And then what do you do?

 

You start recording another album before the first is even out the door. That’s how psyched we were at the time! When Perris Records released Heaven’s Gate worldwide in February 2007, we were already deep into the production of this follow-up. We were excited by the new music, but as it turned out – the work was very tough. And we paid the price for it in the end.

 

Journey Of Souls has a great number of musicians and singers that agreed to suffer through the rigorous production of a very ambitious sophomore record. You’ll find the complete list of these incredible performers further down on this page. But we would like to make a special mention of Jørn Holen, who has graced every Keldian album with not only his world-class drumming, but also his spirit and humor.

 

We finished Journey of Souls less than a year after Heaven’s Gate. Then came the burn-out… we attempted to start our third album right after this one. Then we realized we needed to see something other than studio walls and to experience something other than writing, tracking, rewriting, retracking, mixing, remixing. In short, we needed a holiday. When we were ready to return, the operation of Keldian would have gone through major changes. But that was still in the future.

 

The release of Journey Of Souls greatly expanded our fanbase. And though more progressive and experimental than our debut album, it was very well received by our existing fans.

Journey of Souls was released May 20, 2008.

 

Arild & Chris

Keldian is:

Christer Andresen - lead vocals, guitars, bass

Arild Aardalen - synthesizers, vocals

 

Featured on Journey Of Souls:

Jørn Holen - drums (1,4,5,6,9,10) / Per Hillestad - drums (3,7,8)

Anette Fodnes - vocals (1,3,4,5,6,10) / Asle Tronrud - harding fiddle (7)

Maja Svisdahl - vocals (5,11) / Gjermund Elgenes - vocals (6,7)

Anne Marit Bergheim - vocals, mandolin (1,2,6,7)

Gunhild Mathea Olaussen - violin (5,10) / H-man - drums (2,11)

 

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 Kim D. French (licensed by Fotolia) and concept artwork by Niall Parkinson.

 

Jørn Holen appears courtesy of Indie Recordings.

 

1. T H E L A S T F R O N T I E R (3:25)

 

out of the ashes, risen once again

the last of the fallen, will not die in vain

 

invincible armies, made from steel and hate

escape on the wings of fate

 

the storm is here, we will show no fear

we will lead the way, across the last frontier

 

hunting a legend, flee from star to star

relentless raiders strike out from afar

resurrecting nemesis behold

prophecy will unfold

 

the storm is here, we will show no fear

we will lead the way, across the last frontier

 

for the lost we have to find

for all we left behind

for all of mankind

for the hope that sleeps within

for all that could have been

for the last of our kin

 

the storm is here, we will show no fear

we will lead the way, across the last frontier

 

 

2. L O R D S O F P O L A R I S (5:12)

 

we master the elements

our breath is the winter wind

we harness the seven seas

we're keepers of the mariner's dreams

 

to the north, in the land beneath the darkened sky

we are gods, of the winter and a speck of light

ever night, in cathedrals woman, man and child

speak our name, we are lords of polaris

 

bleak gale, midwinter's storm

our duty keeps us warm

we serve the frozen sun

unmoving, eternal one

 

to the north, in the land beneath the darkened sky

we are gods, of the winter and a speck of light

ever night, in cathedrals woman, man and child

speak our name, we are lords of polaris

 

under domes of ice, frozen city lights, this is our dominion

rivers here don't flow, every change is slow, in the land of polaris

 

to the north, in the land beneath the darkened sky

we are gods, of the winter and a speck of light

ever night, in cathedrals woman, man and child

speak our name, we are lords of polaris

 

 

3. R E A P E R (3:34)

 

I can hear your voice, echo from afar

every word you sing, treasured in my heart

and at night when you go to rest

the chill in the air is me

I'm here

here for you

 

now I lay you down to sleep

pray that I your soul will keep

don't be afraid

only death divides us

 

it has been so long, watching from afar

every day alone, you know it breaks my heart

so this night will be your last, your last alone

the ghost on the wind is me

I'm here

here for you

 

now I lay you down to sleep

pray that I your soul will keep

don't be afraid, only death divides us

 

you will die before you wake

pray that I your soul will take

don't be afraid

only death unites us

 

 

4. T H E G H O S T O F I C A R U S (4:11)

 

the birth of legend so long ago

now holds the truth for those of us who know

he spread his wings, to face his god

 

now as the sunlight is burning my face

throwing my mind out of time, out of place

traitor to the human race

I have to try

the ghost of icarus behind my eyes

 

the freezing end so close at hand

we have one shot for the future of man

we spread our wings

to face our god

 

now as the sunlight is burning my face

throwing my mind out of time, out of place

traitor to the human race

I have to try

the ghost of icarus behind my eyes

 

I spread my wings, to face my god

 

now as the sunlight is burning my face

throwing my mind out of time, out of place

traitor to the human race

I had to try

the ghost of icarus behind my eyes

 

