FAQ

For those who are interested, this article will clear out some doubts and establish the truth about DoomSword.



 

Question 1: Are DoomSword a Viking metal band? Do they play Viking Metal? Do DoomSword lyrics only deal with Norse Mythology or prevalently?

 

No, no and no.

DoomSword are a heavy metal band, they play epic Heavy Metal (note the capital letters), Viking metal is a genre in its own right and DoomSword are not Viking metal. DoomSword lyrics dealt with a lot of Viking themes, but there are precisely 12 Viking inspired songs (mythology or history) on a total of 40 DoomSword songs contained in 5 albums. Therefore, while Viking history and Norse mythology are a very important influence on DoomSword's music, they cannot be defined as Viking metal. There are a number of songs about Irish mythology, that doesn't make DoomSword a Celtic metal band of some sort.

 

Question 2: Well what style do DoomSword play so?

 

Classic Heavy Metal, with a strong epic vein, that which is commonly shortened as Epic Metal.

 

Question 3: Why the pseudonyms, and does Deathmaster think he mastered Death itself?

 

When Deathmaster and Guardian Angel switched from the medieval-inspired project 1014AD to DoomSword they had Warlord as their primary influence. As they wanted to adopt the same style of psuedonyms as Warlord, Deathmaster took his copy of the Deliver Us EP and with a magnifying lens read the names on the two headstones on the lower right corner of the cover painting. They read:

 

"Guardian Angel - August 22 1982"

"Deathmaster - April 27 1982"

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As this created a permanent link with their favourite band, the duo adopted the pseudonyms Guardian Angel and Deathmaster.

 

Question 4: Why do Italians talk about Vikings?

 

Foreword: this is the most stupid question that gets periodically asked to DoomSword. The most influential band in epic Heavy Metal is Manowar (if only for their commercial success and fame) and nobody questions the fact that they talk about Vikings although America has no cultural link whatsoever except for the remains of a 2-year settlement in Canada.

DoomSword talk about Vikings because:

a. they can

b. Norse mythology is a childhood passion of Deathmaster

c. fighting in the snow is definitely more epic than fighting on the beach

d. DoomSword come from Lombardy, in Northern Italy. The Lombards (or Longobards) were a Germanic tribe native of Scandinavia that later moved to Southern Denmark / Northern Germany, then migrated all the way down to Hungary, Slovenia and eventually settled in Italy where they wiped away the Bizantine domination and reigned for about 200 years, and integrated with the local population. Hence, there is a strong bond between DoomSword and Germanic cultures. Also, Italy was raided numerous times by Vikings and Normans, as well any other civilisation in existence. Lombardy in particular was dominated by the following civilisations: Celts, Romans, Goths, Bizantine, Longobards, Franks, Germans, French, Spanish, Austro-Hungaric. Maybe even someone else. In other words DoomSword can talk about anybody knowing there's a historical and cultural link there to justify that.

 

Question 5: Why did Deathmaster not sing on the first album?

 

Because a friend of Deathmaster told him he wasn't ready to be the main vocalist on an album.

 

Question 6: Do DoomSword have anything against the Romans?

 

No, absolutely not.

 

Question 7: What is the concept behind DoomSword's lyrics? What is the meaning of the DoomSword "Pensive Warrior" logo?

 

DoomSword's main purpose is to give food for thought. Behind a veil of stereotypical lyrics, there is a precise intent to make people meditate on common concepts and misconceptions.

For example, on the "Let Battle Commence" album, DoomSword illustrated the falsity of the concept of history, which is always written by those who won wars, thereby misrepresenting facts through means of exaggeration of the positive qualities of the victorious and denigration of the defeated.

Often DoomSword have showed the flip side of the medal, telling not only of those who fought heroically, but also of those who died, and of those who were left behind, and the pain that death inflicts, even if it's death with honour. Like every other band, some of the lyrics are partly auto-biographical, or simply visionary (this is the case of those lyrics written by Geilt, namely "Thundercult" and "The Fulminant"). For this reason DoomSword have adopted a logo representing a "Pensive Warrior", symbolising that someone's victory is always someone else's defeat.
pensive warrior
The logo itself is a graphic re-elaboration of a picture taken from the movie "the 13th warrior" of the main character Buliwyf in the movie, played by Czech-Canadian actor Vladimir Kulich.
pensive warrior

 

Question 8: What are the lyrics of "Steel Of My Axe" about?

 

The song is a mix of history and auto-biographical lyrics. The historical context is the destruction of Castelseprio (an important archaeological site in the heart of DoomSword's area of origin called Insubria) which happened in 1287, even though the date is only indirectly referenced, as the 1287 attack was the last of many, one of which was in 1282. In 1287 Castelseprio was burnt to the ground by mercenaries of the Bishop of Milan who disguised themselves as German merchants and camped within the walls of the fortress, and sneaked out at night setting fire to the whole castle, something that was attempted before, hence the "as in 1282 when flames reached the sky". The chorus is a direct reference to the Bishop's order to destroy Castelseprio with fire, "God's fire of hate and destruction".
The rest of the lyrics are to do with the delicate matter of personal decisions in life, and how in the end who dares wins. You are the King of your own life, and others might criticise your choices, and try to metaphorically "dethrone" you, but a soul with pure intentions always survives, hence the lyrics "I choose my path / my decisions are made / I now cheer with blood in my horn / I reign in my kingdom / your only choice: to obey / speak to my axe then to me.". It was an interesting experiment to contestualize personal feelings in a historical way and DoomSword are very happy with the result.