Empires of Ash

by Sojourner

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about

'Empires of Ash' is our debut album, released via Avantgarde Music in May 2016.

***VINYL***
Vinyl copies of the album are available in both black and transparent 'beer' (gold) color, and these can be purchased at the Avantgarde Music and Northern Silence webstores:
www.avantgardemusic.com
www.northern-silence.de
(please note that the band are not selling vinyl copies)

Reviews:
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"Three words will suffice to summarize 'Empires of Ash': violent, atmospheric, beautiful." - valkyrieswebzine.com

"Sojourner integrate various instrumentation such as tin whistle, piano, and an array of synth work to evoke a heroic and defiant atmosphere that would sit proudly alongside James Horner’s 'Braveheart' soundtrack (if it were more metal of course)." - deadrhetoric.com

"To me the best way to describe it is like walking the pages of a fantasy novel. You have the atmosphere, beauty, struggle, sadness, and reconciliation. Fans of atmospheric black metal rejoice, Sojourner has made their mark and I am excited to see what the future holds for this band." - themetalwanderlust.com

"For those of you who like your atmospheric black metal records to sound more akin to a 'Lord of the Rings' movie score, this is your album. Sojourner’s debut is simply put, one of the best black metal records of the year." - metal-fi.com

"A pleasant surprise that easily gives established atmospheric nature-metal acts such as Fen or Saor a run for their money; this is definitely one to check out." - metalreviews.com

credits

released May 25, 2016

all music written & recorded by Mike Lamb & Chloe Bray at
R'lyeh Studio in Dunedin, New Zealand & St. Andrews, Scotland

bass written & recorded by Mike Wilson at
The Beardroom in Wellington, New Zealand

Emilio’s vocals recorded at Arcane Studio; Malmö, Sweden
Chloe’s vocals recorded at Dundee Music Studio; Dundee, Scotland

all lyrics written by Emilio Crespo
except 'The Pale Host' written by Chloe Bray

mixed & mastered by Gabriele Gramaglia in Milan, Italy

cover art by Jordan Grimmer, 2016 (www.jordangrimmer.co.uk)

www.facebook.com/metalsojourner

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Sojourner Dunedin, New Zealand

Sojourner are an atmospheric black metal band with folk influences.

The band is from Dunedin, New Zealand & our vocalist is based in Malmö, Sweden.

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Track Name: Bound by Blood
Dark dominion
Not a speck of light in sight
Feverish and fatigued I walk
Searching for that glimmer of hope
Am I destined to find that which I seek?
I follow the path laid out in front of me
I follow...

To who am I so bound?
Where is this free will that eludes me now?
To who am I so bound?
Where is my free will?
It eludes me now...

Blinded ever still
I attempt to claw my way out of this dark abyss
The precocious arcane knowledge that I possess feels drained
And alien to me now
Soon enough I will find you

I gather strength and release a flash of light
Revealing the soul of the darkness
It shows the way and a figure stands before me

All along you were present within me
Ages ago you vanished
Uncertainty, confusion, hatred, relief
You shall not escape again

Staring down at torment itself
I reveal all that plagued my soul
My hatred resurfaces

A sinister wave of energy emits from me
Haunting memories, I shall not back down...I unleash
Here you found your final resting place.
Track Name: Heritage of the Natural Realm
Around me they circle
Emerald tones of past and present
Oaken beings stand tall
The sturdy mounds of granite surround us all
Sapphire glowing above
Bask in the glory of our mother

She protects us ever still...
And so we shall reciprocate
For without her glory
We are but lost souls on a journey to nothingness

Oh mother, hear our call
We summon you to show us the way
For we are lost in the wilderness...

