Darkness and Light [remaster]

by Keldian

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about

Time to get down to brass tacks.

A couple of songs on this album sprang into life not long after the release of Outbound. But although ideas and inspiration were there, writing for the album was slow. We would never be content to simply rehash our earlier material, and it was hard to put the new ideas into fresh music and lyrics. But of course, that is when the tough get going. Steadily we kept on working, until by the end of 2016 we had a collection of songs that felt like a new album. Some of the lyrics had taken a darker emotional turn, and the yin and yang of the words led to the obvious album title: Darkness And Light.

In March 2017 Jørn Holen drove his car across the mountain from Oslo for Keldian drum sessions in the bleak winter landscape of the western fjords. As always he came well prepared and blew us away yet again. Although Jørn is modest about his own indisputable abilities, his playing is by now the stuff of legend. All the drum tracks for Darkness And Light were recorded in less than three days.

But we were still missing a lot of vocals for the record, and in July it was time to wrap things up. We embarked on a week of vocal sessions. There was a lot of work to complete in a matter of mere days, and much of the material was quite challenging. Fueled by privately imported teas mixed with throat-friendly spoonfuls of honey, Chris delivered what Arild deems some of his best performances to date.

At that point the album was really starting to wear us down. But what had been a long and winding road still had many miles and turns left for Arild, who oversaw the last pieces of guest performances and somehow managed to get a very complicated mix in the can just before deadline. The album was done. Time to let it escape into the world.

credits

released July 5, 2019

(originally released October 27, 2017)

Keldian is:

Christer Andresen - lead vocals, guitars, bass
Arild Aardalen - synthesizers, vocals

featured on Darkness and Light:

Jørn Holen - drums
Marit Lovise Rode - vocals (6,8)
Vemund Osland - guitar solo (4), co-solo (7)
Helene Hande Midje - backing vocals (2,3,5,7,8)
Hjalmar Sivertsen Frønningen - backing vocals (2,5,7,8)

all tracks written and produced by Keldian

recorded and mixed by Arild Aardalen

extended dynamic range remaster by
Barry Gardner at SafeandSound Mastering
www.masteringmastering.co.uk

cover artwork by Wavebreakmediamicro (licensed by Fotolia)

Jørn Holen appears courtesy of Indie Recordings

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KELDIAN; from the Old Norse word kelda ‎(“a well, a spring”).

founded 2005
Aurland, Norway

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Track Name: Nightfall [remaster]
darkness calls me, beckoning me
in the failing light I dread the night
out beyond the shadow, I strain to see
to the other side, to the other me

darkness kills the light
we fall, nightfall
you are not alone in the fight
night falls on us all

my racing heart and my skin of ice
and my pitch black thoughts shut out the light
no time to live and no place to be
this vertigo is drowning me

darkness kills the light
we fall, nightfall
you are not alone in the fight
night falls on us all

darkness kills the light
we fall, nightfall
you are not alone in the fight
night falls on us all, night falls on us all

darkness calls me, beckoning me
I defy the night and I conjure light
out beyond the shadow, it’s plain to see
to the other side and the other me

darkness kills the light
we fall, nightfall
you are not alone in the fight
night falls on us all

darkness kills the light
we fall, nightfall
you are not alone in the fight
night falls on us all, night falls on us all

night falls on us all
Track Name: Blood Red Dawn [remaster]
we'll keep you yearning in darkness
with dreams all so petty and small
we'll keep you fighting our giants
until you are nothing at all

you'll keep on dying in our wars
'cause blood can turn dust into gold
you'll be defending our power
until the earth is all drained, dead and cold

snakes of the earth - I know that you are out there hiding
snakes of the earth - I know that you have played us all for fools
snakes of the earth - I know that you are out there hiding
snakes of the earth - awake the sleepers to a blood red dawn
snakes of the earth

empowered puppets in control
the governing stage has been set
as history plays out by our rules
generations dismiss and forget

