The Night Sky

by Vetrar Draugurinn

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1.
The Observer 05:42
THE OBSERVER Walk, like poetry in slow-motion and silence walks with you Time, lead me by the strands and age will have no grasp on you For aeons I stood here and observed Empires fallen and deities served Civilizations come and gone I’ve seen common sense being torn and severed Yet the movement of the human race defies the art of being erased The insignificance of “the one” All will still be here when you’ve passed on Through my lonely existence, to see but not to be seen, I live forever and scribe of kings and queens No alms given to those needing The Observer of all time and the split seconds in-between For aeons I stood here and observed Emprires fallen and deities served Yet the movement of the human race defies the art of being erased The insignificance of “the one” All will still be here when you’ve passed on Through my lonely existence, to see but not to be seen, I live forever and scribe of kings and queens No alms given to those needing The Observer of all time and the split seconds in-between I am the Alpha, the Omega and Helios divine Purgatory and the journey through the layers I am Halcyon Days of the benign The listening ear and the answer to the prayers
2.
THE NIGHT SKY No strength left to carry on Fading into the shadow I’ve become Aching bones dragged down by a heavy heart Exhausted from traveling far Shine like the stars on an otherwise starless night Like a Pulsar aimed as a guiding light A cosmic lighthouse near a treacherous shore Warning vessels of those that came before that ran aground I am the Night Sky, a star amongst a starless night A cloak smothering all glimmer of hope The final harbour, the end of the rope Our Patron Saints of melancholy Your effigy clenched in my weary hands Following the spiral down to the absolute Our Saint wants what our Saint demands Shine like the stars on an otherwise starless night Like Polaris as my slowly withering guiding light All adversaries may think they have won the war But we’re not going down without a fight No one shines like you anymore I am the Night Sky A star amongst a dead starry night A cloak smothering all glimmer of hope The final harbour, the end of the rope
3.
LANSDOWN HILL Bury me deep or scatter me wide, but remember me deep inside I’ll be here, lingering in the Winter chill. Waiting amongst the grass of Lansdown Hill Say you will think of me still when your last day has come and gone We were here in yesteryears, and we’ll stay here till the very end Here our fondest memories lay to rest Celebrate the bond that’ll forever last To an extent no one will ever know Will you hold my hand and don’t let go? Stay close to me, everything left to fear An eternity I can’t comprehend let this be the end Bury me deep, bury me inside. I will never leave you behind We’ll be here, lingering in the Winter chill Waiting amongst the grass of Lansdown Hill Say you will think of me still when your last day has come and gone We were here in yesteryears, and we’ll stay here till all else is gone Celebrate the bond that’ll forever last To an extent that no one will ever know Will you hold my hand and don’t let go?
4.
5.
The Lonely 06:27
THE LONELY Planetary, solitary, alone in an empty world Daylight capsuled in solitude Discarded lives in abandoned cities. I embody the loneliness in its magnitude But when the sun sets and I close my eyes to my daytime dread I see the bright souls reappear, and relive the happy life I once had... Wrap me in the glow of your smile And just let me stay here for a while The joy of not knowing what’s to come Dissolving slowly with each morning sun... Here I stand. Here I remain. Here I cry, and here I will die But when the sun sets upon this day and I close my eyes I see all the bright souls reappear like in a lucid dream And leave this empty world behind. I stare into despair Wrap me in the glow of your smile And just let me stay here for a while The joy of not knowing what’s to come Dissolving slowly with each morning sun... Apocalyptic, narcessistic, alone in a darkened world A vast crowd drowning in the lonely light Of the best intentions, of selflessness and the just Where many prevail, and few are lost Am I the only one that’ll exist in the end? Am I the only one?
6.
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL EMPTINESS I whisper sweet words into the darkness Shelter her from the dawn Harbour her from those without sadness until there were none Are you still here? Can you give me a sign? I haven’t heard your voice in such a long time I need guidance, answers, solace I do my best to persevere, I promise Are you still here? Give me a sign But sometimes the outlook seems just so bleak and strong gestures cannot mask the meek Clutching at straws to make it seem like I’m fine Can I please hear your voice one last time? Our Lady of Perpetual Emptiness Towering high above us all Hold on to the gathering sadness Melancholy shadow reaching far No one can escape your stanglehold Eclipse our sun and soul I whisper sweet words into the darkness Shelter here from the dawn Strip away layers of happiness Until there are none
7.
AS I DRIFT ON AN OCEAN TOWARDS A DISTANT SHORE See beyond the haze and be one with the universe, the one beside me Casting off shackles that bound me to this Earth Can’t deny the heartache of leaving those who made my life worth living But as all shall fade, so will I As I drift on an ocean vast and wide towards a distant shore beyond the horizon Through the darkness, a piercing white light A beacon amongst the belt of Orion Navigate across the treacherous waves Here I am, the ghost in your photograph The hidden shadow of your better half A trick of light, an echo in time I know dying is like falling asleep Slowly sliding into the darkened deep I see the shore ahead. Can you see it too? As I drift on an ocean vast and wide towards a distant shore beyond the horizon Through the darkness, a piercing white light A beacon amongst the belt of Orion Navigate across the treacherous seas Like so many before me Slowly drifting away The peace overwhelms me The ocean takes me away Zeta, Epsilon, Delta I’m coming home
8.
Reynisfjara 10:29
REYNISFJARA Staring into the cold, dark sea and feel all sorrow fall from me I read the final words of a captivating story But now it’s time to close the book and move slowly into the void I was just a grain of sand on your vast, black beach Washed away with the tides of your Arctic, cold seas Underwater paradise of basalt formations and ghostly lights A Maelstrom drags my existence towards endless nights I was just a grain of sand on your vast, black beach Washed away with the tides of your Arctic, cold seas One last look back I hope you’ll remember me I will never forget I’ll forever miss Thankful to have been We’ll see eachother again

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"The Night Sky" is VETRAR DRAUGURINN's 2nd full length album. Diverse, dynamic, melodic and most of all melancholic. 8 Epic and sombre songs, clocking in at approximately 55 minutes. Heavy 8 string guitars, growling bass and colossal drums with the enchanting yet dark voice of Marjan Welman. Varying from huge, heavy and slow to fragile, intense and minimalistic.

Gathering influences from several genres like doom, gothic and atmospheric metal. For fans of: Swallow the Sun, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, The Gathering, A Perfect Circle, Fields of the Nephilim, Ghost Brigade, 3rd & the Mortal, a.o.

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released September 30, 2021

All music & lyrics by Eric Hazebroek, except "The Fear Of Letting Go" by Thomas Cochrane.

Additional Lead Vocals on "Lansdown Hill" by Mark Kelson (The Eternal).
"The Night Sky" was recorded during the first months of 2021. Drums, Percussion, Vocals & Bass recorded at E-Sound Studio, Weesp, The Netherlands. Guitars recorded at the Right Side of Winter Studio.

Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Thomas Cochrane. Assistent Engineer: Joep van Malsen.

All artworks & layouts made by Gogo Melone (www.gogomelone.com)
Band Photography by Cristel Brouwer / Immensa Arts

VETRAR DRAUGURINN uses & endorses:
Strandberg Guitars, Amedia, Balbex, Cympad

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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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