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Red Cain - "Varyag and the Shrike" (Visualizer)

Ο δίσκος των Red Cain "Kindred: Act II"
Every winter
Every sunlit spring
We meet at the edge of the world
To share our joys and sorrows

Every winter
My brothers grow fewer
And you raise your spire to the sky

And soon, I know
That time will soon be mine

Tell my story
Write my name in fire (on your altar)
Where’s the glory
I dreamt of as a child?

Look around
Do you see
The blackened wings of destiny
Enfold you
And lift you up

Look around
Savour this
It’s a fight you won’t miss
Your faith - gone!
So draw your weapon

For the Sun
We step up to the tributary stream
Of life eternal

We die young
And every day we die, we resurrect
To win this war!

Into the fire!
We are the tide
Form up, heroes!
Now we ride!

We are the demons out of the night
Form up, varyags!
Now we ride!

Shards of embers
Raining from the sky
I feel them, descending...
Amending life

Distant now...
Echoes of laughter past
In every tale, the end must
Come at last

And who will hold the vigil
At the dusk of man
This precipice
Is this our end? No!

And what of glory
And what of promised glory!
Come at last...

No fear
No lies
No rest
Reaching for the Sun (x4)

Fall, fall from the stars
Hungry like wolves
Riding the storm... to sea

Call, call from afar
Herald of life
Drawn by your poetry

Systems, coming alive
We tear at the Sun
Fight for supremacy

You and I, we break the hold
We’ll break the line
Just wait and see…

Into the fire
We are the tide
Form up, heroes!
Now we ride!

We are the demons
Out of the night
Form up, varyags!
Now we ride!

Οι Red Cain μας έρχονται από τον Καναδά. Δημιουργήθηκαν προ επταετίας κι αναφέρουν ως επιρροές συγκροτήματα όπως οι: Kamelot, Symphony X, Conception, Tesseract, Sybreed, Blind Guardian, Aria, Opeth, Rush κλπ. Τo φθινόπωρο του 2016 κυκλοφόρησαν το ομώνυμο ep και πέρυσι το ντεμπούτο τους "Kindred: Act I" (αυτοχρηματοδοτούμενο σε ψηφιακή μορφή - σε cd κυκλοφόρησε τον περασμένο Γενάρη μέσω της Sliptrick Records). Στις αρχές του νέου έτους θα κυκλοφορήσει το δεύτερο μέρος υπό τον τίτλο "Kindred: Act II"...

Δελτίο τύπου: «"Varyag and the Shrike" is a fable about accepting your own mortality and acknowledging your place in the memory of future generations, from the point of view of a dying Slavic warrior.

A shrike is a bird of prey that kills via impaling its quarry on thorns, barbed wire, or any other sharp points - leaving a grotesque reminder of its hunting prowess. In this track, they play a Valkyrie-like role, taking the souls and bodies of fallen warriors home.

This track is, in essence, a dirge - a lament for the dead, with our hero metaphorically in dialogue with the shrike. The track art shows as much, with us also reinterpreting the visual motif of the warrior’s head from Alexander Pushkin’s epic poem “Ruslan & Ludmila”, infested here by a malevolent Lovecraftian force, and decorated with the shrike and their victims.

We can’t deny taking some inspiration from Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos as well, where the entity known as the Shrike plays a similar, but also very different part. Despite the dark content, our hero and the track itself eventually seek to overcome their own intrinsic melancholy and raise a rallying cry to those who follow, to take up his banner and continue onward.

Conceptually, the track represents humanity’s continuity through millennia via retellings of glorious deeds and sacrifices in the name of its survival. For even if one falls, many will step forward to take his place. So lock ranks, stand shoulder to shoulder with your brothers and sisters - and raise your face to the Sun. This is "Varyag and the Shrike".»

Bio: «Described as a vehicle of "Melancholy and Rage" and born out of the emerging music scene of Alberta, Canada, 2017 YYC Awards Metal Recording of the Year winner Red Cain is a power / progressive metal project with Russian roots.

With intricate songwriting, a heavy yet melodic feel reminiscent of progressive acts, and elements of Russian myth and Slavic paganism, Red Cain champion a fluid, dynamic, and unique musical style centered around telling dark, conceptual Faustian sagas and constructing those into an unforgettable live experience.

Stated by frontman Evgeniy Zayarny as wanting to bring back the "Devil's music" mysticism all too often missing in modern metal acts, Red Cain delivers flair, groove, and an intricate, lethal edge in their music. Listeners might well pick out elements reminiscent of such luminary acts as Kamelot, Symphony X, Tesseract, Amaranthe, Alter Bridge - whipped into a venomous new shape. The current incarnation of the band is all of these influences mixed with a lot of vodka and Eastern European melancholy, shaken and stirred.

Red Cain released its debut self-titled EP in November 2016 to rave reviews from a variety of publications such as Dead Rhetoric, MetalUnderground, and Firewind magazine, among many others. Red Cain's EP had the honour of winning Metal Recording of the Year at the 2017 YYC Music Awards. The band has a strong emerging fanbase around the world, being named one of the top 200 bands of 2016 by Headbangers Latinoamerica and the EP's cover art selected as one of 2016's 15 best by Metal Underground.

Red Cain's first full-length album "Kindred: Act I" was released March 2019 to a variety of excellent reviews internationally, reaching #1 on Canadian Earshot Loud charts and establishing the band as a force in the Canadian metal scene.

A variety of festival appearances at Loud As Hell Metal Festival, Hyperspace Metal Festival, and Canada Wacken Competition have served to cement that status. Red Cain's music video for "ZERO" has to date garnered 3 international film festival awards, including the Music Video Award at the Accolade Global Film Competition (LA). The band aims to deliver its follow-up to "Kindred: Act I" in 2020.»

Band: Red Cain
Country of origin: Canada
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Status: Active
Formed in: 2012
Genre: Progressive Metal
Years active: 2012-present

Audio: "Varyag and the Shrike"
Album: "Kindred: Act II"
Type: Full length
Release date: January 22nd, 2021

Album line up:
Evgeniy Zayarny - Vocals
Brendan Doll - Guitar
Noah Bockmuehl - Guitar
Rogan McAndrews - Bass/Backing Vocals
Taylor Gibson - Drums

Kobra Paige - Vocals (track 7)
Tyler Corbett - Guitars (Track 2)
Daniel Louden - Vocals (Track 5)

Live line up:
Evgeniy Zayarny - Vocals
Carlos Cruz - Guitar
Noah Bockmuehl - Guitar
Taylor Gibson - Drums

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