"The Wolf Is Loose" as written by and Brent Hinds Brann Timothy Dailor....
The hero of the gods
The crossing of the threshold
The belly of the wale
Refusal of return

Hollow eyes
Dry pale legs
Howling on
Through fields and graves

Language of the signs
Symbols to our sight
Guardian to thy throne
Take on form

Daylight
Hide the skin
Cut it of
Scatter ash in the wind

Shapeshifters rolling on winds of tyrants make
Fierce lore of fanged horn
Danger all the way
Night's sea reflection
The faces of bodies slain
Returning to the form of natrual human's fate

Grown from the cold
Spirits unclean
Dealer of the days
The ice will thaw

As the solider walks through the crimson side
Researchers of aftermatch
Dispelling disarming man
One-toed horses subject of genesis
And the immigrants

Fundamental side of a human mind
Hulder folk and fairies
So belive

The hero of the gods
The crossing of the threshold
The belly of the wale
Refusal of return


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"The Wolf is Loose" as written by Brent Hinds Brann Timothy Dailor

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  • +4
    General CommentI think that the forst passage:
    "The hero of the gods
    The crossing of the threshold
    The Belly of the wale
    Refusal of Return"

    actually referer to the story of Jonah in the old testament. Jonah was chosen by god to be a prophet, but Jonah refuse. He is then swallowed by a whale. He get vomited by the fish when he finally accept his faith, wich is god wish. This story is about accepting god signs, and what happen if we don't; that it's up to us to make benefit from that.

    When, the song say "The hero of the gods" it means that the "hero" is chosen by gods, that he is not there by himself.

    "The crossing of the threshold / The Belly of the wale" actually referer to is trip inside the whale.

    "Refusal of Return" means that he can't return home, that he is forced to accept this mission.

    "Language of the signs
    Symbols to our sight
    Guardian to thy throne
    take on form"

    This passage is like the contempoary interpretation of the story of Jonah. It means that when god send a sign to us, it is up to us to accept it, and use it to our benefit.

    "Language of the signs / Symbols to our sight". This means that we have to see the sign, to recognise it as to what it really is.

    "Guardian to thy throne / take on form". The guardian is the adventure, the expedition, the challenge of obtaining a gain from the mission the gods have given to the hero. "Take on form" is probably about the blood moutain, wich is the form the challenge has taken.

    The rest of the song needs another kind of interpretation, and I think the previous guys here have have done a pretty good job. The two side of the song merge together to mean more together than they mean separated.

    Overall, this song is really an intro to the album! It explain a bit why and who is doing what in the story.
    i20on December 08, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTamjam, I'm really going to hope your post was sarcastic because of all the caps, but for some reason I don't think it was. Thereforce, I'm going to treat it like an idiotic statement.

    Seriously, why do the majority of people seem to jump to drugs as the meaning of songs? You were right about one thing, the story isn't just a tale of guy climbing a mountain. There is a metaphor, but it's a personel metaphor for the band. They've said most of it deals with the band's personel journey in the music industry. They did the same thing with the Leviathan album.

    Also, you're even more idiotic if you think 10,000 Days was also about drugs. What does 10,000 Days refer to then, 10,000 days of being high? That album was very personel to Maynard, who wrote the title song and "Wings for Marie" about the death of his mother. See, metal bands can write about more things than just drugs.

    THANX ;)
    supergump88on February 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbest drum intro ever, not counting Beneath The Mire by Opeth
    Ddaduttaon September 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment^^Makes the most sense to me. Also, I think the main hero is a werewolf or something cause the song makes several refrences to shapeshifting and howling. I think that the protagonist has been cursed by becoming a werewolf and he finds the only way to get rid of the curse is to place the Crystal Skull on Blood Mountain.
    supergump88on September 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe wolf is loose.

    DUH.

    The main character in the story is a werewolf. There are many references to that through-out the album.

    Great first single, great band, great album. Blood Mountain is not as awesome as Leviathan, but how would you follow that album up anyways? It's nice to see a metal band that can have fun, coming up with unique storylines behind their songs.
    Big-Emptyon September 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Daylight
    Hide the skin
    Cut it of
    Scatter ash in the wind"
    (it's daylight and he's changing back)

    Shapeshifters rolling on winds of tyrants make
    Fierce lore of fanged horn
    Danger all the way
    Night's sea reflection
    The faces of bodies slain
    Returning to the form of natrual human's fate
    (a ruler has sent soldiers to look for him, he runs off, in danger of being caught the entire way. when night comes he is looking out over the sea and see's all the people he kills as a werewolf.)

    Grown from the cold
    Spirits Unclean
    Dealer of the days
    The ice will thaw
    (he's grown cold, or ashamed that he killed someone and dirtied his spirit, perhaps "dealer of the days" and "The Ice will thaw" some how refering to him wanting to die, but deciding against suicide because he hopes he will make it out of his problems.)

    As the solider walks thru the crimson side
    Researchers of aftermatch
    Dispelling disarming man
    One-toed horses subject of genesis
    And the immigrants
    (mean while the soldiers have found his killing, probubly a really bloody mess or a large massacure, and this causes people to arm themselves in a hunt for him. not really sure about the other 2 lines though)

    Fundamental side of a human mind
    Hulder folk and fairies
    So belive
    (noteing that it's natural for people to no belive in werewolfs, but now that they have been attacked by one they think it's real. not sure to the exact definition of "hulder" though.)

    The hero of the gods
    The crossing of the threshold
    The Belly of the wale
    Refusal of Return
    (recap from the begining)

    hope that helps every one. this is actually one the only mabey 3-4 songs i really love on this album. they're all great, but this one catches my ear the most.
    slayer-72on February 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo basically this song is the intro to Blood Mountain, and reveals that the hero is chosen by "the gods" to collect the Crystal Skull which he shall place on top of Blood Mountain.
    He is not allowed to return before he has completed his task.
    Ddaduttaon September 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Daylight
    Hide the skin"

    I don't know everything about werewolfs, but what I do know is that, in their own myths, they only appear at night. These songlines are a good reference to the hero I think.. (and the werewolf theory)
    Eelceauon September 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy question is if you've seen the video, it's just some guy in a top hat and a suit running around grabbing weapons it seems to set some souls free, completely unrelated it seems to blood mountain

    he pulls out a book though with the blood mountain logo on it
    Drachenflighton October 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmost music videos tend to have very little to do witht he actual song - most artists like to tell a separate story with the video.
    Ddaduttaon November 05, 2006   Link

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