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Premonitions

by Sojourner

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jorgonq
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jorgonq I was semi familiar with Sojourner from their previous album, "The Shadowed Road". That was a really good album. However, it could not prepare me for "Premonitions". This album is on a different level. I picked "The Deluge" because it was the first song I heard from the album, but they are all serious contenders. If you're a fan of really deep, complex female vocals then Talas is the song for you. Its my 2nd favorite on the album. Favorite track: The Deluge.
Alice M.
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Alice M. I skipped an album, but the previewable tracks here were enough to make me jump back on the hype train.
Stéphane Gallay
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Stéphane Gallay Premonitions est un des albums les plus accessibles du genre. Et aussi, à mon goût, un des plus enthousiasmants. Je conçois volontiers que le black-metal (de façon général, et même dans sa présente forme atmosphérique) est un goût acquis et pas forcément pour tout le monde, mais consacrez au moins une écoute à ce Premonitions. Je suis certain que vous allez y trouver des choses qui vous plairont – pas tout, mais au moins quelques passages. (Chroniqué sur alias.erdorin.org) Favorite track: Fatal Frame.
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1.
The Monolith 05:55
Truth, it bleeds from words of madness Beyond what we perceive Is this grey world that we see More real than the dreams we seek? How I long to be real To know the endless truth that mountains know Must I end to feel such timeless peace? For there is none in the grey Only masks, only words without meaning Truth, it bleeds from words of madness Beyond what we perceive Is this grey world that we see More real than the dreams we seek? They showed me their truth A concrete monolith that cast no shadow But slowly I see the intangible is uncorrupted I’ll leave this place To walk in worlds that never were To mourn what never was For only this is real Truth, it bleeds from words of madness Beyond what we perceive Is this grey world that we see More real than the dreams we seek? Behold with sleepless eyes Beyond the grey An echo rings A whispered dream The truth beyond the real is everything
2.
In this desolate cold world, I am forsaken I stand alone in the depths of despair A hidden portrait A ceaseless wonder of time Forbidden realm of dreams Will I ever become one with such place? Starlit skies smile upon me Seeping matter pulsates Beneath dark soil I awaken A sacred rite From which I rise As the suns rays die And my wings no longer fly Desperate I flail in the nothingness Held down, anxious, with no breath Consciousness fades away All light disappearing as day shall never break The opportunity has come and gone Feelings of bliss see no dawn Forthcoming displeasures so great Here, I meet my fate Beneath dark soil I awaken A sacred rite From which I rise The turning season To return The dark is waiting I perish I. Shall. Perish.
3.
The curtain falls Desolation and decay enthralls Upon this horrendous scene Somehow, a strange beauty gleams The forceful descent slowly dawns No caress to fall upon This hidden portrait A ceaseless wonder of time We reach out and what do we find? Not a whisper in the wind A slither in the cracks Not a soul on this plain Tears of the Earth begin to rain The tears of the earth Desolation enthralls Upon this horrendous scene Failure, to fulfil our dreams Sorrow, our hopes recede Hatred, seemed our only path Shadows, will ever last Newborn rivers begin to flow An elusive story never to be told Into oblivion we fade For the monumental mistakes we made Now, the curtains, they rise Forevermore, we watch with lifeless eyes
4.
Talas 04:34
Sight returns Before cruel thought There’s such grief in waking I long to drift unknowing here But memory soon Breaks me anew Again that dreadful whisper It moves across the drowning tide I hide in broken towers But still it knows all that I’ve done Will I become this darkness? Will I forget all that I was? Only you There’s only you Now the ghosts drifting forward In the dark of the void But I do not stand alone As I ever have before And I hear the words resound In your voice, “take my hand” No, I do not stand alone As I ever have before And I hear the words resound In your voice, “take my hand” No, I do not stand alone as I ever have before Here we stand at the heart Of this hopeless world of chaos No we do not stand alone As we ever have before
5.
Fatal Frame 08:35
The lingering scent of a dying dream Fulfillment of damnation from aeons past The promise once broken to be kept encaged in a prison of lies Unjustly until we meet our demise This crimson scar will never bloom A bloodstained tear Takes the plunge from your face Madness seeps from your mind as you slash through this realm Despair, hatred and sadness corrode your reason The mourning dawn shall remain out of sight The pain refuses to subside All those years lonely because I failed you Never again! The caress of the dark And the daggers that wound Faithful to none but the endless void beneath Piece by piece Our souls break down into shards of glass Do not forget me and as the roots take hold, don’t let go! It constricts and chokes the life from our bodies The malice lurking in every crevice Cracking the foundation of this plane To continue as a hollow shell Begging to be broken and released from this torment Yet, the time is upon us To fulfil our destiny I feel your veins pulsate as I clench And as the whimper of your fading life escapes your lips The horror evokes an anguished bellow from the depths of my soul Forgive me... The rays begin to shine through the ebony clouds Bittersweet, as it warms my pain I begin to howl I reach out to your translucent silhouette and you flutter away We exist within the very fabric of reality, only as one...
6.
The Deluge 07:16
It pours over me This unwritten tome of despair From the depths of nothingness I see you in the distance I feel your presence in every fibre of my being These dreams came to nothing They scatter on the wind With the shadows of our ghosts These fears are all you left me To drown what I have lost So let these waters rise Droplets of rain circle around me My footsteps resounding in my head The lightning cracks and illuminates all It beckons me to follow To reach the source of that which cannot be uttered Yet impossible to remain silent on Inundated, I stand Broken, I struggle Dead, I wither My body, crumbles into dust These dreams came to nothing They scatter on the wind With the shadows of our ghosts These fears are all you left me To drown what I have lost So let these waters rise Battle the current and swim against the stream One last struggle to convince the tide that we’re worthy One final look at your face will suffice End this senseless tirade of doubt and fear Permit closure and if everything is to be Then let it rain down on us For it will take over one way or another It’s up to us how we bid each other farewell Let it drench this annihilated land Let it reclaim its rightful place Let it consume all that we are The ink begins to dry out The chronicle concludes Nothing more left to say I vanish from existence
7.
Atonement 07:38
Glaring at the horizon Blood boils An insurmountable rage and the memory of you Is too much to withstand Too much to withstand The indoctrination behind your words Permitting the fall of us all You are not of this world I banish you henceforth You shall not walk amongst us Not a flicker of hope for you I condemn who you are Who you’ve always been The steel mask no longer shielding you Free-falling from heights so great Your place in the clouds won’t hold you for long The time has come to set your feet on the ground Or you will disintegrate You raise yourself on a throne that others made And you think that your prize will not choke you Savor your short lived reign For the ones you’ve tried to break will rise against you Soon and certain the day of your fall When you’ll know that my winged curse has found you You will burn The indoctrination behind your words Permitting the fall of us all You are not of this world I banish you henceforth For all you believed you were For all the pain and hurt For all that which you caused You will eventually fall Compassion has come up short You are banished
8.
I scream at the skies Wondering how it all came to pass I reach out to you Dark matter between us You remain unattainable I claw my way through the pits of desolation Only to fail I fall I crawl I sob I break Can you recall these fleeting moments? A hollow temple where death comes in strides I puncture these remnants of ache and horror Only for them to burst onto me I have ruined all that we were I now stand beside myself Hellish abyss A path with no escape Feasting on my sanity I fall I crawl I sob I break I mourn the memories of your light The sight of an uncertain future It taints what we once were Dying in the midst of ephemeral bliss Awaiting an eternal scorn Shades of black begin to take form A waning breath that can only mutter one final thought... Why?

