"Deathaura" as written by Toni Kakko, Henrik Klingenberg, Tommy Portimo, Marko Paasikoski, Elias Viljanen and Mikko Mustonen....
The premonition

Remember when I told you how my
Kin is different in some ways?
And how you should not fall in love
With someone like me, anyway
Between the lines, people see signs
When they feel the sear, every day's fear
And one night their torches
Find the girl without a name
And the one who has her
Love is no more safe

And until I get my peace I'm but a shade

(The witch-hunt)

The sun lit the white mountain's snow covered peaks,
There I see you, amongst the good people, suffering
She is the one, the unwanted, decidedly so,
'Cause she makes our children cry.
It's a fact, she is exactly that!
A harbinger of death from the world of witchcraft,
And she's feeding them cakes and her ale to this innocent boy,
And her magic brings dismay

(Exposing the heathen)

"I hear her in the wind, the bane of our town
Come with me, father, I'm to expose a heathen"

In my home town
No one's safe now
Young love's been forbidden
For five-fold kisses, my only love had to die

(Envy)

"Your crops are all flourishing, so what's the catch?
I know what you are, the new evil unhatched
As sure as the dawn, they will hear what I know,
And recognize you, and you'll be cleansed too"

(The fear)

For the good, trusting people in town,
In their fear stricken hearts,
Seeing skyclad's a sign like the deathaura,
Every night, so painful's the memory of love in the dark.
One wheel of the year ends their short lives in fear

"I hear her in the wind, the bane of our town.
Come with me, oh, father the heathen is exposed."

(The grudge)

In the age of burning times, you saved my life
The blaze grew ever higher.
I was your cunning man, hiding in the light,
Now your land shall go sour

Your own fears will destroy everything
Envy consumes all, and "thou shall not"
Though it hurts, I must tell you
"I am truly the one
Behind it all"

(The curse)

In the hands of time we all will die
The dead of night will devour your child
The creation o' beliefs you've been fed
The fear, the unknown, the poison loved by death.

(The flames)

In the cool of the night air
Flames purify minds, where
Almost anyone could be the next
"Unless morning finds all of them somehow hexed"

(Endless inquisition)

(Together, today, for all eternity)

I remember how you told me,
Your kin's different, on that sunny day?

You made me smile,
'Cause I was just about to say the same thing
So deeply entwined, love of a lifetime

But they paid someone to say their torment has a name
And after all these years we get to be together for all eternity


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"Deathaura" as written by Henrik Klingenberg Elias Viljanen

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    My Opinion"THE GRUDGE
    This is whear I lose it... "In the ages of burning times" obviously refers to the times of witch-hunting and the inquisition, but what's the part of the "cunning man"? anyway, this is where the witch confesses to the boy in love with her that, after all, she is REALLY a witch plaguing the town ("though it hurts I must tell you - I am truly the one behind it all")

    THE CURSE
    ehm.... help?

    THE FLAMES
    This seems to paint a scenery of the witch being burned, but why is she singing again "unless morning finds all of them somehow hexed", like if it isn't really over yet and the town is in for some deep trouble?"

    Cunning Men were people in Europe in the 16th-18th Centuries. They were often seen as Wizards and Witches in their own regards, but they sold their services, ranging from protection against witchcraft to making love potions. The Roman Catholic Church frowned upon Cunning Men and Women, as they were also using a form of Wizardry, which was against their Laws. However, Priests were often found to employ their magic for protection. This continued throughout and even after the Reformation with little change.

    That being said... I think the person who says 'I am truly the one behind it all' is the guy who was leading the witch-hunts. Since people went to Cunning Men for protection, and trusted them, it wouldn't be hard for him to manipulate that trust. Perhaps his was jealous of the love between the girl and boy, and because of that, held a grudge? That also ties in really well with the section entitled 'Envy,' now that I think of it.

