The Ride

by Athelstan

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H.L. As a supporter of Forefather, I also had to purchase this release. The two tracks with vocals remind me of course on Forefather and also the melodic instrumentals are not too far away from the main band. Melodic pagan metal for thinking on the old times. The opener "Keepers of the Dawn" is the catchy highlight of the release! Favorite track: Keepers of the Dawn.
Shon Dempsey
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Shon Dempsey I've loved Forefather since I found them several years ago. How I missed Athelstan's solo project escapes me. This is a really fantastic pull-back from the 1/2 of Forefather (though we get some Wulfstan anyway on a few tracks). I've always loved the forefather instrumentals and this album delivers more. Well worth the asking price and more. A solid 4.7/5. Favorite track: The March.
Steven Bachler
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Steven Bachler Interesting insight into the creative mind of Athelstan. Solid album - 3.5/5 Favorite track: Keepers of the Dawn.
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The first solo album from Athelstan of Forefather. A category free "Ride" through the musical mindscape of its creator.
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released February 5, 2013

All instruments, programming and production: Athelstan
Vocals on tracks 1 and 5 by Wulfstan
Cover art by Alexi Francis



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Track Name: Keepers of the Dawn
Shining from the dark is the lord of the day
Reaching out his hands to the black of the cave
Showering the land with his glorious rays
Lighting up the path, chasing spirits away

So he must return, rising up from the sea
Perfectly reborn as the father to be
Now we are released from the fear and the cold
Freedom is bestowed as the cycle unfolds
But as we reach the heart of day
the light will surely pass away
to sink into the underworld
and leave the land in dark decay

Shepherds of the sun with the power to sway
Builders of the fire with the spiritual rein
Duelling with the earth for dominion of day
Fallacy is preached with a penance to pay
Order on the earth an ephemeral hold
Harmony is breached and the cattle are sold
Mastering the herd with the triumph of will
psychopathic breed with a reason to kill

And as the beasts of night betray
the light must never fade away
We win the power of the king
As he descends into the grave
Track Name: Hero on the Hill
Man on the hill
Speak free if you will
Loose your memory and speak free unto me
Show all that we should see
Enlighten me to the truth in your mystery
So I too can see
Man on the Hill
Hero on the Hill
Carved through centuries stands silent, summoning me
Tell of all you have seen
Through winters many, in the white land between the seas
Under veil of green

Drawn to the hill
Ancient, strong and still
Vast and ominous, a fear rises in me
You awaken a need
This riddle in the green
Has an answer residing in me
My mind’s eye to see