Ashes EP

by Welkins Boreal

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1.
Tonight, the streets are burning, illuminating parades against profanity Zealots work to turn the wheels of time back before modernity Pyres are lit for those who dare to doubt The veracity of the prevailing creed Bite your tongue! For heaven’s sake! Your doubts you ought not spout Lest you should hear the inquisitors screech: are you a witch? It’s two minutes to midnight Doomsday prophets come to draft you to their corps You say: ‘For all I know you might be right, but I don’t want to fight your holy war’ They say: ‘It’s with us or against us Our cause is just, hence we see no middle way We’ll hail you as a brother or smite you to dust So, quit bedevilling us! Tell us without delay!’ Are you a witch? Have the demons of disbelief led you to a fatal mistake? Are you a witch? Either you fly their flag or be doomed to burn at the stake Confess, confess
2.
Campfires on hillsides resemble stars in the sky A grim mise en scène for what will be our last night Forty-five foes for each of our swords All dreams of glory now lost, we plead with our Lord Almighty, have mercy! Oh oh oh As the sun sets behind the mountains, we lie in wait in grievous despair We sense the footfall of thousands as their retinue arrives in the square Now into this plaza filled with majesty, silver and gold Treads our emissary of God, bringing salvation for these wretched souls Oh oh oh Words of disrespect and threats of bloodshed prompt a signal for our cannons to fire Our cavalry assaults, prepared to fight to the death for God and the empire We rise from our hiding places and follow the thunder of our guns Our rapiers slashing cotton and flesh we charge towards the only one Scores of them fall into a bloody mass Their axes cannot cleave the Castilian cuirass The grand army of the mountains now flees Behold the triumph of steel! Two thousand foes lie slain, yet our troops stand The son of the sun has fallen in our hands The empire of the mountains is now on its knees Behold the triumph of steel! Oh oh oh
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Death swooped from the sky A show of force unjustified An act of courage and resistance Present now and evermore At the end of a world Which millions will bewail In the ruins of a dream We watch the beast prevail All those voices silenced By a jester wearing the crown Sing in defiance In the ashes of our world you will drown Salvation swooped from the sky Withering hope left no other choice An act of foolish cowardice Inspires futile terror At the end of a world For which few will ever yearn Their delusions had brought us Close to the point of no return For all their slanderous eloquence We have nothing but scorn Unwaveringly From the ashes of a fool’s paradise we’ll soar

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A three-song EP recorded in May 2020 at Astia Studio A. Fully analogue recording without computer editing or auto-tuning.

Also available as a digipak CD. Place an order at: welkinsboreal.com/music

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released September 11, 2020

All music and lyrics by Teemu Kautonen
Arrangements by Teemu Kautonen, Aki Koponen, Toni Paananen and Anssi Kippo

Produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by A. Kippo @ Astia-studio A May 2020. Recorded and mixed on RTM SM900 magnetic tape.

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Welkins Boreal Finland

The gothic metal of Welkins Boreal combines catchy rocking melodies, heavy guitar riffing, melancholic keyboards and baritone vocals.

Fans of bands such as Sentenced, To/Die/For, Ghost and Charon should feel right at home here.

The band was founded in 2018 in Helsinki, Finland, as a reincarnation of Nattvindens Gråt, which released three albums 1995-2000.
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