    Re-read it. In 'The Witch-Hunt,' they say 'She is the One,' with a capital O in One. Because of that, she is killed. In 'The Grudge,' the Cunning Man says 'I am the One,' also with a capital O in One. The only question becomes, is the guy who leads the mob (And says 'Come with me father,' so we aren't confused about who I mean) the Cunning Man, or is it the boy (The one in love with the girl who was killed)? The only reason there's a question about that is because of this line...

    'In the age of burning times, you saved my life
    ...The blaze grew ever higher.
    I was your Cunning Man... hiding in the light,
    Now your land shall go sour...'

    Why would she save the life of the guy who had her killed for being a witch? This would mean the Cunning Man was the boy (She died, and because of that, he lived). And that, by extension, would mean HE is the One. In this event, the 'Innocent Boy' is the bad guy (He let the girl he loved, die), and as such, the mob is good.

    If the 'Innocent Boy' really is the bad guy, it would mean he would be the one singing in 'The Curse.' I find this to be unlikely, however, as Tony gets the lighter tone in his voice (Which every point in the song has, until then, defined the Innocent Boy) in 'The Flames.' That being said, it's entirely possible that the one singing 'The Curse' isn't the Innocent Boy OR the Mob-Leader.

    Skipping to the end of the song, the Innocent Boy sings 'But they paid someone to say their torment has a name.' If the mob offered a reward for exposing whoever was causing the bad fortune (The girl was already dead, mind you), the Cunning Man/Mob Leader may have said it was the boy. Cunning Men, after all, did offer Fortune Telling, and, as part of their Protection from Magic, they claimed to be able to trace the magic back to the one who cast it. Would it really be so hard to believe that the Cunning Man/Mob Leader would sell out the Innocent Boy (Who is, at this point, an adult) to the mob for money?

    Let me re-hash my main beliefs...

    Three main characters - Innocent Girl, Innocent Boy, Cunning Man/Mob Leader.
    -Innocent Girl killed at beginning of song.
    -Innocent Boy killed at end of song.
    --Two are together in the afterlife.
    -Cunning Man/Mob Leader lives.
    --Cunning Man is the One (Person who is responsible for misfortune in town)
    --Cunning Man abuses the trust of the people to have innocent people killed so that he can live.

    Innocent Girl Sings:
    -The Premonition (Paragraph 1)
    Innocent Boy Sings:
    -The Premonition (Single Line Paragraph 2)
    -The Witch-Hunt (Up until quotes)
    --The Witch-Hung (Possibly the Quotes as well, in the form of quoting what was said about the girl)
    -Exposing the Heathen (Paragraph 2)
    -The Fear (Paragraph 1)
    --The Curse (Possibly)
    -The Flames (Up until quotes)
    -...Together, Today, For All Eternity
    Cunning Man/Mob Leader Sings:
    --The Witch-Hunt (Possibly - Quotes)
    -Exposing the Heathen (Paragraph 1)
    -Envy
    -The Fear (Paragraph 2)
    -The Grudge (Seems most likely, even though the 'You saved my life' makes no sense)
    --The Curse (Possibly)
    Unknown Person
    -The Flames (Quotes)
    RyuheiAoion October 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't think she was banished. The song says 'For five-fold kisses/my only love had to die' because young love had been forbidden. At the end, it also says 'But they paid someone to say their torment has a name/And after all these years we get to be together for all eternity...'

    To me, this says she was killed when they were in their early teenage years or something along those lines. The male subject has been looking back on his life 'After all these years,' probably after someone claiming he had magical powers, and thus, they were going to kill him, too. Hence, they get 'To be together for all eternity.' In death, they get to be together forever.

    She is killed in the Witch-Hunt, he is killed in the Inquisition. Most likely, this happened during the Reformation (IE: The 16th/17th Centuries). This ties in well with it being in Europe ('White Mountain's snow covered peaks').

    It's also possible the same male is the 'Innocent Boy' that was being fed ale and cakes. In face, by the way the song is sung, it seems quite possible there are two subjects - The one in love with the girl who had to die, and the person who was responsible for her being killed. There seems to be a difference in perspective between The Premonition and The Witch-Hunt, for example. And within 'Exposing the Heathen,' there seems to be two different people. The one who is trying to kill the girl, and the one who is in love with her.
    RyuheiAoion October 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI can't really argue with RyuheiAoi's interp, because it's insanely knowledgable and, well, I agree with it a fair bit tbh.

