A Tower of Silence

by Anubis

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    The 2011 concept cult classic that refuses to go away. 2011's 'A Tower of Silence' started it all for Anubis overseas. The original 2011 release with the much-celebrated Tim Neill cover in a gatefold LP replica sleeve and booklet.

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    The fan favourite 2011 studio album on gatefold CD, designed by Tim Neill and Matt Buttsworth and personally ruined by the current line-up of the band.

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1.
Part I (Instrumental) Part II Who are you to call me here? Who are you to see these tears? When, when I relive my life When I had my love denied I lived my life from day to day With faith beyond the stars And never had a chance to be - Be looked at through the scars Maybe what we pray for Will never come true Maybe who we live for They never shine through When will I be brought to life When will I be by your side You broke me down just like a rose Through winter chills and harshest snow. I lived my life from day to day With faith beyond the stars And never had a chance to be - Be looked at through the scars Maybe what we pray for Will never come true Maybe who we live for They never shine through Part III You choose this as my destiny To witness my misery Still frozen from my life to be Between these plains in custody Your words now mean nothing to me I’ve lived through my life’s tragedy Now I'm searching for my meaning Revenge comes kicking and screaming Where are those who pulled me down? Where is he who can't be found? Where is she who caused me fear? Who are you to call me here? I lived my life from day to day With faith beyond the stars And never had a chance to be - Be looked at through the scars Maybe what we pray for Will never come true Maybe who we live for They never shine through Part IV I made my wish To see it all burn Their fears & screams await my return All of my chilling memories You drag up through the mud I’ve been looking for my redemption in yearning for their blood All my love has gone There’s nowhere I belong I’ve felt it all along Where did I go wrong I’m feeling all alone now My soul cannot be found My heart beat wants to roam To where I’ll find my home I’m feeling no connection To those who caged me here I’m feeling no protection From the words that I hear A flush of fury Washes over me I hold no remorse For my blasphemy They broke up my home and locked me away They took my family Everything you see before you Is a distant memory All my love has gone There’s nowhere I belong I’ve felt it all along Where did I go wrong I’m feeling all alone now My soul cannot be found My heart beat wants to roam To where I’ll find my home I’m feeling no connection To those who caged me here I’m feeling no protection From the words that I hear Part V Please hold my hand Take me to the Promised Land I don't want to be alone I want to find my home I wish I could stand By your side again Why can’t I rise? And look deep in your eyes And tell you from the start From the bottom of my heart I wanted to love you I wanted to obey you Pray to you Bathe in you But all hope is gone Part VI (Instrumental)
2.
My mother she gave birth to me,
 I never felt her warmth,
 Her ultimate sacrifice,
 She never gazed into my eyes.

 Father gave up on himself,
 Handed over his own soul,
 Removed his heart from his inside,
 Left out in the cold.

 Like the flowers from the ground,
 They ripped my hand away from his,
 An evil woman with dark stare,
 Said I was the cause of this.

 I lay upon the cobbled floor,
 As the tears streamed down my face,
 I shiver from the cold nights breath,
 Whispering my name. 
 Bruised and broken
 Without your love would I be living?
 I pray to you- oh, merciful you...
 But I can hardly breathe.
 You and I feel the same way
when we are not the saviour
 Guide me through this sickness of mine
 Guide me to the light.

 I walk around this yard alone,
 Look out across the open field.
 It’s dark and grey and doesn't sing, 
 The bells above, they still don't ring.

