A Leap Into The Dark

by The Tirith

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Alrihkh
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Alrihkh The Tirith have that wonderful ability/talent of flooding their music with their heart~flows. The vocals are lyrically convincing, and have a common man's earthy honesty. Very emotive. For me, it’s a toss up when it comes to a favourite song; between Kalaya and The Exile. I sure hope they have a lot more up their sleeves. 8+/10. Favorite track: Kalaya.
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Stefan Hennig Exert from my DPRP review of the album.
The album opener presents a statement of intent. Crunching guitar, bass, drums and keyboards are introduced in classic Deep Purple style.
Throughout the disc I was reminded of Rush and Pallas, and some of the choruses or vocal melodies reminiscent of Saga and Styx. Keyboards add texture to the music when required enhancing the neo-progressive feel.
No More demonstrates the quality of their work. Favorite track: A Leap Into The Dark / The Autumn Of Our Days.
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1.
A LEAP INTO THE DARK I took a leap into the dark to see what I could see Throwing all caution to the wind, cast off, and flying free There is no mercy in the night it’s the price you pay Keeping my face towards the light I could be back by day The first time we came we were relieved to see the dawn The next time we passed we found a path through the storm And on the third pass we finally made it through into the light Too many nights I walked alone through the streets of shame And all the people staring out, you know they’re all the same No one will save you in this place, they’ll just bring you down And as the darkness closes in you cannot hang around The first time we came we were relieved to see the dawn The next time we passed we found a path through the storm And on the third pass we finally made it through into the light The first time we came we were relieved to see the dawn The next time we passed we found a path through the storm And on the third pass we finally made it through into the light THE AUTUMN OF OUR DAYS We soared so high Way above, the hills and mountains of our lives And the valley far below The woods and fields, the lanes and houses we call home Now the harvest is all done, we will be as one Stand forever tall; in wonder at it all In the autumn of our days Stand forever tall; be forever strong The harvest is all done We burned so bright And the fire within our hearts would not subside The flames burn ever strong Though we found that they’d been there all along Now the harvest is all done, we will be as one Stand forever tall; in wonder at it all In the autumn of our days Stand forever tall; be forever strong The harvest is all done Now the harvest is all done, we will be as one Stand forever tall; in wonder at it all In the autumn of our days Stand forever tall; be forever strong The harvest is all done
2.
Kalaya 09:26
I live by the midnight sun in a valley cold and green But I’ve seen the exotic lands and they can’t take that from me Where the mountains pierce the sky and the Gods forever dwell The streams flow down the hills and the dream it never ends The earth is always on the move and the land rises up above To a plateau of evergreen there I first caught sight of love I come from a land where the cold and ice always comes And the summer sun when it breaks through the clouds will never warm But I’ve seen those tropical peaks bursting through the sky A land of ever changing shapes to fascinate my eye On the mystical road to the east my way leads ever on Upwards to the tracks and paths to the Himalayan sun A plateau where the rain is always in the sky I went there in my dream once but I couldn’t catch her eye Everything is green and the waterfalls are all around Who knows, maybe, I’ll go there for real one day Oh Kalaya, princess of the sky Oh Kalaya, see her once and die They’ll take you as you are on the road to Shangri La Following the Kashmir road that leads up to the stars Where the mountains pierce the sky and the Gods forever dwell The princess sits alone and the dream it never ends Oh Kalaya, princess of the sky Oh Kalaya, see her once and die Oh Kalaya, princess of the sky Oh Kalaya, see her once and die Oh Kalaya, princess of the sky Oh Kalaya, see her once and die
3.
The Sphinx 07:34
Facing ever east towards a darkened desert sky The Sphinx is still waiting for the spring sun, to arise Hewn out of the living rock so long ago A new dawn to behold As the sap starts to rise, and the sun climbs aloft The earth wakes from its sleep, and the Sphinx greets the equinox Why they asked the question no one will ever know They looked up at the heavens; there were creatures to behold And as the winter turned to spring The lion brought forth the hopes of men As the sap starts to rise, and the sun climbs aloft The earth wakes from its sleep, and the Sphinx greets the equinox The precession of the constellations over time Means the body of a lion and the face of a god Staring at its own reflection, in the age of Leo But that was long ago, 10,000 years As the sap starts to rise, and the sun climbs aloft The earth wakes from its sleep, and the Sphinx greets the equinox Sculpted at a time when the desert land was green Rain fell from the sky and what’s now is dry was streams A time before the deserts came A time to believe As the sap starts to rise, and the sun climbs aloft The earth wakes from its sleep, and the Sphinx greets the equinox
4.
No More 06:47
