TURNED TO STONE Chapter 2: Masamune & Muramasa

by Howling Giant/Sergeant Thunderhoof

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Fire giving life Reaching out as it crosses the sky Deadwood finding ground Carried in with the tide On the winds of creation The elements arrive Join the spirit communion Walk through the divide In wonder, gates of fire and stone On the path of devotion Elementals will rise Embers purify The imperfections River running dry Expose reflections of iron On the winds of creation The elements arrive Join the spirit communion Walk through the divide In wonder, gates of fire and stone On the path of devotion Elementals will rise Elementals will rise Fire Elementals will rise Elementals will rise Iron Elementals will rise Elementals will rise --- When death comes to your door Will you walk towards the light As sure as the river flows Our spirit crosses the divide These hands will forge the blade May it never taste the blood Of creatures on this plane A shining artifact of grace --- Imbue the stars in folding iron The astral shimmer of heat from the fire Within the steel the night sky will dance to the songs of the forge played by hammer and anvil Two sides of light inspire the heart When finding balance igniting the spark Create the gates of fire and stone with these hands born of water and earth down below Within the steel the night sky will dance to the songs of the forge played by hammer and anvil Imbue the stars in folding iron Reaching to the sky Light fading Raise the blade on high Create the gates of fire and stone with these hands born of water and earth down below Within the steel the night sky will dance to the songs of the forge played by hammer and anvil Create the gates of fire and stone with these hands born of water and earth down below Within the steel the night sky will dance to the songs of the forge played by hammer and anvil --- We cut away the deadwood Making room for life to grow But the garden has no master And the will of life endures All our sisters underwater (Breath in breath out) And our brothers in the sky (Life in our blood) We’re tied by the same Earthly tether Breathe in The soul and earth Align Converge
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The mountain stands alone upon a blade of fire before the sun. Drawn towards a point of light, all of my cold rage entwined. You will come to know me. With every sin you crawl, with each passing breath. Taste the crimson drops upon this blade. You will come to know me. The line between the friend and foe cannot be seen until you fall. The blind can see the bison knows. You bend the truth to suit your stall. You will come to know me. Lord cast your eyes on me, you know this to be false. I’ll slice the ocean whole, give me everything. You will come to know. You will come to know. You will come to know me. When the body fails, God will gather me. When the mind dissolves, God will inspire me. When the rivers dry, God will forgive me. When the heavens glow, God will provide me. Bring me the Earth, the rivers and the moon. Heaven and hell, I’ll strike them all in two. Eternal, when the sky comes down. Eternal, come back stronger. Deliver me from ego, lust and power and sight. The curtain lies open and only God remains. When the body fails, God will gather me. When the mind dissolves, God will inspire me. When the rivers dry, God will forgive me. When the heavens glow, God will provide me. The water burns, the tide awake. The crashing of the waves again. Diamond fire upon the edge, the mountain grows again and again. A songbird crashes from the sky. An endless sleep behind your mind. My master shades his eyes. A love so true, to meet my own. I placed in you my soul. Before I’m through the mountain calls. My plea to you, my all. The songbird dies in my arms. What have I done? I’ve seen the edge so raise your hands. I’ve seen the edge so raise your hands. Power flow from me to you. Power flow from me to you. And I will lead you all to the brink of time. A love so true for you. Lord cast your eyes on me, you know this to be false. I’ll slice the ocean whole, give me everything.

about

Chapter two of Ripple's new Turned to Stone series presents the story of two legendary Japanese sword smiths, Muramasa and Masamune, as told in interconnected musical movements by spacefaring psych-metal warriors Howling Giant and their equally cosmic riff-wielding British contemporaries Sergeant Thunderhoof.

In the two pieces, Muramasa and Masamune have a contest to determine whose sword smithery is superior, each crafting a blade of masterful quality and facing off by the edge of the river.

Instead of the typical approach with two bands contributing stand-alone sides of a record, Howling Giant and Sergeant Thunderhoof wanted to write an album that was thematically cohesive. Each side features a 20-minute song assembled via sharing of melodic ideas between the two bands during the writing process, and telling the story from the perspective of one of the sword smiths.

The result is a single piece of ambitious songcraft created by two riff-prog legends leaving another impressive mark on the heavy rock landscape.

credits

released August 7, 2020

Masamune:
Howling Giant is:
Sebastian Baltes - Bass and Vocals
Tom Polzine - Guitars and Vocals
Zach Wheeler - Drums and Vocals

Guest Appearances:
Drew David Harakal II - Organ/Piano/Synths, recorded in Keyworld in Ft. Worth, Texas

Additional Writing Credits:
James Sanderson (Lesser Animals)

Recorded at Howling Giant HQ, Nashville, TN
Engineered by Kim Wheeler
Additional Vocal Recording by Chris Frasco
Mixed by Ben McLeod
Mastered by Tony Reed

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Muramasa:
Sergeant Thunderhoof is:
Dan Flitcroft - Vocals
Mark Sayer - Guitar
Jim Camp - Bass
Darren Ashman - Drums

Recorded at Stage 2 Studios, Bath UK
Engineered and Mixed by Josh Gallop
Mastered by Tony Reed

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