"The Kinslayer" as written by and Jukka Antero Nevalainen Tuomas Lauri J. Holopainen....
For whom the gun tolls
For whom the prey weeps
Bow before a war
Call it religion

Some wounds never heal
Some tears never will
Dry for the unkind
Cry for mankind

Even the dead cry
Their only comfort
Kill your friend, I don't care
Orchid kids, blinded stare

Need to understand
No need to forgive
No truth no sense left to be followed

Facing this unbearable fear
like meeting an old friend

"Time to die, poor mates,
You made me what I am!"

In this world of a million religions
everyone prays the same way

"Your praying is in vain
It'll all be over soon"

Father help me, save me a place by your side!

"There is no God Our creed is but for ourselves"
"Not a hero unless you die Our species eat the wounded ones"

Drunk with the blood of your victims
I do feel your pity-wanting pain,
Lust for fame, a deadly game

"Run away with your impeccable kin!"

"Good wombs hath borne bad sons"

Cursing, God, why?
Falling for every lie
Survivors' guilt
In us forevermore

Fifteen candles
Redeemers of this world
Dwell in hypocrisy:
"How were we supposed to know?"

Four pink ones
Nine blue ones
Two black ones


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"The Kinslayer" as written by Jukka Antero Nevalainen Tuomas Lauri J. Holopainen

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  • +2
    General CommentI think all metalheads can empathize with the killers of Columbine, at least a little. There isn't one of us who hasn't been the subject of some sort of bullying by jocks. And there isn't one of who hasn't dreamed about some type of vengeance/revenge on them(deny it all you want), whether it's just telling them off, punching one, or something more grandiose, like what the Redeemers planned.
    Zughiaqon August 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere are the lines that I thought could use some explaining.

    _______________________

    "Bow before a war / Call it religion"
    Could be taken a few ways, but this war of theirs was as important to them as religion is to others. They were serious and devoted to it. As their war was not on religion, I don't think that's an option.

    _______________________


    "Some wounds never heal / Some tears never will / Dry for the unkind / Cry for mankind"
    The survivors will undoubtedly never heal, but then again, the shooters themselves didn't recover from their proverbial wounds either. All parties involved felt pain.

    _______________________


    "Need to understand / No need to forgive"
    Perhaps the most crucial line. We don't need to forgive their actions, but we must make an effort to try to understand why this happened.

    _______________________


    "Facing this unbearable fear like meeting an old friend"
    They willingly walked into this horrible situation with no fear, like it was no big deal.

    _______________________


    "Time to die, poor mates. You made me what I am."
    Part of an actual quote by a killer. Dylan Klebold said, "You made me what I am. You added to the rage."

    _______________________


    "Good wombs hath borne bad sons..."
    Eric Harris quoted this Shakespeare line, trying to exonerate his parents. Harris and Klebold said repeatedly that they made sure there was no way for their parents to find out; that they were good parents who "bore bad sons."
    PoisonedUnicornon August 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis isn't really an oversimplification of the issue. It gives us just a small insight to the crushing weight of the rage and insanity that drove Klebold and Harris. It doesn't ask us to sympathise with them, but it gives us just a little bit of empathy. Every story has more than one side, and sadly enough the only side of this story that will be remembered is the side of the survivors. This song, in my opinion, is in itsself a statement that we need to understand Klebold and Harris' actions, and the root of them, because we don't learn anything from the people who survived it. The most effective way to prevent a shooting like Columbine from happening again would be to understand the root of the problem. And perhaps give jocks a shotgun lobotomy, they don't use their brains anyway.
    NoobixCubeon July 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAs was said many times, it was mainly written for the Columbine shooting, but they do make some refrences to religion throughout.
    MikeVargason March 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is the best tribute to any school shooting to date. It's a cry to mankind, a complaint, and the dialogue (allegedly taken from actual words between students at the Columbine shooting) totally fits the song. The emotions in the singer's (Tarja Turunen) voice work really well with the heavy music. What I like most about this tribute is that it looks at it from both sides, instead of just the "good" side.
    Kworbon June 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTarja sounds like shes orgasming when she sings this live. Well, at least in the video of the Kinslayer live anyway.

    And yes this song is about the Columbine shooting. The song actually ends after "How were we supposed to know" The candles part is just added as a tribute.
    Armon April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song and am grateful that there is such a song contributed to the Columbine shooting directly. Especially because it's for both sides as Kworb already said =)
    Jenna099on May 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn Emotional song. Shows the fear from the victims as the lines:
    Facing this umbearable fear like meeting an old friend"
    "Time to die, poor mates. You made me what I am"
    "In this world of a million religions everyone prays the same way"
    "Your praying is in vain. It'll all be over soon"
    "Father help me, save me a place by your side!"
    "There is no god
    Our creed is but for yourselves"
    "Not a hero unlees you die
    Our species eat the wounded ones"
    "Drunk with the blood of your victims
    I do feel your pity-wanting pain,
    Lust for fame, a deadly game"
    "Run away with your impeccable kin!"
    - Good wombs hath borne bad sons..."

    Are quotes from what the victims and sinners said.
    Nightwishon July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's what the shooters said.
    Armon December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan, this song is proof that classical instrumentation and vocals can make a song heavier, when done right.
    Death Discoon March 25, 2005   Link

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