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Despite All Else... Here We Stand!

by HEARTStorm

Released 2012
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Released 2012
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DESPITE ALL ELSE is the protoype work by HEARTStorm, composed and orchestrated for combined Symphonic Metal, Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and "Theatro-Metal™"
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DESPITE ALL ELSE... HERE WE STAND!  is the prototype work by HEARTStorm, composed and orchestrated for combined Symphonic Metal, Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and the upcoming "Theatro-Metal™" HEARTStorm CD coming soon.

If you've ever been kicked a few times while down, or slapped in the face after many turnings of the cheek, you'll relate to this standing-tall shout of defiance and triumph. Joined by Musicians aged 9-73 from Austria, Germany and around the world, and then joined by a Chorus of Church Bells from Moscow, Paris, London, Rome, New York, Budapest, Berlin and more as the piece rings in its Victorious conclusion, DESPITE ALL ELSE… HERE WE STAND! is HEARTStorm's Manifesto. It tells where we came from, where we're going and why. We know where you've been too. Here is your anthem! Enjoy!

MISSION:  To Create Shared Life-Experiences in Music… and do it in a Ground-breaking, pioneering way that bridges Musical worlds from the Symphonic Orchestra to Progressive Metal and Beyond™.

Our Manifesto.. a prototype of Music yet to come.

DESPITE ALL ELSE… Here We Stand!
Symphonic Metal Version for HEARTStorm

#1030 for Metal, Chorus, Band 3M & Orchestra
Music & Lyrics by © STEPHEN MELILLO IGNA 11 November 2011

Do you think we're standing here because of you? 
Hammered to our knees with all your rules? 

Thank you for the Heartache, 
Thank you for the Slander, 
Thank you for your Lies and don't forget to Pander! 
Thank you for the kicks when I was on the ground and 
thanks for taking me around and around 

Despite all else, we've beat your Fear! 
Despite all else we're standing here! 

If you want to know the Truth 
I'm grateful to you! 
Beaten to a pulp, all black and blue. 

Thank you for the Struggle, 
Thank you for the Hardship, 
Thank you for the nightmares 
Thank you for the Pain! 

Thank you for the slaps and turnin' my face red! 
I'll still be around even after I am Dead! 

Despite all else, we've beat your Fear! 
Despite all else we're standing here! 
Standing tall, we're stayin' here! 
Despite all else we're Stand-ing here! 

Do you think we're standing tall because of you? 
Cowards are the fools 
you use as tools. 

Thank you for the Darkness, 
Thank you for the taxes. 
Thank you for your lectures 
that cut us down like axes! 

Thank you for the P. C. 
Thank you for the put-downs, 
Thank you for the Lies 
that took us 'round and 'round! 

Despite all else we're standing here! 
Despite all else, we have no Fear! 
Standing tall, we're stayin' here! 
Despite all else, we're standing here! 

Despite all else, all else! 

Do you think we're standing here without duress? 
Living in a world you've made a mess... 

Thank you for your small brain
Thank you for your small heart
Thank you for your Wars and for killing all the Art! 
Thank you for the deals you closed behind the door! 
We're still standing here, and we're mopping up the Floor!

Despite all else we've beat your Fear! 
Despite all else we're standing here! 
Standing tall, we're stayin' here! 
Despite all else we're standing here! 
Standing here! 
Standing here! 



In 2016, Stephen’s 4th Symphony was nominated for the Pulitzer and Nemmers Prize in Music. Winner of three 2009 Telly & Ava Awards for his 2005 Visualized Concert: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, Stephen’s concert-version was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. His 15 feature film scores include the Oscar-nominated 12:01PM, and most recently, The UNWILLING. An ASCAP Concert Awards recipient each year since 1992, Stephen's more than 1140 works include 4 symphonies, several concerti and over 33-hours of Music for Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™. With 28 CDs and 6 books on iTunes, and simply by word-of-mouth, Stephen’s pioneering, self-publishing entity known as STORMWORKS has gone from 0 to many thousands of worldwide renderings since 1992.

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