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Road to Darkness

by Gandalf's Fist

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Road to Darkness is a sinister space-rock re-imagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Lyman Frank Baum, chronicling the tale of a young girl transported to the alien world of Io by an evil sorcerer.

Inspired by Gandalf's Fist's love of science fiction and fantasy and influenced by 70's era progressive rock, the sound could be roughly categorized as Arthur C Clarke taking guitar lessons from David Gilmour before jumping into a Delorean to kidnap L Frank Baum.

It's a mix of Classic-Rock style songs, instrumental sections, hard rock riffs, blues solos, narrative passages and harmonious choruses. With the odd smattering of shanty/folk thrown in for good measure!


Dramatis Personæ
Lucy Venti:
A Girl from the land of Terra.
Awaken from her slumber, she finds herself lost
in a strange new world.

Anderson of Io:
The last remaining Wizard from the Emerald Towers of Prometheus.

The Sorceress Kelaino:
An Orphan of the Ice Tides of Europa.
Her three Familiars:
The Fool
The Bastard
The Coward

Captain Samuel Wrangler:
A Pirate from a land far beyond the Jovian Worlds.

Trinculo:
A Psychopomp in a Trickster's Garb.

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released June 28, 2011

Dean Marsh: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synth, Percussion
Luke Severn: Vocals, Narration

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Prog/Folk/Rock from the UK. Aided by a merry band of misfits, Gandalf's Fist are your new favourite Cult band waiting to be discovered!

Gandalf's Fist draw on their mutual love for classic rock bands such as Pink Floyd, The Who, and even the likes of Iron Maiden.
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Track Name: No Place Cyclone
-= Instrumental =-
Track Name: Emerald Eyes
Say Goodbye to me my Friend
Your time has come, You've reached the end
Your path is long,
Your road is far from here
And in a Breath the tempest cried,
You left the ground, you rode the sky
The reaper smiles and tosts to your dismay

Will you take me home?
Will you let me die or fade away?

Promises of Sorcerer's ways have left you cold, your mind astray
Your fairyland now colourless and grey
And now the land beyond the field, has turned to dust, your mind reveals,
Your emerald eyes, now black holes in the sky

Will you take me home?
Will you let me die or fade away?

And there he stands, upon the hill
His shallow eyes are watching still
Now I see that you might die
And now I see that so might I.
Track Name: Conjurer of Cheap Tricks
-= Instrumental =-
Track Name: Into the Dark (containing Emerald Eyes Reprise)
Return to the stars...
oh no you know where to go...
oh no it's no place like home.
Into the Dark...

In the darkness, fade away
In the darkness only suffering and pain
in the darkness don't see daylight don't see dreams
in the darkness there is nothing left for me

Return to the sun, oh no you know where to go
Oh no it's no place like home
Return to the stars, oh no you know where to go
Oh no it's no place like home, into the dark

In the daytime you're awake
In the daytime you don't know which road to take
in the sunshine you don't know when you should leave
in the sunshine there is no more make believe

Return to the sun, oh no you know where to go
Oh no it's no place like home
Return to the stars, oh no you know where to go
Oh no it's no place like home, into the dark

Return to the stars, oh no you know where to go
Oh no it's no place like home...

And should the sun refuse to shine
and should the stars fall from the sky
don't close your eyes - you might lose your way
Track Name: Twilight At the Gates of the Prism Moon
-= Instrumental =-
Track Name: The Sulfur Highways of Io
Dont look back, the earth is gone
The darkness fills your eyes
Don't look back, the road is long
Don't see the morning rise

Dont look back, the earth is gone
The darkness fills your eyes
Don't look back, the road is long
Don't see the morning rise
Track Name: Untrodden Ways
She dwelt among the untrodden ways
Beside the springs of Dove,
A Maid whom there were none to praise
And very few to love

A violet by a mossy stone
Half hidden from the eye!
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.

She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her grave, and, oh,
The difference to me!
Track Name: Road To Darkness
Io, a world ripped asunder
the wizard king in his emerald spire
the manic Witch far out to the west
the eternal battle between mad and evil
A young girl caught in the middle
of a war which has raged for centuries
torn from the place she calls home
lost in a world without order

Darkness won't you take me to a world that's far away
On this road I see before me, on this road I can't escape
Darkness won't you take me to a world that's far away
On this road I see before me, on this road I can't escape

Three Creatures that once were men
A fool, a bastard and a coward
are the only thing that stands between
a mad witch brimming with hatred
A wizard that knows and sees all
and the girl standing on the road in darkness
living in fear and knowing nothing but despair

Darkness won't you take me to a world that's far away
On this road I see before me, on this road I can't escape
Darkness won't you take me to a world that's far away
On this road I see before me, on this road I can't escape
Darkness won't you take me to a world that's far away
On this road I see before me, on this road I can't escape
Darkness won't you take me to a world that's far away
On this road I see before me, on this road I can't escape
Track Name: The Council of Anderson
The silent planet bathes its shores
In moonbeams from the night
As shadow children dream their dreams
To hear their mothers cry
The echo of the solar breeze
Falls soft upon the sands
Walking to the jester’s tune
On this rose across the stars…

The tyrant in his emerald spire
Casts shadows in the night
His fear is brought to waking souls
Who sleep beneath the light
The watchmen of the city wall
Call out the sorcerer’s name
The brave men of the citadel
Fall back against the flame
The council members disappear
To rooms beneath the mire
The courtyard of the cowardly
Hears whispers of the fire
The summoned party pays the price
Death takes them by the hand
He leads them on a merry dance
Across this cursed land…
Track Name: Assorted Lunatics
It seems to be
You don't really know anything
It seems to me
You don't really know anyone
You say it makes them sick - assorted lunatics

Speak to me
Your mind was never here anyway
Your disease
Greeting people inside our brain
Oh the games they play
You hear the words they say

Never free
Locked inside like a mental case
Sanity
Washed away without a trace
All the things you do
The voices tell you to

It seems to be
Your emerald eyes never seem to fade
It seems to me
You've saved your sight for another day
You fill your thoughts with this - assorted lunatics.