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by Akelei

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This is a stand-alone track that evolved from a 2016 demo. Earlier plans for a professional recording were scrapped and the song wasn't worked on a for a while until we decided to play it live. During rehearsals we improved dynamics and overall structure of the song. We kept the momentum and booked some studio time with Dave, who also worked with us on the 'Een van ons' EP.

Moed means courage. The inspiration for the song's lyrics comes from those who speak up and act against oppression and persecution, often facing direct personal consequences. Equally inspiring is the individual struggle for one's right to be who one wants to be, free from society's norms, prejudice and discrimination. Furthermore, 2022 has seen tremendous courage from the people of Ukraine, whose plight cannot be understated. Please follow and consider making a donation to Kyiv Independent, Ukraine’s English-language media outlet: www.gofundme.com/f/kyivindependent-launch?qid=2257b98a72aa3b897ae9970c44f5888b

The photo is of Prinsenhof, Delft. This was between1575 and 1584 the residence of William the Silent aka William of Orange, leader of the revolt against Spanish Habsburg oppression in the Dutch Republic. William was vehemently opposed to the brutal persecution of Protestants during the time and it's one of the reasons he rebelled against the Spanish crown, his former employer. For his rebellion, a price was put on his head. William was assassinated at the Prinsenhof and died there on 10 July 1584. He is buried in the New Church.


Je eigen stem gevonden
De wens om die te uiten
Als je maar de lef kon vinden

Strijdmoed groeit van binnen
Vindt een weg naar buiten
Als de angst is overwonnen

Flinke daden maken
Werk van flinke zaken
Maar in nood zit je gevangen

Mocht ik iets verlangen
Moed voor alle dagen
Om een ander hulp te vragen

Heel misschien is alles voor niets
Zal duisternis ons overvallen
We zullen zien, 't is alles of niets
En je moed geeft moed aan ons allen

Woorden wegen weinig
En weinig woorden wegen
Meer dan de lucht die ze kregen

Woorden met bezieling
De hoop die werd verzwegen
Heeft door moed een stem gekregen

Heel misschien is alles voor niets
Zal duisternis ons overvallen
We zullen zien, 't is alles of niets
En je moed geeft moed aan ons allen


released December 31, 2022
Music & lyrics by Akelei

Harm Wiegers - bass
Josha Nuis - drums, backing vocals
Matthijs van Wageningen - guitars
Misha Nuis - vocals & guitars

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Schinkel @ DSStudio in December 2022.
Production, photography and artwork by Misha.

This track contains a segment of the recorded radio exchange between Ukrainian border guard Roman Hrybov and Russian cruiser Moskva. On 24 February, the day of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, the Russian vessel requested that Hrybov and his garrison on Snake Island surrender under threat of bombardment. The Ukrainian response was "Русский военный корабль, иди на хуй" ("Russian warship, go fuck yourself"). The phrase went viral in the aftermath and has since become a world famous rallying cry for the resistance. Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_Snake_Island_campaign




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