Echoes of an Astral Empire

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"Space - a vast and ruthless ocean, filled with mysteries, unspeakable horrors and the heroes that must rise to their challange. Humanity, with its thirst for exploration and knowledge, braved the great unknown and colonized space, expanding ever further into the unknown reaches of the galaxy. There, in the searing crucible of interstellar war, its flaws and virtues will be tested. Will it survive and become eternal or fade away into the sable blackness of space? At the end, only memories and ghosts may remain - Echoes of an Astral Empire."

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released March 31, 2015

Bogdan Vera, Will Shaw, Henry Mahy

Special Guests: Jenny Green, Stuart Perry

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Abodean Skye York, UK

Abodean Skye is a progressive power metal trio consisting of UK multi-instrumentalists Bogdan Vera and Henry Mahy, and US singer Will Shaw. Drawing inspiration from sci-fi and space opera, they create music that brings the galloping riffs, heroism and technicality of power prog metal into the vast expanse of space. ... more

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Track Name: The Exodus
(Lyrics by Henry Mahy)

We struggled for control
For far too many years
From invaders countless
From the skies descending.

Our lands are ravaged
Our resources are running low
But we still remain
To carry on defending.

[Chorus]

We will rise to fulfill our destiny,
Travel far to a place where we'll be free.
And we'll live for many thousands of years
So stand ever strong, we'll keep holding on for the day
We'll find a place where we can stay
Many light years away!

Our journey will be long
But we prepared well for this day
We await our time
But their forces are still stronger.

Engines engage as we see our chance
We draw heavy fire from the ships as we pass
Through the eye of the storm
Our shields can't hold much longer
No!

[Chorus]

We will rise to fulfill our destiny,
Travel far to a place where we'll be free.
And we'll live for many thousands of years
So stand ever strong, we'll keep holding on for the day
We'll find a place where we can stay
Many light years away!

Many battles take place in skies over head
Factions at war over what they'll never obtain
The bitter truth is that it's too late for this world
Now all that's late is hatred sorrow and pain!

[Chorus]

We will rise to fulfill our destiny,
Travel far to another galaxy,
And we'll live for many thousands of years
So stand ever strong, we'll keep holding on for the day
We'll find a place where we can stay
Many light years away!
Track Name: Ancient Souls
(Lyrics by Bogdan Vera)

Part 1

Long ago in ancient days before our time,
Great designs and wonderous cities came to be.

Admirals and pilots of endless fleets took flight!

Powers of creation in their hand
[Interstellar travel, watching and controlling all]
The past was known and the future seen with technology.

Admirals and pilots of endless fleets took flight!

[Chorus]
Enter the gates of the ancients and see
Long lost and distant their ghosts hold the key
Leaving the sorrow and dying behind
Leaving their makings for humans to find
Gateways and starships of mystery,
Far beyond our dreams.

Enemies at the gate beyond their power
Living ships and dark desires consuming life.

Admirals and pilots of endless fleets took flight!

Seeing no solution to be found
[Dying ever faster, heading for extinction]
Sensing no escape they took the only chance.

[Chorus]
Enter the gates of the ancients and see
Long lost and distant their ghosts hold the key
Leaving the sorrow and dying behind
Leaving their makings for humans to find
Gateways and starships of mystery,
Far beyond our dreams.

A storm of souls leaving this plane
Once and for all, a fleeting flame
Caught in the wind, racing past eternity
To seek another life.

Faint illusions far away
Fading into shades of grey,
Into the great abyss
A silent shadow play.

Faint illusions far away,
Fading into shades of grey,
As night gives in to day
Once cycle ends another begins
Tomorrow come what may!

Part 2

Spirits rising, this flesh left behind means nothing at all,
Lights and silence in the night.
Wills unbroken, destinies long awaited fulfilled as one
Take my hand and face the stars.

A final smile before the flight begins,
Leaving behind forever more.
Ancient souls left this plane long ago.

Spirits rising, this flesh left behind means nothing at all,
Lights and silence in the night.
Wills unbroken, destinies long awaited fulfilled as one
Take my hand and face the stars.

