Az Esm`

by WELICORUSS

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    Track list:
    1. Intro
    2. Az Esm`
    3. Voice of the Millennium
    4. Sons of the North
    5. Woloshba
    6. Fires of Our Native Land
    7. Bridge of Hope
    8. Dolmen
    9. Kharnha
    10. Fragments of Forgotten Dreams
    11. Outsider
    12. Az Esm` - Epilogue

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    ©Alexey Boganov, 2015

    Track list:
    1. Intro
    2. Az Esm`
    3. Voice of the Millennium
    4. Sons of the North
    5. Woloshba
    6. Fires of Our Native Land
    7. Bridge of Hope
    8. Dolmen
    9. Kharnha
    10. Fragments of Forgotten Dreams
    11. Outsider
    12. Az Esm` - Epilogue

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released January 31, 2015

WELICORUSS:

Alexey WELICORUSS Boganov – concept, guitars, main vocal, orchestral arrangement
Ilya ELIAS Chursin – drums
Max SOWER Severny – guitars

Guest musicians:

Gojko Maric – rhythm/solo guitars
Dmitry Zhikharevich – bass
Alexey Boldin – bass
Anastasia Sergeeva – soprano (8)
Alexandra Savina – soprano (2,5,6,10)
Dmitry Sharmanov – bass vocal (3,5,6,10)
Taras Shenshin – baritone (7,9)
Olga Kaigarodova – didgeridoo (1,2,12)
Galina Belaeva – bagpipe (4,10)
Dmitry Rzhanitcin – ethnic percussion (2,6,12)
Old man`s voice – Igor Hohlovkin (1,3,11)
Voice Of Eternity – Alexey Boganov (7,12)
Main idea and implementation – Alexey Boganov
The album was recorded from autumn 2012 to spring 2014 in “Totem Studio”, “Polyphony Studio”, “Slama Records” (Prague)
Mixing and mastering by Alexey Stetsyuk in DRYGVA studio.
Music & arrangement by Alexey Boganov.
All lyrics by Alexey Boganov & Anastasia Kriger
Make-up and band style by Anastasia Kriger
Fotos by Eugene Nakryshsky.
Design by Al.Ex Mayhem Project
Translation by Dmitry Zhikharevich and Justin JC Roberts


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WELICORUSS is one of the most famous symphonic/pagan/black metal band in Russia. Band was born in 2005 but the first demos appeared in yearly 2000th. The band’s sound and imagery is undoubtedly that of black metal; lyrics, concept and ideology are inspired by the ancient Rus lore, which refers Welicoruss to pagan. ... more

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Track Name: Intro (Az Esm`)
Voice of Eternity: I AM in you of Eternity, and the Face of Eternity evincing amidst all that's impermanent, I am Eternal, but not you, ever-changing. Eternal You are, but not ever-changing in You. Fighting and winning at all times. Defeat is unthinkable.
Track Name: Az Esm` (I AM)
Eternity threw itself into the dark sea.
I hear the peal of sharp blades,
As the edge of Heaven is cut open,
And the scarlet sunset drips down.

I am alone in this vastness,
I feel like becoming mute,
Becoming a droplet of water in the ocean,
Or the light of distant stars.

Silence, that echoes through the sky,
Gives me a piercing delight.
And I'm unable to contain my thoughts,
And unable to overpower them,

And there's nothing that isn't me,
Just as this moment right here and now,
Is filled with æther, and I feel,
That I am!

I opened my eyes, and the whole Universe appeared before me,
And everything that was before suddenly seemed like a wondrous dream.
Every speck is impregnated with great design,
I'm going to take the throne of life at the top!
Track Name: Voice of the Millennium
Daughter - Daddy, why did it get so dark and quiet? I'm scared!
Father - Fear not, Daughter! It is the time of great changes, people of the past will leave and the builders of the new World, a world without lies and pain, will be born in their stead.

In this world of strange values,
You don't understand the essence of life.
Many masks and faces haunt my dreams,
Centuries rushed by within years.

Our time quickens its pace,
Forcing us to play a game.
Death is the only wise adviser,
That you have.

The enemy rebels, but the cup's been spilled!
The agony of fear destroys the mind,
Be cold-headed, but keep your heart hot!
Stay always on guard, spirit gatherer!

I hear the voice of the millennium;
I hear it and my heart falters.
When in the hour of silence,
The Universe engulfs itself!

Thoughts carry you away in their stream,
Peace does not come to you in sleep,
Finding freedom in flight,
The sound of a voice fills your head again.

No time to consider, to think and to wait,
To live in anguish, or to hear the tears of planets?
Left hopelessly behind, having lost our essence,
To scream in pain, or to surrender?
Track Name: Sons Of The North
Why did you disturb the firstborn sons,
Whose deafening screams have awoke the Heavens?
Thy shield is bloodied and thine hope is shattered,
Beg the support and advice of thy Father.