'cause we have been here for a long time
we've mastered deception and fear
a kingdom with no flag or borders
with daggers and fangs everywhere

snakes of the earth - I know that you are out there hiding
snakes of the earth - I know that you have played us all for fools
snakes of the earth - your day of reckoning is coming
snakes of the earth - awake the sleepers to a blood red dawn
snakes of the earth

so you'll keep on craving the circus
until all your knowledge is lost
disabled by poisonous comforts
a slave to the grind at any cost

one by one we'll lay siege to all freedoms
and finally to liberty's walls
you'll shed no tears when they crumble
no, you'll be demanding they fall

snakes of the earth - your day of reckoning is coming
snakes of the earth - awake the sleepers to a blood red dawn
snakes of the earth - and we will tell our children of your deeds
snakes of the earth - your kind will never slither earth again
snakes of the earth

we know that you are out there hiding
we know that you have played us all for fools
your day of reckoning is coming
awake the sleepers to a blood red dawn
snakes of the earth
Track Name: The Haunting [remaster]
do you come from the sky?
do you fly on a silver wing?
I will be paralyzed
you will harvest my body and my mind

do you rise from the grave?
have you come from the underworld?
you want me for a slave
I will be just a living dead in chains

tonight comes the haunting
the night will be frightening
tonight comes the haunting
and I will be wanting the universe to stop

do you ride on the wind?
are you what people call a ghost?
I will not let you in
and still you will be floating through the walls

do you walk on the lake?
have you come from the spirit world?
I will be yours to take
for I can´t let go of my own self

tonight comes the haunting
the night will be frightening
tonight comes the haunting
and I will be wanting the universe to stop

tonight comes the haunting
the night will be frightening
tonight comes the haunting
and I will be wanting the universe to stop
Track Name: Life and Death Under Strange New Suns [remaster]
to the Exodus cluster, code red, no response to our hail
the Geth have landed on Eden, machines from the Perseus Veil

you brought war to our colonies, now war comes for you

we are the saviours, watch us falling from the sky
on wings of thunder, we come to fight by your side
to a symphony of blazing guns
life and death under strange new suns
we have come from afar, just tell us where they are

the Collectors attack, seeker swarms cover the sky
through the Omega 4 relay to uncharted space, stand by

you brought war to our worlds, now war comes to you

we are avengers, watch us falling from the sky
on wings of thunder, for those who died by our side
to a symphony of blazing guns
life and death under strange new suns
we have come from afar, just tell us where they are

the cycle continues and reapers emerge from the void
every 50.000 years they return to see life destroyed

you brought war to our galaxy, now war comes for you

we are the saviours, watch us falling from the sky
on wings of thunder, we come to fight by your side
to a symphony of blazing guns
life and death under strange new suns
we have come from afar, just tell us where they are

we are avengers, watch us falling from the sky
on wings of thunder, for those who died by our side
to a symphony of blazing guns
life and death under strange new suns
we have come from afar, just tell us where they are
Track Name: I'm the Last of Us [remaster]
rest, our time is over now
I lay you down, you sleep forever now
it's been so long, the past is in the ground
reclaimed and overgrown, just a few more footsteps in the sand

no more cities in the sky
no golden ships to cross the veil beyond the clouds
I scream, but there's no sound

there will be no redemption here
no absolution from this

I'm carving letters, rusted metal into stone
one perfect moment in time, before it's all gone
for the last of us
I'm the last of us

fly, you are a memory now
this was our dream
a place of light amidst the dark
we, were made of greatness once
seeded new life and reined the power in our stars

no more keepers in your skies
no golden ships to kindle dreams beyond the clouds
I scream, but we're all alone now

there will be no redemption here
no absolution from this

I'm carving letters, rusted metal into stone
one perfect moment in time, before it's all gone
for the last of us
I'm the last of us

