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Twelve Kings and One

from Monument of Reclamation by BOUQ

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King Hadadezer, King Irhuleni, King Ahab
Land of Kur Guaa, Land of Kur Muusra, Land of Irqanata,
Land of Usannata, King Matinu Baal, King Adunu Baal
King Ba’asa, King Gindibu

The echoes of war from Qarqar
Three thousand years on, still haunt my soul
The sands of Qarqar
Drunk on the pleasure of blood
The twelve Kings of the Martu
Their men like the raging bulls charge

Chariots of war like thunder clashing
Raging storms and cries of war
Not by the breath of Baal are they molded
But by formations men
Ignited by the dreadful rage
Driven by the voice of Anat
Tall as mythic pillars
Ignited by a rage, so dreadful

Qarqar; Ar’o hoye, hat śahyutho l’dmi
[translation from Syriac-Aramaic:
Qarqar; a land alive, screaming for blood]

Eleven kings and one, and one
Summoned at hand
Under the banners of Aram

A savage spectacle of the generous kind
Oh, the joy of Mot will shake the earth this day
Mot will not be depraved, of his carrion in slumber this day

Now, Shulmanu-Asharedu, the one great king of Ashur
I assert to you by my name Bar-Hadad
Which immortal you have made on the stone of Kurkh
That on the lips of your children of the years to come
Fate has placed my tongue
And as destiny would have it,
in centuries will be become as one


from Monument of Reclamation, released May 10, 2021


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BOUQ Amman, Jordan

One-man epic blackened death metal band by Muhannad Bursheh (Abohotho, Tyrant Throne, Augury).
Bouq is one of the oldest still running metal projects from Jordan; est. 2001.


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