Of Shadow and Flame

by Duskmourn

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H.L.
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H.L. This is very beautiful and smooth metal, no matter if you call it folk, black, pagan or whatever metal. The melodies and the dense atmosphere remind me sometimes at Void Ritual or Winterfylleth, but they bring a more positive, hopeful mood with them besides the basic aggressiveness and melancholy. It is difficult to name a favourite. I see the album as an epic opus in total, there are no catchy hits with repeating refrains as you may know it for example from Amorphis or Soilwork. Simply great! Favorite track: Through the Wild.
Morkahn
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Morkahn Duskmourn's triumphant return spreads fire and darkness across a once peaceful land. Once you go black... Favorite track: Crowned in Flame.
Apocalypse Dude
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Apocalypse Dude This is such a strong album. I can`t help myself but there is some old Amorphis stuff swinging with this one. Awesome!
Favorite track: Where Shadows Lurk.
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Beyond the endless plains and wide open streams Lies my destiny at the edge of a new world Where woodland hawks soar Above the forest shade And sweeping trees fade beyond the sun Even the wind held it's misty breath For this journey will tread on soil unkempt Through enduring rains and winters so cold A great venture in which tales will be told I wander over gray hills under a forlorn sky Gazing beyond the boundless windswept fields The silent air shattered by thundering clouds Concealing my path within the darkness Alone in the cold night In the shadow of mountain heights Take rest by the howling deep By dawn I'll journey through the willows heap When fires rise above gray hills And my face set ablaze from the sun I'll follow the ancient whispering gales Where my fate will be revealed
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I've wandered with the sun having no air to breathe Waiting for darkness to descend upon silent trees An empty forest brings no witness for I am alone Shrill my screams fade amidst the frosty stone Clad in snow the trees bear the mark of winter Guarding the forest with their stalwart shimmer I have no path to escape the frozen reign Entombed by an endless wintery bane Mountainous shadows darken the forest deep Earthen bonds covered by winters heap I stray into shadow alone Longing to escape the winters throne Reaching towards the frozen northern flame Strangled by darkness in this mirrored plain As my footsteps press upon the misty glimmer Cold gales blow through my face so withered I writhe before great fallen trees Wondering when all will freeze My pale hands fade beneath the snow The sun runs from darkness my fate is sewn As the winter sky is strangled by the night My frozen body has grown weary of life The dying sun has left me here to wane Sounds of all I knew fade to the winters reign
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Toward defiled lands We gaze before the ravine Carved by falling waters Set ablaze by the deceiver Once flowing with hope Now frozen with grief The barren mire strays Embraced by fallen trees Seeking the hidden gates Obscured by a blackened cloak Sweeping through mountainous shadows We move ever onward Through the brush and over veiled roads To an unshown city of stone My heart longing for deep seas By wood and sinew I forge songs of thee Before deep sullen dales Pierced by fading green Revealed a fearsome path Shrouded by undergrowth Light strangled by darkness Through cavernous depths Deceived by echoes foray Glaring down into cold unknown Over the mountains and through the gates To an unshown city of stone Towards a place where far light glimmers Where one will be free from thralldom whispers Gazing upon the great walls of stone Its towers reach far beyond the sky Many fair pathways lay across the plain At last we have reached our home None may be free to enter our unknown halls For shadows lurk beyond our great walls
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Here I sit above all that is pure Within my mountains of endless darkness One who arises in mighty halls of iron Casting sorrow over the world With white eyes piercing the mists of night Seeking all who escaped the land of shadows Listening for whispers fleeing the fields Searching the highest peaks of the world Torment all who oppose me Enslave the weaker kin Your cries of pain will echo Through the fiery pits No gates can with withstand my power No beauty will I ever revere My soul cold and sharp like a jagged spear Will pierce the beating heart of the world From fire serpents shall rise Dancing with the breath of wind Above the pale fog That rolls over the hills You will meet your demise Under a crimson sky Kneel before my blackend throne Let terror possess your spirit For you shall do my bidding Under a spell of fiery hate Unleashing spirits of blazing fire I will bring forth the end of your world Rivers will flow with the innocent blood of men The age of darkness shall bring your bitter end
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Behold the amber sky in northern hills Mountain slopes begin to shed molten tears The clamor of steel and fire shakes the walls A great sundering lay upon the vale Darkness walks among the light As shadows breach the gates of might A thunderous horn beckons the stout to war Of wrath and trees ride into the flame Great banners lay like leaves to caress the earth Arrows pour like the cold rains of autumn White walls torn asunder Fallen into the maw of flame Fiery whips dance around the trees Distant screams pierce the air of night The mountain snow stained with the blood of men Great hammers fade like smoke in wind Broken pillars crumble amongst the fields Dread fuels these halls of perdition Flames gust from the jaw of the serpent Blackening the city walls Lashing with power of eagle wings Darkness falls before his knees Mists of scalding heat roll over the land Brought upon the flower of the plain Left to wither in the fire Ancient words a prophet once told "Woe is me whose father awaits doom But seven times woe whose lord has gone" By grief our wits in a storm of weeping The golden city falls to the floor Loomed afar the hills crowned in flame By dusk or dawn flee swiftly through the plain
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I've sailed from vast icy shores To red mountains of flame On the winds of the emerald deep Churning with the foamy sea Embraced by eagle wings Searching for all that was lost By the twilight and under the moon Till the dawn rises anew Whisper to me across the wind Ride the sorrow and flame within Under the starlight you'll be free To dwell with me "At ocean’s silent brim Where the shores are sheer and dim From the last and lonely sand He sailed for westerland" Sweeping across cursed shadowy seas To the lands of feathery white I ride with gales on northern waters To the breaches of the world Chased by the shimmering moon Under the misty veil of night By the sound of sea Your wailing echoes to me Sailing through the door of night A star of hope lies within the darkness Shining bright on eternal seas I'll remain to die I watched as ivory towers fell To walls of flame that pierced the sky My vengeance was born from the destruction At the mouth of shadow and flame Hear my plea echo over the seas Sail with me on oceans we will seize "Beyond the dark earth's pale And behind the world set sail Of the falling of their tears On my journey through the clear"

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Of Shadow and Flame is an epic folk / melodic death metal album with black metal influences. For fans of soaring guitar melodies, melodic death metal rasps, vast keyboards, and epic drums.

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released June 16, 2017

Bill Sharpe - Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Choir Vocals
Walter Deyo - Bass, Guitars, Vocals

Recorded at Dwarvish Iron Studios
Mixed and Mastered by Christoph Brandes of Iguana Studios
Artwork by Oaken Throne Design

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Duskmourn Matawan, New Jersey

Somewhere between the mountainous landscapes of Pennsylvania and the forest combed valleys of New Jersey, Duskmourn was formed in 2012. Comprised of Walter Deyo (Guitars, Bass, and vocals) and Bill Sharpe (Guitars, Drums, Keyboards), Duskmourn’s vision has always been to create music that will transcend it’s listeners to another world…a simpler world…of ancient tales & nature bound journeys. ... more

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