Outbound [remaster]

by Keldian

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about

How do you return?

Many people wondered what happened to us after Heaven’s Gate (2007) and Journey of Souls (2008). Two intense album productions back to back brought a halt to Keldian. After years of never seeing the sun, Arild decided to move out of the sound engineering business. At the same time, Chris decided to pursue an academic career. In short, this left us with other things to do and without a studio to write and record music.

The latter challenge would eventually be solved by Arild building a small studio in his home. This new base of Keldian operations soon got dubbed “the cupboard under the stairs”, and finally we had a place to ingest unsafe amounts of tea and mull over our songs, while still being able to pop outside for a view of the fjords. You know what? Inspiration returned. Now we needed funds.

We decided to give crowdfunding a try, and we were overwhelmed by the response from our fans. The campaign was a huge success, and the production of Outbound could go into high gear through the spring and summer of 2013. The fact that so many people showed what Keldian meant to them, made us all the more eager to return within that year. We worked hard on delivering something that would be worthy of the trust.

A limited edition of 150 signed and dedicated cds was made as part of our crowdfunding campaign, and sent to our top tier contributors. This special edition of Outbound also included an exclusive bonus track: Scoundrel Days. Our first cover song was the title track from one of our favourite a-ha albums, released way back in 1986.

credits

released June 7, 2019

(originally released October 31, 2013)

Keldian is:

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

featured on Outbound:

Jørn Holen - drums
Thommie Myhrvold - backing vocals (7,9)
Helene Hande Midje - backing vocals (2,4,5,6)
Kjell Vidar Merkesdal - backing vocals (4)

all tracks written and produced by Keldian

recorded and mixed by Arild Aardalen
drums recorded by Jarle Kvåle at Studio 1184

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

cover artwork by Tryfonov (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: Burn the Sky [remaster]
preemptive, conclusive, master of heaven and earth
extensive, exclusive, there's no escaping my reach

I'll prosper, I'll conquer, all of your heroes are dead
it's my time, it's high time, to be outbound, to rule the world

heavens fall when we burn the sky, we are heading out, you're the sacrifice
end the space race and burn the sky, and you will never make it out of here alive

abundant, redundant, all I can think of will be
eternal, betrayal, all of our worlds will belong to me

heavens fall when we burn the sky, we are heading out, you're the sacrifice
end the space race and burn the sky, and you will never make it out of here alive

I have, you have not - I have, you have not
I have, you have not - I have, you have not

I have, you have not - I have, you have not
I have, you have not - I have, you have not

”we need to maintain nuclear strategic superiority… fight and win multiple, simultaneous wars… control cyberspace… create space forces with the mission of space control”
(project for the new american century, 2000)

heavens fall when we burn the sky, we are heading out, you're the sacrifice
end the space race and burn the sky, and you will never make it out of here alive
Track Name: Earthblood [remaster]
so much time has been wasted
too many years have passed us by
from the moon we went nowhere
we mourn the past
when our souls forgot to fly

blood of the earth, draining to heaven, counting the stars only we can see
blood of the earth, rivers are running, what will become of our destiny?

we don't know what is out there
the constellations drifting by
when closing in on a new world
we mourn the past
when our eyes forgot the sky

blood of the earth, draining to heaven, counting the stars only we can see
blood of the earth, rivers are running, what will become of our destiny?

we're the blood of the earth, we're coming home again
we're the blood of the earth, we're gonna live again
we're the blood of the earth, we're coming home again
we're the blood of the earth, we're gonna live again

blood of the earth, draining to heaven, counting the stars only we can see
blood of the earth, rivers are running, what will become of our destiny?

blood of the earth, draining to heaven, counting the stars only we can see
blood of the earth, rivers are running, what will become of our destiny?
Track Name: Never Existed [remaster]
“a man is but the product of his own thoughts.
what he thinks, he becomes”
(Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)

I'm gonna go to sleep and wake up, far away, as someone else
and all of this, and my whole life, just a terrible dream
but it's still my eyes staring back, in the mirror, cold and black
is this for real? tell me now! am I the fear in your hearts?