Feel the power when we are together?
Unite, and the bygone glory won't blind our eyes.
High cliffs guard the stronghold,
Where we keep perpetual watch.

The old man once told us about a battle,
About the way of old times and the change of epochs,
And how Father tempered metal,
In Heaven's forge, creating armor.

The time has come to wake up from sleep;
We'll breathe in the power of the mountains.
The sky rumbles and the horn sounds,
Sons of the North are prepared to fight!

Twinkling stars charm and lure,
The sound of waves crashing against the mighty Drakkar,
The cries of the gulls and the howling of the wind high up -
There's nothing more comforting and sweet for us.

The time has come to wake up from sleep;
We'll breathe in the power of the mountains.
The sky rumbles and the horn sounds,
Sons of the North are prepared to fight!
Track Name: Woloshba
Under the ever-changing Heavens,
I'll gather the glow of the countless stars,
And will hide it in the forests of the Earth,
Under the shimmering fluffy snow.

They will sprout in the spring,
And their warmth will melt the snow,
And the coldness of the Universe will leave its mark -
Like patterns of wrinkles on a withered face!

A voice told me of the ethereal,
It bound everything in the air,
It sent me towards the sounds of dancing,
Shadows flickering in the moonlight.

We can fly just like the birds in the sky,
Soaring over the vastness of fields.
We feel the currents, we feel the heartbeat,
The breathing of the Universe quickens its pace!

Through hidden dance we'll break our shackles,
Of meaningless chains of days,
We'll break through the dusk, pulsing in unison,
And our rhythm beats faster and faster!

Fire, that reached toward the sky,
Filled everything with its warmth,
And all around it my visions,
Circled in unearthly dance.

And the voices, the foreign words,
In their strange language,
Swept me up in the whirlwind of the dance,
Spinning me like a leaf in the breeze.

In hidden dance we create a spell,
Acquiring knowledge from the spaces between worlds,
Of the unknown forces that nature preserves,
Hidden mysteries - the laws of the Universe.

I feel the veil will soon be torn away,
To reveal what's been hiding for so many years,
And into our disgraceful world will come again,
The warriors of the spirit - to bear the bright light!

*Woloshba is an ancient Slavic word for “sorcery”, which has only a positive meaning
Track Name: Fires of our Native Land
Cold and ice burn the eyes,
As the stars dimmed their lights and the moon hid itself.
Our sky is silent,
We are walking into the void.

Where are the lands that come to the prophets in dreams?
Where skies of the homeland,
Peer like infinity through the fog,
To light an unfamiliar path.

Sing, wind, sing!
Of the glistening snow,
Of the white mountain tops,
Of the native shores.

Like a white shroud,
Fog spreads over the abyss.
Songs of the sea fly away,
Towards the endless ocean.

Aboard the shallop that seeks the land,
Amid days when the light is not seen,
We are sailing to infinity,
On invisible sails.

Sing, wind, sing!
Of the glistening snow,
Of the white mountain tops,
Of the native shores.
Track Name: Bridge of Hope
Voice of Eternity: At this point, where the Heaven meets the Earth, the dusk melts under the pressure of Light, the voice of Superiors is heard and the way Forward is seen!

The sunset stains the white sea.
An ebbing gaze of fading life.
Light is fading and the grey haze,
Creeps like a serpent into people’s hearts

Bridges are burning, temples are being ruined,
The war is heating hearts.
And our world – like the tiny fragile house,
Will be razed to the ground.

Sparks have been extinguished, and war rages on,
And it seems like the world has collapsed on us.
And the fine thread that gives us a vision,
Is like a bridge of hope over the abyss of years.

The bridge of hope is shaky!
The bridge of destiny is so far from us!
And with the last beat of your heart,
Travel this path - it's yours!

Feet are getting numb and the step to salvation,
You aren't able to take and cross the fine line.
You are feeling your way to the path of becoming,
And the crumbling bridge beckons you forth.

When the look has gone out and there’s no more faith
That the sun will be able to give it’s light,
Don’t think about the past, doors are closed
The way back just doesn’t exist anymore!

Sparks have been extinguished, and war rages on,
And it seems like the world has collapsed on us.
And the fine thread that gives us a vision,
Is like a bridge of hope over the abyss of years.
Track Name: Dolmen
Reflections of the setting sun disappear into darkness,
Gray stones silently stand...

With a cold hand do you want to touch,
The ancestors who rest in peace for eternity?
The soul's struggling like a chained bird,
Wanderer, you are looking for a path to nowhere...

Encircled prophetic dreams,
Loom over you like a sky of stone,
With wisdom of suffering and faith of fire,
The choice fell on you like oblivion.

Take a step, and the will of the Gods,
Will be filled with the voice of dreams,
The soul's struggling like a chained bird,
Wanderer, you are looking for a path to nowhere...

