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Road To Darkness (Special Edition)

by Gandalf's Fist

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    Lovely DigiPak with the bespoke artwork done by Daniel Pearce, with a 12-pages booklet including all lyrics

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1.
Oh, Take Me Home (repeat) What creature, by some strange magics, transcends this cold night?
2.
Emerald Eyes 04:33
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 toasts 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 lands beyond the fields, has turned to dust, your mind reveals Your emerald eyes, piercing 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, you might die Now, my dear, so might I
3.
Silence Woman! I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!
4.
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
5.
(Laughter) Fly my pretties… Gazing into stardust, wipe the sulphur from your eye Sow the seeds of madness in your brain Turn it into darkness, let it fade away Turn the key, you’re on the road again… Beyond the sphere of sadness; the prism light divine Seize the gate; a doorway lost in time Comfort is companion, or just voices in your head Take a step, the road will never end… My dear girl, do not be frightened Down on your civilized world, I believe there are no witches left, Nor sorcerers, nor magicians. But, you see child, our world has never been civilized For we are far removed from the rest of the cosmos And so, we still have a great many dark things haunting the paths That lie beyond…
6.
I don’t believe in where I’ve been I don’t believe in where I’ve been I don’t believe, I don’t believe in time… Don’t 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 Don’t 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 Is this road to darkness, oh the only road for me? Me and you… Is this road to darkness, oh the only road for me? Will this road to darkness end?
7.
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!
8.
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 that 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
9.
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 road 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…
10.
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 At last your courage fades, no more roads that lead this way First, you gave them your heart, and then, you lost your mind 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 fade away It seems to me you've saved your sight for another day You fill your thoughts with this - assorted lunatics

about

Includes 2021 Hidden Bonus Track: "Making Road to Darkness"- Dean, Luke and Stefan Quaff Ales, Whiskey and Vindaloo as they celebrate the 10th Birthday of the "Road to Darkness" album an exclusive 2-Hour long retrospective podcast!

Ten years ago we released, what we consider to be, the first real Gandalf's Fist album: Road to Darkness.

The album was recorded over the course of a weekend by Dean and Luke and propelled us into micro-stardom! Even though the album has had several, short-run releases over the years, it has never benefited from a high quality packaging or glass-pressed master... until now!

But that's not all! We're taking this 7-year anniversary as the prime opportunity to release: Road to Darkness: Special Edition!

If you have already sampled our previous Universal Wanderer: Special Edition, you will know this will be no simple remaster or repackaging, but an entirely new listening experience!

Using the original multi-track sessions and compositions, the release retains the essence and spirit of the original album but brings the sonic palette up to dare with our intention being it can sit seamlessly alongside our more recent releases. We really think it sounds great!

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.

credits

released October 22, 2018

Dean Marsh: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synth
Stefan Hepe: Drums and Percussion
Luke Severn: Vocals, Narration

with
Alicia Marsh: Narration
Natasha Jaffe: Cello on "Undrodden Ways"

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Gandalf's Fist UK

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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