Spirits rising, this flesh left behind means nothing at all,
Lights and silence in the night.
Wills unbroken, destinies long awaited fulfilled as one
Take my hand and face the stars.

We must learn from their mistakes and ever be tempted,
We will venture onward to heed the call of stars
Follow through, find the key, unlock the mystery!

Ancient souls left this plane long ago,
Ancient souls left this plane long ago.
Track Name: Battle of Tears
(Lyrics by Bogdan Vera)

As we rode machines onto the battlefield,
Our engines growling and our weapons charged,

We were strong and our numbers great
Our might ships thirst to win.

Then a burst of light in space flashed in our eyes
And a fleet of ships materialized.

They were strong and their numbers great
Nightmare shapes, they seek to kill.

[Chorus]

This is the day of the Battle of Tears
History will know of our names,
And the many that die will be heroes in time
Standing ever proud.

This is the day of the Battle of Tears
Many voices cry out as one,
And the many that died will be heroes in time
Lost beyond the shroud.

Light years away in a time long ago,
All of the races united.

We were strong and our numbers great
Our might ships thirst to win.

In a moment missiles guns and lasers flared,
In darkness burning starships drifted on.

They were strong and their numbers great
Nightmare shapes, they seek to kill.

[Chorus]

This is the day of the Battle of Tears
History will know of our names,
And the many that die will be heroes in time
Standing ever proud.

This is the day of the Battle of Tears
Many voices cry out as one,
And the many that died will be heroes in time
Lost beyond the shroud.

Light years away in a time long ago,
All of the races united.

Evermore on that day
There's a moment of silence to pay
And we swear to keep our worlds at peace
And always just remember:

"We are nothing but candles burning in hurricane winds,
We are fighting the current, sailing on terrible seas,
We are living the moment, always we're treasuring these:
Freedom and pride, and the sacrifice of those who died!"

[Chorus]

This is the day of the Battle of Tears
History will know of our names,
And the many that die will be heroes in time
Standing ever proud.

This is the day of the Battle of Tears
Many voices cry out as one,
And the many that died will be heroes in time
Lost beyond the shroud.

Light years away in a time long ago,
All of the races united.
Track Name: Barren
(Lyrics by Bogdan Vera)

Roaming ever after, we are long lost ghosts,
Who lived on all the same on this planet we call Earth.

Barren, burnt, forsaken,
Floating in space like a nameless rock.

Now the die is cast, we have to face the consequence,
What have we become, just memories and shadows etched in stone.

Barren, burnt, forsaken,
Floating in space like a nameless rock.

[Chorus]

The future brings our extinction,
There's no way to turn back the clock.
Our species is terminal, just on the edge
Of oblivion, degree by degreee,
We are counting our days on this Earth.

The future brings our extinction,
There's no way to turn back the clock.
Our species is terminal, just on the edge
Of oblivion, degree by degreee,
We are counting our days on this Earth.

Come to me, the night did say,
We followed with science, pride and fear
Out in the blackness, far from home.
We were children in those days.
Time has gone and swept us away
Forests and seas, long lost memories.

[Chorus]

The future brings our extinction,
There's no way to turn back the clock.
Our species is terminal, just on the edge
Of oblivion, degree by degreee,
We are counting our days on this Earth.

Come to me, the night did say,
We followed with science, pride and fear
Out in the blackness, far from home.
We were children in those days.
Time has gone and swept us away
Forests and seas, long lost memories.

We were children in those days.
Time has gone and swept us away
Forests and seas, long lost memories.
Track Name: Silver Shard
(Lyrics by Bogdan Vera)

[Will Shaw]
Through my eyes there's a spirit looking out
So alone, so ancient and dark.
Just a ghost with a long forgotten name
We are bound to be forever as one.

There's a silver shard in the place of my heart
And the pain that it brings will last forever
I am lost in this land, and my doom is at hand.
For the shadow is growing within me.

There's a darkness that falls upon this land
There's a mask that has shadowed my face
I'm alone so far from home
And the day is fading so fast.

