"The Tower Must Fall" is Temporary Power's new powerful conceptual CD and includes the new progressive trilogy found in "Monument of the New King" with Part I starting in last year's album, "The Abyss" featuring Deitrich Sanders (Atomic Light Intrusion) on drums and Randy Powell (Parallel Redemption) on the bass guitar. "I knew the trilogy elements could work together easily to create a larger story."
The subject matter is intersting and the collaboration effort is facinating to say the least.
"I love working with guest musicians and I thought what a better guitarist to have as a very special guest soloist other than Bill MacKechnie of Anubis Spire, who added his guitar magic on parts II and III of the trilogy. Now, The Monument of the New King has actually become a 3 part instrumental, which to me, brings forth all sorts of images of monuments and obelisks put in place by a new king, government, pharaoh or dictator...and we all know how that goes...when the new one enters the old ones go out! So there is tons of energy in something like that!"
Here are some cool quotes which inspired "The Tower Must Fall":
"God has no right to choose the upper world for Himself, and to leave the lower world to us; therefore we will build us a tower, with an idol on the top holding a sword, so that it may appear as if it intended to war with God." - Genesis (The Bible)
"A former king built the Temple of the Seven Lights of the Earth, but he did not complete its head. Since a remote time, people had abandoned it, without order expressing their words. Since that time earthquakes and lightning had dispersed its sun-dried clay; the bricks of the casing had split, and the earth of the interior had been scattered in heaps." -Nebuchadnezzar (c. 670 BC)
"We would gladly climb up into heaven, and escape the rising waters of the flood; that proud tower must be leveled, and fall into complete ruin. God, by bringing the law in its purity and spirituality into the conscience, discovers to us what sin is, and thus opens up the depravity of the heart and the vileness of our nature. There are many people who are strongly opposed to hearing anything about sin; they cannot bear to have corruption (as they call it)even touched upon. But depend upon this, if you never know the malady, you can never prize the remedy!" -J. C. Philpot (Tuesday Evening, July 30, 1844, Trinity Street Chapel, London)
"Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility." - Saint Augustine (Ancient Roman Catholic Theologian and Bishop from 396-430 a.d.)
"The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain." - Horace
"We are diamonds that shine without fire...we are climbing the stairs...going down and never higher." -Ronnie James Dio (from the song "Fallen Angels" on the Sacred Heart album)
"In individuals insanity is rare, but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule." - Fredrick Nietzsche
"The Tower symbolizes this morbidly calcified state, and the impending destruction that must come to destroy the obscenely rigid personal or collective egos which loom all around us, so dark and foreboding. It connotes man's penchant for false existence, and his inauthentic expressions and creations which exist in contradistinction to nature's vital ordinances. It implicates those of us who are imprisoned behind inane roles, and compels us to resign our ego-driven desires and expectations and return to a deeper, and more spontaneous rapport with something beyond the personal, the tangible, the material and the complex. To do so we will, inevitably, have to confront and conquer our deeply buried complexes; our fears, grievances, prejudices, self-esteem issues and mis-identifications. We will have to realize the difference between attaining something, and obtaining it; the difference between what we desire and why we desire it, between how we get what we need and whether we get it. We will have to accept that in order for our personal shadows to be dispelled, we must see both ourselves and reality." -Michael Tsarion
In many classic photos and paintings like on this CD's album art there is no door, which as Michael Tsarion points out, implies that the Tower is not a physical place at all and also suggests that etymologically, the word tower comes from torre which means high place (the head or brain), and which may be the derivation of our English word two, implying division and duality.
Mike Ward, guitarist and founder of Temporary Power also explains some of the creatively inspired elements of the CD: "I am a lover of all things science fiction and so of course I went a little further in my mind...I thought about the monuments and pyramids on Mars and I speculated about vicious battles between tribes on Mars that could have taken place over a half a million years ago. But that's not all...I have always been into Anubis Spire and when Bill also asked me to do solo work on a simply majestic piece of music called All Perception is Wrong, I was totally thrilled! I asked Bill if I could remix it and put it on the new the Tower CD as an instrumental piece... and then he gave me the green light and said go for it! I mean how cool is that??? I really love the collaboration effort on these songs! I want to say thanks for taking the time to check out my music project! I love to make music like this because I haven't heard stuff like this out there and it is important for me to explore new musical territory. I must do stuff that is intersting to me first...and I never know if anyone else will like it...but trust me, I am always happy when other people happen to like it too. I really am a big time music fan like you are!" - Mike Ward