    I think that it goes like so:

    The Premonition:
    This isn't when they were younger, it's later on the life and they're together, but in secret, she (We'll call her: Female Lover) is reminding him (We'll call him: Male Lover) about when they were younger, and first faling in love, how she told him not to love her, coz shes different (but not magical different; possibly in a "drifter" different. She has no one, no friends or no family; hence "girl without a name" and she tries to "stay behind the curtains", so to speak, and shes felt like she's been more/less human than everyone else), but now it doesn't matter, because the town's coming to kill her (Female Lover has some sort of "premonition" about it), and he (Male Lover) is going to be hated by them too.

    But it's Male Lover who's the "witch", (somehow the girl has the premonition though, this is the major flaw in my version. It could possibly be that she has it when theyre both in bed together, and his "witchcraft" has sorta "passed over" to her) so he thinks to himself:
    "And until I get my peace I'm but a shade..."
    Basically meaning: Until I reveal who I am and put an end to the danger Male Lover has put Female Lover in, he's nothing more than a pretender, and he's been living in fear that they'll find him out and Female Lover will get caught up/killed in it all.

    The Witch-Hunt:
    Some time passes (days, weeks, whatever) and Male Lover hears a whole crowd of people (I imagine it being each line in the quotes is said by a different person) agreeing there's a witch around, and she must die. Female Lover is there too; and she feels like she is a witch, because of the premonition she had, so she's suffering because she can hear them all say they're going to kill and burn her when they find out who the witch is. Male Lover also sees this "There I see you, amongst the good people, suffering..." and feels bad for it, but won't yet open up that he's the "witch".

    Exposing The Heathen:
    Someone (We'll call them Inquisitor) thinks he knows who the witch is (sings the first to lines in quotes) and tells the Priest/Father to follow him, he'll show him who she is. Male Lover then says the next lines, but Female Lover isn't actually dead yet, but he knows that because he loved her, she's going to die: "For five-fold kisses, my only love had to die"

    Envy:
    Inquisitor thinks that Female Lover is the witch, and is accusing her so, because her crops are being helped to grow thanks to Male Lover's powers. He's saying he's going to tell the town she's the witch, and they'll come and get her.

    The Fear:
    This happens around the same time as Envy. It's basically saying any people in town, even the good ones, are afraid and worried about the "witch", that anything is a sign of witchcraft.

    This bit isn't Male Lover saying it, but it's about Male Lover:
    "Every night, so painful's the memory of love in the dark.
    One wheel of the year ends their short lives in fear"
    He's still regretting ever loving the girl, and for what he's done to her... But we also learn Male Lover's true intentions: He's going to kill the whole town so that, finally,

    "I hear her in the wind, the bane of our town.
    Come with me, oh, father the heathen is exposed."
    Inquisitor has come back to town, saying he knows Female Lover is the witch.

    The Grudge:
    In the age of burning times, you saved my life
    ...The blaze grew ever higher.

    Male Lover was going to let Female Lover take the blame for it, and probably let her burn, so he no longer has to use his powers for evil... But then Male Lover remembers Female Lover saving him at some point in the past (Through them being in love, he stopped using his evil and powers, so people stopped finding out he was a witch/trying to kill him, thus saving his life, and possibly morality) and realises that all the townsfolk should be killed; they were the ones who did this to them!

