Capitulatio de partibus Saxoniae

by Hrungnir

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Rômulo Very well produced album, dungeon synth atmosphere with a strong meaning on each track. Great material. And the pin is very cool. =) Favorite track: Wyn Eal Gedreas.
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    The debut Hrungnir release, featuring four original tracks, a Desaster cover, and the Hymns to Bragi demo as bonus! Each CD comes with a Hrungnir logo pin. Available for $8 ppd in the US, $12 ppd worldwide. Limited to 100 copies.

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    In the year 782 CE, the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne returned to Saxony to conquer the land and convert the Saxons from Germanic paganism to Christianity. He issued a legal code known as Capitulatio de partibus Saxoniae (Ordinances Concerning Saxony), which prescribed death for various infringements, most notably for any Saxon who refused to denounce his native religion. The law stated: "If any one of the race of the Saxons hereafter concealed among them shall have wished to hide himself unbaptized, and shall have scorned to come to baptism and shall have wished to remain a pagan, let him be punished by death." A form of high justice in the Holy Roman Empire was the Blutgericht (Blood Court) in which a Vogt (a reeve) held the right to hold a criminal court inflicting bodily punishment and death. That same year Charlemagne beheaded 4,500 Saxons at the Blood Court at Verden, their crime simply being that they did not wish to abandon their own culture and faith. This massacre happened nearly ten years after Charlemagne destroyed the sacred Saxon pillar Irminsul at a pagan holy site. Much can be said of this, but the message is clear; it is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. These Saxons died for their gods, their cultural identity, their homeland, their ancestors, for the values and beliefs that they felt to be right. Despite the threat of torture and murder, they refused to submit to foreign invaders and refused to bow before foreign gods or rulers. One day, we will all cross the bridge of death, why not cross that bridge standing tall, proud, with sword in hand and valor and honor in your heart, rather than cowering and kneeling before tyranny? This music release is dedicated to the brave spirit of the Saxon warriors, and the sacrifice they made under the Capitulatio de partibus Saxoniae. Warriors are not always the fastest or strongest men, a warrior is he who chooses to stand between his enemy and all that he loves or holds sacred. Hail Irminsul! Hail Woden!

    Released on September 25, 2013 on the 947th anniversary of the Battle at Stamford Bridge.

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The debut Hrungnir release, featuring four original tracks, a Desaster cover, and the Hymns to Bragi demo as bonus! Digital download version is $3 (the cover song and demo tracks are available for free download in their respective pages here on bandcamp), to order a physical copy of the CD visit the Merch section of bandcamp or email witchingmetal@gmail.com (US $8 ppd / world $12 ppd). All physical copies of the CD come with a Hrungnir logo pin! Limited to 100 copies.

Tracklist:
1. Wyn Eal Gedreas
2. Bearer of the Torc and Ram-Horned Serpent
3. Scorn and Blood Run Down the River Ván
4. Son of Nine Mothers
5. Across the Bloodfields (Desaster cover)
Bonus Tracks:
6. Fire Burns the Cimmerian Nightsky
7. The Chants of Old Heroes

In the year 782 CE, the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne returned to Saxony to conquer the land and convert the Saxons from Germanic paganism to Christianity. He issued a legal code known as Capitulatio de partibus Saxoniae (Ordinances Concerning Saxony), which prescribed death for various infringements, most notably for any Saxon who refused to denounce his native religion. The law stated: "If any one of the race of the Saxons hereafter concealed among them shall have wished to hide himself unbaptized, and shall have scorned to come to baptism and shall have wished to remain a pagan, let him be punished by death." A form of high justice in the Holy Roman Empire was the Blutgericht (Blood Court) in which a Vogt (a reeve) held the right to hold a criminal court inflicting bodily punishment and death. That same year Charlemagne beheaded 4,500 Saxons at the Blood Court at Verden, their crime simply being that they did not wish to abandon their own culture and faith. This massacre happened nearly ten years after Charlemagne destroyed the sacred Saxon pillar Irminsul at a pagan holy site. Much can be said of this, but the message is clear; it is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. These Saxons died for their gods, their cultural identity, their homeland, their ancestors, for the values and beliefs that they felt to be right. Despite the threat of torture and murder, they refused to submit to foreign invaders and refused to bow before foreign gods or rulers. One day, we will all cross the bridge of death, why not cross that bridge standing tall, proud, with sword in hand and valor and honor in your heart, rather than cowering and kneeling before tyranny? This music release is dedicated to the brave spirit of the Saxon warriors, and the sacrifice they made under the Capitulatio de partibus Saxoniae. Warriors are not always the fastest or strongest men, a warrior is he who chooses to stand between his enemy and all that he loves or holds sacred. Hail Irminsul! Hail Woden!

