Age of Exploration

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Age of Exploration:

Part I: Terra Australis
This is the overture to a tale about a brave explorer of the seven seas. The year is 1680 as our hero sets sail, eager to discover what mysteries await in the land of the south - Terra Australis.

Part II: Uncharted Lands
As our hero reaches the southern tip of the Americas he discovers a barren island. Despite rough seas and a coast seemingly too rugged to disembark on, he remains optimistic.

Part III: The Search
Could it be, is it really true? Is this newly discovered island in fact a reservoir of treasure and gold? Determined to find the fortune that undoubtedly awaits, our hero takes the risk and ventures deep into this inhospitable land. But suddenly the sky turns black and there is sound of cannon fire and battle cries in the distance. Maybe this treasure hunt was not such a good idea after all?

Part IV: Ghost Ship
Back out on the open sea, the lookout discovers an apparently abandoned ship still afloat. They decide to investigate.

Part V: Into the Unknown
A storm has risen and our hero and his crew loses track of their position. The sailing conditions soon become so completely unbearable, even for these most able seafarers, that one by one they all get seasick.

Part VI: Journey's End
Certain that he will face his final demise in this dreadful storm, our hero reminisces about his childhood and why he put out to sea in the first place.

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released April 14, 2016

Armin Koshyar Amiri: bass
Gjermund Førland Berg: drums
Jannik V. Korsvold: guitars, vocals
Markus A. Skjærstad: guitars

Recorded at Stable Studios in Oslo, Norway with Anders Gjertsen
Produced by Warpicks
Mixed by Jannik V. Korsvold
Mastered by Leif Johansen at Stable Studios
Album Artwork by Jannik V. Korsvold

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Track Name: Age of Exploration, Pt. II: Uncharted Lands
Lyrics:
A ship of forty guns
On a circumnavigation
To be the only one
We sail south by southwest
Exploration is the quest
To be the very best

We head for the unknown
We're out here on our own
A thousand miles from home
Where does this landmass hide
From searching far and wide
What treasure lies inside

Out on the ocean adventure awaits
Delve into the uncharted lands far away
It's only a legend until proven real
We have got a world to unveil, so set sail
For the south

From Lima to Cadiz
We sighted twenty leagues
At fifty-two degrees
The coast was wild - no shoal
Had no escape from the cold
In fifteen hours of storm

Out on the ocean adventure awaits
Delve into the uncharted lands far away
It's only a legend until proven real
We have got a world to unveil, so set sail
For the south
Track Name: Age of Exploration, Pt. III: The Search
Lyrics
Fields of green as far as eyes can see
Our arrival finally
The struggle and the search for pride and glory
Across the open mountain side
Through the forest dark we ride
Behind shattered walls in caves and ruins we'll find

Caught deep in the age of exploration
A search for the truth
Our quest, fearless and brave, without hesitation
To seek wealth and youth
We pave our way through this place

Strangers approaching, we can hear them call
Man the cannons to fight once and for all

What is this unknown place
And how do I escape

As we ride the crest of a massive ocean wave
I see a dark cloud straight ahead
And we brace ourselves again

A beam of light before my eyes
I wake up in a cloudy desert land
Lost and clueless in a sea of sand

Caught deep in a state of desolation
I search for the shoreline
So fearless and brave
Could I have been dreaming?

Caught deep in the age of exploration
I escape from this isle
My quest, fearless and brave, percieved innovation
I was lost in my mind
Illusions emerge uncontrolled
Track Name: Age of Exploration, Pt. IV: Ghost Ship
Lyrics:
They sure did a number on this one
It's a wreck beyond repair
Must have gone through a dreadful turmoil
It vents an eerie air
Mast broken in several places
And the hull is riddled with holes
Black sails torn like paper
A view that jars my soul

Below the deck we found a fortune of pure gold
Ingots and a crown, seemingly rather old
An ancient Aztec treasure cursed by a deadly spell
Best not to touch, else we might all go straight to Hell

(Like I said, something fell out of the sky
There was this hairy monster
It jumped off the ship, and then it was gone
And the hands, the hands!
Hands just sprouted all over me
and then everything went black
The soft touch of a woman
That thing is a... ghost ship!)

Ghost ship
But that's preposterous
Yes, Sir
There's no way that's a
Ghost ship
Do you expect me to believe that it's not a lie
Ghost ship
But that's preposterous
Aye, aye, Sir
There's no way that's a
Ghost ship
Do you expect me to believe this obvious jive

Commander, I am here to give you my report
Of statements from the men who seized it at their wharf
According to the seven shipwrights at their post
Well, they said... Well, they said...
They said they saw a ghost!

Ghost ship
But that's preposterous
Yes, Sir
There's no way that's a
Ghost ship
Do you expect me to believe that it's not a lie
Ghost ship
But that's preposterous
Aye, aye, Sir
There's no way that's a
Ghost ship
Do you expect me to believe this obvious jive

We did not find hide nor hair of the crew
And what's more, I hear talk of ghosts from the mechanics
The Commander himself did call it a ghost ship too
It is true, this is no ruse, it is a ghost ship
Track Name: Age of Exploration, Pt. VI: Journey's End
Lyrics:
Bright sun, the day was young
I was only ten
I was strolling down the docks
When I was hollered by a pack of strange men
"Hey, kid, you look tough;
Wanna tag along?
We have got a sturdy carrack
With a jolly crew and lots of strong rum"

I never thought I'd leave my hometown
But I knew deep down it never felt like home to me

The journey's never ending
I know I've got no choice but to hold on
To whatever I can keep
From the moment that we set sail
I've known the only place where I belong
Is on the seven seas

Dark clouds, a storm was brewing
No land in sight
We'd been sailing straight for forty days
The captain started losing his mind
Cold wind, icy rain
I was standing watch
The waves grew by the second
We were all soon scattered around like floor mops

I never thought I'd leave my hometown
But I knew deep down it never felt like home
I'm just an undistinguished orphan
But I always dreamed that one day I would roam the sea

This storm is never ending
I know I've got no choice but to hold on
To whatever I can reach
From the moment that we set sail
I've known this is the place where I belong
Out on the seven seas

The freezing water hit me
Like a double wielded axe
I saw my whole life flash before my eyes
As the minutes passed
I remained conscious
Was I live or was I dead
What fate would I be granted
At the murky depths of the ocean bed

The ocean's never ending
I know I've got no choice but to hold on
To the only thing i know
From the moment that we set sail
I've known the only place where I belong
Is down with Davy Jones

In the arms of a mermaid
I'm lying so calm and unafraid
We belong to the ocean
I've waited so long for this closure
Now my time has come to pass
I'm home, I can rest in peace at last