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Hinterlands

by Vetrar Draugurinn

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    To go with the release of our album "Hinterlands" we have made a batch of our first full-blown t-shirt. In Greyscale, we have a special version of The Hermit. An iconic figure representing enlightenment and wisdom. Walking the narrow path in life and beyond.

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1.
Hinterlands 06:05
HINTERLANDS Set me free from this alternate reality Chained to an indoctrinated society Taught to ignore, blind with both eyes Colourful truths turned to grey, force-fed lies But beyond the mist in the valleys within The haven of your “self” lies deep in slumber Where “to conform” is “to give in” An inner scream of bliss and wonder From the flood lands to the giving ground Within the hinterlands veracity can be found Hidden by fog and insecurities, you will see The real truth lies within the details of the real me I see my world with different eyes I ascend from concrete jungles and speak A language long forgotten, always denied In a state long mistaken for being weak From the flood lands to the giving ground Distant hinterlands where veracity can be found Unchained from my insecurities, I will see The real truth, the real me Set me free from reality Release me from my chains Let the teachers be taught It will all be in vain
2.
I Am 05:49
I AM I am LOST. I am air. I am the last breath, the cry of despair. No one here to help me. No one cares. I am silent. I am cold. I am the faith that's been foretold. No escaping the rigid grasp of fear. Don’t put flowers on my grave, my Dear. It’s just a name on a stone. I’m not here. Whisper my name and speak the truth. Deny the coming future, I am You. I am transparent. I am grey. I am the pinch of sulphur to your dismay. No bigger denial than living in the past. I am rain. I am tears. I am the alcohol that makes pain disappear. No one has enough to make it last. Don’t put flowers on my grave, my Dear It’s just a name on a weathered stone, I’m not here. Wallow in sorrow and remember the truth Celebrate that we were the lucky few. Remember the time, remember us. Or my existence will be forever lost. Remember until you no longer can recall We were blessed to have met eachother at all. I am nothing. I am all. I am you…
3.
Second 04:11
SECOND Everywhere I go I still feel you there Every second I sleep I feel you near And though we might be far apart I hold your memory close to heart Cause when the moment comes when I cross the threshold to the place I love I know those moments last forever and time froze I will never lose you, I will never want to think of a time when we have to say goodbye I count every second till we meet again I dread every minute that we get closer to the end Carry me home to where, where my heart is Bury me close to where, where my love lies I count every second till we meet again I dread every minute I get closer to the end Together. forever. till our dying breath.
4.
THE WOLVES AT OUR DOOR By chasing the darkness into the dawning light the Hunters came, crossing the great divide Feeding on the fear of losing ourselves to fear the growling of hungry wolves’ drawing near. Stand strong, overcome the wrong, and barricade the gates once more Arm yourself and rise tall to defeat the wolves at our door. Harbor our light, let fires rage, higher than the tallest trees. Radiate the beacon inside and drive the darkness to its knees Vengeful spirits roaming in plain sight Within the eerie silence they reside The ghosts of winter are looming in Nordic cold To devour the warmth of our faith foretold. Stand strong, turn right from wrong, and cross the bridge to the North once more Arm yourself and rise tall to defeat the wolves at our door Harbor our light, let Dark Rivers rage, louder than the oldest trees. From our Grey Havens our shining light will drive the darkness to its knees. Under lock & key. I will never forgot. I will never flee. Under lock & key. I will never forgot. I will never flee from the Wolves at our Door.
5.
MOTHER OF NORTHERN SKIES Mother of Northern Skies Did you abandon me? Please, shelter me Alone, like a shadow amongst the trees I never meant it to end like this, buried underneath 20 inches of pure white snow Waiting patiently for any lover to show I feel my life fade The warmth in my heart decays Fingers slowly turning numb The will is lost, I succumb I stood here for hours, waiting for you Time has passed, but you're not closer Your love fell like the snow on my skin The cold of your heart kills the warmth within I feel my love fade Frost in my soul replaced Eyes glazed in a forever stare You're not there I stood here for hours, waiting for you Time has passed, but you're not closer Your love fell like the snow on my skin The cold of your heart kills the warmth within Mother of Northern Skies Did you remember me, please, rescue me I never meant it to end like this, buried underneath 20 inches of pure white snow Waiting patiently for any lover to show Together, Apart, I die alone Together, apart, I die alone...
6.
