Relic

Relic

 San Francisco, California, USA
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San Francisco based band RELIC - Medieval Art Rock performs in full Medieval armor. Our progressive style has been compared to Dream Theatre, King Crimson and Yes.

Biography

Relic is something ancient yet timeless, treasured throughout the centuries, a value difficult to define, as it's true worth is held in our hearts. This is how we feel about the music we have created. Our songs are constructed from ancient poetry but brought to life by modern instruments. It takes the listener on a journey through past lives, from the simple gypsy, the rouge sailor, and the tale of a king. The songs tell of past battles fought...between soldiers and between the forces of good and evil.
The Relic Knights are an elite group of knights from King Arthur's Round Table, men of courage, honor, dignity and nobleness and possessors of unique talents. The Relic Knights were appointed and commissioned to seek out and destroy the Wizard Noctulius who has conjured the powers of darkness to assist him and his dark legion in their quest to rule Devon. Noctulius and his dark brigade have been traveling village to village, leaving a wake of death, destruction and carnage in their path.

Lyrics

"Kill them All"

Written By: Relic

(1209)
Hot summer. France. Catholic and Cathars (citizens) fighting alongside (each other) to save their (town) Beziers. Crusaders storm a gate and crash into the town. They lock defenders in the church and set on fire. Those not burned were out to the sword I rushed up to Abbot (of Citeas) to remind him:”that they’re catholics as well as heretics.
The answer was: Kill them all-he said God will know his own. I see alone mankind’s self-torturing pain. Church’s on fire and thousand die, I was watching and with deep sorrow I wept.
(1941,Babiy Yar)
Hot summer , Ukrainians, Russians and the Jews standing alongside in front of a hole. Nazzi soldiers shooting them in the hole. Those were not slaughtered were locked in the barn. Which was then, set on fire, I rushed to ober (shtoorban fuhrer) and reminded him: “That they’re Slovanians,as well as Jews”.
The answer was: Kill them all-he said God will know his own. I see alone mankind’s self-torturing pain. Church’s on fire and thousand die. I was watching and with deep sorrow I wept.
(1945, Japan),
Hot summer , Millions of Japanese travel to their jobs and careers. Fatal bomb is falling down from (Hiroshima’s) the sky. In a moment fire and thousands die... still they die! Rushing to flee and meet the people they need (I stood among ruins and tried to catch the face of People of Great statue’s First Man).
But I couldn’t... only his voice (...WHY?), the answer was:
“Kill them all-he said God will know his own. I see alone mankind’s self-torturing pain. Church’s on fire and thousand die. I was watching and with deep sorrow I wept.

"St. Stephen & King Herod"

Written By: Relic

Saint Stephen was a clerk in King Herod hall. And served him with bread and cloth, as every King befall. One day Stephen out of kitchen came with boar’s head on hand. He saw a star was fair and bright over Bethlehem stand. He cast down the boar’s head and went into the hall "I forsake thee Herod, and thy works all". I forsake thee King Herod and thy works all. There is a child in Bethlehem born is better than we all".
"What aileth thee?"Herod asked" What is thee befall?’ Lacketh thee either meat or drink in King Herod’s hall? "what aileth Stephen?" He asked again "Art mad or hast grown wroth?. Lacketh thee either gold or fee or any rich cloth. "Lacketh me neither meat or drink In King Herod’s hall. There is a child in Bethlehem born is better than we all". Lacketh me neither gold nor fee, nor cloth nor things of greed. There is a child in Bethlehem born (shall) help us in our need".
"Rise up, my true tormentors, by two and all by one Lead Stephen out of this town, and stone him with stones!"

Afterwords
They took Stephen and stoned him on the way and therefore, is his even on Christ’s own day.

"Dance of Death"

Written By: Relic

Mortality, behold and fear what a change of flesh is here! Think how many royal bones sleep within this heap of stones.
Shake off your heavy living trance and leap into my magic dance Such as no mortal use to tread, let my younger brother to lead Life it sucks the earth is sick better come to me, indeed Demon’s born for human sins Who you think gave him almightly wings.
CHORUS: I shall wipe away thy tears and fears Thou don’t have to pray anymore Night and day joys to obtain Lamb’s once slain in my name.
Here we stand, in noble things, drop from the ruin’d sides of kings: Here’s a world of pomp and state buried in dust, once dead by fate. Shake off your heavy living trance and leap into my magic dance Such as no mortal use to tread, let my younger brother  to  lead Life, it sucks the earth is sick better come to me, indeed Jesus died for human sins I forgot him and let Him to live
CHORUS: I shall wipe away thy tears and fears Thou don’t have to pray anymore Night and day joys to obtain Lamb’s once slain in my name.

Discography

"Relic" - self titled 2003
"Only Dreams" - 2004
"Histories" - to be released soon
"Destruction" - to be released soon

Set List

There is no typical set list. We put it together based on time lenght of our show. We can perform 3 hours of music.