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!

Heaven's Gate was released February 27, 2007.

 

Arild & Chris

Keldian is:

Christer Andresen - lead vocals, guitars, bass

Arild Aardalen - synthesizers, vocals

 

Featured on Heaven's Gate:

Jørn Holen - drums

Maja Svisdahl - vocals (5,7)

Gunhild Mathea Olaussen - violin (7)

Mats Rybø - vocals (7)

 

All songs composed and produced by Keldian.

 

Recorded and mixed by Arild Aardalen at Ingar Helgesen Studioproduksjon.

Mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios.

 

Cover artwork by Spectral (licensed by Fotolia) and concept artwork by Niall Parkinson.

 

Jørn Holen appears courtesy of Indie Recordings.

 

1. C R U S A D E R (3:31)

 

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...

 

in the heart of this crusader

in the heart of this crusader

 

 

2. H E A R T O F T H E S U N (3:52)

 

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

 

 

3. R E Q U I E M F O R T H E L I G H T (3:52)

 

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 arc

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

 

 

4. H E A V E N ’ S G A T E (4:17)

 

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

 

 

5. R E D S H I F T (5:57)

 

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

 

 

6. S A L V A T I O N ( R E L E A S E M E ) (4:54)

 

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...

 

and I let it go

and I let it go away

 

 

7. S U N D A N C E R (4:29)

 

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

 

 

8. P R O P H E C Y (4:15)

 

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

 

 

9. B E Y O N D T H E S T A R S (3:37)

 

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

 

 

10. P L A I N S O F F O R E V E R (8:40)

 

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

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