Illiath the Barbarian

by DOUG the Eagle

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1.
Follow The Leader FOLLOW THE LEADER Live by the sword, die by the handgun Run and be free, bowing to no-one And it’s all fine until the winter comes and then the nights start drawing in You get so hungry you could eat your friends And that’s the only way to win FOLLOW THE LEADER His name is Fish, he is the master He rules the park, feeds on disaster And when you’re hungry you will scrounge for food And hunt the crowd outside the park They lock their doors and barricade them shut And never come out after dark FOLLOW THE LEADER Skulls will be smashed, necks will be broken Men will be slain, filleted open We shift our shapes and wander in the dark And hide in places you won’t see A sudden blow and then your life is done And now your name belongs to me FOLLOW THE LEADER
2.
Big Bad Wolf 05:56
Big Bad Wolf They call him the Big Bad Wolf He’s the baddest guy around If you’re looking for trouble, sonny, He’ll knock you to the ground Crawling in slowly, under the darkness He crept on forward all clad in jet black He hadn’t noticed the shadow behind him Hatching and waiting to thwart his attack Aiming his crossbow, before he could fire The muscular figure had pounced on his back They call him the Big Bad Wolf He’s the baddest guy around If you’re looking for trouble, sonny, He’ll knock you to the ground Then the assassin took out a small handgun He aimed for the head of the man on his back The hero rolled over and seized the revolver And throttled the villain until he went slack He took the assassin and sent him to prison It’s all a night’s work for a masked wolf in black They call me the Big Bad Wolf I’m the baddest guy around If you’re looking for trouble, sonny I’ll knock you to the ground
3.
Thirty years or more ago Bob the Bunny taught the world A lesson in fire and blood Thirty years or more ago Bob the bunny built an ark And sailed out on the flood Thirty years or more ago Bob the bunny taught my band To play Mah-jongg and chess Thirty years or more ago Bob the bunny taught the Land The meaning of the word ‘distress’
4.
Instrumental
5.
Illiath Part I – The Quest Her sword was sharp, her armour polished bright Her eyes were blue and blazed with inner light The townsfolk wondered where and whence she came The heads of several demons to her name Illiath the brave, Illiath the free Illiath the famed wandering mercenary Possessed of wisdom far beyond her years, One slip and everything would end in tears She knew exactly what the town would do If they found out she was a demon too Illiath the brave, Illiath the free Illiath the famed wandering mercenary There was a murderer who killed his wife The town hired Illiath to end his life There was a monster in a nearby cave Sent several townsfolk to an early grave The people begged and offered gold in store If Illiath could make them safe once more Illiath the brave, Illiath the free Illiath the famed wandering mercenary
6.
Illiath Part II – The Fight Illie went in search of the cave to find and slay her evil foe Then she heard some thoughts from above Of evil men watching below Seven bandits dropped from the trees To take her gold or else her life Soon their leader saw his mistake Her three-foot sword against his knife They had no clue what they had done Mugging the monster is not very fun "You are a sinner," she said – then she removed his head. Illie smiled a terrible smile as he fell dead as he could be Then her face turned back to a snarl Since only some had tried to flee Two of them were skilled at the sword A clash of steel as they went round Illie was the top of her class and left them dead upon the ground She took their heads back to the town She claimed the bounty for putting them down "This one’s the leader," she said – and then produced his head. Illie found her way to the cave to find and slay her evil foe Pausing every stop of the way, and into what she didn’t know A bolt of lightning, a bang and a flash She dropped unconscious with a metallic crash What else is there left to tell? They put her in a cell.
7.
Illiath Part III – The Capture Illie woke on a dungeon floor With her hidden wings revealed To live in peace among the normal folk You have to keep them well concealed Illie knew from experience That she must escape her cell All that she’d get would be a chopping block And a one-way trip to Hell Keep going, keep going, Keep going, don’t stop now Keep going, keep going, Keep going, don’t stop now The lock was all rods and springs She jimmied it with her wings There wasn’t a soul around She crept out without a sound Moving swift from room to room She vanished deep into the gloom It must be her lucky day Keep going, keep going, Keep going, don’t stop now Keep going, keep going, Keep going, don’t stop now She knocked out the guards she met They weren’t going to catch her yet The wall had a handy map Or was it another trap? Making up the time she’d lost She went to find the Big Bad Boss She’s going to make him pay Keep going, keep going, Keep going, don’t stop now Keep going, keep going, Keep going, don’t stop now Which way to the Big Bad Boss? Which way... On a throne His features shone like lava Illie stared, The monster was her father All along “Illiath my child, come and take my hand... We will overthrow the rulers of this land... We’ll make it safe for people born with wings!” ...And she took his hand.

about

This is my fifteenth album, following 'Dr. Gwendolini's Amazing Medicine Show'. While I haven't made any massive stylistic changes as was done on the previous album, there is still a healthy amount of variation.
The opening track, 'Follow the Leader' aims for a 1980s sound, and uses actual 1980s equipment where possible including the reanimated Cheetah MS6, while 'Bob the Bunny' has definite psychedelic influences, up to and including backwards tape sections. 'Big Bad Wolf' is one of the more conventional tracks, while 'The Dragon Demands A Sacrifice', is the instrumental number rounding off the first half of the album.
The second half is a suite of three tracks, telling a story about the eponymous wandering warrior, Illiath.

Hope you like it!

All songs recorded on 2” 24-track.

PDF CD booklet is available here: dougtheeagle.com/itb/illiath.pdf

credits

released February 26, 2019

All songs written and performed by J. P. Morris, Copyright (C)2018
Recorded using the Old Ways at The Lab, Cwmbran 2018
Mixed 22-25 Nov. 2018. Mastering by Alex Balzama at Swift Solutions, Feb. 2019

Greetings go out to Keaton, Ren, Wuff, Keetah, Sofox, Merlin and co.
Additional shoutout to Jonas Goonface for his comic, 'Follow The Leader'.
Thanks go out to the Rosegarden team, to Brian Roth and all at RTM, ATR, MRL and co for keeping the analogue dream alive.
Cover by Merlin Missingham, logo by Luke Turner. Organ recorded at St. Grod’s. Recorded on SM900 tape, mixed to ATR Mastering tape.

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