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Battle Axe

from Lost Art (album) by The Goths



Battle Axe dates from 1990 and is a classical fantasy narrative that got off the ground sometime after Citadel's shift in The Goths songwriting toward a classical fantasy orientation. It effectively sandwiches slices of myth and early history, yet raises the bar in terms of melding styles that sees epic fantasy and folkloric juxtaposition in varying degrees of imagined barbarian battle. Viking revival is referenced in the folkloric sections, taking a swipe at romanticized heroic overtones.


Sharp-fire steel, blue-metal reel, bodies lie broken
Underfoot as the axe flies through the air
Long-sword striker, sparks fly higher, black eyes
Smiling in the mask as the axe strikes once again

Blood-soaked charmer, sword-struck armor, fear lies
Stagnant in the air as the axe flies to the mark
Charge of fear, shaft of spear, kingdom crumbles
In the dust and the axe has struck again

Forged by dwarves in the depths of a mountain using
Dragon Flame then steel-cooled in the Mystic Fountain
Battle Axe was tamed
Soldier rides his ebony stallion to the Bottomless Lake
And there sails the Viking Galleon to decide his fate

Charge of spear, sword-struck rear, body lies
Stagnant in the dust as the axe flies to the mask
Blood-soaked steel, blue-metal peel, fear lies
Broken underfoot as he wields the axe again


from Lost Art (album), track released August 16, 2019
words by Percy Blakeney
music by Percy Blakeney & Johnny Stowmarries
Battle Axe features Percy Blakeney on vocals
& Johnny Stowmarries on backing vocals

recorded, mixed and produced by James North
Recorded at James North Productions in Brisbane
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The Goths Brisbane, Australia

The Goths are a goth duo from Brisbane, formed in 1987, featuring singer-songwriters Johnny Stowmarries (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Percy Blakeney (vocals, bass).
Beginning in the 80s, with solid longstanding nocturnal residencies at The Bohemian, gigs in the 90s included Bertie's & Metropolis, The Sitting Duck, and The Dead Rat. The Goths were also one of the first performing acts at The Zoo.
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