May Every Altar Linger, Pt. I (Ride! Demo)

by Oak, Ash, and Thorn

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Official release date: 11/21/2014.

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released November 21, 2014

A. Armstrong: Vocals, Guitar
C. Hill: Guitar
C. White: Drums
J. Valkyrie: Bass

All music by Oak, Ash, and Thorn with contributions from Nate Periat.

All lyrics by Adam Armstrong.

Music and lyrics © Oak, Ash, and Thorn, 2014.

Recorded by Taylor Hahn at Phantom Studios, Denver, CO, October and November, 2014.

Mastered by Mike Picotte.


Thanks:

Taylor Hahn at Phantom Studios for the tremendous recording and mixing job. Mike Picotte for the equally explosive mastering work. Nate Periat for helping get us off the ground and staying with us in spirit. Julia DiVerdi for masterful artwork assistance. Trisha Mundy for financial assistance. Zack at Trailside in Denver for the shows. Isaac, Jamie, Centimani and Wayfarer. Rob and Ancient Wind. Jamey and Horde of Draugar.

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Oak, Ash, and Thorn Fort Collins, Colorado

Oak, Ash and Thorn began in late 2012 when pagan metallurgists Adam Armstrong (vocals/guitars) and Nate Periat (guitars) electrified their acoustic folk project; drummer Cierra White and guitarist Casey Hill joined soon thereafter. Periat departed in early 2014 and was replaced by bassist Jade Valkyrie.

Influences: Týr, European folk music, Primordial, Iced Earth, Immortal, Type O Negative.
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Track Name: Ride!
Lyrics:

I should hope that will stand
the burgh that’s defence to my clan
once again
battling infestation’s hand.
With pain do I know in my heart
that I cannot take their part,
and thus do I send in my stead 90 legions
of displaced kindred.

Ride! To the gold horizon
Ride! To azure emblazoned
Ride! Upon ground whose hills and valleys
Are home to us now and forevermore.
Ride!
Ride!
Ride!
Ride o’er the hills of our birth!

Again! That I look back on the days
when as a boy I’d praise
the ancient ways
left me in unspoken phrase.
The south and the east to me spake:
“Not shall the backs of yours’ break
so long as forsaken are ne’er field nor lake:
we bestow this on you!”

Ride! Along streams of silver
Ride! Beneath branches amber
Ride! Upon ground whose hills and valleys
Are home to us now and forevermore.
Ride!
Ride!
Ride!
Ride for the hills of our birth!

I know their grief
And feel their peril.
They’ve withstood worse
A thousand times over.
And still these bands of bondage
Make my spirit to sink in the soil.

Alas! That I can’t bear to have seen
What would’ve become of me:
An amputee
Stripped’ all trace of dignity.
So let us scream to the sky,
Let us hollow out their eyes:
‘tis better they ne’er see again in their lives
‘lest our brilliance blind them.

Ride! To the verdant woodlands
Ride! To the salted marshes
Ride! Upon ground whose hills and valleys
Are home to us now and forevermore.
Ride!
Ride!
Ride!
Ride for the hills of our birth!