How do you return?

 

Many people wondered what happened to us after Heaven’s Gate (2007) and Journey Of Souls (2008). Two intense album productions back to back brought a halt to Keldian. After years of never seeing the sun, Arild decided to move out of the sound engineering business. At the same time, Chris decided to pursue an academic career. In short, this left us with other things to do and without a studio to write and record music.

 

The latter challenge would eventually be solved by Arild building a small studio in his home. This new base of Keldian operations soon got dubbed “the cupboard under the stairs”, and finally we had a place to ingest unsafe amounts of tea and mull over our songs, while still being able to pop outside for a view of the fjords. You know what? Inspiration returned. Now we needed funds.

 

We decided to give crowdfunding a try, and we were overwhelmed by the response from our fans. The campaign was a huge success, and the production of Outbound could go into high gear through the spring and summer of 2013. The fact that so many people showed what Keldian meant to them, made us all the more eager to return within that year. We worked hard on delivering something that would be worthy of the trust.

 

A limited edition of 150 signed and dedicated cds was made as part of our crowdfunding campaign, and sent to our top tier contributors. This special edition of Outbound also included an exclusive bonus track: Scoundrel Days. Our first cover song was the title track from one of our favourite a-ha albums, released way back in 1986.

Outbound was released October 31, 2013.

 

Arild & Chris

Keldian is:

Christer Andresen - lead vocals, guitars, bass

Arild Aardalen - synthesizers, vocals

 

Featured on Outbound:

Jørn Holen - drums

Thommie Myhrvold - vocals (7,9)

Helene Hande Midje - vocals (2,4,5,6)

Kjell Vidar Merkesdal - vocals (4)

 

All songs composed and produced by Keldian.

 

Recorded and mixed by Arild Aardalen. Drums recorded by Jarle Kvåle at Studio 1184.

Mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios.

 

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

 

Jørn Holen appears courtesy of Indie Recordings.

 

1. B U R N T H E S K Y (4:21)

 

preemptive, conclusive, master of heaven and earth

extensive, exclusive, there's no escaping my reach

 

I'll prosper, I'll conquer, all of your heroes are dead

it's my time, it's high time, to be outbound, to rule the world

 

heavens fall when we burn the sky, we are heading out, you're the sacrifice

end the space race and burn the sky, and you will never make it out of here alive

 

abundant, redundant, all I can think of will be

eternal, betrayal, all of our worlds will belong to me

 

heavens fall when we burn the sky, we are heading out, you're the sacrifice

end the space race and burn the sky, and you will never make it out of here alive

 

I have, you have not

I have, you have not

 

”we need to maintain nuclear strategic superiority…

fight and win multiple, simultaneous wars… control cyberspace…

create space forces with the mission of space control.”

(project for the new american century, 2000)

 

heavens fall when we burn the sky, we are heading out, you're the sacrifice

end the space race and burn the sky, and you will never make it out of here alive

 

 

2. E A R T H B L O O D (5:04)

 

so much time has been wasted

too many years have passed us by

from the moon we went nowhere

we mourn the past

when our souls forgot to fly

 

blood of the earth, draining to heaven, counting the stars only we can see

blood of the earth, rivers are running, what will become of our destiny?

 

we don't know what is out there

the constellations drifting by

when closing in on a new world

we mourn the past

when our eyes forgot the sky

 

blood of the earth, draining to heaven, counting the stars only we can see

blood of the earth, rivers are running, what will become of our destiny?

 

we're the blood of the earth, we're coming home again

we're the blood of the earth, we're gonna live again

 

blood of the earth, draining to heaven, counting the stars only we can see

blood of the earth, rivers are running, what will become of our destiny?

 

 

3. N E V E R E X I S T E D (4:12)

 

“a man is but the product of his own thoughts.

what he thinks, he becomes.”

(Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)

 

I'm gonna go to sleep and wake up, far away, as someone else

and all of this, and my whole life, just a terrible dream

but it's still my eyes staring back, in the mirror, cold and black

is this for real? tell me now! am I the fear in your hearts?

 

this cannot be happening to me

it's all wrong, just a dream, what have I done?

no hope, no way to get out of this

please just let me die now, I don't want this fate

I don't wanna be a hero anymore

can't breathe, can't do it, just let me fall

we're all lost, fighting enemies that don't exist

and they turned us into this

 

I'm gonna take it all back, I'm gonna tear up this track

and all this pain and hate within, will never have been

but the fear keeps coming back, in my mind so cold and black

is this the end of us all? I'm the fear in your hearts

 

this cannot be happening to me

it's all wrong, just a dream, what have I done?

no hope, no way to get out of this

please just let me die now, I don't want this fate

I don't wanna be a hero anymore

can't breathe, can't do it, just let me fall

we're all lost, fighting enemies that don't exist

and they turned us into this

 

I'm gonna go to sleep and wake up, far away, as someone else

and all of this, and my whole life

was just a terrible dream

murderer, endless wrath, belligerence, unforgivable sins

live in fear, live the lies

can we never forgive or forget

 

this cannot be happening to me

it's all wrong, just a dream, what have I done?

no hope, no way to get out of this

please just let me die now, I don't want this fate

I don't wanna be a hero anymore

can't breathe, can't do it, just let me fall

we're all lost, fighting enemies that don't exist

and they turned us into this

 

 

4. M O R N I N G L I G H T M O U N T A I N (7:06)

 

I don't need a human race, no promise of co-existence

I don't need a sense of blame, no concept of conscience or of shame

 

I don't need humanity, nobody else to worship me

I just want the universe, I want all the systems to myself

and no one is gonna stand in my way

 

I am morning light mountain - now the boundary's broken

I am morning light mountain

 

I am everything, everything there is I am - I am everything, everything there is

 

I don't need morality, there is no peace for you and me

your interference is heaven sent, no shackles on progress and ascent

 

I was trapped inside the sphere, millennia were passing me

now I'm out, I'm here for you, I'm gonna be all life by myself

and no one is gonna stand in my way

 

I am morning light mountain - now the boundary's broken

I am morning light mountain

 

I am morning light mountain - I am one with my children

I am everything out there - now the boundary's broken

I am morning light mountain

 

 

 

5. K E P L E R A N D 1 0 0 0 0 0 S T A R S (5:05)

 

our mortal feet safe on the ground, we leave it up to you

our dizzy heads are in the stars

and you're the ancient dream come true

 

scanning the surface, looking for shadows, what do you see?

 

searching the souls of 100 000 stars, the atlas of the gods, the time has come

reaching out to 100 000 stars, the time has come for kepler and 100 000 stars

 

one tiny drop in darkness calls, across the distant face

a tiny hope for kinship grows

that we are not the only race

 

until you find them, we will be waiting, we will believe

 

searching the souls of 100 000 stars, the atlas of the gods, the time has come

reaching out to 100 000 stars, the time has come for kepler and 100 000 stars

 

you're all alone now, you can't go home now, light-years away

we will remember, never surrender, we carry on

 

searching the souls of 100 000 stars, the atlas of the gods, the time has come

reaching out to 100 000 stars, the end has come for kepler and 100 000 stars

 

 

6. T H E S I L F E N P A T H S (11:56)

 

a single thought, slowly taking hold

until all you know is the calling from afar

a single dream, slowly coming true, passed on from me to you

the path between the stars

a single quest, with no turning back

to risk the wayward track and never coming home

a single truth, the only thing I seek

the secrets that they keep, the silfen and their paths

 

I wish I was a child, the keeper of the light

journey into endless nights to find the silfen paths

'cause I still have a dream, to see the things unseen

journey bravely into light to walk the silfen paths between the worlds

and here I am, and I realize

 

I'm alone - I wasn't ready yet

I’m alone - is there no other way?

