Illiath the Barbarian

by DOUG the Eagle

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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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Track Name: Follow The Leader
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
Track Name: Big Bad Wolf
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
Track Name: Bob the Bunny
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’
Track Name: The Dragon Demands a Sacrifice
Instrumental
Track Name: Illiath Part I - The Quest
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
Track Name: Illiath Part II - The Fight
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.
Track Name: Illiath Part III - The Capture
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.

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