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. Favorite track: Kalaya.
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stefan13 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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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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Track Name: A Leap Into The Dark / The Autumn Of Our Days
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
Track Name: Kalaya
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
Track Name: The Sphinx
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
Track Name: No More
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
Track Name: And The Wind Will Come
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
Track Name: Song Of The Forgotten One
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
Track Name: The Scare
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
Track Name: The Exile
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
Track Name: The Nostalgia Sequence
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
Track Name: The Autumn Of Our Days (Reprise)
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

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