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Âstillian Chicago, Illinois

Born from Chicago melodic metal veterans, Âstillian began to cast a vision for the Dark Age inspired metal project in late 2016. Their debut album, Waves at Dusk, is a concept album inspired by G.K. Chesterton’s, “The Ballad of the White Horse." It captures the inescapable misery and undeniable hope of the early middle ages; raiding hordes, mass migrations, and kingdoms rising through the discord. ... more

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Track Name: ... Of the Sword Beckoning to Me
He faced the end of these days
The old and faded way
For the dying gods, he left them
From their halls he withdrew

Kneeling in defeat
As death looms in the air
A deafening gale wind blows
He took a sacred vow
Triumph brings the victory song
Of a thinly held peace
Every man will know this day
Of the king who kneels
Of the king who kneels

Drive them back in vengeance
For what they've done, we banish them
Drive them to submission
They shall never reign
They shall see defeat
Drive them to their dark lands
By the treacherous sea
Guilty hands to the oars

Soon we will end their rise
As a lightning fallen limb
As the twilight coming fast
As the daybreak fades the frost
Soon we will end their rise
As the shadow yields to flame
As the spring over winter grows
As the rebirth comes

Drive them back in vengeance
For what they've done, we banish them
Drive them to submission
They shall never reign
They shall see defeat
Drive them to their dark lands
By the treacherous sea
Guilty hands to the oars

Soon we will see the day
Of the harvest plentiful
Of a guarded sovereign home
Of a peaceful hope fulfilled
Soon we will see the end
Of a kingdom strained to be
Of a shield raised against the north
Of the sword beckoning to me
Of the sword beckoning to me
Track Name: Waves at Dusk
Waves at dusk, there we raised our crimson sails
Iron blades glinting, moonlight now prevails
Hiding in wait, an ambush of fear
A terrified stare, an ending so near
Searching for the signs of sailing doom
In service of God, we may meet Him soon
An armored clash aboard their great war steed
Their dragon head sneers at the land we will free

Salted boots slam against the knotwork trim
They will fall
And the men scream and scatter in terror within
They will fall
Many bodies lay upon the field of wooden plank
They will fall
They swim for the shore, we drag them away
They will fall

By the first of darkness
Beneath the starlit sky
Bear the sacred honor
We ride
By the laws of justice
For which we fight
Board with us the longboat
We ride
Into the killing path
We sound our victory cry
Along the crimson shore
We ride

Waves at dusk, then we traverse perilous sea
Spears dipped and stained with blood now spilled
Visions of the end arriving in haste
Imposing their death before their trusted fates
The broken and the fled, the rending of shields
The all consuming tide washes red from skin
So shall you earn the wrath of the king
With sacred sword and hymn we will return his reign

Salted boots slam along the knotwork trim
They will fall
And the men scream and scatter in terror within
They will fall
Many bodies lay upon the field of wooden plank
They will fall
They swim for the shore, we drag them away
They will fall

By the first of darkness
Beneath the starlit sky
Bear the sacred honor
We ride
By the laws of justice
For which we fight
Board with us the longboat
We ride
Into the killing path
We sound our victory cry
Along the crimson shore
We ride
Ride
We Ride
Ride
We Ride
Ride
Track Name: Shrouded in the Wild
In the wilderness
Under deep twilight skies
Weakness becomes might
As the scourge swallows whole

Beware the darkest night
A chill in every heart
Out of the mist comes death itself
Dancing a bloody dance
A fallen horse, a fallen rider
Here he leaves you
Trampled under distant foot
Upon his own ancient land

A shadowed man
Unbowed, unseen
Devising deceit
To uphold the claim

Giving fuel to every whisper
Giving rise to hidden sword

A scattered people in a ruined nation
Waiting for the rise of
The wandering king, shrouded in the wild
Waiting for the tides of war

Into the shadow land
Recall the blood stained past
A canopy of shame
In the wilderness
Under deep twilight skies
Weakness becomes might
As the scourge swallows whole

In the wilderness
Under deep twilight skies
Weakness becomes might
As the scourge swallows whole

May the barrows awaken
As if born anew
And stand in helm before us all
in iron covered doom
May the fleet of heaven
On angelic waves
Return our fallen brothers
unto their battle place

A shadowed man
Unbowed, unseen
Devising deceit
To uphold the claim

Giving rise to ancient valor
Giving heart to noble words

A scattered people in a ruined nation
Waiting for the rise of
The wandering king, shrouded in the wild
Waiting for the tides of war

We see the ruler of our realm
A weak and hollow shell
A venerable dominion, we will see vengeance in this hell
A venerable dominion, we will see vengeance in this hell
Track Name: Âstillian
Flee from your homes, never bury your dead
The fallen men, never forgotten
Then the terror begins to bring the day of vengeance
When wandering becomes a perilous path to tread

Lept from the sea
Death beckoning
Destroyers of our homes
Our walls of crumbling stone
Smite upon the earth
Rises from the foam
A realm of ocean green
Blows forth the torrent of change

Tear at the heart, into sorrow and dread
And raise the shield of ancients
We are the destined ones to take the spear and vanquish
Break upon the men of the roaring rivers womb

