Vol. 1 was recorded by Kansas City-based heavy metal riff machine Hyborian at their self-built studio, mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Studios (Radkey, Godmaker) and mastered by Nick Zampiello (Torche, Isis, Old Man Gloom, Trap Them) at New Alliance East. It tells the tale of an extra-dimensional, cloaked being called The Traveller. The band explains the concept of Vol. 1; "Hyborian-Volume I is a collection of stories from the dawn of humanity, events that occurred before the advent of the written word. It is the first in a series of legends from different epochs as told by a figure named The Traveller. The Traveller is a being that exists outside of humanity's understanding of space and time. He is the source of all life in the universe, but is not omnipresent. He wanders the cosmos, visiting and recording times of great strife or hardship, great suffering or great triumph. We are his chosen mouthpiece on Earth, so we relate those stories, whether from far in the past or far in the future."