Nostrum Remedium

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Welcome to the Caravan, stranger! Come, take a seat by the fire, warm yourself up and listen to this story…
…We’ re gonna take you back to 2019’s autumn, back when Akis Kosmidis was sitting by a fire - much like this one - fed by cheap whiskey. While he was singing and playing his guitar, he felt through the smoke the presence of long lost souls, dancing and feasting. One of them whispered in Valantis Dafkos’ ear secret words of all those things they lived through and that no one has ever known.
And that is when they knew what they had to do.
At the break of dawn, having almost lost their sanity, they set out for the nearest settlement. It was there that they heard rumors about a local alchemist, Panos Makoulis, who collects melodies and gives them shape and form. They met with him and he decided to travel with them so they could gather the missing elements needed to recount the stories of the dead. The carriage’s arrival was foretold by the oracle Eleni Paraskevopoulou who, after following the signs, decided to grace the alchemist with her melodic voice. Thanos Giamarelos’ entrancing violin and Stefanos Stroggylis’ captivating harmonica were the two missing key elements. But something was missing… the beat that would set the pace for the dance of the dead. The tarot cards revealed Paris Gatsios, the last element completing the collection. Everything fell into place…
Our carriages are full of stories and otherworldly places shrouded in mystery, haunted by dark creatures, awoken by melodies and invoked to sing!
And so it was that the lone carriage turned into a Caravan… do you dare to join us?

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released January 11, 2020

Recorded and Produced at Saint George studio (Agios Georgios Viotias, Greece) by Panos Makoulis
Artwork by Dinos Adamopoulos
Pics by John Konstantinopoulos

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Redeye Caravan Livadia, Greece

the Caravan: Akis Kosmidis (vocals, acoustic guitar - music), Valantis Dafkos (vocals, bass - lyrics), Panos Makoulis (electric, slide, acoustic guitars, keys, vocals - orchestration), Eleni Paraskevopoulou (vocals), Stefanos Strogylis (harmonica), Thanos Giamarelos (violin), Paris Gatsios (drums, percussion) ... more

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Track Name: The Descent
The Descent

bring me some wine and open your ears
for what i say i witnessed with my two eyes

hidden from time a dark forest lies
the roots here go straight down to hell

and they have never seen a light before

bring me some wheat and open your ears
for what i say i have never said 'till now

deep in the ground an icy lake lies
the waters here go straight down to hell

and they have never seen a light before

bring me some milk and open your ears
for what i say was never really meant to be heard

there on a boat a shadow lies
the words it speaks go straight down to hell

and they have never seen a light before

bring me some honey and open your ears
for what i say may be the last thing that you'll hear

"no living soul has ever walked here
like all the dead you go straight down to hell"

and i have never seen a light again
Track Name: El Muerto
El Muerto

roll, roll, duck and cover
little black bird is flying low
roll, roll, duck and cover
spreading its wings for the final blow
roll, roll, duck and cover
seeking in the dark for a head to fall
roll, roll, duck and cover
hold your own breath or you'll pay the toll

aaaaaaah...
holy el muerto spare my soul
aaaaaaah...
six feet deep won't keep me whole
aaaaaaah...
rocks and dust will hear my howl
aaaaaaah...
holy el muerto spare my soul

run, run, run for cover
can you hear the gallop from afar
run, run, run for cover
even if you try you will not get far
run, run, run for cover
rusty bones are waving in the air
run, run, run for cover
the headless rider lures you in his lair

aaaaahaaha...
holy el muerto spare my soul
aaaaahaaha...
holy el muerto spare my soul
aaaaahaaha...
holy el muerto spare my soul
aaaaahaaha...
holy el muerto spare my soul
Track Name: Good Man Richard
Good Man Richard

following the stream from rocky mountains
riding through hell and hell is riding over me
poor man

a saddle on my horse, my gun and shovel
digging up some gold or dig my own grave
poor man

shadows are dancing in the fire
stars and all the gods are looking down on me
poor man

old dreams die young in the new land
six feet down without a tombstone
in these lands my dreams are haunting me
my dreams are haunting me

following the stream into the canyon
riding through hell and hell is riding over me
poor man

walking on the trail of men before me
like Sutter i will mine my very own vein
poor man

shadows are dancing in the fire
stars and all the gods are looking down on me
poor man

old dreams die young in the new land
six feet down without a tombstone
in these lands my dreams are haunting me
my dreams are haunting me
Track Name: Ozymandias
Ozymandias

