Thunderbolt (2018)

"This is album 22 and it's called Thunderbolt. It's a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we've been crafting with Producer, Andy Sneap and it's finished ready to be unleashed. Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” says Biff Byford.

Tracklist CD

  1. Olympus Rising
  2. Thunderbolt
  3. The Secret of Flight
  4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
  5. They Played Rock and Roll
  6. Predator (feat. Johan Hegg)
  7. Sons of Odin
  8. Sniper
  9. A Wizard’s Tale
  10. Speed Merchants
  11. Roadie's Song
  12. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz) (Raw Version - not included on the vinyl edition)

Produced by: Andy Sneap

Lyrics

01. OLYMPUS RISING (1:32)

Instrumental

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02. THUNDERBOLT (3:59)

Cerberus in the underworld
Guards the gates of hell
Protects the world of Hades
Where the dead must dwell
The gods look down in anger
On this wicked land
The battle of the Titans
Will be the final stand

Unleash the gods of war

Thunderbolt
Father of the sky
Thunderbolt
The gods have sent a sign

Zeus is in the heavens
Watching from the sky
The gods are on Olympus
Waiting for a sign
The Kraken rise below them
Titan of the sea
Calling for Poseidon
To set the chaos free

Unleash the gods of war

Thunderbolt
Father of the sky
Thunderbolt
The gods have sent a sign
Thunderbolt
Clashing from the sky
Thunderbolt
Hear the heavens cry

Heavens cry
Heavens cry

Master of the heavens
Ruler of the sky
Homer writes the Odyssey
About the gods on high
Ancient Greek mythology
Tells tales of spite and greed
The vanity that comes through power
Never should succeed

Unleash the gods of war

Thunderbolt
Father of the sky
Thunderbolt
The gods have sent a sign
Thunderbolt
Tearing past the sky
Thunderbolt
Hear the heavens cry

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03. THE SECRET OF FLIGHT (5:02)

The legend tells of Icarus
Who flew too close towards the sun
DaVinci drew the plans for flight
But never saw his work begun

You'll find the answers
The answers riding on the wind

Man has always looked towards the sky
And dreamed of one day learning how to fly
To soar just like an eagle out of sight
They're searching for the secret
The secret of flight

On the fields the brothers Wright
Wait to launch their maiden flight
Shape the wings, the air will split
The different pressure gives the lift

You seek the knowledge
The knowledge hidden in the clouds

Man has always looked towards the sky
And dreamed of one day learning how to fly
To soar just like an eagle out of sight
They're searching for the secret
The secret of flight

The secret of flight

Through the wars the race went on
To build the planes to drop the bomb
The jet age came at the speed of sound
Einstein's theory breaking the ground

Look for the truth
The truth of how the birds can fly

Man has always looked towards the sky
And dreamed of one day learning how to fly
To soar just like an eagle out of sight
They're searching for the secret
The secret of flight

Man has always looked towards the sky (The secret of flight)
And dreamed of one day learning how to fly (The secret of flight)
To soar just like an eagle out of sight (The secret of flight)
They're searching for the secret
The secret of flight
The secret of flight
The secret of flight
The secret of flight

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04. NOSFERATU (THE VAMPIRE'S WALTZ)  (5:00)

The mighty ship lies broken on the rocks
The crew lay dead their bodies rot
A wooden coffin washed up on the shore
They drag it to the abbey steps
Buried there and laid to rest
But soon the evil curse will rise again
Bring the cross and holy water
Pray to God to stop the slaughter
Nosferatu creature of the night
Nosferatu darkness kills the light

Underneath a blood red moon
Darkness calls the night comes soon
He rises from the grave to kill again
Bar the gates and windows shut
Turn away don't even look
The Devils seed is hunting for the prey
Take the vow before the alter
Trust in God to stop the slaughter

Nosferatu creature of the night
Nosferatu darkness kills the light
Beneath the abbey vaults we dance the vampire's waltz

