Kindred: Act II

by Red Cain

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1.
Kindred 05:06
It always seemed too soon To give up on the light And no longer dream.. Something reached and woke me up And all is crumbling Something's calling out to me See what I have seen Never thought I’d be called Silent voices Eyeless Daemons Cold, so cold Dying stars And I can see their lives So slowly drifting by The morning came too late For all of us and I I’ve come to soak my pain In his relentless smile Another lonely pilgrim To watch the world Burn! I dream Of kindred mine Across the world, we are the night And dripping We are divine Our pale throats beg the knife We rise! The madness calls Forever in our eyes And I Will always sell my soul To ashen skies We rise! Eyeless watcher In the winds Call my name Bring me in Mother, mother Oh, I’ve sinned Remember me As I had been And when the darkness loses hold Maybe there’s a place for me here And maybe love, and maybe calm will wait Upon some distant shore, echoing so clear A strange, peaceful land A friend, or not so much a friend And once a monster...now just a man I dream Of kindred mine Across the world, we are the night And driven We are divine We're standing on the edge of a knife We rise! This madness calls Forever in our eyes And I Will always sell my soul To ashen skies We rise!
2.
Demons 04:40
They count your steps And the heartbeats Are sweeter than Sumerian wine Red blood That you gave them They want to be with you all the time Experimentation over my soul I will be Your control It’s deliverance and witchcraft in one In one One and all Demons! You’re mine now Lilith Set the scene Morrigan - phantom queen Naamah - Say my name Morana Join our wicked game Your eyes are bullet holes And lips turn to rust Mannequins maniacal You call to the lost Naked, wearing various smiles Kissed me on the lips and Asked if they could stay a while Skin, and oh so civil Demons are the antidote to evil (Dangerous yet so civil - Demons are the antidote to evil) Leather and lead Yes, like that Let the sun light you up Like a cigarette Leather and lead Smoke and sweat Bare your teeth Yes, like that Leather and lead Yes, like that Let the sun light you up Like a cigarette Leather and lead Smoke and sweat Come to me, demons Just like that All my demons Say hello So many sundowns I have seen Through the shattered windows Cast your night My, oh my How far we’ve come this time Night in night, and one to seven So close to God And so damn far from Heaven Night in night, one to seven Turn the heavy metal up to eleven! All my demons Say hello So many sundowns I have seen Through the shattered windows Cast your night My, oh my Press your wicked, wicked lips on mine!
3.
Fed with ash and born of snow Didn’t know what you’re saying Don’t know even that you’re gone We turn our faces from the Sun So take my hand And step out with me now The precipice of Man Close your eyes You’ve come too far To see our withered spirits Turn to night And from the deep A sound rises up A call, a call A call that must be answered Or defied And you can rise Up out of your sleep Or fall apart For there is life in the ashes For there’s smoke over the shore And your weary hands hold the fate Of more than you can know We are falling forever Tied to the end Take my hand and step out onto The precipice of Man Sic itur ad astra De nocte in feris Sic itur ad lucem Et unum solum Sic itur ad astra De nocte inferis Sic itur ad lucem Non omnis moriar Sic itur daemoniam Alea jacta est Sic itur ad finem Et unum solum Sic itur ad mortem Alea jacta est Sic itur ad gloriam O sole! Tearing through the forest of the lantern light Coldest fire my guide Moving through the archways Of the heathen gods Pull the moon out of the night Cradling in my hands the spirits of the past Confessing their dreams All of their songs weren’t meant for us But we are all that’s here For there is life in the ashes For there’s smoke over the shore And your weary hands hold the fate Of more than you can know We are falling forever Tied to the end Take my hand and step out onto The precipice of Man For there is life in the ashes For there’s smoke over the shore And your weary hands hold the fate Of more than you can know We are falling forever Tied to the end Take my hand and step out onto The precipice of Man
4.
Baltic Fleet 04:53
We Are soldiers of Baltic Fleet And we sail to defeat Flags Higher and higher We Are echoes of those who tend The fire in eyes of men We fall So others can rise Again Halfway we reach, reach to the burning stars Caught between heaven and hell All we have left are the ragged wounds Of brothers, brothers alive/(Many nights) We stood here (We stood here) We fell there (We fell there) And winter winds cover our names We’re still here (We’re still here) To watch the pretenders awake! At the gates... (At the gates!) We stand! Not the strongest of men But we fought for our land We stand Behind us is Russia We Are soldiers of Baltic Fleet And we sail to defeat Flags Higher and higher We Are echoes of those who tend The fire in eyes of men We fall So others can rise Again Turn the arclights on Train them on the horizon above Set the gunpowder and tungsten alight And we will bring you down We Are soldiers of Baltic Fleet And we sail to defeat Flags Higher and higher We Are echoes of those who tend The fire in eyes of men We fall So others can rise Again Loose A thousand wolves On the frozen North (Storm the horizon above) Dead ecstasies live In this revenant flesh And we will bring you down! Loose A thousand wolves On the frozen North (Storm the horizon above) Dead ecstasies live In this revenant flesh And we will bring you down!
5.
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 No fear No lies No rest Reaching for the Sun 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'll 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!
6.
I’ve been told by gods above That the world revolves around love But I know that’s falsehood I’ve been told by beasts below Hunger is the only way to go But five feet of cold steel Is the only truth I need Bring the fury Sons of Rurik Daughters of Kiev You and I are one! Beast-god’s chosen Steel druzhina Behind us is Russia In front of us the Sun! Those that come with swords By swords will be slain If you disturb our peace We won’t forget your name We are the sons We are the warriors We stand alone We are the stories you’ve been told Sun in the sky, wind at our backs In front the Veles hunting packs We send our love And we will soon be home We are the... We are the sons We are the warriors We stand alone We are the stories you’ve been told We are the thunder We are the sleepers on bloodsoaked earth We need no consolation We lift our heads to the Sun We are the avengers Our enemies will feed our land Fly, arrow of Dazhbog We stand Here we all stand! We are the sons We are the warriors We stand alone We are the stories you’ve been told Sun in the sky, wind at our backs In front the Veles hunting packs We send our love And we will soon be home, yeah!
7.
Two steps And my vision shatters Five suns And the moon will slay her brother Two steps In the Sun, will you be waiting? One step Ghosts of my past liberate me! Let it rain Cast your summer heat upon me Etch your likeness on my skin and I don’t care if your world is ending Only mine will stand I am Your glory Reduce me to cinders and Choke on your fury I am The worm of swirling smoke Around you Oh god, let the storm rage Oh god, let the storm come Oh god, is it time now Oh god, let me burn! Slayer I was your god once Countdown from zero Ready to say my name Breathe in deep And take the life that no one wanted Throw those words of kindness away Uncorrupted, now I sleep Undeterred, awake and haunted Day by day Ascending Day by day Day by day, ascending, day by day Day by day, ascending, day by day In your name, I’m burning, in your name What will greet me first, death or rain?! The Sun’s at its apex And so they bleed I am the god of slaughter Looking for my queen Long shall we be walking the fiery path As beasts with golden shadows lay across it Oh gods and mighty kings with cloven tongues And mouths full of questions Let me through... For I just want to glimpse the one Red God In the heart of sunshine Your shadow calls my name To walk in ruinous gardens Or step into the flame And if the Sun dawns on bloody fields, Oh well... Another day has come And if the Sun is red and vengeful, well At least it’s still the Sun And if the Sun dawns on bloody fields Another day has come And if the Sun is red and vengeful, well At least it’s still the Sun The Sun’s at its apex And so they bleed I am the god of slaughter Looking for my queen The Sun’s at its apex And so they Bleed...

