Saturday, 19-Feb-2005 12:06:10 EST
01. Strategy of Tragedy I (Thesis)
02. Paper Dolls
03. Celestial Train Song mp3
04. Want To Believe mp3
05. Secret Knowledge Thwarted
06. Strategy of Tragedy II (Antithesis)
08. Orwellian Nightmare Revealed
09. WORLD:1, PEOPLE:0
11. Strategy of Tragedy III (Synthesis) mp3
...The proliferation of books, magazines, movies, documentaries, and internet self-publications of what are popularly referred to as 'conspiracy theories' was the inspiration for the album. The writing was completed over a period of a few years and recorded between 2001 and 2003. During this time, many world events have since unfolded that make the lyrical ideas eerily relevant...
May 1... What has this world become? From our simple origins of life striving to survive we have come to this. Most of the wealth of the world, and the power to shape the future is concentrated in the hands of so very few, and the rest of us are helpless in their thrall, and not even aware of our prison.
When Hegel wrote of the logic of Thesis, Antithesis, and Synthesis, he was describing how the conflict of opposites leads to the emergence of new knowledge, and new phenomena. This very same theory in the hands of the wealthy, the powerful, the shadow governments, becomes a tool of oppression, a means to secure power over those blind to their machinations. Create a problem and provide a solution and the people just fall in line with the plan.
Let us now construct our own thesis, in an effort to understand how all of this has come to be…
01. Strategy of Tragedy I (Thesis) (3:50)
May 3... If people would only wake up and see what's being done to them then
maybe we'd have a chance! But they can't, or won't! Sometimes they
seem barely human, brainwashed, robotized, like little automatons, or
a string of paper dolls cut out by an insane child...
02. Paper Dolls (4:23) mp3
May 7... The other night I dreamed I was on a massive train, racing through the universe. Through my windows I could see many worlds, some much like
ours, in varying stages of development. Some were thriving, some in
crisis, and on some nothing remained but the ruins of civilizations
that once were. Which fate awaits our little world? Sometimes I wish
I could leave this world for one more sane...
03. Celestial Train Song (6:14)
May 10... There is so much more in this world to be known than they would have
us believe. They feed us an artificial reality of reassuring lies and
half-truths to keep us docile and distracted - to keep us in our place and maintain their position of privilege over us. Anyone who sees through their plans is branded a heretic, a criminal, a madman, a terrorist!
04. Want To Believe (3:23)
May 11... I know what I must do. I must make he world aware of their plans and
manipulations! Once the secret knowledge is no longer secret, they
will lose their power over us! The problem is how can I convince
people of what they so desperately want not to believe? How do I
convince people that I'm not a raving lunatic?
05. Secret Knowledge Thwarted (3:53)
May 13... I have become the Antithesis to the Thesis of their conspiracy. What
can I do? I'm just one man, but I know there are others like me who
will resist them to the end! We can change reality, one mind at a
time. "jupiter omnipotens, audacibus annue coeptis" Indeed...
06. Strategy of Tragedy II (Antithesis) (1:57)
May 16... What will I do if they come for me? They hardly need a reason these
days to make someone disappear. The public will believe any lie if
they tell it with the right voice. In my mind, I can see and hear them
singing and laughing as they crush the world under their boots...
07. Illuminazi (4:25)
May 18... Despite the huge obstacles and seemingly overwhelming odds, there is
still hope! Hope in the potential of the human spirit to realize
itself in the face of oppression! Despite their efforts to control
things, the world is much more complex than even they can imagine, and
their power depends on the continued passive acceptance of the people
at large. I feel that a time will come when the shadow governments
and their web of lies will be nothing but a quaint and confusing
chapter in the history of a world long since evolved past their petty
08. Orwellian Nightmare Revealed (16:14)
May 20... All of our grand designs - mine, 'theirs', anyone's - come to nothing
without the Earth to sustain us. At the rate we're destroying
natural resources, we may be facing a crisis soon that will render
everything else irrelevant. Ah yes... Mother Earth aborts her unruly child! Will they finally give up their position of privilege and join in solidarity with the rest of humanity to solve the problem? Will they do something crazy like kill us all outright or try to escape in a spaceship? Sometimes they seem crazy enough to be capable of anything...
09. WORLD:1, PEOPLE:0 (5:30)
May 22... The more I think on this, the more overwhelmingly aware I become just
how much we don't know. We have so many conflicting fragments of
information, and we must work largely in the dark, in ignorance, if we
are to work at all...
10. Omniceros (5:12)
May 23... But work we must, for if we don't strive to
create the future, we shall have someone else's future imposed upon
11. Strategy of Tragedy III (Synthesis) (5:10)
...Antigravity's next album is already formulating as a kind of sequel to this one, which attempts to address the question posed at the end in Strategy of Tragedy III: "What do we do now that we know... We have the choice... Where will we go?" Think of this album as chapter one of an ongoing book we are writing and this chapter deals with the complex anthropological issues underlying the power structures in place in our world throughout history and today. In an ideal world where musicians wouldn't need money from the sales of CDs, we would probably wait to finish the next two or three albums and release them all together so you could get more of the overall story or vision at once... but if the world were that ideal... this album would not have been conceived now would it?