Tales From a Cloud​-​Born Land EP

by Forefather

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H.L.
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H.L. FOREFATHER are one of few bands, which are easily recognizable, as their melodic heathen metal has a lot of trademarks, especially the outstanding clean vocals. And they always deliver quality and fine songwriting. This EP is no exception and presents a variety of interesting songs, some more thrashy ("One blood and one bone"), others more melancholic and relaxed ("Out of time"). Favorite track: Out of Time.
Ric (the) Obscene
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Ric (the) Obscene Forefather has always produced a solid, driving metal sound with a Madrigal (for lack of a better word) influence. This mix resulted in some amazingly intricate guitar work layered on top of an intense rhythm section. This EP once again ups the game in the Forefather legacy. It is a tapestry consisting of metal's blunt force trauma executed with surgical precision. Favorite track: Two Sacred Oaks.
Ken Hagdal
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Ken Hagdal With this new Ep, Forefather prove once again that they're one of the most consistent British bands in term of output quality. My favorite from the area along with Winterfylleth and Wodensthrone (RIP)
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released May 24, 2017

All tracks written, performed and produced by Forefather
Recorded in the Hallowed Hall January/February 2017
Athelstan: guitar, bass, synth
Wulfstan: guitar, vocals
Drums by the Dreadhelm

Available on CD as part of "English Steel" Split CD with The Meads of Asphodel.
Buy it at: www.seven-kingdoms.com

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Track Name: Two Sacred Oaks
Bold they came from north and from south with hungry sword in hand
There to face the conquering prince, bane of the borderlands
Warriors famed in all of the realm, enforcers of their king
Behold the sway of Godwin's sons, the purging power they bring

Turning tides, bitterness rising as scheming foes connive
Faithless men turn on their master, betray the doomed lord's life
Tamed in war, ruthlessly crushed by the noble siblings' might
Thrown before victorious feet is the severed head as prize

Strong and glorious, two sacred oaks stand
Fighting brothers of a cloud-born land
Awesome towers hold aloft the skies
Dark is the dawning sun should future strife arise

Anger, frustrations swirl, rebels defy the earl
Brother sent by the king, crisis, calamity
He can't absolve the sin, kingdom before own kin
Judgement, the earl deposed, banished, exiled

Strong and glorious, two sacred oaks stand
Fighting brothers of a cloud-born land
Awesome towers hold aloft the skies
Dark is the dawning sun should future strife arise
Track Name: One Blood and One Bone
I see in your eyes the same fear that would bury me
But together our resilience multiplies, a whirlwind of energy
A synchronised, implacable war-machine, petty fueds aside
Pressing forth, with the might of the rising sun, shield-walls collide

For glittering gold our oneness we sold
Divided we fade as darkness awaits

One, blood, bone
One blood and one bone

Drive apart the enemy, spread them far and wide
Break to bits their solid ranks, leave no place to hide
Sow among their leading lights doubt and disbelief
Overwhelm and run them down, deal them gloom and grief

I hear fighting words, rousing poetry
Sure and spirited verse inspires steadfast loyalty
Rows, in unison lines draw near, fierce battle-cries
Wild eyes, maniacal blood does boil, sworn foes collide

For glittering gold our oneness we sold
Divided we fade as darkness awaits

One, blood, bone
One blood and one bone
Track Name: Strongbow's Death
Sturdy companion to the master of fate
Faithful retainer of the dark-elven blade
War-weathered captain, no bow was as true
Cruelly entwined in the dark foe's doom

As his bonds are loosed he is roused
With a prick of that treacherous blade
A fit of wild rage and a lightning flash
And revealed is his friend's lifeless face

Despair!

Quietly he comes by the captors at night
Rescues the outlaw, settles his plight
Hounded by thunder and the cold driving rain
Now will the cursed victim be stirred from his tormented daze

As his bonds are loosed he is roused
With a prick of that treacherous blade
A fit of wild rage and a lightning flash
And revealed is his friend's lifeless face

Despair!
Track Name: In Victory We Feast
Victory is upon us and the bold pretender repelled
The sorry souls of the enemy by our will are routed and cwelled
Now is the time for merriment though peril and pain is ahead
So drink to our martial prowess and hail our glorious dead

Gave their lives in the fight
For tribe and their king
Those of us who remain
Shall feast in their name

Deep into time our fighting men fell
That ours might the kingdom still be
Steadfast as stone, the last of the line
Embroiled in a chorus of steel

Sundown is upon us and the enemy is overcome
Their flags and banners in tatters as the golden dragon flies on
This is a time for revelry ere danger rises again
So drink to our martial prowess and praise our valiant dead

Left their blood on the field
For tribe and for king
Brothers here who still live
We feast in their name

Deep into time our fighting men fell
That ours might the kingdom still be
Steadfast as stone, the last of the line
Embroiled in a chorus of steel

Victory is upon us and the bold pretender repelled
The sorry souls of the enemy by our will are routed and cwelled
Now is the time for merriment though peril and pain is ahead
So drink to our martial prowess and hail our glorious dead

Gave their lives in the fight
For tribe and their king
Those of us who remain
Shall feast in their name

Feast in their name
For tribe and for king

Hail!
Track Name: Out of Time
Out of time into today
Drifting in through legend's lay
Once into the bloody fray
Turned to dust in open graves

Lest we let the memories fade
Cast the glories into shade
Bleed away these fortunes made
Curse the kindred bond away

Scale again those fabled highs
Ancient fears through newborn eyes
Clear a path with grit and pride
Find the spark that dwells inside

Lest we let the memories fade
Cast the glories into shade
Bleed away these fortunes made
Curse the kindred bond away

Coming out of time
Faces matched to mine
Fated by design
Running out of time
To the edge of failures feared
As the days turn into years