A message in my inbox was there one day; the mail it rocks Somewhere out on the ether wave, he’s not sleeping as the daylight breaks Many miles away across the world’s great sea Like a stranger out of time, a friend holds out a hand to me And while the worlds asleep we talk reality, music technology Talk of the long off days before they fade away, we’re strangers No More We met up in the city beside the bay; he drove down that day And though so many years have passed, he was still the same he was still a laugh We whiled away the hours with technology Said our farewells In the evening light outside the car pound The city comes alive; we’re making up for time, and while the sun still shines And all those long off days; don’t seem so far away, we’re strangers No More There must be a reason; there must be a cause There’s gotta be some logic and a reason for it all A message in my inbox was there that day; the mail it sucks Somewhere out on a distant highway, he’s still sleeping as the daylight breaks The road to oblivion takes many paths He’s going on a journey, and he’s not coming back Forever now he sleeps; no more reality, music finality And all those long off days; seem so far away, he won’t be there No More The emails have all gone; and they won’t be back again, he’s not sending them anymore And the technology; falls silent finally, It won’t be heard No More And all those long off days; they all will fade away, we’re strangers now once more And all the songs we sang; forgotten now and gone, they won’t be heard No More No More
5.
And the wind will come And the skies will fall And the seas will all run dry Calmed souls awake and decide Washed in the lake of our lives I was not alone to cry I cast a lonely stone to the sea She caught it in her arms Sent it back to me I knelt down and blessed my dreams The shore came alive and mingled with the tide The oceans were laughing; the hills turned to water The sky began to breathe; became a gentle breeze The wind rose and kissed me The sky split above me; began to fall The wind became the sea And gushed into the void And I was left kneeling The stone became my feeling Became me
6.
In far off lands there’s still a light shining through the dark There’s still some hope if only I can find a way out of here And though I languish in this sorry state, and I know it cannot be The sunlight shines within my dreams There I’m warm and glad and free Though many nights I hear the cries echoing around these walls I lie in fear, hungry and cold, never knowing night from day Sometimes I eat to stay alive though I forget the reason why For the day may come when I rise up And leave this place behind So here am I the forgotten one, who will state my case? Will someone bring a lantern here and shine it on my face So I can walk in those fields again and hear my children’s cries I will not leave this hope behind Nor bid this life goodbye
7.
The Scare 04:23
Weird people came to town yesterday Hanging around in these strange autumn days There’s that smell and a noise in the air Children shouting for the coming of the fair Come to the circus, come to the fair Bright lights shining, it’s the thrill but it’s the scare The mirror maze dark figures of the night The parade of freaks on the streets in the fading light The tattooed man with the snakes dancing in his hair The carnival in the hour of despair Come to the circus, come to the fair Bright lights shining, it’s the thrill but it’s the scare The roundabout is going backwards through the night A storm is brewing and the lightnings goin to strike The funeral march is playing in reverse They’re getting younger, but you know that they are cursed Come to the circus, come if you dare Merry-go-round in the hour of despair Come to the circus, come to the fair Bright lights shining, it’s the thrill but it’s the scare Come to the circus, come if you dare Merry-go-round in the hour of despair Come to the circus, come to the fair Bright lights shining, it’s the thrill but it’s the scare
8.
The Exile 08:00
I cannot return to the land of my birth The ties that once bound me have now been cut and destroyed Cold blows the wind in the halls of my home Once I crossed the line and lost everything that was mine The falling of the tides and the shifting of the sands The feeling grows stronger drawing me back to that land Though I loved her more than any man should A cold sea now divides us and it will forever more I’m an exile in a land of only strangers For there’s no return no second chance and never will it change I’m an outcast now; an exile and a pariah I cannot return to the land of my birth The ties that once bound me have now been cut and destroyed Cold blows the wind in the halls of my home Once I crossed the line and lost everything that was mine I’m an exile in a land of only strangers For there’s no return no second chance and never will it change I’m an outcast now; an exile and a pariah I’m an exile in a land of only strangers For there’s no return no second chance and never will it change I’m an outcast now; an exile and a pariah For there’s no return no second chance and never will it change I’m an outcast now; an exile and a pariah
9.
A fleeting memory lost in a childhood of dreams It feels so real to me but nothing is quite what it seems Standing on my own when I was a child Thinking for the first time now I’m alive So little to be certain of; just a feeling of nostalgia Sometimes I think of home it gives me a feeling of warmth The house where we used to live and the town where I was born But now whenever I go back there The house has gone and the town has changed So little to be certain of; just a feeling of nostalgia A fleeting memory lost in a childhood of dreams It feels so real to me but nothing is quite what it seems Standing on my own when I was a child Thinking for the first time now I’m alive So little to be certain of; just a feeling of nostalgia
10.
We soared so high Way above, the hills and mountains of our lives And the valley far below The woods and fields, the lanes and houses we call home Now the harvest is all done, we will be as one Stand forever tall; in wonder at it all In the autumn of our days Stand forever tall; be forever strong The harvest is all done We burned so bright And the fire within our hearts would not subside The flames burn ever strong Though we found that they’d been there all along Now the harvest is all done, we will be as one Stand forever tall; in wonder at it all In the autumn of our days Stand forever tall; be forever strong The harvest is all done Now the harvest is all done, we will be as one Stand forever tall; in wonder at it all In the autumn of our days Stand forever tall; be forever strong The harvest is all done