this cannot be happening to me
it's all wrong, just a dream, what have I done?
no hope, no way to get out of this
please just let me die now, I don't want this fate
I don't wanna be a hero anymore
can't breathe, can't do it, just let me fall
we're all lost, fighting enemies that don't exist
and they turned us into this

I'm gonna take it all back, I'm gonna tear up this track
and all this pain and hate within, will never have been
but the fear keeps coming back, in my mind so cold and black
is this the end of us all? I'm the fear in your hearts

this cannot be happening to me
it's all wrong, just a dream, what have I done?
no hope, no way to get out of this
please just let me die now, I don't want this fate
I don't wanna be a hero anymore
can't breathe, can't do it, just let me fall
we're all lost, fighting enemies that don't exist
and they turned us into this

I'm gonna go to sleep and wake up, far away, as someone else
and all of this, and my whole life
was just a terrible dream
murderer, endless wrath, belligerence, unforgivable sins
live in fear, live the lies
can we never forgive or forget

this cannot be happening to me
it's all wrong, just a dream, what have I done?
no hope, no way to get out of this
please just let me die now, I don't want this fate
I don't wanna be a hero anymore
can't breathe, can't do it, just let me fall
we're all lost, fighting enemies that don't exist
and they turned us into this

this cannot be happening to me
it's all wrong, just a dream, what have I done?
no hope, no way to get out of this
please just let me die now, I don't want this fate
I don't wanna be a hero anymore
can't breathe, can't do it, just let me fall
we're all lost, fighting enemies that don't exist
and they turned us into this
Track Name: Morning Light Mountain [remaster]
I don't need a human race, no promise of co-existence
I don't need a sense of blame, no concept of conscience or of shame

I don't need humanity, nobody else to worship me
I just want the universe, I want all the systems to myself
and no one is gonna stand in my way

I am morning light mountain - now the boundary's broken
I am morning light mountain

I am everything, everything there is I am
I am everything, everything there is

I don't need morality, there is no peace for you and me
your interference is heaven sent, no shackles on progress and ascent

I was trapped inside the sphere, millennia were passing me
now I'm out, I'm here for you, I'm gonna be all life by myself
and no one is gonna stand in my way

I am morning light mountain - now the boundary's broken
I am morning light mountain

I am everything, everything there is I am
I am everything, everything there is

I am morning light mountain - now the boundary's broken
I am morning light mountain

I am everything, everything there is I am
I am everything, everything there is

I am morning light mountain - I am one with my children
I am everything out there - now the boundary's broken
I am morning light mountain
Track Name: Kepler and 100 000 Stars [remaster]
our mortal feet safe on the ground, we leave it up to you
our dizzy heads are in the stars
and you're the ancient dream come true

scanning the surface, looking for shadows, what do you see?

searching the souls of 100 000 stars
the atlas of the gods, the time has come
reaching out to 100 000 stars
the time has come for kepler and 100 000 stars

one tiny drop in darkness calls, across the distant face
a tiny hope for kinship grows
that we are not the only race

until you find them, we will be waiting, we will believe

searching the souls of 100 000 stars
the atlas of the gods, the time has come
reaching out to 100 000 stars
the time has come for kepler and 100 000 stars

you're all alone now, you can't go home now, light-years away
we will remember, never surrender, we carry on

searching the souls of 100 000 stars
the atlas of the gods, the time has come
reaching out to 100 000 stars
the end has come for kepler and 100 000 stars
Track Name: The Silfen Paths [remaster]
a single thought, slowly taking hold
until all you know is the calling from afar
a single dream, slowly coming true, passed on from me to you
the path between the stars
a single quest, with no turning back
to risk the wayward track and never coming home
a single truth, the only thing I seek
the secrets that they keep, the silfen and their paths

I wish I was a child, the keeper of the light
journey into endless nights to find the silfen paths
'cause I still have a dream, to see the things unseen
journey bravely into light to walk the silfen paths between the worlds
and here I am, and I realize

I'm alone - I wasn't ready yet
I’m alone - is there no other way?
I’m alone - I can't stop wondering
I’m alone - why don't you answer me?

into the foggy night, the temperature's not right
drifting, straying, no way back, we found the silfen paths
this land of snow and ice, crossing the rubicon comes to mind
see the beacon shines a light, we walk the silfen paths between the worlds
and here I am, and i realize

