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An Eye for an Eye

TypeStudio Full-length
GenresHeavy Metal, Southern Metal, Thrash Metal
LabelsAFM Records
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Submitted by level Zyklus (2011-10-08)
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An Eye for an Eye Information

Track listing (Songs)

1.An Eye For An Eye1:51-0
3.Days Of Thunder4:44-0
4.Wild Bunch6:18-0
5.Wild Times4:26-0
6.Riders On The Storm (The Doors cover)5:26-0
7.Here Comes The Pain4:49-0
8.Give Up5:41-0
9.May Heaven Strike Me Down4:55-0
10.When The Circus Comes To Town5:56-0
11.Tooth For A Tooth2:33-0
12.25 Minutes To Go (Mr. Johnny Cash)3:05-0
All songs written & composed by Alex Kraft, except
“25 Minutes To Go” written by Allan’shel Silverstein
& “Riders On The Storm” written by The Doors
(Morrison, Krieger, Manzarek & Dansmore)

Russian edition features a bonus track:
13. Give Up (Special Russian Version) (05:40)

One verse and/or bridge towards the end of the song is sung in russian.

Produced by Thomas Lichtenwalter, Dennis Ward & Alex Kraft
Strings & violins by Ally Fiddle
Artwork by Yvonne Güntzel-Lingner & Alex Weigand
Photos by Martin Häusler
Promo photos by “Papayans” Michael Wiersch & Harlad Weigel

The Wild Bunch:
Alex Kraft as Hank
Tom Angelripper as Frank
Yvonne Güntzel-Lingner as Rosie
Berndt Güntzel-Lingner as Pablo
Daniel Reed as Prison Officer

The Story
“An Eye For An Eye” tells the story of Hank, a young man on death row in 1901. While sentenced to death by hanging, he is waiting in the cell and narrates his sad and antithetic life. He was born in 1878 on a farm somewhere east of the Great Plains. His father, a strict and devout man, used his horsewhip and his hand to educate his son and wife. After his mother died in 1894, Hank ran away to begin a new life and he joined a bunch a cowboys. The craziest was Frank, a young gunslinger who didn’t know fear or mercy. Both became close friends and made plans to earn some money with small felonies. While they were playing cards in a saloon one August night in 1897, Frank introduced Hank to Rosie. She was one of the saloon’s hookers. After she did her job, Hank was overcome with his emotions. He wanted her to quit work and become a family together. Everything went well for Frank and Hank. Shortly they got more power and control in their area as they grew stronger in numbers. They were known as the “Wild Bunch”, a syndicate of young gunmen. Frank was also a punter of Rosie, while Hank “bite on the bit”. On December morning in 1899 when Hank walked into Rosie’s room, he found her, nearly dead, whispering Frank’s name before she passed away. Frank had fled hours ago because he knew Hank and his rage very well. From this point on Hank had only one thought: To hunt and kill Frank. His soul was filled with hate and the desire to avenge Rosie, to cleanse off sins and to praise the Lord. Early next morning Hank saddled up his horse and went on his way. He knew that Frank’s family worked at the west coast circus, near Sacramento. This ride through deserts, coldness and rain forced Hank to face his own demons which day after day chewed up more of his sanity. The country, villages, towns and cities seemed strange compared to Hank’s “old wild west”. All the tall buildings, automobiles, clothes and different languages were like an unknown world to Hank. In this abstract scenery he finally reached the signs of the West Coast Circus. A freak show and funfair with “wild west shows”, cowboys and Indians, an elephant man, absurd attractions and the madness of new ideas in times of change. It was the year 1900. On a bright lighter crowded place, in front of a big colorful circus tent, Hank espied his rival and shot a bullet straight between the eyes. Frank’s body hit the floor before the cartouche was cold. While the crowd cheered and applauded, Hank lifted his hat and took a deep bow. The audience considered it as a part of the circus’ show until the police applied the cuffs on his hands and took him away. Back in his cell, in 1901, Hank, still waiting for the headsman, remembers the words long written down in Exodus 21:23-21:27, but also the words in Exodus 20:13, the fifth commandment: “You shall not kill”. He was sentenced to death in the name of God. During the work on my last album “The Legend And The Truth” I saw an old letter from a young gunslinger in a museum. His story was mostly similar. He was on death row and wrote it to his dead mother. Revenge is a weakness, an never ending story. A nation and its justice must be considerate and confident. Isn’t all the experience of the human race enough to know this? For me it is unbearable to see people who kill each other, trying to force their opinions on others in the name of religion, ideology, a “holy war”, God, justice, insanity, politics or different races. Killing is unholy in every religion!

That is why I wrote and composed this album
Alex Kraft, January 2008

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