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Over the Hills

by Forlorn Hope

Forlorn Hope combine classic, heavy metal guitars and majestic keyboards along with powerful clean vocals and vivid, meticulously researched lyrics to retell stories of horror and heroism from the Peninsular War (1807-1814).
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
1:16 album only
2. Vive l'empereur
5:02 album only
3. Rifles
2:52 album only
4. Talavera
3:56 album only
5. War in the Shadows
4:55 album only
6. The Eagle Hunters
3:11 album only
7. Die Hard
3:26 album only
8. Badajoz
5:33 album only
9. Man of Secrets, Man of Honour
4:55 album only
10. Masterstrike
3:14 album only
11. Vitoria
3:11 album only
12. Over the Hills and Far Away
3:50 album only
13. Forlorn Hope
3:24 album only
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Album Notes
Forlorn Hope bring a distinctive blend of traditional and power metal to the fore; featuring classic, heavy metal guitars and majestic keyboards that combine with powerful clean vocals and vivid, meticulously researched lyrics to tell, through music, some of the most dramatic stories in military history with the scale and intensity they deserve.

'Over the Hills' is a collection of stories of horror and heroism from the Peninsular War (1807-1814). Book ended by renditions of the classic folk song 'Over the Hills and Far Away', a song synonymous with the period; the album retells some of the key events of the war, from the bloody siege of Badajoz to cloak and dagger efforts of the Spanish Guerillas.

"This is a blazing, heavy metal tribute to one of the most fascinating chapters in military history. It represents the realisation of a concept several years in the making and the culmination of countless hours of work. To see it finally completed is an absolute joy."
-Chris Simpson, lead singer & rhythm guitarist

Track by track breakdown:
1 - Introduction -
The wistful melody of the traditional folk song ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’, which has strong associations with the Peninsular War, is given a heavy metal twist to set the scene for the rest of the album.

2 - Vive L’Empereur -
An imposing opener that recounts the rise and early conquests of Napoleon Bonaparte. As unrelenting as its subject matter, this ominous track pounds on through belligerent riffs and grandiose, imperial melodies to a chorus culminating in a colossal, French battlecry.

3 - Rifles -
A fist-pumping tribute to the legendary regiment of British sharpshooters; the 95th Rifles. This galloping anthem is irresistibly catchy and has been a firm fan-favourite since its original release on our 2018 demo EP.

4 - Talavera -
A full account of the epic 1809 Battle of Talavera condensed into four minutes of classic, heavy metal hooks. Scorching lead guitars and powerful vocals carry you at full pelt through the dramatic narrative of victory from the jaws of defeat.

5 - War in the Shadows -
The story of Spanish guerilla fighters in the Peninsular War and the bloody war they waged against the French. This dark and unforgiving song brings the heaviest riff-work on the album to bear to evoke a sense of rage and terror, but still boasts plenty of killer vocal hooks.

6 - The Eagle Hunters -
A true tale of heroism; the capture of a French Imperial Eagle at the Battle of Barossa, 1811, by Sergeant Patrick Masterson, as depicted on the album cover. A short, punchy slice of unabashed heavy metal driven by precision, machine gun drumwork and and heroic melodies.

7 - Die Hard -
In fittingly aggressive style, this song recalls scenes from the 1811 Battle of Albuera; one of the bloodiest battles of the Peninsular War. Pounding rhythms combine with blistering lead work to recreate the frantic desperation of that terrible fight. This is a song that takes no prisoners.

8 - Badajoz -
The 1812 storming of Badajoz retold in truly epic fashion. This sweeping, cinematic piece takes you from a colossal prelude, through the tension and anticipation before the storming to the bloodsoaked chaos of the attack itself. The music is relentless, the lyrics visceral, the hooks immense and the experience overwhelming.

9 - Man of Secrets, Man of Honour -
The incredible, little known story of Colquhoun Grant; British Exploring Officer and Wellington's finest spy. Soaring, Maiden-esque vocals, bouncing keyboard melodies and a rousing singalong bridge combine with intense, threatening riffs to evoke the excitement, adventure and peril that defined Grant’s exploits in equal measure.

10 - Masterstrike -
A fittingly abrupt retelling of Wellington’s lightning victory at the Battle of Salamanca in 1812. With its furious drum and riff work and glorious lead melodies, this song pays thrilling, bombastic tribute to the unique talent of one of Britain’s greatest generals.

11 - Vitoria -
The final chapter of the album’s story concerns the Battle of Vitoria in 1813, when the French were finally driven out of Spain. Towering melodies create a sense of triumph and melancholy befitting the battle that marked the beginning of the end of a long and bitter war.

12 - Over the Hills and Far Away -
The traditional folk favourite is reprised as a full length cover featuring John Tams’ famous ‘Sharpe’ lyrics. Crisp acoustic guitars, delicate keyboards and a far more intimate vocal performance make this an emotional epilogue to the album.

13 - BONUS - Forlorn Hope -
A song that began life as a bit of fun and grew into a shameless, self-titled, heavy metal anthem and our de facto set-closer. What it lacks in historical content, it makes up for in undeniable catchiness and features a fantastic duelling keyboard and guitar solo.



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