The Shadowed Road

by Sojourner

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    To celebrate the second anniversary of the release of our debut album, Empires of Ash, we are releasing a special 'Homeward' shirt created for us by the fantastic Anaïs Mulgrew Art (Celtachor).

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    Double LP release of 'The Shadowed Road', featuring all artwork included in the CD version and a vinyl master by Dan Swanö.

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    A limited edition transparent blue cassette with a bonus booklet reflecting the layout of the Digibook CD including full lyrics, released through Fólkvangr Records. Limited to 100 copies, all numbered with a bonus Bandcamp code.

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about

'The Shadowed Road' is our second album, released via Avantgarde Music in March 2018.

Reviews:
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"The Shadowed Road is a remarkable leap over its predecessor, indicative of an unexpectedly ambitious group that places genuine care into improving and setting themselves apart from the pack." - angrymetalguy.com

"At turns recalling the scenic sprawl of folk music and the classic chug of anthemic heavy metal, The Shadowed Road is a thrilling journey every step of the way." - pitchfork.com

"The follow-up to 2016’s Empires of Ash, The Shadowed Road is hereto a decidedly rich and expansive blast of melody and atmosphere, un-tied to geography, bowing to the oftentimes scenic tapestry of pagan black metal" - deadrhetoric.com

"What I love most about this release is that Sojourner have shown how seriously they are taking their specific brand of black / folk metal. They have honed and matured in every way possible, seeming to click into place exactly where they wanted to be upon the formation of the band." - themoldycrypt.wordpress.com

"The Shadowed Road will take you into a whirlwind of emotions, an unforgettable journey, already one of the must-see albums of 2018." - valkyrieswebzine.com

"What made Sojourner pull ahead of a very crowded pack from the get-go was the intricacy of their arrangements, and we get to see these already-considerable skills advanced further on the group's sophomore release." - metalreviews.com

"No sophomore jinx here...Sojourner is the real deal, and even more so on The Shadowed Road. I would be shocked if this isn’t on everyone’s top 10 list for 2018. Great album." - folk-metal.nl

"Every ounce that Sojourner brings to the table here is the very definition of organic metal with all seven tracks being true roller-coasters of entertainment as we fly around the mountains to the sound of a beautiful tin flute, reflecting on friends now enemies from the amazing vocals (all of them, not just the growls), and enjoy peace overcoming darkness from the masterful sense of musicianship that permeates every song, note, and second of The Shadowed Road." - headbangerreviews.wordpress.com

"Sojourner has made America great again." - James Benson, amiensus.bandcamp.com

"Metal for people who loved the Titanic soundtrack in the 90's and are coming to terms with those feelings." - Chris Cox, bandcamp.com/coxcrc

credits

released March 15, 2018

Emilio Crespo - Vocals
Mike Lamb - Guitars, Piano, Synth
Chloe Bray - Guitars, Tin Whistle, Vocals
Mike Wilson - Bass
Riccardo Floridia - Drums

All songs written by Mike Lamb & Chloe Bray,
except 'Our Bones Among the Ruins' co-written by Mike Wilson
All bass written by Mike Wilson
All drums written by Riccardo Floridia & Mike Lamb

All lyrics written by Emilio Crespo,
except 'The Shadowed Road' written by Chloe Bray
& 'Titan' guest-written by Anders Jacobsson of Draconian

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

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

Mastered by Dan Swanö at
Unisound Studio in Örebro, Sweden

Guitars, tin whistle, piano, synth & Chloe's vocals recorded by
Mike Lamb & Chloe Bray at Oneiros Studio in Dundee, Scotland

Bass recorded by Mike Wilson at
The Beardroom in Dunedin, New Zealand

Emilio's vocals recorded at Arcane Studio in Malmö, Sweden

Drums recorded by Riccardo Floridia at Media Factory's Studio Esine in Brescia, Italy under the supervision of Fabrizio Romani

All artwork by Sebastian Luca (Bast), 2017

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Sojourner Dunedin, New Zealand

Sojourner is a multi-national folk-influenced atmospheric metal band from Dunedin, New Zealand; Malmö, Sweden; Bergamo, Italy; and Dundee, Scotland. The band is signed to Napalm Records.

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Track Name: Winter's Slumber
This eternal white as far as the eye can see
Remnants of eras long forgotten
Memories faded into the depths of mystery
Can I recover them?

I raise my head and breathe in deep
Words of the old ones fall to me
As snow on the mountain
I know this is how it should be
The long sleep of winter

This eternal white as far as the eye can see
Remnants of eras long forgotten
Memories faded into the depths of mystery
Can I recover them?

I raise my head, so far I see
Tranquillity...
The lake of death
Grasping the purity within

I shall rise, if not for long
To wither here in my final place of peace

No better place to glare upon one last time
I smile, I cry
I blissfully let go

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep.”

