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A HERO FOR THE WORLD – Winter is Coming


David n Jake

WinterIsComing

International Heroic Rock & Metal Band – A HERO FOR THE WORLD – has now announced the release date of their upcoming Holiday Rock Opera – WINTER IS COMING.

This marks their third (!) release this year after releasing their self-titled debut album in April 2013 and the extended EP “On Fire” in October 2013.

The album will be released by Jacob K Music on December 3, 2013.

This Holiday-themed album almost didn’t make it in time ’til Xmas. The International band, based in Cebu, Philippines, with members Jacob Kaasgaard & David Sivelind (from Sweden) & Louiebeth Aratan (Originally from Leyte, Philippines); was first struck with an 7.2 magnitude Earthquake in October 2013, and then in November 2013 by Monster-Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). It was called by many the “Storm Of The Century”, and by some accounts measured as the strongest storm ever to hit land on Earth. Luckily, all members of the band are now located in safe areas and are pleased to announce this album, trying to spread some Holiday spirit!

The album will be available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Rhapsody, Zune, Google Play, Xbox, Rdio, Deezer, Simfy, Muve Music, iHeartRadio, Nokia, MediaNet, Vervelife, Wimp, Sony, Gracenote, Shazam, 7Digital, Juke, eMusic and more.

Winter Is Coming is available NOW for Pre-Order at:

http://aherofortheworld.bandcamp.com/

This ambitious Rock Opera in Two Acts, combines original songs with re-written lyrics and new arrangements of some Holiday favorites such as O Come All Ye Faithful, O Holy Night, We Three Kings Of Orient Are and many more.

It tells a story of a Princess;
Lost on a journey, in a faraway land,
Trapped in snow on a treacherous mountain.
Only the Angels can see Her now,
Singing songs of Peace & Love, Hope & Glory,
Not far from what we know as Tibet.

And the Man who would be King;
When Winter Is Coming, He’s struggling with a decision,
Should He leave the Kingdom behind,
Follow His Heart, travel to the Mountain to save the Princess?
Should He stay and protect His people against the looming Darkness?
Or… Can He achieve Both?
Can He bring Glory to everyone?
Can He truly become; A Hero For The World?

Track List:

1. Gloria In Excelsis Deo (Medley)

Lyric:

-­‐ Medley of:
Angels We Have Heard On High
(James Chadwick/Jacob Kaasgaard)

Jingle Bells
(James Lord Pierpont/Jacob Kaasgaard)

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
(Traditional/Jacob Kaasgaard)

Hark The Herald Angels Sing
(Charles Wesley/Felix Mendelssohn/Jacob Kaasgaard)

Deck The Halls
(Traditional/Jacob Kaasgaard)

Marche Militaire
(Franz Schubert/Jacob Kaasgaard)

Auld Lang Syne
(Traditional/Jacob Kaasgaard)

Joy To The World
(Isaac Watts/Lowell Mason/George Frideric Handel/Jacob Kaasgaard)

O Come All Ye Faithful
(John Francis Wade/Frederick Oakeley/James Chadwick/Jacob Kaasgaard)

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Now rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember that our Savior Was born this Winter’s day
To save us all from Satan’s power When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Angels we have heard on high,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Hark! The herald angels sing
Glory to the new born King
Peace on Earth and mercy mild
Lord and sinners reconciled
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic hosts proclaim
A King is born this Winter’s Day
With angelic hosts proclaim
A New King is born this Winter’s Day

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
And Heaven and Nature sing:

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to see our new King
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
The King of Kings!

Sing choirs of angels sing in exultation!
Sing all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to Everyone, Glory in the Highest!
Venite adoremus!
Venite adoremus!
Venite adoremus! Dominum!
Yeah!

Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria!

2. Act I: Snowfall On Mount Nyenchen Tanglha (instrumental)

3. In The Bleak Midwinter

Lyric:

(Gustav Holst/Christina Rossetti/Jacob Kaasgaard)

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow on snow had fallen, snow on snow on snow
in the bleak midwinter, long and long ago.