Test of our will
In every advancing foe
Breath separates
The fog that guards the throne
Silent, sunlight's ceased
Resist their frightening will
Burning wood and bone
Beware the torch bearer's kill

Hail
Guardian
Hail
Eternal Shield
Hail
Breather of Life
Hail
Gold giver

Âstillian
For the mountain burns and screams
Âstillian
They come for our homes, our barrows, and kings
Âstillian
Raise the spears and hopes and dreams
Âstillian
The strength of God behind our shields

Parry the strike, look to silence the wave
A resounding horde afoot
Dreaded sight of bending oars within the distance
As a mockery of life within our walls

Lept from the sea
Death beckoning
Destroyers of our homes
Our walls of crumbling stone
Smite upon the earth
Rises from the foam
A realm of ocean green
Blows forth the gust of change
Track Name: Saltere
[Instrumental]
Track Name: Seafarer
OUT OUT OUT OUT
OUT OUT OUT OUT
OUT OUT OUT OUT
OUT OUT OUT OUT
Track Name: Cloudburst
Uphold the honor, the sacred task
Spread upon the barren world
Standing on the edge of a blade
We will take it and see it through

I have wielded the hammer, the wrath of God
Against the distant foe
I have spoken forth the twilight end
Of those who venture near
I have called upon my fellow souls
To draw from strength within
I have lit the torch of heaven's light
To gaze the angel's path

Cloudburst skies above
Fall upon blissful shores
In the wind, a hymn of doom
Foreboding a nightmare war

Uphold the honor, the sacred task
Spread upon the barren world
Standing on the edge of a blade
We will take it and see it through

I have sailed to hell, inhaled the fire
And turned to breathe it back
I have persevered against the trial
And never turned away
I have beckoned every nation to see
Triumph bestowed on us
I will wear the crown, given by God
And command these mighty men

Cloudburst skies above
Fall upon blissful shores
In the wind, a hymn of doom
Foreboding a nightmare war

Continue the old ways
And leave behind old gods
Take up the sword and shield and spear
Scream out the hallowed song

See the ever dimming saga of our time
The horde of murderous men and justice laid low
The reign of the chosen soul to redeem
The rising of the sovereign, righteous king
Track Name: Shieldwall
Scattered throughout the field
Are riderless horses
Fallen men, upon their shields
Waiting to die
Horns blow behind the battle line
A man cries out for courage
Mounted men reinforcing ranks
Ready to die

What cost must mortals pay for this providential land
What wounds must my people bear for thy heavenly law

Blood upon the grassland
And bodies lying still
Gold adorned loyal thanes
Givers of men
On the highest castle walls
And waiting on the hill
Holding back a force of thieves
Destined to fight, we will

What cost must mortals pay for this providential land
What wounds must my people bear for thy heavenly law
What lurks in the deepest caverns of a fallen man's soul
We must pierce the dark and drain it's hope and force it's final breath

Distant silver clouds
Peacefully afloat
Are yet so far pushed
By roaring battle's stroke
This lonely land of ours
In gray shrouded cold
Fell victim to cruel heart
And sword

I have faced a greater foe
An inner beast rising against
Unleashed from iron shackled hold
Fling wide these very gates
I have faced a greater foe
An inner beast rising against
Unleashed from iron shackled hold
Fling wide the gates of war

Fling wide the gates of war
Reclaim
Fling wide the gates of war
For our fallen ones
Fling wide the gates of war
For our realm
Fling wide the gates of war
Of war

What cost must mortals pay for this providential land
What wounds must my people bear for thy heavenly law
What lurks in the deepest caverns of a fallen man's soul
We must pierce the dark and drain it's hope and force it's final breath
Track Name: Into the Endless Wintering
Braving the darkest winter's night
My brothers have longed for rest
They have frozen by a dying hearth
In hiding, they have known...
The gale of the ocean, a silent sting
Upon the skin of our youngest ones
Trapped in the weary woods of exile

Slumber
Into the dreaming fields
Forever
Drifting to beyond
Asunder
Into the glowing halls
We go now
Into the endless wintering

Where can I awaken
In splendorous fields
In protected halls
To lands of ours
Where can I awaken
To journey salt waves
To gleeful topaz eyes
And a lyre's ancient song

The howl of the winter calls
The howl of the winter calls

Slumber
Into the dreaming fields
Forever
Drifting to beyond
Asunder
Into the glowing halls
We go now
Into the endless wintering

Where can I awaken
In splendorous fields
In protected halls
To lands of ours
Where can I awaken
To journey salt waves
To gleeful topaz eyes
And a lyre's ancient song

Where can I awaken
In splendorous fields
In protected halls
To lands of ours
Where can I awaken
To journey salt waves
To gleeful topaz eyes
And a lyre's ancient song
Track Name: The Ancients, They Sleep
Swallowed in the mist
We come by the sea
They've tortured our land
Our kin they have felled

Pass through the mounds
The ancients, they sleep
We draw from their pain
And stronger we leave

Clothed in great zeal
Tears and blood on our maille
We stalk those who feast
Drunk in their victory

Laugh as they may
The filth we did slay
Their vanity we silenced
This vengeance we take

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