Beyond the Western Seas

by Lonely Mountain Band

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Beyond the Western Seas

Tolkien inspired album from the Lonely Mountain Band

09.18.2010 – Beyond the Western Seas is the debut album for The Lonely Mountain Band, a musical project created by members of the Celtic rock group Fathom and fronted by Fathom lead singer John Di Bartolo. The album is inspired by the epic literary world of J.R.R. Tolkien, perhaps best known for his The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The scope of Beyond the Western Seas covers the early days of Tolkien’s world, however, giving its intricately detailed history a unique musical life.
While Di Bartolo’s Celtic roots are clear throughout Beyond the Western Seas, The Lonely Mountain Band is a separate musical experience infused with fantasy. In addition to original lyrical content, The Lonely Mountain Band puts several of Tolkien’s poems into new settings for fans to enjoy as free downloads from the band’s website. Di Bartolo is joined by multiple guest performers, including Robert Muller (also of Fathom), Celtic fusion artist Danny McLauglin (Darkwood), and harpist Harperella. Fans of Tolkien’s work will find many details in the album to enjoy from the familiar poetry and names of heroes and battles right down to the cover art provided Ted Nasmith, an artist renowned for his interpretations of Tolkien’s work.
The catalyst for this new collection of songs was the recording of “Let Us Sing Together,” a re-worked cover of a song from the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings Online written by composer Chance Thomas. Beyond the Western Seas will feature three bonus tracks dedicated to the game’s community, included free with the album or online as downloads at www.lonelymountainband.com.
Beyond the Western Seas will have its worldwide release on September 22, 2010, with a virtual release party to be held within the world of The Lord of the Rings Online.

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released 22 September 2010

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"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama..."
— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, from a letter written to Milton Waldman, ca. 1951 —
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Track Name: Vingilot
Instrumental
Track Name: Swanships of Alqualondë
Instrumental Harp
Track Name: The Fall of Gil-galad
Lyrics posted on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil-galad
Track Name: Teleri
Instrumental Harp Solo
Track Name: Ballad of Aiglos
In the hands of the last high king
among exiles of middle-earth
From the sea to the mountains I carved a free path
after the War of Wrath

The first to distrust the deciever of men
my wise master a radiant star
Alone of Eldar forbid Annatar
Wise king lose not thy grip on me

For my blade more pure than snowfall
and my sting is keener than ice
hold me fast among thine enemies
For I am the Spear - cold Aiglos

I saw Westernesse fall beneath the wave
and the last of the faithful sail forth
With Gondor and Arnor I joined in the war
a last alliance of elves and men

I bring cold death to Orc and Goblin
From the gathering at Amon Sul
We saw victory's ransom on the battle plain
Seven years of siege at dark tower

For my blade more pure than snowfall
and my sting is keener than ice
hold me fast among thine enemies
For I am the Spear - cold Aiglos

In the hands of the last high king
among brave Dwarves, Elves and Men
Though against me, none could withstand
I fell from Gil-galad's hand

For my blade was brighter than snowfall
and my sting was keener than ice
he held me fast among his enemies
For I am the Spear - cold Aiglos
Track Name: Cuiviénen
Instrumental
Track Name: Song of Durin's Awakening (Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!)
Read lyrics in the Fellowship of the Ring or here: http://tolkien.cro.net/talesong/durin.html
Track Name: Let Us Sing Together
instrumental
Track Name: Lament of Eorl the Young
Lyrics appear in the Lord of the Rings books and online here: http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Lament_for_the_Rohirrim
Track Name: Celduin
Instrumental
Track Name: Swordsman of the Sky
I met a traveller upon the greenway road
one night on the way to bree
From under hooded cloak
glowing ember and his pipe smoke
he called and hailed to me

Just then a dusk-wolf howled
and I feared brigands on the road
and he looked fair enough to me

So I drew my pony up
and asked the rider his name
and this is what he said to me

I'm just a minstrel with a wandering horse
but not all who wander are lost
I follow those stars there you see on high
Thats the swordsman of the sky
You see a war is coming on these gentle lands
long is the reach of dark hands
I've come to warn your folk
these roads will soon be weary
beneath marching boots of evil enemies

The strangers' war-speech
kindled dread in my soul
like the burning embers
in his pipe-bowl
Something in his voice
like a call to fate
I asked him if it was too late
To warn of what will be
Can our folk remain free?
And this is what he said to me

I'm just a minstrel with a wandering horse
but not all who wander are lost
I could sing to you a great prophecy
from beyond the western seas
But stand fast defend the people free
the last battle is yet to be
I sing of hope in the
shining belt on high
Seek the swordsman of the sky
Track Name: Beyond the Western Seas
Instrumental