Heaven's Gate

by Keldian

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about

What happened in the beginning?

We grew up together, watched movies together, studied music together, and it was probably inevitable that we would end up creating Keldian together. Previous to that we played in Protos Nemesis and Alien Love Gardeners, but we started getting the urge to indulge our metal leanings… well, this record is what happened.

A couple of years after the turn of the millennium, Arild moved into sound engineering and thus we had the means to write and record our music on our own. The production of Heaven’s Gate happened at intervals from summer 2005 through late 2006. It was a very inspiring new journey to embark on, and after countless hours of trial and error, recording and re-recording, we had finally created the album that was envisioned.

We dedicated this first Keldian album to the memory of Tom Ohnstad, a dear childhood friend and band brother from Protos Nemesis, who lost his battle with cancer not long before Keldian started. He was a big fan of hard rock and metal music, and we think he would have liked what we did.

But Heaven’s Gate might not have reached you without the aid of another Tom. When production was finished, Tom Mathers of Texas based Perris Records offered to release the album, and it’s fair to say that we were excited!

credits

released February 27, 2007

Keldian is:

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

featured on Heaven's Gate:

Jørn Holen - drums
Maja Svisdahl - backing vocals (5,7)
Gunhild Mathea Olaussen - violin (7)
Mats Rybø - backing vocals (7)

all tracks written and produced by Keldian

recorded and mixed by Arild Aardalen
mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios

cover artwork by Spectral (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: Crusader
let it go, give up the starlanes, it’s the final frontier
we have come, out of the embers, we have come to conquer

another chance, a new beginning, no turning back now
who we are, yet undecided, time to create now

set our hearts alight, for the stars we fly
one of us will be the saviour
and our souls will fly, hope will never die
in the heart of this crusader

we are lost, the unforgiven, brought a world to ruin
crucified, still without penance, a universe of martyrs

day by day, memories fading, of what used to be
in our dreams it is still living, and we fight for the memory

set our hearts alight, for the stars we fly
one of us will be the saviour
and our souls will fly, hope will never die
in the heart of this crusader

set our hearts alight, for the stars we fly
one of us will be the saviour
and our souls will fly, hope will never die
in the heart of this crusader

in the heart of this crusader
in the heart of this crusader
Track Name: Heart of the Sun
since the womb I grew too fast, days of childhood wouldn’t last
and I shed my tears in vain

solve the mystery, hope of man, I don’t want to but I can
and I shed my tears in vain

in the sea of photons
I’ll be waiting till eternity finds me
alone in the heart of the sun

I am far away from home, for eternity alone
and I shed my tears in vain

mind was young but body died, among particles I lie
out of tears to shed in vain

in the sea of photons
I’ll be waiting till eternity finds me
alone in the heart of the sun
for forever more
I’ll be your guide, I’ll be your shepherd
but I’m lost in the dying heart of the sun

all you ever wanted to
was make my life mean more to you
I’m alive but I’m alone

in the sea of photons
I’ll be waiting till eternity finds me
alone in the heart of the sun
for forever more
I’ll be your guide, I’ll be your shepherd
but I’m lost in the dying heart of the sun
Track Name: Requiem for the Light
ten million tons of steel, hurled across the sky
our final sleeper ship, none left to say goodbye
for all our wisdom couldn’t save her from the night
now hear our children sing their requiem for the light

I wanna stop the wheels of time, I need it, I want it
the light that gives me life again

ten thousand years in space we slept across the dark
towards a burning star we sailed a gliding ark
but soon we had to journey back into the night
and hear our children sing their requiem for the light

I wanna stop the wheels of time, I need it, I want it
the light that gives me life again

can you feel her burning love,
mother of all life, blazing glory from above

a requiem for the light

far too old and far too young, behold another fading sun
gaze with hope into the sky, but know that all our stars will die
the eternal night we must survive

I wanna stop the wheels of time, I need it, I want it
the light that gives me life again
Track Name: Heaven's Gate
don’t you fear the turning tides, all is ending
on the cosmic strings we ride, never ending

once from out of depths of time, we were rising
once again, time after time
there will be another dawn

now before the gate we stand
waiting for the last command
silver trumpets call
welcomes us home

on a lonely globe in space, all is ending
but i will see this place again
there will be another dawn

now before the gate we stand
waiting for the last command
silver trumpets call
welcomes us home

so before the gate we fall
and the longing is no more
another journey’s over
welcome home

now before the gate we stand
waiting for the last command
silver trumpets call
welcomes us home

so before the gate we fall
and the longing is no more
another journey’s over
welcome home
Track Name: Redshift
so we’re leaving you behind
footprints on your shores
washed away forever more

looking at you one last time
as the wheel of heaven turns
we are never to return

I see it in your eyes as the sky draws your gaze
did you get to say goodbye
did you see her sad face

now we’re leaving her behind
nothing stays the same
never to touch this ground again

