Prevail

by Taravana

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"Prevail" tells the story of Ernest Shackleton's legendary 1914 expedition to cross Antarctica. Against all odds, the crew of his ship Endurance survived two winters on the frozen continent and found its way home. November 21st will mark exactly 100 years since the Endurance sank, setting in motion one of the all-time great stories of heroism and sheer will to survive.

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"The songs on Prevail are undoubtedly more complex and layered than anything else in the Taravana discography...allowing a natural progression through different musical themes.Prevail is an excellent album, and the consistent strength of Newton’s work should leave us all excited to see what Taravana will have in store for us in 2016." (4.5/5)

- Brian Donarski, Sputnikmusic
www.sputnikmusic.com/review/69147/Taravana-Prevail/

"This album is so wholesome and well-arranged that it is a great example of a folk metal album done right...The title track has one of the best guitar leads I’ve ever heard." (4.5/5)

- Metalopsy Metal Reviews
metalopsy.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/taravana-prevail-2015/

credits

released November 21, 2015

Taravana:

Alex Newton - Songwriting, lyrics, lead and harsh vocals, piano, synthesizer, reed flute
Dan Bussells - Lead and rhythm guitar

Guest musicians:

Aaron Maloney - Drums, bass, vocal harmonies, additional keyboards
John Barrett - Additional guitar
Raphael Weinroth-Browne - Cello, “Until You Slip Away”
Mitch Wessell - Guitar solo, “Owned By the Ocean”
Reid Kelley - Trumpet, “Endurance”
Haley Janes - Cover artwork

Recorded, mixed, and produced by Aaron Maloney at Andover Studio in Galena, Maryland. Additional recording at Barzillai Studio in East Haddam, CT.

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Works of Notable Influence:

Agalloch – The Mantle (2002)
At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul (1995)
Ahab - The Giant (2012)
Cynic – Traced in Air (2008)
Gamma Ray – Land of the Free (1995)
Giant Squid – The Ichthyologist (2009)
GY!BE – F#A# (Infinity) (1999)
Gojira – From Mars to Sirius (2006)
Intronaut – Valley of Smoke (2010)
Isis – Oceanic (2002)
Judas Priest – Stained Class (1978)
Kalmah – They Will Return (2002)
Mastodon – Crack the Skye (2009)
Moonsorrow – V: Havitetty (2007)
Nightwish – Once (2005)
Opeth – Blackwater Park (2001)
Saor – Roots (2013)

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Track Name: Endurance
December, 1913. Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, constant danger, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.

Calling on my brothers of the sea
We must go beyond
Summoned to a greater cause are we
Die and live on
We men of fate
Plunging into endless sea
Southward ever by the lee
Honor us when we are gone
Endurance carry on

On this lonely ship we make our home
Far from distant coasts
Over ragged waves and white cap foam
Faces like ghosts
We men of fate
Navigating by the compass rose
Spurn the northern star
Onward to Antarctica she goes
Hold fast the spar
We men of fate

Plunging into endless sea
Southward ever by the lee
Honor us when we are gone
Endurance carry on
Endurance carry on

The noise resembles the roar of heavy, distant surf. Standing on the stirring ice one can imagine it is disturbed by the breathing and tossing of a mighty giant below. We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.

Over the frozen seas
Over the icy main
Creatures of nightmare rise
On the forsaken plain
Now in your darkest hour
Follow the master plan
Into the howling wind
Carry the hope of man

Into Antarctica
On the Endurance sail
Down in the coldest hell
Living to tell the tale
Yonder is our reward
Somewhere across the void
Steeling your heart for pain
Ready for hope destroyed

Step after step walk on
Night after night awake
Trust in your comrades
Death at the first mistake
Over Antarctica
As the Endurance falls
Carry the hope of man
Carry a light for all
Track Name: Prevail
Gaze with cloudy eyes
There is no path here
Suffer, stagger on
Following shadows
Unseen terrors abound
See your death a thousand times
You killed the dogs
They devour your soul

The cold becomes my heart
I’ve taken lives saving mine
Am I to walk alone
As a chill runs down my spine

Captain, we starve
We’re running out of time
Is there any hope
Captain, we thirst
We’re out here going blind
Is there any hope

The men who made these tracks
Left only a dead-end trail
The shelters are all bereft
Yet we will prevail
Fall, rise, fly, stay and die
Run to light, fear the ice

I called to the other men that the sky was clearing, and then a moment later I realized that what I had seen was not a rift in the clouds but the white crest of an enormous wave.
Track Name: Until You Slip Away (ft. Raphel Weinroth-Browne)
I'll find a way...
I'll find a way...
I'll find a way...
Track Name: Owned By the Ocean
Come, play in the waves
Never mind the crags and caves
See these beauties upon the tide
And all the sailors who have died
Find a way through the
Endless plains of ice
Reflection of white in your eyes
Turn away from men
Can’t you hear me
Calling up from the sea

Fall into the blackest deep
Down to where the sirens sleep
That’s where you will know
You are owned by the ocean
Someday you will follow me
Our souls will rest upon the sea
That’s when you will know
You are owned by the ocean

Maidens beckon you down
Join in a dance of death
Shattered dreams follow
I consume your heart
Sail on, fool, sail on
Your hope is long lost
So here is one last kiss
Before you slip away

And fall into the blackest deep
Down to where the sirens sleep
That’s where you will know
You are owned by the ocean
Someday you will follow me
Our souls will rest upon the sea
That’s when you will know
You are owned by the ocean

[Guitar Solo – Mitch]
Track Name: Cape Evans
Darling, forgive me
I know that you told me
Not to stay up through the night
But the day’s growing long
And the ice is all gone
It’s time you returned from the fight
This crazy excursion
Their pride and coercion
A better man will not make you
But I knew at that second
That the Arctic had beckoned
And your place was there with the crew

And I’m not quite sure what it is
you think you have to prove
I’ve tried so hard not to despair
As I’m writing to you
But I’ve never been quite so scared
when I think about you
I hope it’s not true

Two years have passed
Since I saw you last
From your crew there’s been nary a sound
Your daughters are home now
And though you’ve never met them
Soon they will need you around

And I’m not quite sure what it is
you think you have to prove
I’ve tried so hard not to despair
As I’m writing to you
But I’ve never been quite so scared
when I think about you
I hope it’s not true

In my nightmares I’m falling
The sirens are calling
The wreckage is drifting away
Where are the others
My comrades, my brothers
Have I been led so far astray?
I reach out my hand
To a shadow on land
But the ocean is where I will stay

And though dreams are but figments
Of imagination
Here is the postman
Head hung in resignation
And now I have come
To this realization
To this letter not written by you
And whatever life brings
At the end of all things
I know that you’ll carry me through

And I’m not quite sure what it is
you think you have to prove
I’ve tried so hard not to despair
As I’m writing to you
But I’ve never felt quite so lost
when I think about you
For I know that it’s true

[Guitar solo – Dan]