    The rest of it he's talking to the town and saying "You all become consumed by what you feared, by what you wanted and by what you thought shouldn't be, and didn't try to accept me for who I am. But, and though it'll hurt me [this is where Female Lover finds out he's the evil one, and he lied to her and put her in danger. So its hurting him to come out and tell her, as shes in the crowd of townsfolk], and though you all all trusted me to by your Cunning Man... It turns out I'm the evil one, and I curse you all for what you have done to me!" [and Female Lover]

    The Curse:
    This is the bit where Male Lover places his curse on the town; they've been fed fear, the unknown and a poison that attracts death (basically a plague-like curse which will kill them)

    The Flames:
    The curse has been done, some days have gone by, and bodies are being burnt of those who've died of the plague, making the townsfolk think they'll be getting rid of it, but they know that any of the healthy people could be next... But Female Lover gives the "punch line": "Unless morning finds all of them somehow hexed!" they're all going to be dead by tomorrow anyways.

    Endless Inquisition:
    The rest of the town folk die from the plague, until eventually no one is left. Male Lover and Female Lover run away. Eventually, the town is found as a ghost town, and there's an endless search into what happened there.

    ...Together, Today, For All Eternity:
    Male Lover tells Female Lover that he remembers when Female Lover said he shouldn't love her, but he was going to say the same thing, with him being the true witch. They know can both live together without having to hide who they are, like they have had to do for so many years.

    "But they paid someone to say their torment has a name" this is just saying "Someone pretended they knew that Female Lover was the witch, because they were paid to do so"



    It's sorta sketchy and full of holes, I'm sure xD But it's another way I see it. Though the more I think about it, the more I think RyuheiAoi's is right :P xD
    DagothNereviaron November 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe main problem I have with your thought is the couple surviving. My main backing is this line... 'For five-fold kisses/my only love had to die.' If she were to survive what was more than likely a certain death, I think you'd hear the impact it would have on the male. I mean, if I were in love with a chick, and she was going to be burned at the stake, it would devastate me. If she then managed to survive that torture/torment, or elude it altogether, that would have at least as large of an impact. Unless he didn't know she survived until the end of the song. In that case, however, I believe he'd have been more depressed throughout the song.

    Just my take.
    RyuheiAoion November 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. <3
    I don't have the time to really take a good look at this song, but I think it's about a witch who's banished from/driven out of town, and then it turns out that being excommunicated is a good thing for the witch's lover (whose kin is also different). I wish I had more time to really listen to the lyrics of this song because it's got to be the highlight of the album for me.
    Anyone else's insight would be greatly appreciated. :D
    HystericRomanceon September 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIndeed there are many characters speaking in the song... generally it's about a witch being banished from town (or hunted down and burnt at the stake) and someone who is in love with her, but the exact details of the story are a bit complicated...

    THE PREMONITION
    The witch recalls the encounter with the protagonist, which is possibly the young boy RyuehiAoi was talking about... they met one day, she told her she is different and that it's not worth falling in love with her, anyway that happens, and later this girl is found (by people looking for her with torches) and the guy is not safe anymore as well, because at this point the mob knows they're together...

    THE WITCH-HUNT
    The mob are whining "bohooo she is a witch, she makes everything go bad, bhuahaaaaa" including the feeding cakes and ale to the innocent boy - probably RyuheiAoi is right in thinking this is the same one in love with the witch... and definitively there's someone of the mob speaking when it goes "oh come with me father, I'm to expose a heathen"

    ENVY
    The way I see it, this is against the boy who is in love with the witch - in the Witch Hunt people are complaining about bad things happening to the town, so the "your crops are all florishing" may be referring to "hey, we're all in deep sh@t and you're doing fine, how so? I know it, I know it, they will find out you TOO" (which means, to me, they already know they're after the witch, and the one talking in this part is saying "we will find out that you're plotting with the witch TOO")

    FEAR
    More whining from the mob...

    THE GRUDGE
    This is whear I lose it... "In the ages of burning times" obviously refers to the times of witch-hunting and the inquisition, but what's the part of the "cunning man"? anyway, this is where the witch confesses to the boy in love with her that, after all, she is REALLY a witch plaguing the town ("though it hurts I must tell you - I am truly the one behind it all")

    THE CURSE
    ehm.... help?

    THE FLAMES
    This seems to paint a scenery of the witch being burned, but why is she singing again "unless morning finds all of them somehow hexed", like if it isn't really over yet and the town is in for some deep trouble?

