“When we start killing, it all will be falling down
From the Hell that we’re in, all we are is fading away
When we start killing…”

Lyrics courtesy of AZLyrics.

We’ve been seeing what you wanted, got us cornered right now
Fallen asleep from our vanity, might cost us our lives
I hear they’re getting closer
Their howls are sending chills down my spine
And time is running out now
They’re coming down the hills from behind

When we start killing
It’s all coming down right now
From the nightmare we’ve created,
I want to be awakened somehow

When we start killing it all will be falling down
From the Hell that we’re in
All we are is fading away
When we start killing…

We’ve been searching all night long but there’s no trace to be found
It’s like they all have just vanished but I know they’re around
I feel they’re getting closer
Their howls are sending chills down my spine
And time is running out now
They’re coming down the hills from behind

When we start killing
It’s all coming down right now
From the nightmare we’ve created
I want to be awakened somehow

When we start killing it all will be falling down
From the Hell that we’re in
All we are is fading away
When we start killing…
When we start killing…

I feel they’re getting closer
Their howls are sending chills down my spine
And time is running out now
They’re coming down the hills from behind

The sun is rising
The screams have gone
Too many have fallen
Few still stand tall
Is this the ending of what we’ve begun?
Will we remember what we’ve done wrong?

When we start killing
It’s all coming down right now
From the nightmare we’ve created
I want to be awakened somehow

When we start killing it all will be falling down
From the Hell that we’re in
All we are is fading away
When we start killing…
When we start killing…
When we start killing…

One of my best friends got me hooked on Within Temptation, a Dutch symphonic rock powerhouse, when we were in high school. This powerful, raw song is an example of one of their heavier pieces from their album “The Heart of Everything”. As you can see from the lyrics, “The Howling” is in a similar vein as “Zombie” by The Cranberries.

Another mother’s breaking
Heart is taking over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken

I gained a newfound appreciation for “The Howling” after stumbling upon a fan-made music video pairing the song with the story of Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War, a tragically famous World of Warcraft novel. In this story, the young mage Jaina, a woman who constantly strove to maintain peace between the Alliance and Horde (the game’s two opposing factions) faces horrific personal tragedy thanks to the machinations of Garrosh, the Horde’s then-leader.

After Jaina’s city of Theramore is brutally destroyed by a supercharged mana bomb (the WoW equivalent of an atomic bomb) Jaina comes dangerously close to retaliating on an even greater scale. Had it not been for a powerful plea from her friend Kalecgos, Jaina would’ve had no qualms using her arcane power to drown the Horde’s capital city Orgrimmar, slaughtering scores of innocents for revenge.

Because of the horrific, pointless loss of life that Jaina witnessed, she went from peace-loving to understandably cynical and bitter.

(Jaina before the Destruction of Theramore):

“I hate resorting to violence!”

(Jaina, snarling at the orc soldiers sent to finish her off after the loss of her city):

“You spit on mercy? Then you will have NONE. You want carnage?! Garrosh will get more blood than he EVER bargained for!”

When countless, innocent lives are lost to war and brutality, who among us wouldn’t become even a little bit cynical? As “The Howling” and the Destruction of Theramore warn, nothing good comes from pointless loss of life.