Released on September 25, 2013 on the 947th anniversary of the Battle at Stamford Bridge.

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Hrungnir was conceived in the summer of 2013 by MacTaidh. Inspired by mythology, legends, battles, and the ancient heathen cultures of the past, Hrungnir seeks to create primitive atmospheric music which embodies the spirit, honor, and values of the old gods. Hrungnir was the mightiest of all giants in Norse mythology, and represented the animating forces of darkness, winter, night, and the grave. ... more

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Track Name: Wyn Eal Gedreas
Modern English translation: All the Joy Has Died
Pagan Priest presiding over animal sacrifice: "With this, we spill the blood of our enemies!" Soldiers of the cross storm our land, making carcasses of our women and slaves of our children. Our great Irminsul defiled, our warriors deceived and murdered by the hypocrisy and hatred of the Holy Roman Emperor. His laws sever our bloodlines, deny us the freedom to preserve our individuality, forbid us to live and walk the honorable path of our ancestors. We shall not bow before his pestilent throne, we shall not forsake the gods of our fathers! We are the sons of Woden, we are the wolves among the sheep! We shall hold high the hammer of Thunor, we shall welcome death standing proud and defiant before kneeling before the hallow kingdom of fear and guilt! We are the strong, the valiant, the fearless vindicators of the Blutgericht of Verden, the warstained steel of blood and thunder! Hail Saxnot! Pagan Priest: "Blood brings us power!"
Track Name: Bearer of the Torc and Ram-Horned Serpent
The stag lord sits cross legged in shamanic meditation, bearing the symbol of nobility in one hand, and the ram-horned serpent in the other. He is the master of the beasts of the forests, of knowledge, and of death. His cult remains lost in obscurity, buried with the druids of the iron age, and even his name has been forgotten. The Horned One: "I've had many names, old names, that only the wind and the trees can pronounce. I am the mountain, the forest, and the earth."
Track Name: Scorn and Blood Run Down the River Ván
Fenrir, son of Loki, writhes in agony and hatred. The mightiest of all wolves, he has fallen victim to the deception of the Aesir, who raised him themselves in Asgard. But the gods harbored fear and loathing for this great beast, knowing his power could bring havoc across the nine realms. Under the guise of a test of strength, the gods have fooled Fenrir into binding himself with the magical chain Gleipnir, forged in the dark underground labyrinths of Svartalfheim. The brave god Tyr had his hand devoured by Fenrir during the binding, but this will not suffice for the wrath that burns in heart of the wolf. The Allfather himself must pay for the breaking of this oath. Taken to a desolate location, the chain was tied to a boulder and a sword was placed in Fenrir's jaws. Howling with vengeance and pain, the river Ván flows from his drooling mouth, a foaming stream of scorn and blood.
Track Name: Son of Nine Mothers
Upon the sky cliffs of Himinbjörg, Heimdallr stands watch over the Bifrost. Born of nine mothers, the noble guardian of Asgard protects the realm from the enemies of the Aesir. He sleeps less than a bird, and nothing bypasses his sight for hundreds of leagues, by day or night. The sound of grass sprouting from the ground in Midgard and the growing of wool on sheep cannot escape his ears. Watching and listening, the great Gjallarhorn in his hands, he waits for impending doom to approach. As the undead völva has foretold, Heimdallr and Loki will take each others lives, as the world burns and sinks into the sea.