Angels and archangels may have gathered here,
Cherubim and seraphim rising in the air;
but a princess only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshiped her beloved with a heartfelt kiss.

Heaven cannot hold me, nor can earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall fall away when I come to reign!

{Can you save this Heart of Ice?}

But What can I give you, empty as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what can I give you: I must give my heart.

4. Good King Wenceslas

Lyric:

(John Mason Neale /Thomas Helmore/Jacob Kaasgaard)

Good King Wenceslas looked out
on the feast of Stephen,
when the snow lay round about,
deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shine the moon that night,
though the frost was cruel,
when a poor man came in sight,
gathering winter fuel.

Hither, page, and stand by me.
If thou know it telling:
yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?

{Sire, he lives a good league hence,
underneath the mountain,
right against the forest fence
by Saint Agnes fountain.}

Bring me flesh, and bring me wine.

Bring me pine logs hither.
Thou and I will see him dine
when we bear the thither.
Page and monarch, forth they went,
forth they went together
through the rude wind’s wild lament
and the bitter weather. Yeah!

{Sire, the night is darker now,
and the wind blows stronger.
Fails my heart, I know not how.
I can go no longer.}

Mark my footsteps my good page,
tread thou in them boldly:
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
freeze thy blood less coldly.

Yeah!

In his master’s step he trod,
where the snow lay dinted.
Heat was in the very sod
which the saint had printed.
Therefore, all good men, be sure,
wealth or rank possessing,
ye who now will bless the poor
shall yourselves find blessing

In his master’s step he trod,
where the snow lay dinted.
Heat was in the very sod
which the saint had printed.
Therefore, all good men, be sure,
wealth or rank possessing,
ye who now will bless the poor
shall yourselves find blessing

5. Heart Of Ice

Lyric:

(Jacob Kaasgaard)

{If my heart turns to ice
Would my tears fall like snow
When I open my eyes
Would I fear there is nowhere else to go}

When darkness comes upon us there will be no place to hide
No shelter to seek out, to last the night, oh no
I will move a mountain with my voice now I command
The future in my hand to save our land, yeah

{A Dream of Gold that turned into sand
A past so old, now haunts our land}

Fight now for survival, don’t leave anyone behind
When the winter is coming

{Can you save this Heart of Ice?}

{If my Heart turns to Ice
Would my tears fall like snow
When I open my eyes
Would I fear there is nowhere else to go}

If your Heart turns to Ice
and all you can feel is pain
Know that Hope never dies
{a Hope, that I’ll see you again}

I will move a mountain with my voice now I command
The Future in my hand to save our land, yeah

{A Hope Of Light, appears in the sky
A beam so bright, we’re staying alive}

Fight now for survival, don’t leave anyone behind
When the Winter is Coming

{Can you save this Heart of Ice?}

{If my Heart turns to Ice
Would my tears fall like snow When I open my eyes
Would I fear there is nowhere else to go}

If your Heart turns to Ice
and all you can feel is pain Know that Hope never dies
{a Hope, that I’ll see you again}

Again

Can you save this Heart of Ice?

6. We Three Kings Of Orient Are

Lyric:

(John Henry Hopkins/Jacob Kaasgaard)

We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar Field and fountain,
moor and mountain Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, Star of night
Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Glorious now behold Him arise Man and King and Sacrifice
King forever, ceasing never Over us all to reign

O Star of wonder, Star of night
Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy Perfect Light

7. Winter Is Coming

Lyric:

(Jacob Kaasgaard)

Walking through the Dead Woods
Bleak Forest, Frozen Sea
Nothing left to fear
The Princess abides

Marching like a Soldier
To the Point of No Return
Mother nature holds her
In Chains
Fire!
Burn!

Winter Is Coming
Tonight
Fallen Ice, Realize
It’s a Wonderland

But the Darkness is looming
Inside
Fallen Mountains and Skies
Never understand
Winter’s Night

I got to build Three Ships
To lead an Army through the Sea
An Avalanche of Change
Will Bring Hope of Peace on Earth

Flying like a Falcon
To the Far East of the World
An Ice Age, Cold as Hell
In our way,
Fire!
Burn!