Lonely streets the village sleeps
In the darkness evil creeps
The smell of death lies heavy on the air
A lonely soul just walking home
She has the sense she's not alone
With a deadly stare she falls beneath his will
Bring the cross and holy water
Pray to God to end the slaughter

Nosferatu creature of the night
Nosferatu darkness kills the light

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05. THEY PLAYED ROCK AND ROLL (3:39)

When the bomber flew
It was '79
Make no mistake
It was their time

Living fast and free
The only way to be
The world was on the street
They were the boys to beat

And they played rock and roll
They played rock and roll

They took no sleep
The tour rolled on
To hammersmith
Their battle song

Everything over the top
Giving it all till you drop
Adrenaline, leather and sweat
No one would ever forget

They played rock and roll
They played rock and roll

Dealing the ace
Releasing the power
The 80's were here
This was the hour

Decibels crushing your brain
The closer you get to the pain
Night after night on the road
Falling asleep with the sun

Bass like thunder
Drums of steel
Guitars of fury
With lightning fear

Living fast and free
The only way to be
The world was on the street
They were the boys to beat

And they played rock and roll
They played rock and roll
They played rock and roll
They played rock and roll

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06. PREDATOR (3:17)

Clandestine hunter, top of the food chain
Everything fears you, strike like a hurricane
Stalking your prey, using your senses
Coiled like a spring, there are no defenses

Run for your lives
There's no escape
From the predator
From the predator

Silent and deadly, attack with no warning
Pick out the weakest, the sick and the fawning
Keep to the shadows, stealth is your weapon
Nothing survives your naked aggression

Run for your lives
There's no escape
From the predator
From the predator

Natural born killers, never found wanting
Search for the victim, programmed for hunting
Learning from birth, honing their skill
There's no hesitation in, for the kill

Run for your lives
There's no escape
From the predator
From the predator

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07. SONS OF ODIN (5:22)

You sailed across the seven seas
You brought the mighty to their knees
Sons of Odin, a warrior creed
Trained from birth for strength and speed

The greatest sailors of their time
Across the world your paths entwined
You conquered lands with might and dare
You sowed the seeds and settled there

Take your sword and end my life
I'm born to die, in battles fight
Remember me, my deeds of valor
I'll sit with kings in God's Valhalla

Your bloodline lives through kings and queens
A warrior clan with distant dreams
You came and stayed to rule the land
From the frozen North you made your stand

You craftsmen skilled in steel and wood
The beauty now is understood
Gold and silver, the word of gods
You rose above against the odds

Take your sword and end my life
I'm born to die, in battles fight
Remember me, my deeds of valor
I'll sit with kings in God's Valhalla

Raiders from the North you ventured far
Guided by the burning northern star
You were searching for a fertile life
You found it here beyond the ice

Take your sword and end my life
I'm born to die, in battles fight
Remember me, my deeds of valor
I'll sit with kings in God's Valhalla

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08. SNIPER (3:36)

Mark the target, take it slow
Don't make a sound, let no one know
Where you lie and hide from view
Through the scope your aim is true
Crosshairs mark the deadly spot
Pull the trigger, take the shot

Sniper! Never asks for reasons why
Sniper! Let the bullet fly

Check the sights, read the wind
Take your time, you're disciplined
Squeeze the trigger nice and smooth
No sudden shock, no sudden move
Keep your calm the patient one
See the kill, the job is done

Sniper! Never asks for reasons why
Sniper! Let the bullets fly

Deadly fire towards the kill
No sentiment, you know the drill
Highly trained, you are the best
Super marksman, you passed the test
Crosshairs mark the deadly spot
Now squeeze the trigger and take that shot

Sniper! Never asks for reasons why
Sniper! Let the bullets fly

Let the bullets fly

Mark the target, take it slow
Don't make a sound, let no one know
Where you lie and hide from view
Through the scope your aim is true
Crosshairs mark the deadly spot
Pull the trigger, take the shot