I'm alone - I wasn't ready yet
I’m alone - is there no other way?
I’m alone - I can't stop wondering
I’m alone - why don't you answer me?

we head into the night, orion by my side
what we're seeking, came to find, these hidden silfen paths
I feel your dying world, I hear and see the past unfurl
I sense the secrets of our fate, I feel the silfen paths connect all worlds
and here we are now, and we realize

we’re alone - and we are ready now
far from home - we’ll find a way somehow
we’re alone - and we are powerful
now we know - we sense the way to go
we are one - and we are ready now
we are one - we’ll find a way somehow
we are one - and we are powerful
and now we know - we sense the way to go

a single bridge, connecting all our minds
leave time and space behind and walk with me a while
a single song, heard across the stars, and felt in every heart
the silfen paths we tread
a single hope
Track Name: Run for Your Life [remaster]
the sound of shackles in the night
the flash of a blade, so cold and bright
the sound of steel, smashed, gates open wide
I felt so strong when i heard them screaming outside

run for your life
run for your life

hopes and dreams race through my head
even though i know I'm dead
like a wind through the jungle, on bleeding feet
I'll never stop, freedom tastes so sweet

run for your life
run for your life

ice comes running through my veins
I can hear them shouting as I run across the plains
out of the fire, into the unknown
on the road out of hell, you are on your own

run for your life, run for your life
run for your life, run for your life

run for your life, you run, run for your life

run for your life, you run, run for your life
run for your life, you run, run for your life
run for your life, you run, run for your life
run for your life, you run, run for your life
run for your life
Track Name: A Place Above the Air [remaster]
the father captain's going down
his treachery has been profound
the bastard let the one who teaches get away
in the skies of t'ien shan
we will lance him to the ground
he will never be a threat to us again
let the heavens roar!

thunder from above, millions of lights that draw your stare
evidence of war, hanging in a place above the air
shining like a star

we cannot let the virus spread
and let our faith be left for dead
this is a question of the future of the church
on the mountains in the clouds
she is hiding from our shroud
we must extinguish every fire that she burns
let the heavens roar!

thunder from above, millions of lights that draw your stare
evidence of war, hanging in a place above the air
shining like a star, running into fire everywhere
we know who they are, dying in a place above the air

thunder from above, millions of lights that draw your stare
evidence of war, hanging in a place above the air
shining like a star, running into fire everywhere
we know who they are, dying in a place above the air

thunder from above, millions of lights that draw your stare
evidence of war, hanging in a place above the air
shining like a star, running into fire everywhere
we know who they are, dying in a place above the air
Track Name: F.T.L. [remaster]
as the engines start to spin, childhood dreams from deep within
believe this day is finally mine, writing history this time
this is the captain, all is go
let’s do this right and take it slow
my mind is so clear, stand fast, show no fear
engage!

jump sequence starts and the bow begins to turn
fighters in formation see us off beyond the stern
how I miss the soft rains of home on my face
we shall return, heroes from outer space

singularity stand by, our distance to earth is safe
time to fly, hear how she roars goodbye

heavier than a star, no place is too far
not even space and time can touch this ship of mine
heavier than a star, no place is too far
not even space and time can touch this ship of mine
true pioneers leave everything behind

split second darkness and the blaze of a foreign sun
an eerie silence, the second countdown has begun
mesmerized we gaze into the dawn of another age
our kind will spread across the stars
explore, colonize, engage

singularity stand by, trillions of miles from earth
let her fly, hear how she roars goodbye

heavier than a star, no place is too far
not even space and time can touch this ship of mine
heavier than a star, no place is too far
not even space and time can touch this ship of mine
true pioneers leave everything behind

"For the eyes of the world now look into space, and to the planets beyond. We have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding. Man, in his quest for progress, is determined and cannot be deterred. The exploration of space will go ahead."
(president John F. Kennedy, 1962)

heavier than a star, no place is too far
not even space and time can touch this ship of mine
heavier than a star, no place is too far
not even space and time can touch this ship of mine
true pioneers leave everything behind

we are heading out - out of here alive
heading out - out of here alive
we are heading out - out of here alive
heading out - out of here alive

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