Raise the Cairn

by Cairn

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Cairn is the solo project of The Living Fields guitarist Samu Rahn. 'Raise the Cairn' is a five-track concept album inspired by the sagas, natural apotheosis, and one singularly long-limbed deep sea dweller.

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released June 21, 2011

Samu Rahn - Instruments, programming & vocals

Mike Gleason - Session vocals

Music & lyrics composed between winter 2007 and summer 2009.

Produced, mixed & mastered between May 2009 and January 2010 at Holographic Recording Studio by Dan Gleason. Additional engineering by Cairn & Mike Gleason.

Album layout and design by Harvester Creative.



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Cairn Chicago, Illinois

Cairn began as the solo project of The Living Fields guitarist Samu Rahn and released its debut EP ‘Raise the Cairn’ in 2011. Its successor, ‘As for Dragons’, follows in 2013 with a full recording lineup of veteran musicians from Austaras, Vukari, and Vit. Combining elements of European folk, progressive music, and doom, Cairn is elegiac metal neither restrained nor defined by a single genre. ... more

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Track Name: Magnapinna Rex, Pt I: Solstiseraph
Deep siren
Lash me to the mast
Sing of your abyss profound
Of glories in your past

Deep siren
Beneath ice, you beckon me
Promise with your solstice song
The harvest of the sea

One passage
Beyond all ports of call
Will carry me beneath the waves
And to your hollow hall

As frost fades
And Sirius sets
To thee, I come
To thee

No further
May mortal engines pass
I, from the bow, alone descend
Into your grace at last

Where, in coral chambers deep
We are becoming one and wise
Where your arms are not so strange
And where you will embrace me
Track Name: Magnapinna Rex, Pt II: Equinautical
We rise with Spring, and rose-fingered Dawn
To number the days our brethren have been gone
Into the swelling sea
Unto the sunken earth

Heed the waves
As they come to break

From winter’s rage the seasons change
And still we heed the sun
When red we find its waking eye
Shall our vigil be undone

Mark the tide
Kneel before its wake

Heed the waves
As they come to break
Mourn the tide
For those it came to take

This keening wind has stopped our song
The dead tide brought us low
Upon the hill a cairn we’ll raise
So that our sons will know

So--by the grace of Dawn
Lay me upon this shore
As the season turns to fall
Track Name: Crush Depth
Sheathed in iron sleeve
Sheltered from the salt and sea
Bent to fateful oars

Broken at the spine
Sundered by the singing shrine
Shelter is no more

Strong wind ‘neath the waves
Monolith upon the plain
Anno Rex Æquor

On this darkest horizon
Below the mortal sun
The water’s heart beats

Mine, the cold and ancient way
Where sunlight ne’er is shed
Where terrene gods are held at bay,
Where reign the driftwood dead.

Bend to fateful oars
Shelter is no more
Anno Rex Æquor