Metal Monday – 1914 – …and a Cross now Marks His Place

Continuing my metal dedications of bands hailing from Ukraine we come to the band 1914. Blackened Death Metal that primarily focuses on WW1. While it was grim at that time, the current war going on is not to be taken lightly either.

Today’s song is is essentially a letter sent to a parent by a person’s C.O. In this case it is stated that  “…and a cross now marks his place” features Paradise Lost vocalist Nick Holmes and tells of the death of private A. G. Harrison, who was killed in action on May 20, 1918, and about his mother hearing the terrible news of her son never coming back. To depict the story in the most authentic way, 1914 used text from an original letter from back in the day, without any major changes. I can almost imagine the friend of the deceased reading this aloud and breaking down the same way 1914 try to replicate it in the part with “in the night the enemy shelled our lines”, very profound to hear a first time around.

Lyrics:

Dear Mother

I regret very much to inform you
That your son Private A.G Harrison
Was killed in action on the night of
The 21st instant

Death was instantaneous and without suffering
The company was taking part in an attack
(and) your son’s gun team was one of them
Which advanced against the enemy

The attack was successful
And all guns reached
And established new positions

Later in the night
The enemy shelled our lines

And one shell fell on your son’s gun
Killing him and wounding a comrade
It was impossible to get his remains away

And one shell fell on your son’s gun
Killing him and wounding a comrade
It was impossible to get his remains away

And he lies in a soldiers grave
Where he fell (fell… fell)
And he lies in a soldiers grave
Where he fell (fell… fell)
And he lies in a soldiers grave
Where he fell (fell… fell)
And he lies in a soldiers grave
Where he fell (fell… fell)

I and the C.O and all the company
Deeply sympathise with you in your loss
Your son always did his duty
And now has given his life for his country
We will honor him I trust you will feel
Some consolation in remembering this
His number was 62732
Of this company

Later in the night
The enemy shelled our lines

And one shell fell on your son’s gun
Killing him and wounding a comrade
It was impossible to get his remains away

And one shell fell on your son’s gun
Killing him and wounding a comrade
It was impossible to get his remains away

Away

In true sympathy your’s faithfully, war
In true sympathy your’s faithfully, war
In true sympathy your’s faithfully, war
In true sympathy your’s faithfully, war

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