    ENDLESS INQUISITION
    Solo :P

    TOGETHER, TODAY, FOR ALL ETERNITY
    Out of the blue comes a seemingly happy ending: the couple recalls their first meeting, like if somehow, after all, they escaped the stake... but why "they paid someone to say their torment has a name"? and are they together in the afterlife or in the "normal" life 'cause they weren't burned after all?

    Anyway, awesome song, it should be made into a short movie :P
    TimeWeaveron October 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm a bit confused by some parts of this song so I'm not too sure about my interpretation.

    So the young girl is accused of being a witch and is killed, now at the beginning of the song she says;
    "Remember when I told you how my
    Kin is different in some ways?
    And how you should not fall in love
    With someone like me"
    Well I take it she is saying she's different because she's really a witch.

    "In my home town
    No one's safe now"
    I think it means that after she is accused and killed others will start getting blame for things and accused as well of witchcraft and then killed.

    In the "Envy" part TimeWeaver explained it very well except that for me in this part the girl was already dead and by now they had already started picking on others and so they decide accuse the girl's lover for having better crops than the rest of witchcraft.

    "In their fear stricken hearts,
    Seeing skyclad's a sign like the Deathaura"
    They are so afraid that anything they find or see unusal they thing is bad and blame it on witches.

    "The Grudge" confuses me because I don't know who is talking there and who is the one saying "I am truly the One
    ...Behind it all..."
    I don't think is the girl because I'm sure she dies in [Exposing The Heathen] and if it was the girl why didn't Johanna sing that part?

    In [The Flames] obviously someone is getiing burned, it could be the girl but again since I beleive the girl to be dead already I was thinking it was the guy.
    "Unless morning finds all of them somehow hexed..."
    I think this line is sarcastic because I thik what it saying is "unless in the morning they have all snap out of it and stop freaking out about everything" which is unlikely.

    In [...Together, Today, For All Eternity] the guy is dead and so he and the girl will be together for eternity in death.

    "I remember how you told me,
    Your kin's different, on that sunny day?"
    "You made me smile,
    'cause I was just about to say the same thing..."
    They are both dead by now and together so they are chatting in the after life and he just confessed to her that he was also into witchcraft so he was different as well.

    "But they paid someone to say their torment has a name"
    Someone was promised a reward if it brought forth who or what was causing problems in the town since something was to blame for babies crying, bad crops, and colorful lines in the skys, and so it all began.

    "And after all these years we get to be together for all eternity..."
    Yeah, they are dead.

    Also one of the things that led me to believe that she dies in [Exposing The Heathen] is this line that is reapeted several times "I hear her in the wind, the bane of our town" and this as well "And until I get my peace I'm but a shade..."

    I love this song and the story is so sad.





    Keijuon October 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think The Grudge is him admitting to be the actual witch - that's why he says his family is different too at the end. She isn't a witch, he is, and when they kill her, he curses the town.
    pessimessedon October 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBut when The Grudge comes around, she's already dead. How could he admit it to her, if she's dead? Granted, it's possible he's the Cunning Man, but I doubt it. Why would he wait until after she died to hex everyone, rather than save her life? After all, he was deeply in love with her.

    Also, I went back and listened to the song. It's the girl's voice that says 'Unless morning finds all of them' and then a voice not heard elsewhere in the song says 'Somehow hexed!' Just thought I should throw that tidbit into the fray.
    RyuheiAoion October 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI don't think the couple did survive... I mean, let's face it, Sonata Arctica is not known for writing happy love stories. Letter to Dana, Tallulah, My Selene... heck, even the Caleb saga and the damn stalker complex. I believe the couple did die in the end, one first, then the other. In any case, it's obvious they're talking of a young witch (perhaps a Wiccan, condemned by the Inquisition like other nine million european women), and her lover, who by affiliation is also condemned... such an amazing way to tell the story, though. Breath-taking!
    Anamcharaon February 24, 2010   Link

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