carvings on the wall foretold the future
hear the cracking of the wheel
history forgot the one in mantle
feel the cracking of the wheel
a lifeless leg of stone and sorrow
see the cracking of the wheel
king of kings will rise again, despair
fear the cracking of the wheel

living in the wild, in barren wasteland
living in the wild too long
waiting for the world to keep on turning
waiting for the world too long
saving his strength to change the written
saving his strength too long
chanting in the dark to heal his own wounds
chanting in the dark too long

the staff rose once again
guiding life to the end
the druid is awake again
wheel turns without end

earth begins to shake, the ground trembles
walking on the earth once more
waves grow strong and swallow mountains
walking on the sea once more
air becomes thick and aether withers
walking in the air once more
elements are bowing to his spellcraft
walking in the void once more

the staff rose once again
guiding life to the end
the druid is awake again
wheel turns without end
Track Name: At Gallows' End
At Gallows' End

look at me
there's nothing left to see
this old bag of bones is harmless

through the years
deadly sin arrears
the whole world unraveled to me

of all the things
the only that i missed
is how the final curtain will fall

now we're here
the end is drawing near
your hands hold my fate and soul

look at them
fear and mayhem
bread and circus all they care

last and least
archon of the feast
you don't need to hide from me

of all the things
the only that i missed
is how the final curtain will fall

now we're here
the end is drawing near
your hands hold my fate and soul

i have made my peace
and you must now decide
to feed the mob or save the beast
the mob or save the beast
Track Name: The Road North
The Road North

i'm a gonna go
gonna go back to
back to my hometown
i'm a gonna go

back to my hometown
i'm a gonna go
gonna go back to
back to my hometown

sun about to rise
let us hit the road
mountains iridise
cargo overload

music hammers on
singing all along
rings of smoke, son
hope the road is long

ah... to the north we go
ah... land of mines and coal
ah... through the dessert roam
ah... 'till we get back home

fields of corn and straw
crows go marching in
worn out scarecrow
murder closing in

dust and rocks ahead
fumes fly in the air
keep a steady head
we are almost there

ah... wonder who will stay
ah... the ones who got away
ah... only for the strong
ah... here's where we belong
Track Name: Banshee
Banshee

oh lord have mercy
mercy on my soul
my little boy, heavens
oh lord, my little boy‘s gone

oh lord have mercy
mercy on her soul
her little boy, heavens
oh lord, her little boy‘s gone

chains on my legs and my hands
are holding me down - holding me down

chains on my heart and my mind
the ones which make me frown - make me frown

walking to cornfields ahead
the sun burns my dome - sun burns my dome

walking in silence and pray
to see the road, the road back home

oh lord have mercy
mercy on my soul
my little boy, heavens
oh lord, my little boy‘s gone

oh lord have mercy
mercy on her soul
her little boy, heavens
oh lord, her little boy‘s gone

all day i long for the night
the kettle has meat - kettle has meat

moments of freedom and peace
at least a bite to eat - a bite to eat

tonight my mamma is sad
and i don’t know why - i don’t know why

she holds my shirt in her hands
with teary eyes, curses and cries

oh lord have mercy
mercy on my soul
my little boy, heavens
oh lord, my little boy‘s gone

oh lord have mercy
mercy on her soul
her little boy, heavens
oh lord, her little boy‘s gone
Track Name: Marie Celeste
Marie Celeste

it arrived in the midst of the day
high and mighty over the sea
villagers were running away
but i had to go and see

row row row

the bow was heading my way
for i stood alone on the shore
i shove my fear away
and i moved against the hull

row row row

evil lurks during the day
foolish men hook on a pray
and they lose their soul - and i lost my soul
and they lose their soul - and i lost my soul
mercy for the ones who fail
dead men tell no tale
and they lose their soul

row row row

no crew setting the sail
no captain on the deck
the hold was full of ale
and i felt the chills on my neck

row row row

land was nowhere around
i reached the nest of the crow
before i made another sound
my soul was bound with the row

row row row
Track Name: Old Debt
Old Debt

wind is growing cold
and this i feel it in my bones
something wicked's coming after me

footsteps from afar
and this i hear it in my sleep
something wicked's coming after me

time is standing still
as i reflect on empty eyes
the man in black is coming after me

shadows standing still
as he demands my soul in hand
the man in black is coming after me

gains that are ill-gotten
were never meant to last this long
the man in black is coming to collect

what in blood is written
was never meant to lose its hold
something wicked's coming to collect

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