I see it in your eyes as the sky draws your gaze
did you get to say goodbye
did you see her sad face

the planet below will soon disappear into space
and now when you close your eyes
you will see us falling away

I see it in your eyes as the sky draws your gaze
did you get to say goodbye
did you see her sad face

the planet below will soon disappear into space
and now when you close your eyes
you will see us falling away
and now when you close your eyes
you will see us falling away
Track Name: Salvation (Release Me)
out of the dark sky, the brightest light I’ve ever known
you’re descending, a revelation to be shown
and I know you, I feel that I’ve met you before
on the borders, between this land and ever more

how can it be, I feel your thoughts inside my head
can you save me, or are you leaving me for dead

what do you want
coming to take my life away
to release me
you’re in control
I couldn’t fight the will to stay
so release me

into the dark sky, the blackest void is in my mind
we’re ascending, leaving all I know behind
and I’m sure now, I know that I’ve met you before
and I take your hand, this time will be forever more

what do you want
coming to take my life away
to release me
you’re in control
I couldn’t fight the will to stay
so release me

and I let it go
and I let it go away

and I let it go
and I let it go away
Track Name: Sundancer
freelancer, you lived your life between the stars
sundancer, nothing could ever reach your heart

I flew the smuggling lanes through the border worlds at war
running guns from all the freeports near the core
my fortune paid by all the souls of those who died
my thirty coins of silver carried back with pride

I never understood the gears and wheels that turn beyond
I always thought I would survive

freelancer, you lived your life between the stars
sundancer, nothing could ever reach your heart

and when the refugees of war turned to the skies
fleeing from their homes, from persecution and from lies
I hunted rebels for a cruel and unjust law
no remorse, no guilt or pity, no matter what I saw

I could never comprehend how all of this would come to end
I just thought I would survive

freelancer, you lived your life between the stars
sundancer, nothing could ever reach your heart
starlancer, how much hope did you betray
sundancer, you should have dreamed your life away

I never understood the gears and wheels that turn beyond
I always thought I would survive
I could never comprehend how all of this would come to end
I just thought I would survive

freelancer, you lived your life between the stars
sundancer, nothing could ever reach your heart
starlancer, how much hope did you betray
sundancer, you should have dreamed your life away

sundancer
Track Name: Prophecy
glowing embers of our past
memories are fading fast
where you came from, where you go
I can never let you know

shadows on the castle walls
all stories that I know
mysteries of ancient times
are flowing in your blood

such things I could not believe
words and stories, disbelief
in the light from a new sun
I have sworn to tell no one

shadows on the castle walls
all stories that I know
mysteries of ancient times
are flowing in your blood

I live on in you forever
prophecy comes true
secrets lie so deep
and are forever yours to keep

shadows on the castle walls
all stories that I know
mysteries of ancient times
are flowing in your blood

I live on in you forever
prophecy comes true
secrets lie so deep
and are forever yours to keep
Track Name: Beyond the Stars
there’s a voice inside me, a distant memory
I know I’ve lived before

the elder world has fallen, to an age of wars
the tide has turned again

by the mercy of our sins we live our lives
in a world made of dreams
open your eyes
release your astral ties
and you will transcend
beyond the stars

I can hear the suffering, the hate inside
and it pulls me to the ground

bleeding hands are trembling, can you forgive
is there courage to believe

by the mercy of our sins we live our lives
in a world made of dreams
open your eyes
release your astral ties
and you will transcend
beyond the stars
Track Name: Plains of Forever
I’m sleeping in darkness, I feel my mind shutting down
a distance you can’t fathom, oceans of time and more

I ran off at random, to save all that we know
so I risked all and I lost all, but i found even more

all alone I hear your voice, inside my head so strong

in the cold embrace, in the deep of space
far across the plains of forever
there is no way home, I will die alone
I will slowly fall to forever

my memories in the thousands, now so little filters through
but you’ll follow, this I know, this future waits for you

all alone I hear your voice, inside my head so strong

in the cold embrace, in the deep of space
far across the plains of forever
there is no way home, I will die alone
I will slowly fall to forever
and I feel you still, as my body chills
in eternal dreams I will hold you
in a close embrace, in the deep of space
far across the plains of forever

far across the plains of forever
far across the plains of forever

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