How can I fight this chill in my heart
In this legend what will be my part?
All hope is fading from the world.
There's no song I can play that will turn back the day.

There's a silver shard in the place of my heart
And the pain that it brings will last forever
I am lost in this land, and my doom is at hand.
For the stars are crossed and the story's at an end,

Though the battle has only begun.

[Jenny Green]
Now you stand at the gate where whispers
Beg you to turn away from here.
Blade in hand and fiery eyes
You dare to cross the step into this realm.

Nameless fear without a place,
I gave you my love in a time long ago.
Time was short and fate was cruel
I shattered your soul, left the darkness to grow.

[Will Shaw]

I have come to set you free
Tear off the vines that have kept you from me.
There's no god that will stand in my way
Unleashing the flames, and the wrath inside.

[harmonized]
Before the gates, we are ready for a war.

[Will Shaw]
Rising from the ash the dragon soars
[Jenny Green]
Spirits call from the ancient walls.
[Both]
We'll be one when the great damnation wall is broken down.

[Will Shaw]
Pressing on,
Breaking through,

One final stand
One final death.

[Jenny Green]
Standing there beside you such unlikely ghosts from far away.
[Will]
I hear your call from the ancient walls.
[Both]
We'll be one when the great damnation wall is broken down.

Broken down.

[Will Shaw]
Pressing on,
Breaking through,

[Jenny Green]

One final stand
One final death.

One final stand.
One final death.
We fly away.

There's a silver shard in the place of my heart
And the pain that it brings will last forever
I am lost in this land, and my doom is at hand.
For the stars are crossed and the story's at an end,

But the battle is finally done.
Track Name: Return of the Fleet
(Lyrics by Bogdan Vera)

Incoming communication from the Admiral:

"This is what we've been waiting for. The day has finally to strike back and say no more. Far too long have our people wandered the stars, like nomads. We're tired of running, tired of living in fear - it ends today!

There is no going back! Our allied fleet is preparing to strike, our engine cores are set in motion, our missiles are ready to fly! Together we will return. We will hold the line or die trying.

Set a course, we are going home."

Fighters and commanders,
Fighters and survivors,
Far too long have gone without a home.

The cold machines' rebellion,
Mercyless and alien,
Has banished us and cast us into space.

In this time of sorrow,
We fear for tomorrow,
When all the worlds will burn and life will end.

We stand together,
There's nothing we can't weather
And maybe we can make a final stand!

Now at the end
One final push,
Calling our allies, the time has arrived!


Oh, tomorrow the fleet is coming home,
Tomorrow will be our tale of extinction or victory.
Oh, tomorrow the fleet is coming home,
In life or in death we'll see our fate,
The home world has called us here one last time.

Time has come for honor,
The battle drawing close,
Death or freedom echo in our hearts.

Hate is burning stronger,
Smoke is rising higher,
Dead machines and bodies on the ground
Bleeding.

Now at the end
One final push,
Calling our allies, the time has arrived!

[Chorus]

Oh, tomorrow the fleet is coming home,
Tomorrow will be our tale of extinction or victory.
Oh, tomorrow the fleet is coming home,
In life or in death we'll see our fate,
The home world has called us here one last time.

Look upon your enemy
The life that you have made!
Calculating, stark and aiming at your heart.

Does awareness give us life,
And is it yours to take?
Come tomorrow one of us will stand to rise again.

Here on the razor's edge
Answer me with honesty,
Search inside your heart and see,
Can these machines have a soul?

Here on the precipice
The fate of all life within your hands,
Search inside your heart and see,
How could you ever forgive us?

The sun will rise,
A new day will come,
A different day for a different world
(A safer world)

A painted sky,
The gold embrace of dawn,
A new alliance forged in blood
Will face the final night!

[Chorus]

Oh, tomorrow the fleet is coming home,
Tomorrow will be our tale of extinction or victory.
Oh, tomorrow the fleet is coming home,
In life or in death we'll see our fate,
The home world has called us here one last time.