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Navigating the Labyrinth

by Dolven

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Camelus Dromedarius This is such a beautiful and thoughtful labor of love that I am so glad to have found. Works like these really expand the boundaries as to what sort of music is and isn't possible to perform acoustically. This is a melancholic walk, of going through the motions, but it is somber, accepting, and ultimately uplifting in the end. This will remain one of my personal favorites. Favorite track: To Fly Free.
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Thoth’s Girl Oh my goodness ! This album is incredibly beautiful 🖤 from start to finish. The acoustic guitars are phenomenal and just sweep you away. Thank you so much for this, please create more beauty 💙 Favorite track: Inhale.
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baudelagon Très très bel album, avec des parties de guitare fantastiques. Les morceaux chantés ont un petit côté moyenâgeux. C'est vraiment un album de doom rare et original - et accessible à tous.
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bucktoothgamer One of those times when you pick out an album based on the cover art alone, and the music just fits so well. Doom atmosphere with acoustic instrumentation, top it off with instrumental passages that takes a page out of the Gothenburg sound. A truly novel concept and the execution couldn't be better. Favorite track: Bloom.
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Discoteka A melancholic intro that sets the stage for a roaring burst of hostile emotion. Awesome tunes. Favorite track: Inhale.
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Wonderbox Metal Dolven - Navigating the Labyrinth (Review) wp.me/p3zRmN-3og

Reminding us how expressive acoustic guitars can be in the right hands Favorite track: Labyrinth.
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    Strictly limited to 100 copies. Featuring alternative artwork painstakingly reconstructed & re-imagined from the original Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones painting 'Theseus and the Minotaur'. The artwork expands into a 4 page J-Card, whilst adding a labyrinth's corridor of lyrics on the inner side. The cassette will be issues in a Black shell with Gold print.

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Inhale 04:42
To Fly Free 08:41
Detachment Floating in eternal skies Forever Blackness Forever bliss Racing fast towards my demise all i know behind in the past, forever gone (chorus) To Fly Free Only Me isolation All around Fear and joy in my mind To fly free so far away no problems here, goodbye to my fears Tranquility (end chorus) Seeing the world in all of it's glory How could it have gone so wrong? Speck of a dust in a cosmic sea This peace I feel floating onwards Towards an end to where I will forever belong Repeat chorus X2
Bloom 04:03
Labyrinth 08:45
On an errant quest to find my people To fit in somewhere But that somewhere's in a place I left behind We are the same wherever we go (I knew this long ago) Still I push, seeking answers Trying to find myself Yet here I am, stuck within the Entrance of this labyrinth Why did I enter this maze? What did I hope to find? Pressure, life moving onward Its starting to mix and blend This labyrinthian life is much too strong for me Dragging, pulling me back to the abyss Forever confused Maybe the dream is over theres nothing left to prove to you Never letting my mind take over nothing left to dream Repeat
Kirschenweg 02:55
My Prophecy 08:15
Death came to me so young I was caught unaware How life will throw misguided darts that seem to be curses But a gift was given to me oh father, oh brother this is my prophecy But I did not ask for this your deaths are upon me now the most costly of blessings Did I choose correctly? Now here I stand a man Wandering aimlessly Exhausted, pained, and confused I cannot waste one minute more Faster, I run Soaking it all in The rain is running down my back Eternal brick wall Surrounded by my demons Hoping it all works out This is no way to live a life I think I am cursed I am nothing, I can't stop this flood Life is pushing me away Weakening My quest Time cant bring you to me What am I running from? Where am I running to? My prophecy is near it's end In my quest, I will surely fail I will surely die Repeat
Exhale 04:18


We're honoured to announce our final release of 2015.
The Debut Album from the US's Neo-Folk Acoustic Doom band.

Dolven - 'Navigating the Labyrinth'

Featuring 7 passages infused with a sophisticated blend of Neo-Folk inspired Acoustic Doom, crafted by members behind bands such as Agalloch, Ironwood and more. Featuring a further guest appearance from Don Anderson (Agalloch and more).

These seven passages deal with the labyrinth of the human minds range of emotions, that we encounter and traverse through in our journey from life to death.

To round out this unique experience the album has been mixed and mastered by legendary producer Billy Anderson.

The release will be available in DOWNLOAD / CD / CASSETTE


Deep sky is, of all visual impressions, the nearest akin to a feeling. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Notebooks

...and they were oppressed by the loneliness and vastness of the dolven halls and endlessly branching stairs and passages. — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring



released December 20, 2015

Henry Lauer - vocals
Nick Wusz - guitars
JWW - bass
Tim Call - drums

Guitar solo on "Inhale" by Don Anderson (Agalloch).
Sample on "Exhale" from Alan Watts "Out of Your Mind Lecture Series".

Recorded in Portland, OR.
Mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson.


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