Within us, we bear the torch
The virtues of our matriarch
Embedded in our every being, to be awakened
She is eternal

After the eras of our occupation we shall soon wither
And you shall so beautifully remain.
Track Name: Aeons of Valor
At the top of the hill, a legion of the unknown gathers
We stare into each others souls with malicious intent
All on the line, we charge

As it rages, seeming unlikely to cease
They all clash, knowing their fates

Arcane waves of energy flow through the air
Steel dips itself in blood
Here they all shall die with honour

The landscape now painted crimson
The sanguine liquid caressing the ground
No sign of sheathing, it rages on

Dusk approaches, limbs now ache
Death yearning to embrace our souls
Sons of the earth wage in a battle for the honour of ancients

The gods look down on us and smile with satisfaction
Songs will be sung around embers
Whispers in the night will accompany our feats

Moon light comforting our trek away from home
Stories told of all odysseys in the wake of victory

For it shall be told
Here, in faraway lands
Blood was split
Fight with honour, they said
Die with dignity

Fate approaches blindly
Bound by blood
Through the endless night
They send us off
To meet our gods.
Track Name: The Pale Host
Beneath these hills there runs a stream
A blood-red course where dead men dream
In winter’s cold, their ghosts I see
Their Pale Host ever follows me

Their pyres burned high, their arms they gleamed
And now they lie in Glory’s sleep
And though I lived, the light to see
The Pale Host still walks beside me

They wander far, grey banners high
Though ‘neath these hills their bones still lie
Long through the mists and wilds they roam
But the Pale Host never will march home.
Track Name: Homeward
The dust settles
Tumultuous feeling, we rise
Walk the fields in search of our own
Lifeless many lay

So many slain
Our enemies quaked in fear
Our swords drove strong
Barren fields now covered in blood
The battle cry resounded throughout these lands

Weary, we retrieve them all
Prepare them for their journey
Onwards to eternity we send them off
Into the hands of the gods

We now march back to those we love
We sheathe our weapons and begin our journey homeward

Battered, our feet rest firmly in the soil
We look upon the stars, pondering
Green pastures over the horizon, awaiting

Soon it shall come to pass
Destiny encompasses
Broken and battered souls carried away by the wind

Oh, Greatness
The smell of blood no longer lingers
Onward to reward, pursuits of bliss
Lifelong time of battles cease forever
It creeps over the bend
We see...

Oh, greatness
It creeps over the bend
We see, we yearn, we deserve

I fall to my knees
Lash out a cry of contentment
Home is where I shall dwell
Battles waged for years and years
Here I shall rest until my dying day
Track Name: Trails of the Earth
Through the peaks and valleys, oceans, and fields
This wondrous habitat thrives

Serenity infects the skies
Peaceful as the evening clouds cry
And as amber rises at dawn
We reflect as if all is gone

The tides turn, the winds sway
And as it all rests on the drip of the hourglass
It shall renew itself and restore balance

Serenity infects the skies
Peaceful as the evening clouds cry
And as amber rises at dawn
We reflect as if all is gone

The tides turn, the winds sway
And as it all rests on the drip of the hourglass
It shall renew itself and restore balance

The earth roars with tremendous might
The power of its rumble, a flame ignites

Rejoicing in rays
Dampen my being
Sift through endless moss, a feeling so fleeting
To be regained once more
Through the ages, nature tore...
Track Name: Empires of Ash
On these frostbitten plains I await
A withering realm, a mere shadow of its former self
Dilapidated and lonely

We chose to fight for a cause
Honour, pride, dignity, and love
Through the passage of time, it became exposed
Attempting to reclaim what was never ours

From the pebbles that dance in the rivers
To the leaves that glide in the wind
The rays that warm the pastures
And the rain that spawns new life
We were once one
Now blinded by selfish deceit
Drifting further and further away

We were once one
Now blinded by deceit
We drift further away
Through ashes of our once great host

Travel through continents to lands unknown
Yet we witness faceless clones of our adopted reality
Transcendence non-existent

The final bell begins to toll
Far from redemption
We slowly burn all scrolls
Extinction, we beseech

Anguished, I tread
Wondering why?

Watching all die
Empires of Ash, cry!

From the pebbles that dance in the rivers
To the leaves that glide in the wind
The rays that warm the pastures
And the rain that spawns new life

No longer shall we rise above our failures
No longer shall we chant
The end is nigh
We interred our kingdom...