Astron Black & the Thirty Tyrants
track by track comments by Efthimis Karadimas
~1. Intro .1~
the intro starts with the proposal to turn your Eyes to stare to the sky, for the journey to begin
~2. Astron Black .2~
this song makes a direct reference to astron black; an artificial persona representing the human being parading through the centuries, navigated by the stars, seeding life, and leaving behind marvellous creations in our effort to expand our race and to conquer the unknown. Astron, the Spirt; Black, the Soul.
~3. Astronomica / Saturnian Moon .3~
eager as we are to expand and to conquer the dark and everything in it we sail the space seas to find new lands of promise, giving battles that we win with the aid of the gods and titans; this song makes a reference to titan prometheus who stole the light from zeus and offered it to humans. saturn was a titan himself too and brother of titan iapetus, father of prometheus, who also gave his name to the first (mother) language spoken by indo-europeans thousands of years ago.
~4. astra planeta / We Chose the Sun .4~
this song derives from the five wandering stars the ancients observed in those times skies; they were the mercury, saturn, venus (also known as eosphoros), mars, and jupiter. the stars are the absolute point of reference for anything related to our lives in general and in particular since birth. even time is created and count based on planets motion, including earth’s. and on top of all there is sun; the ultimate source of power and the father of all gods and mortals.
~5. Ambassador of mass .5~
the greek-persian wars of the 5th century bc inspired the title of this song. it is an allegory about courage and faith that turns amounts minor in numbers into colossal unities. so small we, humans, are in the endless space but our soul and mind lead our ways beyond.
~6. The criterion .6~
animals move on instinct. humans on the opposite set targets that achieve by following strategies, and through that process comes creation; creation of civilization, of knowledge, of experiences. because you have to create the conditions for the genesis of an experience. the criterion to create comes as priority. the name also refers to the existence of a committee in the area of “souli” named criterion about two centuries ago, whose role was to take decisions and make judgements for the benefit of the community.
~7. Asebeia .7~
everything comes at a cost and that cost must always be paid. however, there are people who dislike creation and pain such process bears but at the same time they want to taste the pleasure of accomplishment. that profanity is a foe to evolution.
~8. i-i .8~
that sign marks the effort to become one with divinity
~9. Archon Basileus .9~
that song sings about the idol of a king many traditions and cultures have, that gloriously leads his people to the places of their will. that idol has been created by humans to play the role of the enlightening, unquestionable one that, at the end of the day, it is us, ourselves to play, as the leaders of our destiny.
~10. Proxima Centauri / Dead bodies .10~
a song about the magnificent greatness of the vast universe that folds our everything. proxima centuari is a “red dwarf” and it is the closest star to the sun.
~11. The Thirty Tyrants .11~
anything in life in amounts exceeding the threshold of the beholder can turn into a “tyranny”; from pain to pleasure and from tragedy to happiness everything needs a “metron ariston”. even logic can be proved a tyranny in many cases. humans suffer from our passions but hopefully the powers of reconsideration redirecting most of us; the thirty tyrants was a body of 30 that ruled athens after its defeat by spartans in 404 bc but it is also a parallelism to the 30 pieces of silver judas iscariot received to betray his master.
~12. Epsilon Lyrae .12~
this is a song about the duality that characterizes human race and life as we know it. from the two parts of the brain to the two sexes and all the way to the eternal battle between good and evil, white and black, that correlation seemingly generates dynamism that fuels our engines in the pursuit forward, unite under solar gods in our salacious effort for keep our race last forever. epsilon lyrae is a combination of stars also known as “double double”, located in the constellation of” lyra”, which derives from orpheus music instrument, the greatest musician of the ancient times who charmed even hades with his music in his effort to lead his dead wife back to the kingdom of life.