about

New music from The Tirith with this our second album, “A Leap Into The Dark”. We have concentrated on real songs performed, interpreted and recorded in the modern progressive idiom, featuring the songs of Tim Cox and Richard Cory. On our first album “Tales From The Tower” (2015), we recorded, for the first time, the songs of our youth, but on this album we have tried to take the music in a different direction and present a new era of Tirith music with a collection of songs written in the recent past. Hence it really is “A Leap Into The Dark”. Most of the songs on this album are true collaborations between Tim Cox and Richard Cory, written jointly and this gives the album a more integrated feel. Again we have avoided making a concept album but certain themes run through the album. The theme of alienation can be found in “Song of the Forgotten One” and “The Exile”, whereas a theme of nostalgia comes to the fore in “The Autumn Of Our Days”, “Nostalgia” and “No More” the latter being a valedictory for our friend Anthony Ashton. “Kalaya” is about a princess high in the Himalayas, and the Sphinx points to the theory that the Sphinx is more ancient than supposed according to Geological evidence. “And The Wind Will Come” is a poem by Tim Cox set to music and “The Scare” is our tribute to Ray Bradbury and all things ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’. “The Nostalgia Sequence” is the epic track, it brings the album to a climactic finish with the end section “Desolation”. The album closes though with “The Autumn Of Our Day (reprise), an alternate and intimate take on the song that is part of the title track.

“A Leap Into The Dark” took 2 years to complete from the initial recordings undertaken in 2017 through to the final realisation of the album in 2019. The album was produced by Tim Cox.

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released May 18, 2019

Tim Cox, guitars and keyboards
Dick Cory, bass, vocals, acoustic guitar and keyboards
Carl Nightingale, drums

with Paolo Iannattone, keyboards on some tracks

Produced by Tim Cox

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The Tirith London, UK

The Tirith are one of the new UK-based Progressive / Classic Rock Bands. The band has a long history stretching back to the 70s, the present band reformed in 2010 and have been playing festivals and select gigs since 2011. The band is known for playing a wide variety of music within the Progressive genre and beyond. ... more

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