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"Like an oncoming storm, Premonitions unveils the violent, yet undeniably beautiful stylistic progression of Sojourner's sound in an exceptional synthesis of folk and atmospheric black metal. Thanks to the ever-increasing complexity of arrangements and compellingly diverse intros (“The Event Horizon”), Premonitions rises to a broader musical territory where the wide range of melodies and rhythms merge together into a desolate, yet captivating, soundscape of expressive harmony.

Whether highlighting the atmospheric influences (“Monolith”), Chloe Bray’s ethereal vocals (“Talas”), or evolving rhythmically around Emilio Crespo’s growls (“Fatal Frame”), Sojourner manages each time to captivate the listener. The mysterious and capricious spirit of unexplored wilderness is directly referring to both the legacy of the Scandinavian extreme metal scene and the charm of instrumental folk interludes. Following the lead of powerful riffs and rhythmic accompaniments, voices of Crespo and Bray, two charismatic pillars of Sojourner’s musical identity, fiercely interact with each other (“Apocalyptic Theatre”), opening a field for the atmospheric journey through melodies of dawn and dark emotional hymns.

Amalgamating a wide range of musical forms and concepts, on their third studio album Sojourner outlines a captivating soundscape, gradually unfolding into a musically unpredictable ode to the unknown. Premonitions is in this sense not only a masterfully told story, but much more a milestone confirming the group’s unique approach towards the genre!"

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released May 8, 2020

Emilio Crespo - Vocals
Mike Lamb - Guitars, Piano, Synth/Keyboards
Chloe Bray - Guitars, Tin Whistle, Vocals
Mike Wilson - Bass
Scotty Lodge - Bass (Live)
Riccardo Floridia - Drums

All songs written by Mike Lamb & Chloe Bray
All bass written by Mike Wilson
All drums written by Mike Lamb & Riccardo Floridia

All lyrics written by Emilio Crespo,
except 'The Monolith' & 'Talas' lyrics written by Chloe Bray

Recorded, Produced & Engineered by Mike Lamb
at Oneiros Studio in Dundee, Scotland

Emilio's vocals recorded at Arcane Studio in Malmö, Sweden
Chloe's vocals recorded at Aoroi Studio in St. Andrews, Scotland
Mike W.'s bass recorded at The Beardroom in Dunedin, NZ
Riccardo's drums recorded at Media Factory in Brescia, Italy

Guest solo on 'Fatal Frame' by Jostein Thomassen of Borknagar
Guest vocals on 'The Event Horizon' by Tom O'Dell of Dwarrowdelf

Mixed & Mastered by Øystein G. Brun
at Crosound Studio in Bergen, Norway

Cover artwork by Sebastian Luca (Bast), 2020
Interior artwork by Joan Llopis Doménech

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Sojourner is an international atmospheric metal band with members from New Zealand, Sweden, Scotland, England, and Italy.

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