Sojourner – Empires of Ash (Full Album) [Official – HD]

SOJOURNER – ‘Empires of Ash’, Released May 25th 2016 via Avantgarde Music.

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1. Bound by Blood
2. Heritage of the Natural Realm
3. Aeons of Valor
4. The Pale Host
5. Homeward
6. Trails of the Earth
7. Empires of Ash

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

Produced & Engineered by Mike Lamb at
Oneiros Studio in St. Andrews, Scotland

All music written & recorded by Mike Lamb & Chloe Bray at
Oneiros Studio in Dunedin, New Zealand & St. Andrews, Scotland

Bass written & recorded by Mike Wilson at
The Beardroom in Wellington, New Zealand

Emilio’s vocals recorded at Arcane Studio in Malmö, Sweden
Chloe’s vocals recorded at DM Studios in Dundee, Scotland

All lyrics written by Emilio Crespo,
except ‘The Pale Host’ written by Chloe Bray

Mixed & mastered by Gabriele Gramaglia in Milan, Italy

Cover art by Jordan Grimmer, 2016

Video created by Mike Lamb.

8 Responses to Sojourner – Empires of Ash (Full Album) [Official – HD]

  1. Drakasin

    An amazing album. I love ABM, but it's hard to find a band that goes to great lengths not only about the music itself, but also the quality of their recording and mastering. They often sound like they were recorded on a tin can and mixed on a gramophone (Sadly understandable as ABM is not the most lucrative of genres and studios for recording / quality DAW software and samples are expensive). Yours is not the case, and it elevates my ears to high heavens. I love the music, the lyrics, both the soft female singing and growling, and again the quality of the recording and mastering. As such I am glad to rank you up to the top alongside such personal favorites as Caladan Brood, Gallowbraid and Agalloch (if you can call them ABM).

    Favorite song: Empires of Ash, but they're all great

    On a second note too bad the T-shirts are all sold out 🙁

  2. RBQuark92

    For long enough I dared not venture in the world of Atmospheric Black Metal but I gave a shot at your album and you're in my top 5 best metal bands. I cannot simply forgot my amazement throughout the entire album.

    The best album and band I've discovered in 2018 is defenitively yours.

    The lyrics and the thin whistle are beautiful and leads this genre of metal on a whole other level.

    I could keep on and on but I'll save my praise for "The Shadowed Road"

    Also, Homeward is my favorite track of this album.

    Keep it up!

  3. Jean de K.P.N. ASMR

    0:00 Bound by Blood
    6:39 Heritage of the Natural Realm
    15:58 Aeons of Valor
    23:57 The Pale Host
    28:29 Homeward
    37:43 Trails of the Earth
    45:26 Empires of Ash

  4. Drakasin


    Dark dominion
    Not a speck of light in sight
    Feverish and fatigued I walk
    Searching for that glimmer of hope
    Am I destined to find that which I seek?
    I follow the path laid out in front of me
    I follow…

    To who am I so bound?
    Where is this free will that eludes me now?
    To who am I so bound?
    Where is my free will?
    It eludes me now…

    Blinded ever still
    I attempt to claw my way out of this dark abyss
    The precocious arcane knowledge that I possess feels drained
    And alien to me now
    Soon enough I will find you

    I gather strength and release a flash of light
    Revealing the soul of the darkness
    It shows the way and a figure stands before me

    All along you were present within me
    Ages ago you vanished
    Uncertainty, confusion, hatred, relief
    You shall not escape again

    Staring down at torment itself
    I reveal all that plagued my soul
    My hatred resurfaces

    A sinister wave of energy emits from me
    Haunting memories, I shall not back down…I unleash
    Here you found your final resting place.

  5. Drakasin

    23:58 THE PALE HOST

    Beneath these hills there runs a stream
    A blood-red course where dead men dream
    In winter’s cold, their ghosts I see
    Their Pale Host ever follows me

    Their pyres burned high, their arms they gleamed
    And now they lie in Glory’s sleep
    And though I lived, the light to see
    The Pale Host still walks beside me

    They wander far, grey banners high
    Though ‘neath these hills their bones still lie
    Long through the mists and wilds they roam
    But the Pale Host never will march home.

  6. Drakasin

    28:30 HOMEWARD

    The dust settles
    Tumultuous feeling, we rise
    Walk the fields in search of our own
    Lifeless many lay

    So many slain
    Our enemies quaked in fear
    Our swords drove strong
    Barren fields now covered in blood
    The battle cry resounded throughout these lands

    Weary, we retrieve them all
    Prepare them for their journey
    Onwards to eternity we send them off
    Into the hands of the gods

    We now march back to those we love
    We sheathe our weapons and begin our journey homeward

    Battered, our feet rest firmly in the soil
    We look upon the stars, pondering
    Green pastures over the horizon, awaiting

    Soon it shall come to pass
    Destiny encompasses
    Broken and battered souls carried away by the wind

    Oh, Greatness
    The smell of blood no longer lingers
    Onward to reward, pursuits of bliss
    Lifelong time of battles cease forever
    It creeps over the bend
    We see…

    Oh, greatness
    It creeps over the bend
    We see, we yearn, we deserve

    I fall to my knees
    Lash out a cry of contentment
    Home is where I shall dwell
    Battles waged for years and years
    Here I shall rest until my dying day

  7. Drakasin


    Through the peaks and valleys, oceans, and fields
    This wondrous habitat thrives

    Serenity infects the skies
    Peaceful as the evening clouds cry
    And as amber rises at dawn
    We reflect as if all is gone

    The tides turn, the winds sway
    And as it all rests on the drip of the hourglass
    It shall renew itself and restore balance

    Serenity infects the skies
    Peaceful as the evening clouds cry
    And as amber rises at dawn
    We reflect as if all is gone

    The tides turn, the winds sway
    And as it all rests on the drip of the hourglass
    It shall renew itself and restore balance

    The earth roars with tremendous might
    The power of its rumble, a flame ignites

    Rejoicing in rays
    Dampen my being
    Sift through endless moss, a feeling so fleeting
    To be regained once more
    Through the ages, nature tore…

  8. Drakasin

    45:27 EMPIRES OF ASH

    On these frostbitten plains I await
    A withering realm, a mere shadow of its former self
    Dilapidated and lonely

    We chose to fight for a cause
    Honour, pride, dignity, and love
    Through the passage of time, it became exposed
    Attempting to reclaim what was never ours

    From the pebbles that dance in the rivers
    To the leaves that glide in the wind
    The rays that warm the pastures
    And the rain that spawns new life
    We were once one
    Now blinded by selfish deceit
    Drifting further and further away

    We were once one
    Now blinded by deceit
    We drift further away
    Through ashes of our once great host

    Travel through continents to lands unknown
    Yet we witness faceless clones of our adopted reality
    Transcendence non-existent

    The final bell begins to toll
    Far from redemption
    We slowly burn all scrolls
    Extinction, we beseech

    Anguished, I tread
    Wondering why?

    Watching all die
    Empires of Ash, cry!

    From the pebbles that dance in the rivers
    To the leaves that glide in the wind
    The rays that warm the pastures
    And the rain that spawns new life

    No longer shall we rise above our failures
    No longer shall we chant
    The end is nigh
    We interred our kingdom…

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