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German Folk Metal band founded in 1992, consisting of seven band members. Credited with codifying the genre "medieval rock" as we now understand the term.


Subway To Sally provides examples of:

  • Anti-Love Song: "Feuerland", "Komm in meinen Schlaf", "Wehe Stunde", "So Fern So Nah", "In Der Stille".
  • Audience Participation Song: "Julia und die Räuber", "Horo" and "Schrei" for example.
  • Bald of Awesome: Simon.
  • Blood Knight: "Kämpfen wir!", a vikings' anthem.
  • Body Horror:
    • The titular "Kleid aus Rosen" seems to be roses sewn right into the girls' skin.
    • The titular "Knochenschiff" is made of bones and flash, in the rib cage under the deck there a heart beats with a leak...
  • Cain and Abel: "Grausame Schwester" is about the older sister killing the younger.
  • Call-Back: "Das Rätsel II" consists of references to their previous songs.
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  • Death Seeker: The titular "Knochenschiff" longs for a reef.
  • Despair Event Horizon: "In kaltem Eisen": the narrator apparently killed his lover, has no memories of the act and is absolutely devastated.
  • Driven by Envy: In "Grausame Schwester", the older sister kills the younger out of jealousy.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The majority of songs of their first album are in English.
  • Evil Laugh: In "Puppenspieler" and in the end of "Unsterblich", Eric Fish does a sinister and very smug laugh.
  • Everyone Knows Morse: In "S.O.S.", naturally, the morse code is used throughout the song.
  • For Doom the Bell Tolls: "Schlagt Die Glocken" begins and ends with a ominous bell toll, fitting the lyrics.
  • Gratuitous Latin: "Ad Mortem Festinamus", "Imperator Rex Graecorum".
  • Heavy Mithril: With so many songs about supernatural monsters and horrors, they qualify.
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  • Hell Is That Noise: In "Die Trommel", the sound of the drum hypnotizes the narrator and later haunts and terrifies them at nights. The song also features creepy background noises.
  • Humans Are Bastards: "Warte, warte" seems to be about werewolves and vampires until the Wham Line: all of them are none but people who hunt people.
  • "I Am" Song: "Das Rätsel" and "Das Rätsel II".
  • Large Ham: Singer Eric Fish is this on occasion.
  • List Song: "Sieben". The harrator has everything in seven: hounds and ravens, doors and locks, chains and kidnapped women.
  • Living Shadow: The harrator of "Umbra" is someone (or something) who came out of the shadows and avoids the light.
  • Lucky Seven: "Sieben". The harrator has everything in seven: hounds and ravens, doors and locks, chains and kidnapped women. Cause seven is his number.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: "Hohelied".
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
    • "Im Weidengarten" is such a tranquil, even tender Murder Ballad.
    • "Wehe Stunde" is also peaceful.
    • "Nichts Ist Für Immer" has a blithe tune for a song about dying. Well, there is a note of acceptance: the fear and the wounds aren't made to last forever.
  • Non-Appearing Title:
    • "Fatum", "Hohelied", "Puppenspieler", "Kleid aus Rosen", "Mephisto", "Angelus", "Voodoo", "Minne", "Narben".
    • "Umbra" is a Zig-Zagged example: the word does appear in the lyrics but in another language.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite having an English name, the band's lyrics are German (or Latin). Only on their first album, the majority of songs of are in English.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The narrator of "Puppenspieler" brags about manipulating everyone like puppets.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: "Schwarze Seide" is about digging up the dead lover, bringing her back home and kissing her. And with every kiss she wakes up.
  • Murder Ballad: Most of Mitgift:
    • "Für immer": the narrator talks about how he will never forget the beauty and the laughter of the woman he murdered.
    • "Grausame Schwester" is about sibling murder.
    • "Arme Ellen Schmitt" is about a woman killed by her lover.
    • "In kaltem Eisen": the narrator apparently killed his lover, has no memories of the act and is absolutely devastated.
    • "Haus aus Schmerz" is written from the perspective of a Serial Killer.
    • "Im Weidengarten" is about ether murder or suicide by poison.
  • Obsession Song:
    • "Mir allein", of the aggressive variety: the narrator locked up his partner.
    • "Sieben" takes it up to seven: the narrator kidnapped his seventh crush.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: "Accingite Vos".
  • Our Vampires Are Different: "Unsterblich" is about immortal, ever-hungry creature.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: In "Wolfstraum", the narrator experiences what wolves dream of.
  • Protest Song: Various, for example "Falscher Heiland", "Vater".
  • Religion Rant Song: "Wo Rosen Bluh'n" has elements of type one. It is a Grief Song in which the narrator asks what kind of God could take away his love so early and leave him broken.
  • Self-Harm: "Narben" is about cutting yourself and feeling elated and comforted by the sight of your own blood.
  • Sequel Song: "Das Rätsel II".
  • Stage Names: Four of them in this band.
  • Villain Song:
  • We All Die Someday: "Nichts Ist Für Immer" (Nothing is forever) is based on this trope: the fear and the wounds aren't made to last forever.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The titular "Königin der Käfer" endured a lot of suffering and turned into an Insect Queen to haunt her tormentors.

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