 

5. M E M E N T O M O R I (9:18)

 

awoke to the sound of the dripping of water

the wailing of shells far away, I sat up and listened

I rose and got ready, to greet the last day of my life

 

far away, I can hear your prayer, and I know it means goodbye

far away, nothing I can say, on the last day of my life

 

all of the day, all the waiting, it drives me insane

don't want to go, don't want to stay to find my fate

stuttering guns drawing ever nearer, faster the pounding of my heart in fear

 

far away, I can hear your prayer, and I know it means goodbye

far away, nothing i can say, on the last day of my life

 

standing in line, side by side, all awaiting our doom

the whistle blows, now the trenches will soon become tombs

no more than men, we are not immortal

no more than them, on the field we are equal

 

far away, I can hear your prayer, and I know it means goodbye

far away, nothing I can say, on the last day of my life

 

far away, I can hear your prayer, and I know it means goodbye

stay with me, safe as I can be, on the last day of my life

 

then there is nothing but the sound of silence, it feels like I'm falling asleep

I know you can't hear me, but you will remember

this was the last day of my life

 

 

6. V I N L A N D (5:30)

 

to the land beyond the sea

on a journey under stars you follow me

so behold your deepest dream

land beyond the sea

and life eternally

 

to be first of men , to be pioneers

no more words without meaning

to be setting sail, for the open seas

ever hoping and dreaming

 

land beyond the sea

life eternally

it's our destiny

immortality

 

to discover worlds, to be lords of lands

on the far side of oceans

to be among gods, for eternity

to inspire generations

 

to the land beyond the sea

on a journey under stars you follow me

so behold your deepest dream

land beyond the sea

and life eternally

 

 

 

7. T H E D E V I L I N M E (4:28)

 

I don't like the way you smile

I don't like to say goodbye

I don't like the words you say to me

I don't like the way you cry

I don't like the way you talk to me

I would like to be alone

 

fallen angels, I have kept my word

and yet here you stand among the damned

keep your promise and obey my command

we won't wash this blood off from your hands

 

would you like to play a game?

do you think that I'm insane?

it's a question of mortality

I will never be the same

oh my god, they are still hurting me

in my darkness all alone

 

fallen angels, I have kept my word

and yet here you stand among the damned

keep your promise and obey my command

we won't wash this blood off from your hands

 

you put the devil in me

you put the devil in me

 

 

 

8. H Y P E R I O N (4:52)

 

I saw him in a dream so real

I heard my future calling me

 

from ash to ash

come the fall of all we know

from dust to dust

as we watch the heavens glow

 

we all serve the lord of pain

now the world will change again

in atonement we will be

to the end of history

 

from far away, across the stars

I heard the spirits calling me

 

from fall to rise

the shaping of another world

shadow to light

as we watch the heavens burn

 

we all serve the lord of pain

now the world will change again

in atonement we will be, to the end of history

on hyperion we find, final fate of human kind

and when all we know is gone

may our lord help us move on

 

 

9. G O D O F W A R (4:56)

 

god of war, god of war

god of war, god of war

 

beneath a veil of red

an entire world is lying dead

it's buried deep below

man must never know

man must never wake the sleeping god again

 

beneath the sands of mars

fell to rest at last

lost among the stars

the dark spiritual curse

death of the universe

what once was must never come to life again

 

god of war, god of war

god of war, god of war

 

the secret must remain

I will seal the tomb

and endure the pain

so I have lived in vain

all my children slain

may I never see the light of day again

 

 

10. S T A R C H I L D R E N (4:30)

 

life, arise, exceed existence with burning eyes

believe, break free

illusions of boundries and mortality

into eternity

 

you are not alone, you are not alone

 

forever in this life, we sail a sea of stars

we ride the winds of light, across the cosmic night

 

my mind, blazing bright

eternal life in frozen lattices of light

I feel, I see, order in chaos and destiny

into eternity

 

you are not alone, you are not alone

 

forever in this life, we sail a sea of stars

we ride the winds of light, across the cosmic night

 

firstborn, first free

freed from matter, beyond all life

into eternity

 

you are not alone, you are not alone

 

forever in this life, we sail a sea of stars

we ride the winds of light, across the cosmic night

 

 

11. D R E A M C A T C H E R (3:40)

 

deep in the night

restless, I feel my mind wander

caught in the light

drifting to find what's beyond here

 

I'm feeling scared

something is whispering to me

something out there

lost in a world that I can't see

 

all my life I've been crossing borders, transcending time and again

in my dreams I can see the future

a journey of souls to the end

 

it opens up

a window to something that I believe

it rushes in

emotion, the knowledge, the certainty

 

all my life I've been crossing borders, transcending time and again

in my dreams I can see the future

a journey of souls to the end

 

all my life I've been running away, hiding from hurt and from pain

in my dreams I can shape the future

a journey of souls to the end

 

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