Excerpt from the Robert Frost (1874-1963)
poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
Track Name: Titan
Nothing will ever be the same again
These valleys forsaken now

This distant roar like a whisper
On the blooded horizon

Mother of this world
Your tears burn my skin
And the scars shall open my eyes

Cold are the spaces between the stars
But death is just a waking dream
We’re all wanderers in dust

With all the ruin I’ve seen
I still wonder about life
Standing fearless

As I realize the end
Lift me up above
this universe of glass
Where sorrow no longer
Encircles the blossoming fields

Thus I’m banished to the hell of others
To shatter this burden
I’ll carry the weight
To the point of Hedonism
I shall revel in disgrace
Only to be born again

We were here to caress the void
Of the dying serpent sun
Winter tears my guilt apart
Spread across the heavens
And dim is the veil
Crashing down
Track Name: Ode to the Sovereign
The Sovereign
The roots set in
And as I fix my gaze upon you
I see beauty and pain
Shadows encircle these long lost grasps

Oh, Mother, what have we done?
Mere beasts we have become

We have forgotten our stance
In somber storms you dance
From your path we have strayed
Misguided and treacherous, we remain.

Long since we knew
Whether we could stop ourselves
A bargain made with faceless gods
Of gain and progress
To you we call
That you might reclaim us
Consign us to your realm
Or we will surely fall.

The roots set in
I see beauty and pain
Shadows encircle
Ode to the Sovereign.
Track Name: An Oath Sworn in Sorrow
Draw your sword
Look me in the eyes
We were born for this moment
But the memories cloud my mind
Of all that we have done
I swore I would protect you
But what have you become?

From the moment our hearts began beating
This gap would be filled

Preordained assassination of the crippled mind
Lost in an ancient sea of time

As whirlwinds dance on paths once trod
By beings vast, alone we stood
And waited for it all to end
Could you not see?

You were always there by my side
The comfort of my very being
The monster you are has me blind
I want to let you walk away but I boil inside

For your faults you shall fall
Reluctant beating slows you to a crawl
The whistling sound of steel
Sliding against your dry flesh
Proved to be my final and ultimate test
As the blade retracts so too do my tears fall
Heavily, I sob

I'll always wear you on my sleeve
A reminder of my undying love for you
Until my dying day, I'll carry your memory
Within the walls of my mind, you live forever on
Track Name: Our Bones Among the Ruins
A premonition of horrors awakens me from slumber
A darkened reality eaten by entities unrecognizable
What did I just see?
Sweat trickles
Through these dense and lively forests I walk
Yearning to discover what it was

This beautiful golden stream of life
I mustn't walk too far in
Obtaining cognizance is my only option
Turn around, flee

In time the grey smoke would surround
Screams of agony
Thick as fog at dawn but yet so shallow
What energy shall I muster?
My exertions are futile

In shadows you have prevailed
Your only door left open is that of defeat
You have plagued for far too long
I cannot allow you to leave

I carry the key to the lock of the netherworld
A realm lost to space and time
Here is where you will dwell and relinquish your claim
To the stranglehold you so fiercely grasp

You forever withdraw to the blackness of inanimate existence

Yet with peace restored...
The brightest light casts the darkest shadows
Track Name: Where Lost Hope Lies
Through the endless shadows we turn
Amongst the fires of the past we burn
For the sake of the child we fend
Yet unto an unknown will, we bend

For these flames that urge to caress our skin
Wears us down much too thin

To the highest mountain I shall walk
Through fields uncertain
Where I fought
There rises unbeknownst a cry
Culpability smiles

Seething and keeping watch
Once again it is all my fault

I must evade lest they hear
These struggles brought in agony
The starlit smouldering sky
Where arrows burn in flight

There remains yet a flicker of hope for you
Awaken, set forth and persist
Born out of despair, flames, and grief

This power grows ever so greatly within me
For there is no place left to hide

For the anger in me won't subside
My eyes have much to tell
And your empty stare will lead us into your hell
For I always knew you were already gone

Every passing day it is you I miss
My final message to you is this
From the sorrow and rage, I desist
Unrequited, I no longer exist...
Track Name: The Shadowed Road
If I could choose my way
I’d never leave this place
This forest dreams in greens and golds
I’ll never see again
But I hear the quiet call
A portent drifting dark and cold
For the road ahead is shadowed
And there ruin waits untold
But I will not turn away

I roam this bloodstained road
Through the mountain paths to the gates of bone

I swear by the grey boundless sea
One day I will return
But my home is corrupted
and all gods to fall
The forest will burn

So I’ll leave on the path I must take
Crushing fate, I’ll never forget
That hope is as dim as ghosts
In the dens of their hosts
I'll hold to it

Beneath this crumbling world I saw
A truth as dark as a thousand unseen winters
Our doom was written in our souls
But I will claim it as my own

I once dreamed of a place
Where all things of old stories dwell
I longed for it, now I see
That where there walk dreams
Nightmares linger as well

This is my road, through wandering shades
For the promise I made
Through hidden vales
All the shapes that haunt us
I will contend

The road has burned my world away
Did I think to come this far unchanged?
But I feel a sense of clarity
I’ve never known before
That with death so close behind me
I can see the bitter dawn
Into the plains of ash
I’ll leave the world that was behind
Though I walk into the dark
I walk at last with open eyes

Behold my empire
The ruinscape
The broken bonds that held us

I wonder how I came this far
Through terrors dread
The road won't destroy me
I'll follow where it leads

The truth is ever near
Look into the dark
If you will look into the dark

Ever will I walk upon this shadowed road
This ravaged path where phantoms roam
For if all things must end
I'd walk among the ashes of the dawning shadowed world

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