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Experimental, aggressive, and recognizably Red Cain in its style, “Kindred: ACT II” picks up and expands on the events from our previous album, centralizing the story around the Aztec warrior Zalcoatl, ritually chosen to save his people, and trapped inside an alien pyramid to battle a hungry, unearthly Lovecraftian entity that plans to use him to be released into the world beyond its archaic prison. In his time-shifting travels within the iron ziggurat, Zalcoatl lives many lifetimes as demigods and human heroes, writing their stories on the fabric of human history, yet still striving to achieve his goal of leaving the pyramid and returning to his people.

But the cosmic horror of the alien Willow is deeply rooted in the human world and is raising occult forces to free itself, guided by a powerful, corrupt cult leader - espousing bloody violence and humanity’s greed for glory. It remains up to Zalcoatl, aided by his enigmatic companion Juliet, to decide whether to sacrifice his destiny and be the weapon that defeats the alien force attempting to engulf the world.

The two albums symbolize, respectively, the night and day side of this clash, with Act I focusing on Zalcoatl’s wanderings among the heroes of the “nightside”, such as Osiris in “ZERO”, his dalliance with the Morrigan as the Celtic warrior Cuchulainn in “Wing of the Crow”, and his short and tragic stint as rock musician Chad McFist in “Juliet” - and Act II championing the theme of the Sun illuminating all, with its shocking, often brutal, and yet life-giving brilliance.

Under this light, many things are revealed, and now Zalcoatl must face the final stage of his journey to the Sun, burn his enemies away, and bargain - or take up arms - to have it returned to his people. His primary alter ego in this saga is Kievan prince Mstislav in the Russian north, who, with his cohort of loyal varyags, is the only force standing between the Nameless Exarch and the morning that will never come.

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released January 22, 2021

Created and produced by Red Cain
Recorded, engineered, and mastered by Tyler Corbett, Alan Sacha Laskow (Kindred)
Written by Evgeniy Zayarny, Tyler Corbett
Drum writing and editing by Taylor Gibson
Additional guitars and songwriting by Brendan Doll (Kindred)
Additional vocals by Rogan McAndrews (Kindred)
Album artwork by Timur Khabirov, Evgeniy Zayarny, Piotr Jamroz 
Album cover by Igor Zayarny
Special thanks to Veles, our patron, the god of War, Beasts, and Poetry
Another special thanks to Alberta Foundation for the Arts
And our sincerest gratitude to our families, friends, and fans!

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Red Cain is a powerful, melodic metal project with European roots, known for intricate storytelling and ambient elements paired with heavy, technical guitarwork and a rich, epic musical presence.

Red Cain is proud to be influenced by acts such as Kamelot, Symphony X, Marilyn Manson, Tesseract, and Alter Bridge.
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