I'm carving letters, rusted metal into stone
one perfect moment in time, before it's all gone
for the last of us
I'm the last of us

no one remembers our name
but we were here
and we died in vain

no one will remember us
no one will know our name
a glorious empire lost in time
gone, like tears in rain
Track Name: Change the World [remaster]
eyes on the terminal, eyes on the door
we are ghosts and shadows, decks on the floor
the patch is good, signals five by five
we are jackin' in, I will see you inside
a jolt down my spine and we're riding the light
I see the grid lines coming down in front of my eyes
the hunt is on but it holds no thrills
being legends is easy when you got mad skills

black I.C.E., another high-rise, this is life in Night City
and even if you're half as good, you know thieves never should
cross their hearts and hope to die

push me and I'll push you back
stay with me, no system we can't crack
I feel alive and I'll always be like you
you can love me
I will love you too

and the world will change tonight
yes, the world will change tonight
we will change the world tonight
just two outlaws on the highways of light

paydata secured, we are heading back out
nodes are compromised, need to reroute
a weird surge on the grid, dammit, somethin' ain't right
loading combat programs, we explode into light
I yank the jack from my head in a dump shock daze
rebooting cyberware, I touch your face
your lips ain't movin' and the patch is fried
the door is breached, nowhere to hide

black I.C.E., another high-rise, this is life in Night City
and even if you're half as good, you know thieves never should
cross their hearts and hope to die

push me and I'll push you back
run with me, no system we can't crack
I am alive but I'm no longer like you
can you love me?
I will love you too

and the world will change tonight
yes, the world will change tonight
we will change the world tonight
just two outlaws on the highways of light

beautiful colors, rolling waves on laser rays
bullets and blades flying through the crimson haze
sparks, dust and neon lights, all dancing with the dead
chaos slows to silence as the stims reach your head

shadows in code on every screen
I know that style, you are still in
electric angel wings and burning chrome
she whispers
run
run

and the world will change tonight
yes, the world will change tonight
we will change the world tonight
just two outlaws on the highways of light

and the world will change tonight
yes, the world will change tonight
we will change the world tonight
just two outlaws on the highways of light
Track Name: Broadside! [remaster]
I am just a simple man, I just do what I can
I am no leader but they follow me
I give no promises nor lies

we used to share this dream
now it is lost it would seem
your greed for power, your precious policies
your laws took everything from me

all channels hail
to hell with all confederation sails
there'll be no talking today
this place is our own, we're not going away

broadside!
it is you who can't hide from our
broadside!
she was the hammer of the stars
broadside!
we will never stand down from our
broadside!
striking fear in your hearts

this is a lost man's path, one of vengeance and wrath
but there is hope for those who follow me
you may see liberty again

we came from lightyears away
relentless, defiant, we stay
no silver-tongued emissary can save you now
you took everyone from me

all channels hail
to hell with all confederation sails
it is a good day to die
all weapons free, light up the sky

broadside!
it is you who can't hide from our
broadside!
she was the hammer of the stars
broadside!
we will never stand down from our
broadside!
striking fear in your hearts

broadside!
it is you who can't hide from our
broadside!
she was the hammer of the stars
broadside!
we will never stand down from our
broadside!
striking fear in your hearts
broadside!
it is you who can't hide from our
broadside!
she was the hammer of the stars
broadside!
we will never stand down from our
broadside!
striking fear in your hearts

broadside!
Track Name: Crown of Starlight [remaster]
ancient light in the sky, billions of years are passing by
defying comprehension, space and time

a tiny speck in the dark, perfection in a graceful arc
a little piece of who we are, shooting star

dance away the night
children of the moonlight
hold your head up high
claim the crown of starlight

no darkness that can take us down, no evil that can break us now
the light of beauty never dies, perfect spheres

old mother sun is you and me, stardust beyond eternity
on the intergalactic sea, breaking free

dance away the night
children of the moonlight
hold your head up high
claim the crown of starlight

future’s edge, ever shine
queen of space, king of time
future’s edge, ever shine
queen of space, king of time

future’s edge, ever shine
queen of space, king of time
future’s edge, ever shine
queen of space, king of time

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