 I look up at the stained glass sky,
 Bruised and Bent upon my knees,
 I hope and pray for happiness,
 It won't come for me. Bruised and broken
 Without your love would I be living?
 I pray to you- oh, merciful you...
 But I can hardly breathe.
 You and I feel the same way
when we are not the saviour
 Guide me through this sickness of mind
 I can hardly fight.
3.
I hope this is not my final day I hope this is not where I will stay My joy has been taken I’m living life alone With no one else to talk to I’m scared of the unknown   My concience is blistering they fill me with my guilt I question all they tell me as I cough beneath this quilt I worry about the future as the sand drips away I wake and start to wonder if I'll see another day My body is burning, I can't bring it down Dirty rags and blankets caress my fevered brow I could be wrong I could be right We’ll never know Until that night I live my whole life in your grace I believed it's your love I craved I wait forsaken for your embrace I’m all alone here, this final resting place   What do I suffer for? Why do I care? Why do I look and see only despair? The footsteps are coming like thunder in my ears The looks I’ve been given create dark atmospheres   I try to understand their meaning of life I try to be brave with the words they recite The black corner shadow it looms over me Taking my hand and he says I'll be free Silence surrounds me I drift off to sleep I lay my body down and pray my soul to keep My heart aches My body wastes To nothingness I say goodbye I live my whole life in your grace I believed it's your love I craved I wait forsaken for your embrace I’m alone here, my final resting place My wounds will weep My soul asleep The darkest night My soul alight Came too late I'm left to wait The Earth will shake So soon it breaks Fire and Lies My Mother's Eyes Ten Thousand Tears Two Hundred Years
4.
I've walked alone but I've hit the wall I question if you're even here at all. Why cant you be here in front of me Guide me on to eternity Let me out of your weathered cage I’m trapped by words written on your page What life is left to contemplate? Trapped in this that you create This tragedy In time you’ll see What is to become of me My petals fall upon the ground Withered up, I make no sound Reflected in scattered memory This flower wilts in misery This tragedy In time you’ll see What is to become of me The lights of change Will light my way The lights that feels so bright Lights that change feel so alive Bright, White You cant see my legacy Lost to me by powers that be These words I breath, all that's left of me This world I see, can't belong to me. In time you'll see - no time to grieve I cannot see I cannot breathe I cannot feel My love I cannot see I cannot breathe I cannot feel Your love in me….
5.
I was laid to rest forever Without absolution Affuse this rose… With this heart no longer beating And I'm no longer breathing No credo of your own… By the roots beneath this tree I dream a silent dream In the place they left me lie Without ever saying why Unmarked by any stone No place to call my own Who would bring me to this place Then never show their face They bid me to believe As they pushed me on my knees But I never made it there With the wrong cross to bear I remain alone, unfaithful Misguided by the angels Who blocked you from your way And this world that I created Is the one that I am numb to As you waste away By the roots beneath this tree I dream a silent dream In the place they left me lie Without ever saying why Unmarked by any stone No place to call my own Who would bring me to this place Then never show their face They bid me to believe As they pushed me on my knees But I never made it there With the wrong cross to bear
6.
Locked inside this soul of mine Anger grows, turning me blind Because of this rage they won't talk to me Faithlessly shot to the heart We pray we can take to the stars Find our way out when we no longer breathe And I wait for my world to end Still I wait for this world to end If you and I will never be Together, to love and be free I wonder how long I’m to be alone I have had all this time away to cry To drown myself in tears that never dry I'm anxious for something and nothing I see And I wait for my world to end Still I wait for this world to end I'm calling you to come I need to feel your warmth I've got to look in your eyes Take comfort from this storm I broke my yesterdays I swear I never lied I've fallen from this world of yours Into my dark inside I pulled my soul from deep To show you my despair I held it up in front of you - You didn't seem to care I only want run I can't see what's ahead I wrote it down a thousand times But I've forgotten what it said You had to put me here? I still cannot think why You pushed me down and tied me up And left me there to die So who are you to call me here And drag this up and when I left it lying years ago It comes to haunt again And I wait for my world to end Still I wait for this world to end
7.
When I passed away My soul did not escape I believed the words I heard Wanted life to change I feel alone There is no use in hiding I feel, my soul, You have been misguiding I dream a dream that has no sound As I lay still beneath the ground I am the holy innocent As love speaks it makes no sound And this one you put aside No longer wants to hide I cant tell what I did wrong I want to hear your voice Calling out my name With your words I’m paralysed I need to hear them all the same I broke no hearts Yet I’m punished here forever I wait, enraged We need to be together It's in the dream that has no sound As I lay still beneath the ground I am the holy innocent As love speaks it makes no sound And this one you put aside No longer wants to hide I cant tell what I did wrong I’ve lived inside this cage As I lived upon the earth It's hard for me to see Which world has been the worst? In time I see That there is no point in changing You don't want me Too late for rearranging This dream I dreamed that has no sound As I lay still beneath the ground I am the holy innocent As love speaks it makes no sound And this one you put aside No longer wants to hide I cant tell what I did wrong And the bell takes its toll And the field felt so cold As I prayed my life away I begged for the lights of change But you never took my hand As I wait for this world to end Is this my final resting place? Such a tragic waste of this holy innocent
8.
i. Light Of Change Bruised and Broken My Absolution The Limbo Of Infants Fall Of Man Lights Of Change Guide My Way Onward Onward ii. The Limbo Of Infants Never, in the end, Will I be Forgiven I search in vain Left to be With the living and breathing Caressed by eyes Of judgemental hate Where I’m to live A Blinded fate After this life Through the archway I will run So far away Forevermore I will be Bathed in sin I’ll take this heart away So I can feel Your embrace surround me I scale these walls That I cant see They make no sound But they whisper to me Rescue me From within You’ve cast on me Near mortal sin Time slows down I have no pulse Only poison I wanted to be blinded By the lights That they said Would guide me iii. Endless Opportunity One night I'd hoped I'd meet you there In front of me after all these years of Hurt and pain and suffering So terrified and lonely. So unfair... You're not satisfied I had it all but broken in my life. It seems that I may never leave This never-ending silence in my head I'm yearning deep inside For closure and the promise I can Fall asleep when I’m in your care To feel your warmth from the coldness of my bed Take Upon The Open Sea Of endless opportunity I never had the wings to fly Away from all this pain that lives Inside my head and in my heart And all that's ever broken in my life And I broke it all when I said it all I never knew it's worth I can hear when, the silence ends. It’s always in my head. You and I will never know We lost that chance some time ago Seen it all and I felt it all, Until that night, we'll never ever know

