbed wire Caustic sprays of Machine gun fire We wade through A mire Of guts and limbs In a void absent Virtue or sin Where Western arms And an upper hand Prove futile against A child who would Die for his land For the innocent Lives consumed By the jaws Of Sarin's fumes With malice We incinerate The cowards and Their puppet state For our children Burned alive While aboard IR655 Slaughtered by The U.S of lies We send their pawns To their grim demise Every corpse Adorned with lead Every sundered bone And severed head Every drop of blood That is shed Paves the path to Avenge our dead Blood demands blood Alone, against the world We stand And vanquish all Who invade our land Through a hail Of grenades and scuds We reclaim The City of Blood The West And their puppet Saddam Are no match For Mother Iran By the blood of پارس خلیج فارس Forever ours
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Crawling on battered knees Through this trench Of grisly screams Broken men share dismal stares Their ravaged minds Beyond despair Visions of atrocity Prey upon Their sanity Terror forged by vacant eyes Chemical burns, scorched remains Ceaseless mounds of children slain Forever bound unto These phantoms of doom Dwelling in hidden wounds Vengeful hands clench loaded guns And take aim At بعثی scum Ensanguined earth, empty shells The filth of man That covets Hell
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Come and see Adam's nature Absent pretense Come and see His base instinct His true intent Come and see The wisdom of Satan's defiance Made in His image Are the tanks And the bombs Made in His image Are the slaughter And the rape Made in His image Are the Tabun And the Sarin Filling the infant's lungs "Freedom isn't free" Chemical arms Democracy's Currency Ghastly laughter Envenomed skies The mouth of hell Opens wide Scalding emerald Spews from their throats On baleful fumes The newborns choke The putrid stench Of seething flesh Bodies shrouded In noxious death Wailing mothers Fading breath A silent city Stands bereft As the children Collapsed and writhed With craven silence The world replied Their shrieks of fear Their blinded eyes The world complicit Scorned their cries

about

On September 22, 1980, the Iraqi military under the command of Saddam Hussein, unprovoked, supported and heavily armed by the Western and Arab worlds, invaded an economically devastated and militarily weakened Iran following the events of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Through a brutal campaign of violence, terror, and the illicit use of chemical weapons against civilian populations, the Ba'athist dictator sought to quickly conquer his oil-rich neighbor in order to fulfill his nationalist fantasy of becoming the region’s dominant power. Despite facing crippling economic sanctions, a substantial lack of proper military equipment and training, and the world's major powers collaborating against them, the Iranian people retaliated and held their ground throughout one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern history and prevented Hussein from taking even one inch of their land.

This album is dedicated to the myriad Iranian soldiers (many of whom were young volunteers) and civilians who lost their lives as a result of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, as well as the countless Kurdish victims of the Al-Anfal genocide. May they rest in peace and remain forever free from the failures of mankind.

Notes:

The title of this release is derived from the moniker used by Iranian forces in reference to the first battle that took place in the city of Khorramshahr / خرمشهر‎. Due to the heavy loss of life sustained by the extreme and brutal violence carried out by the Iraqi army against both Iranian soldiers and civilians alike, the city which was once home to many of Iran's upper class families became known as خونین شهر (transliteration: Khooninshahr), the City of Blood.

In Narrow Graves - The title of this track references a line from the poem " A Poem for War / شعری برای جنگ" by the acclaimed contemporary Iranian poet Qeysar Aminpour / قیصر امین‌پور, whose work is renowned worldwide for its innovative prose and compelling anti-war themes.

Halabja - As implied by its title, this track was inspired by the horrific events that took place on March 16, 1988 in the Kurdish city of Halabja, Iraq during the final days of the Iran-Iraq war. The opening lyrics, "come and see", allude to director Elem Klimov's eponymous masterpiece, which captures the horrors of war with an unsettling and harrowing realism very few filmmakers have been able to achieve.The lyrics "a silent city" are a nod to the stunningly beautiful collaboration album by the legendary Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider, whose title track also serves as a requiem for the events that took place on that dark day in Halabja.

credits

released June 11, 2021

اکوان (Akvan) is:

Vizaresa - Vocals, Tar, Guitars, and Battery

Music and lyrics by Vizaresa. All tracks appearing on this album were recorded by Vizaresa in Isfahan, Iran.

Album art:

Graphic design by Lumy

Released under GFDL license: www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl-1.3.html

Attribution: Unknown author - gallery.sajed.ir/index.php?view=detail&id=143

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