Winter Is Coming
Tonight
Fallen Ice, Realize
It’s a Wonderland

But the Darkness is looming
Inside
Fallen Mountains and Skies
Never understand
Winter’s Night

Searching like a Raven
Through the Forest for a Sign
Who can Save the Maiden tonight?
The King of Kings!

Winter Is Coming
Tonight
Fallen Ice, Realize
It’s a Wonderland

But the Darkness is looming
Inside
Fallen Mountains and Skies
Never understand
Winter’s Night

Winter Is Coming

Winter’s Night

8. One Voice Can Start An Avalanche

Lyric:

(Jacob Kaasgaard)

One Voice Can Start An Avalanche
It can become Reality
You can be the One
To make a mountain fall
When there’s Hope
It’s time to make a change
Once for all

One Voice Can Start An Avalanche
It can become Reality
You can be the One
To stand up Strong
With Courage for what you Believe
On your own

You Can Start An Avalanche

I stand up and raise my voice
To tell you, all about Heaven’s Eyes
They see you tonight
You’ll never find your happiness in darkness
Well, You can stay there
Or you can Join us Tonight

One Voice Can Start An Avalanche
It will create a Brand New World
An Astral Ride through Sapphire Skies
I know it can come True
Stand up and just You
You Can Start An Avalanche

9. Act II: A Miracle On A Silent Night (Instrumental)
10. Winter Stars (Greensleeves)

Lyric:

(Traditional/Sara Teasdale/Jacob Kaasgaard)

I went out at night alone;
The young blood flowing beyond the sea
Seemed to have drenched my spirit’s wings,
I bore my sorrow heavily.

But when I lifted up my head
From shadows shaken on the snow,
I saw Orion in the east
Burn steadily as long ago.

From windows in my father’s house,
Dreaming my dreams on winter nights,
I watched Orion as a girl
Above another city’s lights.

Years go, dreams go, and youth goes too,
The world’s heart breaks beneath its wars,
All things are changed, save in the east
The faithful beauty of the stars.

Years go, dreams go, and youth goes too,
The world’s heart breaks beneath its wars,
All Things are changed, save in the east
The faithful beauty of the stars.

Years go, dreams go, and youth goes too,
The world’s heart breaks beneath its wars,
All Things are changed, save in the east
The faithful beauty of the stars.

11. Dark Skies

Lyric:

(Jacob Kaasgaard)

When Dark Skies are falling
There’s no place to stay
When Winter Is Coming
Will life fade away?

A journey in the bleak midwinter

O, See The Light
O, Gloria
Magnify
O, Gloria
O, Gloria O, Gloria

12. I Saw Three Ships / This Endris Night

Lyric:

(Traditional/Jacob Kaasgaard)

This Endris Night I saw a sight,
A star as bright as day,
And ever among, a Maiden sung,
“Lullay, bye bye, lullay.”

For angels bright down on me light;
Thou knowest ’tis no nay.
And for that sight thou may delight
To sing, “Bye bye, lullay”

I Saw Three Ships come sailing in,
A winter’s day, a winter’s day,
I Saw Three Ships come sailing in,
A winter’s day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three?
O o o, O o o ,
And what was in those ships all three?
A winter’s day in the morning.

They sailed into another land,
A winter’s day, a winter’s day,
They sailed into another land,
A winter’s day in the morning.

And all the bells on Earth shall ring,
A winter’s day, a winter’s day,
And all the bells on Earth shall ring,
A winter’s day in the morning.

That child or man, who will or can,
Be happy on this day,
To bliss Thou bring,
and I shall sing:
“Lullay, bye bye, lullay.”

Lullay!

This Endris Night I saw a sight,
A star as bright as day,
And ever among, a Maiden sung,
“Lullay, bye bye, lullay.”

Lullay!

I Saw Three Ships come sailing in,
A winter’s day, a winter’s day,
I Saw Three Ships come sailing in,
A winter’s day in the morning.

And all the bells on Earth shall ring,
A winter’s day, a winter’s day,
And all the bells on Earth shall ring,
A winter’s day in the morning.