You didn't renounce the world of shadows,
You see the masses of stones come to life,
Looking at you with sadness and faith,
An arrow of dismay stuck in the heart...

Encircled prophetic dreams,
Loom over you like a sky of stone,
With wisdom of suffering and faith of fire,
The choice fell on you like oblivion.

Take a step, and the will of the Gods,
Will be filled with the voice of dreams,
The soul's struggling like a chained bird,
Wanderer, you are looking for a path to nowhere...

With a cold hand do you want to touch,
The ancestors who rest in peace for eternity?
The soul's struggling like a chained bird,
Wanderer, you are looking for a path to nowhere...
Track Name: Kharnha
Tormented by deadly thirst,
He was dying on the battlefield,
And felt the fetid winds,
On his bloody right hand.

Through rivers of blood and bodies,
Closing the eyes of the dead,
A maiden was walking towards him,
Her feet barely touching the ground.

Strength came back to the revived body;
Time stood still in the silence of a dream.
Through the gloom and dust I saw a silhouette,
And her voice called out to me:

Wake up, brave warrior, your duty isn't fulfilled!
You'll not fall here from an enemy's blow!
Find the strength, you can rise up!
Your sword and armor await you!

We walked on the thin edge of the ice,
And the glare of the sun gave way to darkness,
And the shrill cry of silence,
Pierced my heart like an arrow.

Shadows dashed behind my back,
And hardly a whisper could be heard,
But the sword appeared in front of me,
And I was chosen to wield it.

The decree of fate is inevitable!
I hear the pounding of my heart!
When the fire leaves the soul,
I'll live on in spite of my enemies!

Death, that I had once saw,
Is preparing the meeting on the edge of Earth,
Not many had the good fortune
To come back against the fate!
Track Name: Fragments Of Forgotten Dreams
Under the cold glare of a blind moon,
Past bending rivers and fresh mist,
Lies a broken world - where everything is ice,
I'm so tired of searching for warmth.

There, in the gorges of gray rocks,
Shrouded by eternal gloom,
Dance the witches upon their bonfires,
While laughing at our misfortune.

I do not know if you're alive,
Or if something lingers behind your eyes,
Searching the unfathomable distance,
For traces of an unknown paradise.

Embers from the bonfire lie smoldering,
Upon shattered dreams.
White ash flies up,
Eagerly taking flight.

Screeching silence,
Spills out into the void.
Words are no longer necessary,
Keep your sweet poison to yourself.

I do not know if you're alive,
Or if something lingers behind your eyes,
Searching the unfathomable distance,
For traces of an unknown paradise.

Maybe somewhere down below,
Fires are melting through the blue haze,
From among the blackened grass, a bird sings to me,
About the girl who is waiting in a forgotten dream.
Track Name: Outsider
Oldman: I can feel you, oh Seer! You've come to take your Life! But after all you've come to know - do you still want it?

One day the threads of words will entwine,
And, silvered, continue their way,
And serene thoughts will whisper,
To you of the meaning of its essence.

Having beheld the bliss of truth,
You will not find your way back,
And the infinity of new knowledge
Beckons you to drown in the abyss.

You don't live here - shadows linger,
And your world is bright and distant;
Worldly matters are foreign to you,
And the old gray ice is melting.

And merging with invisible force in a dance,
Where secret symbols are drawn in fire,
Flooding the whole world with ether and sound,
You hear that voice in your head:

«Eternal mysteries - Links between worlds ;
We pulse in synchrony!»

And I dream that I wander, not here,
But in а valley among stone ridges.
And the impenetrable darkness beckons,
Concealing the invisible.

The snow is painted by madness,
An intoxicating red, like sultry lips of silk.
I am not of this world of lies and emotion,
I'm flying to where I hear the sound of a heartbeat!

This is the great gift of responsibility -
To feel the unity with the world around us,
It is such joy to experience existence -
You are here now and no evil has power over you!

You cannot cast off the seal!
You cannot turn back!
You cannot live like everyone else!
Accept yourself as you are, outsider!
Track Name: Az Esm` - Epilogue
In closed circuits of distant spaces,
In artful tangles of hidden meanings;
I'm diligently seeking the breath of life,
And the timeless wisdom of the elder Gods.

The path leads onward and upward,
Like a snake slithering between the cliffs;
The history of a long and storied lifetime,
Becomes only a chapter in the book!

My chest is pounding and I want to break free,
From the tight, narrow confines of life;
Once you've had a taste of freedom,
You can never forget - it is worse than poison.

Nothing makes any sense in this world,
Time flows like water;
Only a subtle feeling of light and love,
Stealthily whispering in your ear - I AM!

Voice of Eternity: And at the fatal moment when the soul
Comes to us as if in a dream,
With the indecipherable name of God,
On its cold pursed lips…