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Songs for Heroes Out Now!


Our EP

Songs for Heroes
is

OUT NOW!

And our

VERY FIRST MERCH

IS OUT EVEN NOWER!
 

Scroll down for both.

 

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Songs for Heroes Out Now!


Our EP

Songs for Heroes
is

OUT NOW!

And our

VERY FIRST MERCH

IS OUT EVEN NOWER!
 

Scroll down for both.

 

Hi!
We have released Songs for Heroes independently. That means we have no record company or promoter backing us.

So, if you're a fan, please don't be shy; you're more than welcome to download the EP via BandCamp and name your price.

Album Credits
Espen: Vocals, guitars & charango.
Bjørn Marius: Vocals, guitars, drums, bass & synths
Recorded by Battle Elk
Mixed by Jeffro Lackscheide at jeffromixesyou.com
Mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Audio
Artwork by Phil Atherton

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Merch


there is an enemy approaching...

...better look your meanest.

Merch


there is an enemy approaching...

...better look your meanest.

This LIMIMIMITED Battle Elk beanie comes with super cool temorary Battle Elk tattoos!

Beanie is one-size, bottle green, knitted with white embroidered logo.

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About


"mount the elks and prey they've got my back"

Contact us

About


"mount the elks and prey they've got my back"

Contact us

Battle Elk is a progressive space/stoner duo from rural Magnor, Norway. We call it spacegaze: Our songs all take place in a fictional world where warriors are mounted on elks and dragons terrorize the skies. We're inspired by old sci-fi and fantasy novels, adventure game soundtracks, loud guitars and Belgian beer. Battle Elk is Bjørn Marius Kristiansen and Espen Gunstensen.

Acclaim for Songs for Heroes:

"I personally love that shit! [...] This record is for the "drift away crowd". It's bluesy, progressive and mellow all at the same time. So grab yourself a cloud and tune into Battle Elk."

- Charlie Tooth at Stoner HiVe

"They’ve got a bit of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, if BRMC’s vocalist was Hawkwind-era Lemmy, a moody, heavy drawl that lingers across the four tracks of their debut EP, […] shifting between robust vocals and strident minimalist playing and a more melodic, progressive folk, almost Americana, tune that feels as though it’s been recorded out in the wilderness with the wind howling around it."

- Ian Abrahams at Spacerock Reviews

"Stunning mix of Psych, Space Rock and Stoner though the band call their music Spacegaze. Whatever you call it, it's superb and trippy as hell."

Steve Howe at Outlaws of the Sun

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Press


"The smell of piss, blood and alcohol"

Press photos:

Press


"The smell of piss, blood and alcohol"

Press photos:

Pictures copyright Bjørn Marius Kristiansen 2015
Paintings copyright Philip Atherton 2015

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Lyrics


"set course for the dragonstar,
fly the dark matter sails"

Lyrics

Lyrics


"set course for the dragonstar,
fly the dark matter sails"

Lyrics

01 SHIELD WALL

there is an enemy approaching and
there's nothing you can do now
their shps are blocking the horizon and
there's nothing you can do now
but sit and quietly prepare
while you listen to the wind now
there is an enemy approaching and
you start to feel alive now

when the morning turns red
and all my brothers are fed
to the point where I'm sure
that no ones asking for more
and the stench that I learned to love
the smell of piss, blood and alcohol
as we lock into the shield wall

if you play it well
you'll have stories you can tell
as the battle joy has come over you

as the balle horn saunds
the first elk riders mount
I've got my moon shaped shield
telling me I die if I yield
and the rust from the early wars
reminding me that I long for more
as we lock into the shield wall

a diabolical collision and
there's nothing you can do now
you've got a hightened sense of vision and
there's nothing you can do now
but dig your heels deep in the mud
and hope the flanks are gonna hold now
you put your weight behind the blow, man
and just try to stay alive now

 

02 CHARANGO MOON

pack my saddle, head out of town
leave my innocent childhood behind
for this task I must do on my own
a Sunday ride outside the safety zone

son, let the stars tell you where to find
your shield
and the moon be your light as we ride
charango

through the landscape, scouting as we go
for the trees drawn in the books of old
guided by the silver moonlight
as I ride, I dream that I fight

son, let the stars tell you where to find
your shield
and the moon be your light as we ride
charango

from this night it’s forever understood
that I’m just as strong as Magnorian wood
the dark turns to bright colored skies
home we ride, my shield, my elk and I

son, let the stars tell you where to find charango

03 MOUNT THE ELK

down from another time
took a while, but I scratched the surface
and what I found was unforgettable
an ancient crown peaking through the sand
but with it came a gateway to a place
for us unknown, turning time and space
and there I stood on the battlefield
a mist of grey on a field of blood

mount the elk and run
slave beneath the sun
the last to die has won
mount the elk

and as I stood and watched
the forest lines surrounding rival souls
something strange, a smell of angel-dust
the ancient scene became alive at once
the crown flew off to let the smoke reveal
an open field under a burning sun
I stood in line, ready to attack
mount the elks and prey they’ve got my back

mount the elk and run
slave beneath the sun
the last to die has won
mount the elk

songs for heroes
waiting to be sung

mount the elk and run
slave beneath the sun
the last to die has won
mount the elk and run

 

04 BLACK SECTOR HIGHWAY

they say that a red dragonstar shows in the morning
shows in the morning
it’s there then it’s not only to give us a warning
dead in the morning

the face of the moon-father is all that I see now
all that I see now
I pray to the moon-mother, but she’s not here now
she won’t be here now

moons frosted with holystone in the black sector highway
set course for the dragonstar, fly the dark matter sails

the wrath of a second son is all that I feel now
all that I feel now
and the sight of a star dying is all that I need now
give it to me now

celestial cannons fire at will at the heart
space winds to a great red shift in the orbital shipyard
our bloodline of starhunters will be echoed through vast space
set course for the dragonstar, fly the dark matter sails