I’m alone - I can't stop wondering

I’m alone - why don't you answer me?

 

into the foggy night, the temperature's not right

drifting, straying, no way back, we found the silfen paths

this land of snow and ice, crossing the rubicon comes to mind

see the beacon shines a light, we walk the silfen paths between the worlds

and here I am, and i realize

 

I'm alone - I wasn't ready yet

I’m alone - is there no other way?

I’m alone - I can't stop wondering

I’m alone - why don't you answer me?

 

we head into the night, orion by my side

what we're seeking, came to find, these hidden silfen paths

I feel your dying world, I hear and see the past unfurl

I sense the secrets of our fate, I feel the silfen paths connect all worlds

and here we are now, and we realize

 

we’re alone - and we are ready now

far from home - we’ll find a way somehow

we’re alone - and we are powerful

now we know - we sense the way to go

we are one - and we are ready now

we are one - we’ll find a way somehow

we are one - and we are powerful

now we know - we sense the way to go

 

a single bridge, connecting all our minds

leave time and space behind and walk with me a while

a single song, heard across the stars, and felt in every heart

the silfen paths we tread

a single hope

 

 

7. R U N F O R Y O U R L I F E (3:22)

 

the sound of shackles in the night

the flash of a blade, so cold and bright

the sound of steel, smashed, gates open wide

I felt so strong when i heard them screaming outside

 

run for your life

run for your life

 

hopes and dreams race through my head

even though i know I'm dead

like a wind through the jungle, on bleeding feet

I'll never stop, freedom tastes so sweet

 

run for your life

run for your life

 

ice comes running through my veins

I can hear them shouting as I run across the plains

out of the fire, into the unknown

on the road out of hell, you are on your own

 

run for your life, run for your life

run for your life, run for your life

 

run for your life

 

 

8. A P L A C E A B O V E T H E A I R (4:16)

 

the father captain's going down

his treachery has been profound

the bastard let the one who teaches get away

in the skies of t'ien shan

we will lance him to the ground

he will never be a threat to us again

let the heavens roar!

 

thunder from above, millions of lights that draw your stare

evidence of war, hanging in a place above the air

shining like a star

 

we cannot let the virus spread

and let our faith be left for dead

this is a question of the future of the church

on the mountains in the clouds

she is hiding from our shroud

we must extinguish every fire that she burns

let the heavens roar!

 

thunder from above, millions of lights that draw your stare

evidence of war, hanging in a place above the air

shining like a star, running into fire everywhere

we know who they are, dying in a place above the air

 

 

9. F . T . L . (6:45)

 

as the engines start to spin, childhood dreams from deep within

believe this day is finally mine, writing history this time

this is the captain, all is go

let’s do this right and take it slow

my mind is so clear, stand fast, show no fear

engage!

 

jump sequence starts and the bow begins to turn

fighters in formation see us off beyond the stern

how i miss the soft rains of home on my face

we shall return, heroes from outer space

 

singularity stand by, our distance to earth is safe

time to fly, hear how she roars goodbye

 

heavier than a star, no place is too far

not even space and time can touch this ship of mine

true pioneers leave everything behind

 

split second darkness and the blaze of a foreign sun

an eerie silence, the second countdown has begun

mesmerized we gaze into the dawn of another age

our kind will spread across the stars

explore, colonize, engage

 

singularity stand by, trillions of miles from earth

let her fly, hear how she roars goodbye

 

heavier than a star, no place is too far

not even space and time can touch this ship of mine

true pioneers leave everything behind

 

"For the eyes of the world now look into space, and to the planets beyond.

We have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.

Man, in his quest for progress, is determined and cannot be deterred.

The exploration of space will go ahead."

(president John F. Kennedy, 1962)

 

heavier than a star, no place is too far

not even space and time can touch this ship of mine

true pioneers leave everything behind

 

we are heading out - out of here alive...

 

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