Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring

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'Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring' is the debut full-length by epic doom band Smoulder. Released by Cruz del Sur Music.

Recorded at The Lincoln County Social Club & Swift Road Studios
Mixed and Mastered by Arthur Rizk

Cover Art by Michael Whelan
www.michaelwhelan.com

Love Metal | Hate Fascism
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"Remember that scene in The Return of the King when Éowyn whips her helmet off, snarls “I am no man!” and blows up the Witch-king of Angmar’s fucking head? Smoulder’s debut album sounds the way that scene feels. Its six tracks of chugging, solo-ripping vocal-soaring capital-m Metal both pay loving tribute to the history of epic doom and inject new life (and tons of catchiness) into the genre’s most niche-and-nerdy caverns. Somewhere in the Halls of Mandos, Ronnie James Dio smiles on these Canadian upstarts. " - Decibel Magazine, Top 40 of 2019

"What we’ve got here is metal of the dragon-slaying, ass-kicking, stick-to-your-ribs variety, packed full of solos that cleave and chug, vocals that glide and soar, and arrangements that stampede on and on miles." - Bandcamp Daily; This Week’s Essential Releases

The band is brilliant.. sounding as comfortable playing at an Iron Maiden gallop as they are at a Candlemass crawl." - Bandcamp Daily; The Best Metal on Bandcamp April 2019

"Canadian newcomers Smoulder play one of my favorite traditional metal varietals: epic doom, of the sort we rarely hear performed at this level, except by cult acts like Atlantean Kodex, Reverend Bizarre, Scald, and Solstice." - Stereogum

"Let’s say there are two types of bands inspired by Black Sabbath: the kind that love Ozzy Osbourne’s drugged out “Sweet Leaf”, and the kind that like Ronny James Dio’s epic “Sign of the Southern Cross.” OK, there’s way more than two types of bands that mine that creative vein, but the point is, Toronto’s Smoulder are the latter." - Consequence of Sound

"Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring brings to mind epic doom outfits like Gates of Slumber and Khemmis. Whereas those acts just used mythological trappings, though, Smoulder don’t hesitate to go full fantasy." - MetalSucks

"[A] six-track masterpiece... Spun from the musical clothe that gave life to Black Sabbath and Dio." - Maehem Underground Media

"The epic dork doom album of the year." - Toilet Ov Hell

Smoulder "paint evocative pictures, sometimes of grim atmosphere and some others of heroic deeds, instantly transferring the listener to the Mythical & Magical world of their lyrics." - Ride Into Glory

"“Powerful as an elder mage’s magic.” - Everything is Noise

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Smoulder play a triumphant hybrid of epic power doom and traditional metal in the tradition of Tales of Medusa, Gates of Slumber, and Solitude Aeternus. Fantastical heroes yielding mystic swords and arcane sorcery await...

Vocals | Sarah Ann
Guitars | Vincent
Bass | Adam
Guitars | Collin
Drums | Kevin
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Track Name: Ilian of Garathorm
Each soul spoke in a familiar voice
Erekosë, Dorian, Elric, Corum
Fate's soldier, eternally!

March against the dark empire
Hoist the burning banner
To win the yellow horn of Ymryl

Fate calls a Champion!
Warrior, of many forms!

Clandestine movements in a sunlit glade
Gain the trust of those you once betrayed
Outlaws of a thousand spheres
The flame lance hits target

Double-bladed battle axe
Twist the sword from corpse
Invaders left burned alive
Pile of blackened bones

Fate calls a Champion!
Warrior, of many forms!

Solo: Wolf

Ymryl and eldritch master
Merge as one in the great beast Arioch
Serpent lord entranced by power
Too proud to heed danger

From the malevolent sword
Possessed by great power
Cursed iron of the ages
The mighty Stormbringer!

Fate calls a Champion!
Warrior, of many forms!
Fate calls the Eternal Champion!
The multiverse is won!
Track Name: The Sword Woman
Red haired spawn of the devil
Eyes burn fierce; they smoulder
Thou shalt not become his slave
Slit his throat, in his blood I will bathe

Cold fury turn me brittle as steel
Ride through a ribbon, of starlight
Walled by black forest trees
From a life of solitude, I flee

I sell my sword, to the highest bidder
To ride with my brethern
With shining steel by my side
Crush the traitors and revel, in their cries!