13. Peace On Earth (It Came Upon The Midnight Clear / The First Noel)

Lyric:

(Edmund Sears/Richard Storrs Willis/Jacob Kaasgaard/John Stainer)

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear,
that glorious song of old,
from Angels reaching near the Earth
to touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the Earth, good will to men,
from heaven’s all-­‐gracious King.”
The World in solemn stillness lay,
to hear the Angels sing:

Peace On Earth!
Ooooo, Ooooo, Ooooo,
Peace On Earth!
Ooooo, Ooooo, Ooooo,
Peace On Earth!

Still through the cloven skies they come
with peaceful wings unfurled,
and still their heavenly music floats
over all the weary World;
above its sad and lowly plains,
they bend on hovering wing,
and ever over its Babel sounds
the blessed Angels sing:

Peace On Earth!
Ooooo, Ooooo, Ooooo,
Peace On Earth!
Ooooo, Ooooo, Ooooo,
Peace On Earth!

Now see, the days are hastening on,
by prophet seen of old,
when with the ever-­‐circling years
shall come the time foretold;
when Peace shall over all the Earth,
its ancient splendors fling,
and the whole World send back the song
which now the Angels sing:

Peace On Earth!
Ooooo, Ooooo, Ooooo,
Peace On Earth!
Ooooo, Ooooo, Ooooo,

Peace On Earth!
Ooooo, Ooooo, Ooooo,
Peace On Earth!
Ooooo, Ooooo, Ooooo,
Peace On Earth!

14. Angels We Have Heard On High / Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Lyric:

(James Chadwick/Charles Wesley/Felix Mendelssohn/Jacob Kaasgaard)

Angels We Have Heard On High,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Angels We Have Heard On High,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Hark! The herald angels sing
Glory to the new born King
Peace on Earth and mercy mild
Lord and sinners reconciled
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic hosts proclaim
A King is born this Winter’s Day
With angelic hosts proclaim
A New King is born this Winter’s Day

Angels We Have Heard On High,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

15. Deck The Halls (Instrumental)
16. Marche Militaire (Instrumental)
17. O Holy Night

Lyric:

(Adolphe Adam/Placide Cappeau/John Sullivan Dwight/Jacob Kaasgaard)

O night divine
O Holy Night!

O Holy Night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary World rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;

Fall on your knees,
O, hear the angels voices!
O night divine,
O night when the King was born!
O night divine!

O night divine!
O night divine O Holy Night!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace;
Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother,
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger,
Let all within us praise His holy name!

Fall on your knees,
Oh, hear the angels voices!
O night divine,
O night when the King was born!
O night divine!
O night divine!

O night divine
O Holy Night!

18. Auld Lang Syne (Instrumental)
19. Joy To The World / After The Bleak Midwinter

Lyric:

(Isaac Watts/Lowell Mason/George Frideric Handel/Gustav Holst/Jacob Kaasgaard)

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
And Heaven and Nature sing!

20. O Come All Ye Faithful

Lyric:

(John Francis Wade/Frederick Oakeley/James Chadwick/Jacob Kaasgaard)

Adeste fideles

Læti triumphantes,

Venite, venite, Oh Gloria.

Natum videte

Regem angelorum:

Venite adoremus

Venite adoremus

Venite adoremus

Dominum!

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to see our new King
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
The King of Kings!

Sing choirs of angels sing in exultation!
Sing all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to Everyone, Glory in the Highest!
Venite adoremus!
Venite adoremus!
Venite adoremus!
Dominum!
Yeah!

Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria!

21. Piano Cannon Improvisus (Bandcamp Bonus Track) (Instrumental)

Story, Orchestrations & Arrangements by Jacob Kaasgaard

Lead & Backing Vocals, Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Harp & Percussion by Jacob Kaasgaard

Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar & Featured Vocals on “Good King Wenceslas” by David Sivelind

Female Vocals by Louiebeth Aratan

Drums by Andy Gentile

Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Jacob Kaasgaard & David Sivelind at Paradise Power Studios, Philippines

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