Dread Marches Under Bloodied Regalia

by Roundtable

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Matthew Rukgaber
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Matthew Rukgaber Three progressive folk instrumental tracks surround three songs, each 10 min+, which, given their diversity and uniqueness, have to be heard to be understood. Vocals and the fusion of NWOBHM with stoner-doom-isms will remind one of The Sword. The angular arpeggio riffs will call to mind Mastodon. But this is moody, medieval, progressive battle metal meets Candlemass-- the result is something original and unbeatable. Favorite track: Abarath Pass (The Road to Dominion).
The Fuzz
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The Fuzz Received this as a music submission on fuzzfm.com - and the sounds filling my headphones have blown me away. This is truly psych metal/doom at its finest. Favorite track: The Siege of Uthur's Keep.
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Lord Miklite Perfect balance of doom and riffs with that great 70s vibe. Favorite track: Corpulent Warlord.
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The year is 801 in the Third Epoch. The vast trading and banking empire of Ivoria expands beyond the confines of its northern continent, into the barren but mineral-rich lands of Hessia. A narcissistic and ambitious aristocrat, Lord Uthur, is tasked with overseeing their interests in the region. He discovers a land ripe for exploitation but segmented by warring factions with little interest in unification or the genteel sophistication of his culture. He strikes an alliance with the strongest and most ruthless leader of them all, the nomadic warlord Kraal.

With the financial backing of the empire, Kraal ascends to a place of dominance within the region, winning the respect of his kind through one bloody conquest after another. In exchange for this support, Uthur is given full access to exploit the natural resources and the people of the land for the gain of the Ivorian realm.

The relationship is initially profitable for both parties, however Kraal’s appetite for chaos and violence - intensified rather than sated by his series of victories - eventually makes him a liability to the smooth operation of the colony. Uthur concludes that the time has come for the removal of his wild colleague, the installation of a more pliable local representative, and the transition to a more stable and materially productive society. He contracts an assassin, disguised as a messenger, to complete the deed far away during Kraal’s conquests of the western hinterlands.

The attempt fails, and what follows is a quest for personal vengeance that sees the blood of thousands spilled across a continent in its realisation…

"Dread Marches Under Bloodied Regalia" is the debut album by Roundtable. It is a narrative concept album fusing the sensibility of 1970s American and European progressive rock with the weight and grimness of modern stoner, sludge and doom metal, alongside many other disparate influences.

It is a tribute to the many classic works of music, aesthetics and storytelling that inspired its creation, and an attempt to synthesise these influences into something new and vital, yet in a sense timeless.

credits

released October 29, 2015

Jono Gilmour - Electric and acoustic guitar
Joshua Hickey - Drums and percussion
Rhys Walmsley - Bass and vocals

Recorded and mixed at Goatsound Studios in Melbourne, Australia by Jason Fuller
Except track 5 - overdub recording and mixing by Jono Gilmour
Mastered by Paul Fox at Indiemasters

Cover artwork by Jill Ruse
Design by Jono Gilmour

Soundscape mixing and editing by Jono Gilmour

This recording makes use of many samples from the database at freesound.org, made available under a Creative Commons licence. We would like to thank all that freely contributed their recordings to this great online community.

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A tripartite union of true riff believers; fellow travellers wending their path through the cosmic ether. Transcending mere Iommic ritual, they wield might and beauty alike in pursuit of the mastery of lysergic liturgy. From the raw material of riff, rhythm and bellow, the lore of alternate realms is realised in extended compositions that explore the possibilities and limitations of their craft. ... more

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Track Name: Corpulent Warlord
Great Kraal vast in his rusted mail
Warlord of the ruthless clan
Cunning ally of the pale crusaders
Slayer of the infant king
He craves neither peace nor comfort
Violence is its own reward
Woe betide he owes his lot
To that boundless wrath

He collects the bitter and corrupted
And wields their anger like a tool
Empowered by the might of Northern coin
His grip grows ever strong
Their treachery comes without surprise
But still his rage ignites
Woe betide those who line the path
To his bloody goal

He rallies forth his party thus:
“To the coward Uthur‘s keep
Our road-soiled band will cross his court
Boots befouling pristine stone
To his vulgar lounging throne
And strike the grapefruit from his grasp
Let him cower at my feet
Before the crowning blow!”

A thousand hooves of thunder
Amidst a hellish storm of dust
They leave only ashes in their wake
But nothing sates their bloody lust
The dread warrior rides ahead
Astride his iron-plated steed
He swings his putrid axe aloft
In his murderous trance
Track Name: The Siege of Uthur's Keep
Dawn’s first rays
Creep over the eastern peaks
The black horizon
Stirs with foreign shapes
The drowsing guard
Springs from his torpid state
Night’s curtain lifts
To reveal his certain fate

The archers on the eastern wall
Draw their bows with shaking hands
Their foes create a fearsome sight
Rolling through the dusty vale
They wonder at the horrid tales
Shared by ale and candlelight
Too late to flee and spare themselves
Trapped in this brutal place

The arrows rain down on Kraal’s men
Here and there they twist and fall
They spread their ranks and break in two
Keeping up their manic pace
The frontal force raise their shields
Above their heads to lend protection
And forge a path directly
To the fortress walls

The nimbler of the western flank
Scale the walls and fight one handed
Clinging to the parapets
Encroaching like a rising fog
They break into the clerics’ wing
Spreading panic and confusion
The slower of the chancellors
Are slaughtered at the abacus

The ancient oak
Groans and creaks
With each strike
Of the iron ram
Once it makes its puncture
The raiders force their entrance
Like water under pressure
Through the wounded gate

Through the great hall, empty
To the inner sanctum
Up the spiral staircase, winding
To Lord Uthur‘s vacant suite
The coin-chest is wide open
Cleared of its riches
The linen is immaculate
And his riding clothes are gone!

“Where are you now?
Reveal yourself!
And meet your fate
Where are you now?”
Track Name: Abarath Pass (The Road to Dominion)
Riding two hundred strong
Abarath Pass lies ahead of us
The road winds between stony cliffs
From grey Dokkinen to Syarivind
Our pace is quick like the desert horse
Though the path is loose and treacherous
We are constant as the flow of time
The vengeful crave no idleness

Our trail is strewn with golden coins
Found in the clammy palms of the peasantry
If he has paid them to stay their tongues
We will know of it before the day is out
After such largesse one might expect
The coward’s purse to be running light
If he resorts to threats, we will double them
Fear is the Warlord’s element!

Minds
And
Steel
Sharp
As serpents’ teeth
Bared
To
Strike
Fear into
Hearts
Of
Those
Lesser men
Who
Yearn
To
Live in peace!

Ride!
Ceaseless strides!
Hunt him down!