Land of the Setting Sun EP

by Isenmor

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Arrogant Bastard
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Arrogant Bastard Folk metal hasn't made a splash in the metal scene in years. Guess I gotta look back to get my fix.
Didn't have to go far, Isenmor's little EP is a breath of fresh air. The metal aspect sports a robust Ensiferum vibe and showers it in folky violin á la Eluveitie, ensuring Land of the Setting Sun is a joyful experience start to finish. Favorite track: Pyre.
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Antar Wolfheart I just discovered this band here on bandcamp and I just had to buy their stuff, powerful folk metal, recommended! Favorite track: Pyre.
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1.
The arrows singing in the sky A duet with the battle cry As men are charging from their lines Seeking glory Hosts meet with a mighty crash Spears are splintered Shields are smashed Shining swords raised in the sun Bring men honor Death is a fine companion When he comes for the foe But keep your welcome warm When he comes for you Screaming echoes all around The cries of men we've stricken down Cowards throw their arms and flee Men no longer Warriors would rather die Than live out a disgraceful life They kill as many as they can And die with valor Death is a fine companion When he comes for the foe But keep your welcome warm When he comes for you “Cattle die, kinsmen Die, Even the self must die There is one thing which never dies: The reputation of each dead man” “Cattle die, kinsmen Die, Even the self must die There is one thing which never dies: Glory for the man who can achieve it” - Adapted from Havamal So do not let fear block your hand See to it blood shall coat this land Whether it be yours or theirs Makes small difference The only thing that's better than Taking lives of other men Is to sacrifice your own A death in battle Death is a fine companion When he comes for the foe But keep your welcome warm When he comes for you
2.
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A pyre burns to consume The flesh of men cut down in youth A warrior’s death but a death too soon Now women weep over burning bones A mother's tears The price to pay Whether to win Or lose the day Our son's lives Their breath and blood Like red gold paid To the one-eyed god Allfather, why Did you give Frige First choice of the slain? She takes our young Our fair faced sons Why can’t she Take the old like you? Our sons' lives The price to pay And what good has it Done this day? Their blood soaks into Foreign soil And what have our People gained? A pyre burns Our tears away As we mourn The dead this day Valhalla Is a fine last home But our sons went there Far too soon
3.
At the end of day There must be a place Where Shining Mane Stops his chariot to rest Beyond the icy seas No man has ever crossed A hidden land must lie Where the sun waits for the dawn Tearing glaciers, raging seas Screaming winds lie between Though dangers there may be This land is within reach For men who have the will To brave the treacherous sea To leave their hearth and home And families behind To set out on the waves With likely death to find To the Land of the Setting Sun Far across the raging seas Over Jörmungander’s deep We make our place in history Sail to the west To unknown shores Will you find death Or a place to call home? What you shall find No man can know But if you don't seek it Then none ever shall So cast up sails And see to the oars No land shall be spared From the Men of the North! At the end of day There must be a place Where Shining Mane Stops his chariot to rest And why should this land Stay unseen by men If there are those who Will voyage to the west? For as long as there are men Who yearn to prove their worth And seek out the unknown We shall always find new shores The land of the sun’s rest Shall not be the end For the fire in man's mind Is ever hard to quench
4.
See the Ash and Elm From which Mankind were carved And given breath of life By your fathers’ gods See the Runes on the stones Bought at such great price So their secrets men could know Through Wodan's sacrifice Hear the Thunder in the Sky The sound of Donar's mighty strikes Through all the Nine Worlds he rides As he defends all of mankind The missing eye and hand Given gladly by the gods To keep all safe from harm By Loki's ravenous spawn But yet you have forgotten All this that has been done You gladly pledge yourselves To a tyrant's bastard son So willingly deceived By a poorly concealed lie And what good has it done For your foolish, traitorous lives? How could you turn your backs On those who gave you all? How could you have forgot All that the gods have done? So willingly deceived By a poorly concealed lie Of a coward's paradise How could you be so blind? After all you have been told Of the Aesir's mighty deeds How is it you have been So willingly deceived?
5.
Tonight we're alive That can't be said for all So let's celebrate In the Old Mead Hall The fire's warm And the benches long The wenches are fair And there's mead for all Drink, the drink of the gods Drink, drink to the fallen ones In the Old Mead Hall So raise your horns Drain them quick Then drink some more Grab your favored wench Hold her tight And sheathe your sword Now every man must drink mead When in this hall Go, make your boasts Keep them true We'll test them all We'll sing our songs And we'll make our toasts To great warriors And our generous hosts Men will tell Of heroes old Who fought great beasts And took their gold The mead may not be From Heidrun’s teat But it's good enough For men to drink So raise your horns At every call And get blind drunk At the Old Mead Hall

about

Re-recorded, re-released version of our 2015 debut EP, Land of the Setting Sun!

BANDCAMP EXCLUSIVE: Get Land of the Setting Sun here on Bandcamp right now before it's available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play! All digital & CD orders prior to the release date (10/14/2016) will receive an immediate download of all 5 EP tracks! CD orders will be shipped on or before the release date.

ISENMOR’s debut self-released EP, Land of the Setting Sun, was originally released on June 21st, 2015, the day of the Summer Solstice. Upon selling out of the first run of CDs, the band re-recorded the entire EP from scratch with their new lineup. The re-release, out on October 14th, 2016, captures the heart of the original release, but with significantly higher production quality.

The EP opens with “Death is a Fine Companion,” a song as brutal and chaotic as the tale of battle it tells. “Pyre” follows as a somber reminder of the reality of war and the lives it costs. The powerful title track, “Land of the Setting Sun,” captures the spirit of adventure and curiosity in men that inspired the voyages of discovery to Vinland. “So Willingly Deceived” is a solemn track, mourning men’s abandonment of their old gods for Christianity. And like a good drink at the end of the day, the EP finishes with the lively closer “The Old Mead Hall.”

Land of the Setting Sun’s cover artwork features a painting by Knud Baade, a 19th century Norwegian painter. The inner artwork are depictions of the Valkyries (referenced in “Pyre”) and Skinfaxi (Shining Mane) & Dagr (Day) and Hrimfaxi (Frost Mane) & Nott (Night) pulling the sun and moon across the sky on chariots, (referenced in “Land of the Setting Sun,”) drawn by English illustrator John Charles Dollman.

credits

released October 14, 2016

Nick Schneider - violin, vocals
Tim Regan - guitar, vocals
Michael Wilson - bass, vocals
Jon Lyon - keys, vocals
Daniel Tidwell - guitar
Mark Williams - violin
David Spencer - drums

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Isenmor Baltimore, Maryland

ISENMOR is dual-violin-fronted Gewyrdelic Folc Metal. Combining elements of folk metal greats ENSIFERUM, HEIDEVOLK, ELUVEITIE, FALKENBACH, and TÝR, ISENMOR fuses the heart of the Old World with the spirit of those who sought out new shores.

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