Heart beats quick with strange longing
Live as I please and die as God wills
Eyes dance with reckless madness
Trade drudgery for wandering and violence

The pounding war drums call me endlessly
To roads where armored captains ride!
With banners flowing, crimson dyed
To never be swine's bride
Forever, you will be
You will be denied!

Solo: Vincent

"My sisters bend above their looms
And gnaw their moldy crumbs
But I ride forth in silk and steel
To follow the phantom drums"
Track Name: Bastard Steel
Forged by spells and dragon fire
From days long past a blade of dark steel and ancient craft
Passed on through the generations
The weapon of a fallen empire

We hold the power, we have the wall
As night gathers, we must stand tall
Watchers in black defending the realm
With the old bear's claw

Ancient northern blood flows through my veins
Bastard son of the wolf
I am the sword in the dark
We must stand true and face the night

Battling eternal winter
In the dark the others risen
They possess and enslave us
The ancient ones our downfall

We hold the power, they have the wall
As night gathers, we must stand tall
Higher we climb in the stolen realm
Wielding arrow and axe

Ancient northern blood flows in our veins
We are the free and the proud
We must live on, fierce and headstrong
The traitors will die before long

Solo: Wolf

The clash of swords, firing arrows
The battle rages through the night
Fortress of ice divides us
Beyond it only death and strife

You hold the power, we have the wall
As night gathers, we must stand tall
Watchers in black, the wildlings attack
Our people must not be trapped

Ancient northern blood flows through our veins
Now it stains the battlefield
Yet still we fight, under the pale moonlight
As eternal night draws near

Solo: Wolf
Track Name: Voyage of the Sunchaser
Night of doom
Warning signs, all thirteen came true
Ancient trees wept blood
Black fog rolls, across the land

A mountain of fire,
Crest of the god's ire
We survived the storm!
A raging tempest like none before
A great upheaval has occurred
Some prayers, were not heard
The stars have never lied!
Our position can not be denied

Solo: Vincent

Supreme is the task
Of which I have been asked
The flames test our faith
The king priest still awaits
Ascension is his fate
There's no turning back

He stood upon the arch of Paladine's gate
The god's have abandoned thee...
Istar now lies under the sea
Track Name: Shadowy Sisterhood
Solo: Vincent

Evil sorceress clutches her staff
Gnarled hands, loathsome laugh
She will teach me this wretched craft
Glowing eyes loom, lighting the ominous path!

At the edge of the forest in a crooked hut she dwells
The skeleton witch is death herself
Gleaming birch trees claw in the dark
The frantic thumping is my own heart

Mastering the forbidden arts
Thickly cloaked poisonous scents
Tinctures thrown in the hearth
To cut out her beating heart!
COAT! THE DAGGER!
MYSTIC! FLAMES!
Steel on flint, glowing otherworldly spark

Black-cloaked rider, to confuse and deceive
The witch is cunning, she'll have no reprieve
Shadowy sisterhood answered the call
By day end, my foe will crawl!

Solo: Wolf

Now one with battalions of the night
Malevolent blade, enchanted demon rites
Howling wind, gurgling screams
Eldritch power reigns supreme
The shadowy sisterhood called out my name
As she drew her last breath
Cost of their heathen gift
Is my... DEATH!
Track Name: Black God's Kiss
Castle Joiry fell
The conqueror laughs
Crimson fury swells, hatred forth is cast
Vengeance must be sought!
No matter the cost to body or soul
The twisted passageway lies far below
With sword in hand
Into the darkness unknown

The Black God's Kiss
Revenge from the abyss
Doom on her lips

Out of the darkness an undreamed of hell
Across unholy starlit plains
The dark weapon dwells
Black temple floating beyond
A vast stygian void
Obsidian image beckoning
A demon's gift taken in a dream
Cold and ominous, wild and obscene

The Black God's Kiss
Revenge from the abyss
Doom on her lips
The Black God's Kiss!

Solo: Vincent

The conqueror meets his eldritch death
Body stiffens under soul-crushing iron despair!
No light left in this world
The price has been paid!

Solo: Vincent

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