The Expedition

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Lyrics inspired by AD&D, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Day is Done, and werewolf mythology.


It started with a messenger in the years after the war
Peculiar words upon his lips
Macabre tales of devastation
The villagers are scared and now the old king needs a hand
Murder in the borderlands
An evil from beyond the realms of man

The darkness swallows whole
The hard and calloused souls of sinners
The beast that haunts my dreams
The bringer of the end of all things

Darkness falls on wings of night
The autumn moon brings second sight
Lost in the mazes of my mind
I’ll leave the world of light behind

I traveled thirteen days and nights by land and over sea
With a fellowship of strangers that were good for war but not for hunting
Deep within the mountain pass the wind did howl and moan
With mad disquietude we plunged fearful into the baleful shadows



Heaven help me
I’m lost and abandoned and scared
Someone help me
My body is broken

I’m chilled to the bone
Alone in the dark
Time is a memory in this dreadful place
Trapped in a dream
Helpless and pithless in the icy earth I will wait

I have wandered way too deep
What lies behind this wall of sleep?
For love the wolf will eat the sheep

When I awoke as from a dream
My body healed, but my will was not my own
The metamorphosis complete
A lien on my body, and a mortgage on my soul


from Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, released October 7, 2016



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Olÿphant’s [pronounced ol-uh-funt] was formed in 2009. Their songs draw from a unique amalgam of influences, including: 80's thrash, NWOBHM, AD&D, stoner and doom metal, craft beer, J.R.R Tolkien, H.P Lovecraft, and modern progressive metal.

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