about

'A Tower of Silence' was released on Bird's Robe Records on September 21st 2011.


The album muses on the theme of limbo, specifically told through the narrative of an 11 year old girl who lived and died in a workhouse in England in the early 19th century. A group of teens, trespassing in the abandoned buildings play seance in one of the abandoned wards, leading to the apparition of the girl, who proceeds to recount her life, death, and her inability to pass on to any form of afterlife. The album functions as a metaphor for any kind of entrapment, be it depression, loss or terminal illness. The theme of being caught between two places, within the unknown, is the central conceit. On the way, the album tackles alienation, social division between the rich and the poor and even the very concept of afterlife.

The album kicks off with the 17 minute "The Passing Bell", and clocks in at over 65 minutes with three other tracks tipping the 10 minute mark. The album includes all of the elements that afforded 230503 much praise; the vocal harmonies (all six band members sing on it), the layering of all-vintage keyboards, the dynamic rhythm section, the incendiary guitar playing, (with a host of instruments, amps and stomp-boxes to boot) and the songwriting team of David Eaton and Robert James Moulding.

That's not to say there weren't any major changes on 'A Tower of Silence', having 230503's producer/engineer Dean Bennison join the band as another guitarist/vocalist and writer fleshed out the sound and added great depth to the arrangements, as well as adding his distinctive voice to the harmonies. The material was infinitely more collaborative too; with Douglas Skene emerging as part of the songwriting team, especially on the song 'Archway of Tears', and the whole band working much more as a unit in the studio arranging the compositions.

In the studio, Dean Bennison pushed the band to revert to a mainly retro way of working (save for the use of digital recording technology). As a result, there is not an amp sim nor a software synth to be heard. All the instruments were real, recorded in real time with microphones. All meticulously captured.

There was a sharpened focus on the lyrics too, with Robert and David having worked hard to be more direct and clear without losing any of the poetic effect. The preceeding 18 months of live performance also sharpened the vocals and as a result, AToS brimmed over with the most precise and passionate vocals Robert had ever committed to tape to that point.

Upon it's release, the album quickly gained a considerable following in Europe and South America, with it quickly topping internet charts all over Europe and regularly appearing in many publications' best of 2011 polls. On www.prograchives.com, over two years from it's release, it still sits in the top 10 Neo-Prog albums of all time alongside such luminaries as Marillion, IQ and Arena.

The penultimate track from the album, 'The Holy Innocent', was featured on Prog Magazine's cover CD in August 2012.

credits

released September 21, 2011

Robert James Moulding: Vocals, Percussion, Additional Guitar
David Eaton: Hammond Organ, Farfisa Organ, Moog Synthesizer, Piano and Electric Piano, String Machine, Mellotron, Harpsichord, Synthesizers, Bass Pedals, 12-String Guitar and Vocals
Douglas Skene: Electric Guitar, 7 String Electric Guitar, 12-String Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Dean Bennison: Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion and Vocals
Nick Antoinette: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steven Eaton: Drums, Percussion and Vocals

Martyn Cook: Saxophone and Flute
Rebecca Bennison and Katrina Shaw: Vocals

Recorded at RMS studio and Somerset Music between October 2010 and July 2011.

Produced by Dean Bennison
Co-Produced by David Eaton and Robert Moulding
Mastered by Reece Tunbridge at Benchmark Audio Mastering, Sydney.

Cover Design, Art Assets and Photography by Timothy Neill and Matthew Buttsworth.

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Anubis Sydney, Australia

Anubis is a cinematic Progressive Rock band from Sydney, Australia. Formed in 2004.

The band has released to date 6 studio records to date, 2 live albums and toured Europe twice. The latest album, ‘Homeless’ reached number 4 in the Australian Indie chart in March 2020. ... more

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