Sniper! Never asks for reasons why
Sniper! Let the bullet fly
Sniper! You're dead before you hit the ground
Sniper! Gone without a sound

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09. A WIZARD'S TALE (3:52)

There's a place called Camelot
In a land that time forgot
Where lived a wizard
The greatest of his time
He used his magic for the good
Defeating evil where he could

Cast the spell, make the potions
From the earth, healing lotions
Wand and staff, wield the magic
Mystic lands, dreams fantastic

Whoa
Dreams fantastic
Whoa

Enchanter of the royal court
The king and queen's sole consort
He never asked for favor or reward
But behind his back were jealous tongues
And the king was old, he had no sons

Cast the spell, make the potions
From the earth, healing lotions
Wand and staff, wield the magic
Mystic lands, dreams fantastic

Whoa
Wield the magic
Whoa

The word went out across the land
Be you noble or lowly man
Free the sword, be the chosen one

But the wizard had a secret plan
To stop the knights from taking land
They need the sword to claim the jeweled crown
Excalibur plunged into the stone
Whoever frees it claims the throne

Cast the spell, make the potions
From the earth, healing lotions
Wand and staff, wield the magic
Mystic lands, dreams fantastic

Whoa
Dreams fantastic
Whoa
Wield the magic

Casting the spell, making the potions
Take from the earth, guarding the lotions
Casting the spell, making the potions
Take from the earth

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10. SPEED MERCHANTS (3:47)

Turn the wheel, start the drift
On the turn, make the shift
Spinning wheels, burning rubber
Hear the engine scream
Revving high, reach the limit
Turbocharged and born to live it
On the edge, give it more
Listen to the engine roar

Ram the throttle down
Listen to the sound

Speed merchants
Take it to the limit
Speed merchants
Loving every minute

Choose the cars, start the fight
Who's the fastest from the lights
Acceleration pure and sweet
Ram the pedal down
Hit the red line, hear the sound
Hold you nerve, you're gaining ground
Charging fast across the line
Hit the brakes and check the time

Racing through the gears
It's music to your ears

Speed merchants
Take it to the limit
Speed merchants
Loving every minute

Speed merchants
Ram the throttle down
Speed merchants
Don't you hear the sound?

On the track through twists and turns
Tires squeal and rubber burns
Who's the fastest on the day?
It's way too close to call
Run the slow mo, take the shot
Motor screaming, running hot
Every second like an hour
Petrol heads and raw horse power

Ram the throttle down
Don't you love the sound?

Speed merchants
Take it to the limit
Speed merchants
Loving every minute

Speed merchants
Turn the wheel and spin it
Speed merchants
Loving every minute

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11. ROADIE'S SONG (3:31)

An empty space, a cold dark room
You say hello and look for food
The coffees strong to get you there
The clock is ticking, no time to spare
Rig the lights, build the sound
Run the cables, check the ground
Haul the gear, set the stage
It's never easy to earn our wage

16 beds inside the bus
Step inside be one of us
A roadie's life is what we choose
And the wheels keep rolling on

7 nights, 7 days
Hauling gear this is your way
Another town, it never stops
Keep moving on till you're fit to drop
We fall asleep to the sound of the road
On through the night we move the load
We're like a family with ups and downs
But in the end it all calms down

16 beds inside the bus
Step inside be one of us
A roadie's life is what we choose
And the wheels keep rolling on

A gypsy's way is what the choose
Not for all but a chosen few
They sacrifice a normal life
To tour the world with no end in sight
They live their life to keep the faith
And get the band up on the stage
Move the gear, rig the lights
Check the sound, this is their life

16 beds inside the bus
Step inside be one of us
A roadie's life is what we choose
And the wheels keep rolling on

A roadie's life is what they choose
And the wheels keep rolling on

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NOSFERATU (THE VAMPIRE'S WALTZ)