DEATH WILL COME FOR US Lie still at this Waking Hour. Lie still, don’t move an inch Am I awake or still dreaming? Did I wander off or did I give in. In the shadows, to the corner I see you standing Waiting for the right time to claim your prey. No stopping the inevitable. Another soul slipping away Death will come for us all Extinguish the fires that I lit Every time our heart gets broken We die just a little bit To live in denial is to live without fear The fear of the end crawling near Am I awake or still dreaming? Did I wander off, away from the light Lie still in my forever sleep, waiting for eternal night No stopping the inevitable. My soul slipping away. Death will come for us all Dry the solitairy tear I let slip Every time we lose someone dear We die just a little bit So brave up and stand tall. Face the darkness, all men must fall
7.
FOREVER LOCKED WITHIN I remember the times when all seemed fine. The gentle smile that graced your lips, the laughter, the sighs Carefree years in childhood innocence drifting by in complete and utter bliss They will never take those away Those beautiful memories are here to stay Forever locked in the hearts of those who knew The true you shining through… And as we grew older you never lost the spark that drove you, pushed you Through grey, uneventful days, the bad days, the sad days Fought off by the strength of unconditional love and honesty Nothing mattered besides the company you kept They will never take those away Those beautiful memories are here to stay Forever locked in the hearts of those who knew Will you realize the reason why? We lived the best of our days gone by Your gentle smile. Your hand in mine. They will never take those away from us Beautiful memories are here to stay with us I wrap my arms around you to hold you closer to my heart And hide the hurting caused by every second we’re apart And wipe those tears away for the moments forever locked within They will never take those away Those beautiful memories are here to stay Forever locked in the hearts of those who knew The true you shining through… Will you ever realize the reason why? Your gentle smile. Your hand in mine.
8.
THE NARROW PATH Come closer and stand in my light. Nobody knows me. No-one stands by my side. Yet I do not feel lonely, I do not feel loss Nor do they know of the mountains I crawled across I’m. Never. Going. To. Let. Go. I. Have seen. More darkness. Than you will ever know. I walk the narrow path across these fields Through ill-lit streets and paradise concealed To sheath my fragile state from sheer disaster I walk the line between life and thereafter Walk through me as if I’m not here. In your pheripheral vision I will disappear. You’ll never see the true beauty that lies within these temples of flesh, bone and skin. I walk the narrow path across these fields Through ill-lit streets and paradise concealed To sheath my fragile state from sheer disaster I walk the line between life and thereafter I’m. Never. Going. To. Let. Go. I have seen more darkness than you will ever know. Choose your path wisely, the crossroads lie ahead Choose not for wealth but for essentials instead Choose your path wisely, that will lead to your true happiness
9.
Wanderer 04:31
WANDERER Desolate hills, covered in snow, Rivers like veins flowing down below Through vast forests covered in ice Fierce winds I conjure and entice I am the wanderer through timeless lands Winter beside me hand in hand And in those lands I surely become The soaring silence in distant horizons In the heart of the earth I hide I need no one, I am my own guide These frosted lands greet me with open arms They console my sorrow and keep me from harm I wander from the treeclad lowlands to the mountains of stone I wander in company of many before me, yet I wander alone.
10.
Bleak Earth 04:43
BLEAK EARTH Trace the thin blue line down the skin-deep path to where the heart resides and carve your name within. I carry the weight of the world that fuels the fire I carry the weight of a world, bleak and grey Hatred fuels the fire of my dismay Solemn is my mask. Downward lines where a smile should be I hung my sorrow amongst the branches of the highest trees (I carry the weight of a world, bleak and grey) Save me from what could have been. The light of my soul has dimmed deep within. Just your name on the black surface of my heart. The scars, torn assunder, ripped apart. I carried the weight of the world, bleak and grey Hatred fueled the fire of my dismay. Solemn is my mask Downward lines where a smile should be I hung my sorrow amongst the branches of the highest trees And when all the world is lost in shadow, yours is the only fire I will know Bleak is the earth I walk on, still the pale light is not gone
11.
TWELFTH NIGHT (Þrettándinn) Believe me when I say I remember those times every day I feel the nostalgia take hold (And when the stories are retold) I smile faintly and think of you. Do you remember the times we traveled the world Together, A group of like-minded souls. (And when nostalgia takes hold) I smile faintly and think of you. The 6th day is here, and we’re ready to fight Another gloomy year of eternal night Another dark view upon a decaying life Struggling through our earthly strife This Twelfth Night We’re still here, waiting for the dawn Of a new chance, the rebirth of a song (And when time stands still) I’ll be waiting here for you And though we are lost I still see you standing in front of me Fading like the ghost of a distant era (And when everything's clear to see) Will you be waiting here for me? The 6th day is here, and I’m ready to fight Another gloomy year of eternal night My darkened view upon a fleeting life I struggle through my earthly strife And I wait here (forever) here for you…

