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Oathbearer

by FELLWARDEN

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Unbound Unfettered by the fell chains of deference I bow to no man Worship no Gods No creature, no elemental act of savagery Can cause this will to bend or snap I travel as I please My path is unmarked, my destiny unwritten Driven by the cause of the just The heathen cry of righteousness The thunderous pulse of vengeance Resonates my soul like a storm Rivers of time run with blood The blood of those who would oppose In defiance of persecution, I stand like rock Anchored as roots in earth Stoic as the shoulders of mountains Glacial giants that stand in the face of the millennial winds. From the darkest forests of the valley floor To the snow-capped cairns where eagles soar My dominion knows no limit My demesne boundless, ageless, timeless I turn my eyes to a wind-burned landscape And fix my gaze with purpose I raise my arms to the storm-charged skies And scream my defiance in wordless rage A spirit gilded by burning resolve A paragon of the stoic in an age of treachery A soul-guide to those who drift, lost and afraid A banner-bearer for the essence of honour A brooding scion who’s fate thus knows no end A totem of iron-bound vigilance A weaver of destiny, master of time A clarion call summons those of this line A guardian unbound
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Beneath the sanguine glare of a sky on fire The sun sets on this land for one final time One last dawn, one last sunset, one last twilit halo As we stand to embrace the everlasting night Wolves howl, first one and then another A pack gathering in the descending shroud of twilight We open our eyes and look to the stars And the silvery shard of the moon The last flames of sol drench a blackening horizon The shadows stretch, reaching and distended Clawing a landscape that begins to shiver Within the enfolding embrace of eternal dusk The final flare of the death of day Burns a soul already scoured with sorrow Beaten and broken, I sink to weary knees As the dwellers in shadow circle And so huddled in torchlight, we steel our resolve A union born of fear that gathers strength With the passing of each moon and the forging of will We sing our songs of defiance Our voices ring as one Against the onyx shield of the sky Our torches burn as sol reborn Burning as spirits that remain forever undimmed
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Great pyres will burn in celebration of sacrifice Those who lay down their lives in mute rectitude Our songs will chime in leaf-dappled valleys The forests will ring with thy names A storm is coming, the skies thus darken Moonlight gleams upon oceans of iron Shadows reach across heath-shrouded hills Murderous intent exhales Feet planted on the black earth Sword-haft gripped, eyes like flint None shall pass whilst breath in thy body moves Unyielding. Remorseless. Guardian until death! Bound in life to honour Bound in death to glory A credo of stone A code of iron To defend with full force To repel those who would defile To stand, steadfast and unbreakable To the very end These cold rivers run with the blood of the slain Soils steeped in tragedy and ruin Yet stained with sorrow though it may be The bedrock of these fells remains unbroken I fall – alone and unmourned, I fall – unwitnessed my passing I fall – unsung my song of ending In death, valiant.
4.
I am cursed To wander forever alone I am condemned To stand in solitude and defiance My farsight takes wing To soar beyond The comings of man, the dawn of our kin To a world untouched by patterns of malice I have witnessed the seas rise and fall Watched mountains carved from the primordial bedrock I have seen walls of ice march and collapse A landscape shaped by conflict and violence Winds that scour soils untouched by humanity And scream across fells of verdant promise They howl of a doom yet to come As stygian clouds gather upon the horizons of millennia I am cursed To drift, solemn and bereft I am condemned To carve a solitary path And gaze upon a scouring of all that was once radiant I watch the doom of ages roil and rend Earthpower dwindling in the face of exultant malic My eyes burn with the coming of chaos The scourge of despite, the will of desecration Tearing at the very seams of reality Venom and corruption, a raging thirst. I am the first and last of my era A soul-shadow that sours adrift On vortices that sing with the songs of loss I take their voices within me Embrace the many choirs of sorrow As the land is shaped and reshaped one hundred times or more And the black fog of malediction descends like a shroud, I remain: Unbowed, resolute, Eternal.
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Instrumental
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Sorrowborn 12:43
I come from a line of kings Long forgotten, long dead, long interred in ancient soils Their bones naught but a latticework Of old memories that thread beneath these hills. Flesh merged with earth Spirit with roots An essence left to drift On the sad winds of time I am the last of my line and in strife was I sired Forever the bitter taste of slaughter upon my tongue To an age of blood I have come and only pain awaits Sovereignty my gift and sorrow my reward Eyes that witnessed the death of their father Burn steadfast with the vengeance born of righteousness Alone, I traverse the ways of the old ones Before the barrow of my ancestors, I cry out for wisdom Centuries of woe bleeds through this earth Threnodies stir the very stones of these chambers A single voice travels forlorn on the nightwinds A desperate prayer beseeching for guidance For thine was an age of glories now dust A kingdom flourishing on pillars of honour Gilded by the strength of the steadfast A radiating brilliance painting this land

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Fellwarden was a concept forged by The Watcher (Fen, De Arma) back in 2014 to give voice to an epic, exultant form of black metal that nonetheless carries with it echoes of deep lamentation and remembrance. The Watcher’s goal was simple – to tell tales of sacrifice, of long-forgotten heroism and the rearing timelessness of the storm-forged landscape against a backdrop of windswept extreme metal. Fellwarden’s sound is steeped passionate vocals, subtle waves of keyboards, acoustic guitars, booming choirs and powerful riffs, underpinned by a cavernous percussive battery courtesy of Havenless (also of Fen).

After two years of careful crafting, the debut album of Fellwarden ‘Oathbearer’ is now ready to be proudly unleashed by Eisenwald – six stirring hymns of strident ambience and powerfully emotive songwriting. A heavily layered, textured release, ‘Oathbearer’ at once convokes the essence of contemporary acts such as Drudkh and Negura Bunget whilst simultaneously channelling the spirit of the old masters – Summoning, Bathory, Abigor, (early) Emperor and (early) Ulver.

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released June 16, 2017

The Watcher – All vocals, stringed instruments and keys
Havenless – Drums

All music recorded at Shockwave Studios during 2014-2015 by The Watcher except the drums which were recorded/engineered by Havenless at Havenless Studios during the same period.

Produced by The Watcher@Shockwave Studios.
Mastered by Greg Chandler at Priory Studios

Artwork by Adam Allain
Logo by Vojtech ‘Moonroot’ Doubek
Layout by IK | House of Inkantation

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Fellwarden was a concept forged by The Watcher (Fen, De Arma) back in 2014 to give voice to an epic, exultant form of black metal that nonetheless carries with it echoes of deep lamentation and remembrance.

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