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"Fiend" (魔神 ~魔神セフィロト討滅戦~, Majin ~Majin Sefiroto Tōmetsusen~?, lit. Fiend ~Sephirot, the Fiend Showdown~) is a boss theme from Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, introduced in Patch 3.2 for the battle against Sephirot, the Fiend. It was composed by Masayoshi Soken, with lyrics written by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and vocals performed by Dan Inoue.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[]

This song plays in the second half of Containment Bay S1T7 Containment Bay S1T7 and Containment Bay S1T7 (Extreme) Containment Bay S1T7 (Extreme), when Sephirot transforms into a towering giant.

It is the 1st track in The Far Edge of Fate: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

The Orchestrion version of the song is slightly different, the chorus' places are swapped and "Concede your mind unto the fiend" is replaced with "Concede your place in history". The change doesn't appear to be intentional, however.[1]

Composition[]

It resembles "When Worlds Collide" by the American rock band Powerman 5000. After the track was released along with version 3.2, Powerman 5000's band leader Spider One posted on the band's official Facebook, criticizing the theme, claiming that it is a "straight up rip off" and not just using their song as an inspiration.[2]

Producer and director Naoki Yoshida stated that he has been made aware of an allegation regarding similarities between these songs, but states that the track is in the musical genre of industrial rock, which is "a popular genre that can be further divided into numerous sub-genres" and "countless songs from these genres have been released worldwide". Composer Masayoshi Soken has also stated to Yoshida that he was unaware of "When Worlds Collide" while working on this Final Fantasy XIV track.[3]

Lyrics[]

A full transcript of the lyrics were posted on the Final Fantasy XIV Official Forums by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox on July 3, 2016.[4] They were released later again on The Far Edge of Fate: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

English
What is it like when you pull back the curtain
And realize every wrong is a right?
Your world is rusted like a dirty razor
The edge is calling tonight
The edge is calling tonight
The edge is calling tonight
The sun is setting, darkness taking over
A date with chaos and you're dressed to the nines
Salt of the earth salting your own fields
Road to destruction that is true and tried
You walk the path laid before you
The call of reason, you refuse to abide
Necessity is an inventive mother
Promising sanctum that She cannot provide
She is the hand that rocks the cradle
The wind that breaks the bough and leaves you to die
And there She leaves you to die
And there She leaves you to die
You'll find slumber when the world comes tumbling down
Sweet dreams, baby. Sleep tight!
Retreat where lesser men lead
Flee from what you do not see
Heed the dark within your being
Turn away
Disobey
I'm the end and the beginning
The faith that feeds the unbelieving
A tightening knot to staunch the bleeding
Say my name
Say my name
Sephirot!
The seventh hell's become your seventh heaven
Rose of redemption but a thorn in your pride
Waste no more time fighting your demons
Lay down your arms and let the evil inside
And then you let it inside
And then you let it inside
You let it eat you till there's nothing left at all
So you can feel that you are truly alive
Better to serve in a waking nightmare
Than rule in their paradise
What is gold, always glitters
But it still comes with an unpayable price
Treading out upon the stagnant waters
Our savior waiting for a turn in the tide
You are the night at the end of the tunnel
The empty void where the serpent lies
Where the serpent lies
Where the serpent lies
The angels graze in the meadows of excess
They must needs go that the devils drive
Retreat where lesser men lead
Flee from what you do not see
Concede your mind unto the fiend
Turn away
Debts are paid
I'm the end and the beginning
The drug that gives the wretched meaning
The answer every soul is seeking
Say my name
Say my name
Sephirot!
Japanese translation
幕引きに何を想う?
全ての「誤」が「正」であったと気付く頃には、
汝の世界は、穢れた剃刀のように錆び果てる
今宵、その刃が呼ぶ
今宵、その刃が呼ぶ
今宵、その刃が呼ぶ
日が沈み、宵闇が広がり、
混沌との密会に備え、汝は装いを正す
地の塩(善良なる者)は、己の畑に塩を撒く
それは確実なる破滅の道
己の前に敷かれた道を歩み
理性の呼びかけに耳を傾けぬまま
求められるは、創造の母
与えられぬ聖所を約束する
それは揺り籠を揺らす手であり、
大枝を折り、去りて死に至らしめる風でもあり
去りて死に至らしめる
去りて死に至らしめる
世界の終わりにのみ「眠り」は訪れる
おやすみの時間だ、赤子よ、良い夢を
弱き者が先導するなら、汝は後ずさるがいい
不可視なるものから逃げるのだ
心の闇に応えよ
背を背け
反抗せよ
我は終わりであり、始まりなり
不信心なる者どもを養う信仰であり
流れ出る血を止める止血帯
我が名を呼べ
我が名を呼べ
セフィロト
七獄が七天になり
贖罪の薔薇は、誇りに至る障害に過ぎず、
己を悩ますものとの戦に、時を費やすなかれ
武器を下げ、「悪」を受け入れよ
そうだ、受け入れよ
そうだ、受け入れよ
なにひとつ残らず、汝が喰われるまで
その時にこそ初めて「生」を実感するだろう
白昼夢の中で隷属する方が、
奴らの楽園を支配するよりは良い
黄金は必ず輝くのだ
代償は決して払えぬだろうが
淀んだ汚水の上を歩む
救世主は潮流の変わり目を持つ
汝は洞窟の終わりを告げる光明であり、
毒蛇が潜む虚無の果て
毒蛇が潜む場所:
毒蛇が潜む場所
天使が放牧される「過剰」の牧草地
悪魔に駆り立てられずにはいられない
弱き者が先導するなら、汝は後ずさるがいい
不可視なるものから逃げるのだ
魔神に理性を捧げよ
背を背け
借りはもう支払った
我は終わりであり、始まりなり
哀れな者どもに生きる意味を与える霊薬であり
全ての魂が求める答えなり
我が名を呼べ
我が名を呼べ
セフィロト

Live performances[]

The Primals: Zepp Tour 2018 - Trial By Shadow[]

"Fiend" was performed by the Primals in a live concert.

Arrangement album appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV: Duality ~Arrangement Album~[]

A band arrangement of "Fiend" is performed by the Primals which appears in this album.

The Primals[]

An arrangement of "Fiend" appears in the Primals' debut album.

References[]

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