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VETRAR DRAUGURINN – A chill in the air of the Dutch metal scene…

“And when all the world is lost in shadow / Yours is the only fire I will know. / Bleak is the earth I walk on. / Still the pale light is not gone”
Vetrar Draugurinn is a Dutch band formed around song writer / guitar player Eric Hazebroek (Stream of Passion); show casing his unique style of incorporating melancholic melodies with heavy, down-tuned riffs and his eye for subtle detail and diversity. After Stream of Passion’s demise in 2016 Eric needed a new challenge to continue onwards.

Despite the Icelandic name, the band came to life in the Netherlands. To complete the line-up Eric asked the help of 4 talented, experienced musicians/friends, namely the angelic yet dark voice of Marjan Welman (Autumn, Ayreon), versatile drummer Jim van de Kerkhof (All for Nothing), fellow 8 stringed guitar player Thomas Cochrane (Hologram Earth, Ancient Rites), and long-time collaborator Arjan Heijden (Manifest, Daeonia) on bass. Their goal is to make music from the heart, melancholic and gloomy, intense and fragile at some places, massive and loud in others.

Eric explains: “Throughout my 26 years as an aspiring and semi-professional musician, I grew into the role of songwriter more and more. During my time in Daeonia (Candlelight Records 1997-2001)
I became the sole contributor for the first time and learned a lot about subtle details in melody and atmosphere. The Saturnine (2003 – 2013) was the band in which this came to existence the most.
With a strong work ethic we were playing in the name of the song, disguished our technical abilities underneath a blanket of beautiful melodies. I’m not here to show off my guitar-playing (others are way better than I am). I’m here to make beautiful music.”
For 10 years Eric was part of the Dutch/Mexican progressive symphonic metal band Stream of Passion, with whom he toured several times all over Europe and even played shows in far away places like Russia, Canada, Israel, Mexico, and the United States. During those years he released 3
full-length albums with the band and a live DVD. Stream of Passion also launched an incredibly succesful crowdfunding campaign for the recording of their final studio album in 2013, which grossed near to 200% of their goal.

2017 Saw the start of this brand new band and a brand new adventure, venturing into the next chapter of a musical journey. First a limited edition EP was as an introduction, with a tremndous response to follow. After which a full-length album was recorded during 2018, which will see the light of day in 2019. “Hinterlands” contains 11 songs that will drag you into their travels and darkness. Vetrar Draugurinn is here to give you a glimpse of light in the dark forest, a little bit of warmth in the long wintery night.

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released March 28, 2019

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Vetrar Draugurinn The Hague, Netherlands

VETRAR DRAUGURINN is the vehicle for the songwriting of guitarist Eric Hazebroek (ex-Stream of Passion). To complete the line-up Eric asked the help of 4 talented, experienced musicians/friends, namely the angelic yet dark voice of Marjan Welman , versatile drummer Jim van de Kerkhof , fellow 8 stringed guitar player Thomas Cochrane, and long-time collaborator Arjan Heijden on bass. ... more

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