Winter's Embrace

by To Cast A Shadow

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'Winter's Embrace' is the long-waited 3rd full-length of Hamar, Norway's quartet TO CAST A SHADOW. The band started out as a female-fronted gothic metal act, but have with this new album moved in a heavier, alternative direction, while maintaining their overall doomy sound. Their new release is an album of 'doomed heavy metal', as the band likes to define its style. Male vocals are now predominant, thanks to the huge contribution by the new singer Nils Stenmyren.

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"The band's powerful compositions are a step beyond anything they have done before and they sweep you off your feet" -


released June 24, 2016

Mixed and mastered by Rikard Loefgren at Leon Music Studio in Sweden (Deathstars, Vomitory, Enforcer, etc.).
Artwork designed by renowned artist Costin Chioreanu (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Draconian, etc.).


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Track Name: Seven Days
The sorrow has left a void inside of me
I'm torn apiece, and buried by dismay
It`s darkened the inner corners of my mind
So alone, submitting to my fall
The seven days of sentiment, the seven days of my descent
To barren earth I fall, In utter darkness
My suffering soul ,at the gallows end
Hear the echoes calling for my soul, falling trough the air
Never settle down and touch the ground again
Hear the echoes calling for my soul, falling trough the air
Never settle down and touch the ground again
The coldness in all the blood that runs through me
veils my pain, takes away my tears
I cherish the silence when I am alone
No one knows it's all about to go.
Track Name: Into Oblivion
This is the end of an Era, the moment we feared just passed us by.
Creeping and crawling, the distant calling of a new beginning.
Fall to the ground and see all your memories fade away.
I'm just trying to ease all the pain that you left within.
The silence you left behind is tearing my mind in every way.
Falling deeper as life grows weaker. Fall into oblivion.
How do you know when it's time to die?
Is there a place for me when I go?
How will I see you, when it's my time to go.
Track Name: Bereft
Turning 'round I see the embers of a brigde...
No way back to flee...
How can you ever hope to be content,
knowing your life's best days are already spent.
What was once a path so clear,
Now overgrown by doubt and fear.
How can you hope to find peace when deep down you know....
no longer is the choice yours to make where to go...
All I know is left... a soul life bereft.
Icy cold again...
Scorned as we pretend and prolong this sham.
Reflecting on years past I concede, regrets are few and memories dear.
I leave it to chance my fate to steer.
Track Name: Darkest Thoughts
In the night it comes to mind, the darkest thoughts I left behind.
Always present, never distant, darkness binding me.
Close my eyes and try to sleep, deep inside I hear it speak.
Tearing me apart while I try to say goodbye.
Don't wait for me, to be by your side
I have finally found my destiny.
Track Name: When Death Comes
When death comes there'll be no funeral rites.
No tears will shed on my expense.
None shall grieve this tormented soul of mine, when flesh and bones are laid to rest.
Now I see Death before me stands.
My fate is sealed within his hands.
When death comes I need no grace above, no paradise will call to me.
Not when I'm at ground, death and I so bound.
My being simply fades away.
Now I see Death before me stands.
My fate is sealed within his hands.
Track Name: Devil's Hand
As the devil’s hand comes another man,
feared by all who see their own destiny.
"Come within the flames.
There will be a new beginning, a new dawn rises from the ashes as I walk away".
When the dead of night fills them all with fright, there will be a time by the devil’s hand.
Die alone and disappear before the sun like morning dew.
Track Name: Winter's Embrace
In Darkest Times, through The Endless Fall
Pale Winter Days,I Am The Fallen
Nothing Here Remains, through The Days Of Rain
Hearts Drown With Sadness, as Daylight Dies.
Endlessly, the icy embrace of winter strangles me
In deep sleep... Let free... I fall .
In Darkest Times No Torches Burn
A Burden Of Doom
The Devils Grip Prevails
I Have The Darkest Eyes, Nothing Here Remains
I Have The Hands Of A Winter
I Have The Eyes Of A Storm
Track Name: Unveiled
A boundless hate. Words cut like blades, and seal our fate.
Vows we made, from now we've strayed. Our chances fade.
The countless sacrifices all made for nothing.
Ungratefulness returned. Undeserving of me. You don't see.
Your pettiness knows no bounds. A new side found.
Unveiled in all of its ugliness, your true self, showing me all devotion was in vain...
Track Name: A Secret Kingdom
So pure’s the sky tonight, strange breezes carry echoes from afar;
what would it have been, hadn’t the spring of joy dried up
nor had the leaves fallen as men at the whim of fate:
autumn came, at last
we wrote our vows on water, pretending they’d be still,
we sensed the stars aligned and ruled a secret kingdom

No words could tell
the heights of bliss that we would climb
No hand could shape
the effigy of our beatitude

no rhyme could seize
the day that you were gone
and left me a world to wander through
longing for another glimpse of you.

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