Gales Of Avalon Streaming "Black Island" Album Online
Canadian act Gales of Avalon has posted the entire new "Black Island" album online, which can be heard via the band's Reverbnation page. Gales of Avalon also commented on the album's concept:
"The tale of Black Island is the story of two friends Seamus and Braeden, who board a ship set to sail to the new world. The ship is captained by a brash, cocky, and somewhat insane man, who had a story of his very own. The captains story is one of gold, riches, and great fortune on the elusive and mysterious Black Island. Although no one else has ever heard of, nor seen the island. The captain's promises of gold, riches, and fortune slowly turned into hunger, famine and madness. Soon the crew was beginning to think a mutiny was in order, and the captain was cast out into the sea. Seamus looked at Braeden and said that, 'Things will start to get better now' but they did not. The two friends looked up to the heavens only to see blackened clouds overhead. A deaf calm settled over the ship, and then the wind began to blow. A mighty gale was blowing the ship back and forth, over massive waves, and through treacherous ice, until finally she bottomed out on a rock in some shallow water. "Abandon ship!" is yelled all over the deck, as the sailors jump to their icy demise.
"Washed ashore an uninhabited winter island, Seamus and Braeden cold, wander through the forest in search of food, shelter, and settlers... But they find nothing. They go as far as they can, and determine that the island is deserted. On their quest Braeden is constantly hearing an eerie yet beautiful song being sung, but he cannot find the source. Braeden tells Seamus that he is searching for food, but really he is searching for this angelic voice. Alone in the woods Braeden is confronted by a spirit, a spirit he thought he left behind in the old country, but has come back for what she believes to be hers, and that was Braeden's soul. Hearing a scream in the forest, Seamus ran down the path that Braeden was wandering, only to find the lifeless, soulless body of his friend resting in fresh snow. And then Seamus hears the song, the same song that Braeden heard, but now the sound is gently fading into the wind. Mourning his companion, Seamus builds a massive bonfire and gives Braeden a glorious and honourable funeral. As his head hung heavy, realizing that he was now all alone, Seamus sheds a tear for his fallen friend.
"Later on in the night Seamus was having demonic visions in his dreams. Morbid visions of the spirits in the mist reaching out of the thick fog and forcing Seamus to run. Seamus also believes he witnessed his own death while he was sleeping, when he saw a lifeless body fall from the cliffs into the icy water below. As if he was still dreaming, Seamus woke up amongst the thickest fog he has ever seen. While trying to escape the fog, Seamus loses track of where he is and where his is going, running around the endless forest, seemingly in circles. Finally Seamus broke free of the mist, and came out of the brush atop the highest cliffs on the island. Stopping and looking behind him Seamus sees the mist had lifted, and that this was the dream he had last night, as if the mist was leading him to the bay.
"Dropping to his knees, Seamus cries out to the sky above. Cursing his captain, cursing his crew, cursing his god, and cursing the island, he asks why. Humbled by his surroundings, almost in a hypnotic state, Seamus rises up and lets his body fall from the cliffs. He hits the icy water, but to his surprise, he is not dead, nor does he feel any pain whatsoever. A harsh winter storm was rolling in as Seamus arrived back on the island. No longer cold, nor in pain. No longer alive, nor dead Seamus' soul is home to Black Island condemned to roam these shores for the rest of eternity."
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