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.

 

Darkness and Light was released October 27, 2017.

 

Arild & Chris

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)

 

composed and produced by Keldian

 

recorded and mixed by Arild Aardalen

mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios

 

cover artwork by Wavebreakmediamicro (licensed by Fotolia)

concept artwork by Niall Parkinson

 

Jørn Holen appears courtesy of Indie Recordings

 

1. N I G H T F A L L (4:21)

 

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, 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, night falls on us all

 

 

2. B L O O D R E D D A W N (5:11)

 

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

 

 

3. T H E H A U N T I N G (4:27)

 

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

 

 

4. L I F E A N D D E A T H U N D E R S T R A N G E N E W S U N S (5:28)

 

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

 

 

5. I ' M T H E L A S T O F U S (12:41)

 

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

 

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

 

 

6. C H A N G E T H E W O R L D (07:20)

 

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

 

 

7. B R O A D S I D E ! (5:19)

 

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!

 

 

8. C R O W N O F S T A R L I G H T (7:27)

 

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

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