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PZBS: Sphinx at Thebes
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Released: Apr 1, 2007 | 6:40 PM
Category: Metal
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 5.86 MB

Plays: 2046
Downloads: 2
Weekly Plays: 7
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Sunday

License: No derivative works allowed
A Philosophical Zombie B-Sides track. Odd, quasi-metal myth retelling.

The king and queen of Corinth could have no children. A shepherd from their kingdom presented them one day with a baby he'd found abandoned in the wilderness, a metal pin piercing and binding its ankles. The king and queen decided to adopt the little boy, whom they named Oedipus, or "swollen foot." The boy grew to his teenage years totally oblivious to this adoption, believing himself to be son of his loving parents.

When he was about 17, a drunken guest shouted at Oedipus that he was not his father's son. Outraged, but unwilling (like a typical teen) to simply confront his parents about the accusation, Oedipus set out for Delphi to ask Apollo's oracle the truth. Cryptically, the oracle avoided the question and instead declared, "You will kill your father and marry your mother."

Horrified, Oedipus determined never to return to Thebes. Wandering away from Delphi, he was nearly thrust off the road by an older man with a retinue of soldiers and messengers. When the older man sought to strike the unmoving Oedipus, the prince of Corinth, already filled with anger and frustration at his life's recent nadir, killed not only the man, but all his men, save one who managed to scrabble away.

Somewhat impressed at his own physical prowess, Oedipus continued his aimless trekking till he reached Thebes, a great city under siege by the Sphinx, a hideous monster with the face of a woman. The landscape about the Sphinx was littered with rotting bodies, the corpses of those who'd tried to enter or leave the city against her will. Oedipus learns later that she had only allowed King Laius to leave and one of his men to reenter with news.

Oedipus learned from people living near Thebes that the Sphinx apparently asked a riddle of those who attempted passage. Cocky at his own abilities, and with not much to lose, Oedipus approached the Sphinx, who demanded of him the following: What uses four legs in the morning, two in the day, and three at night?".

After a little thought, Oedipus replied "Man". His reasoning: infants crawl on their four limbs, adults walk on two legs, and the elderly walk with the aid of a cane. The Sphinx was vanquished, and the people of Thebes hailed Oedipus as a savior. They offered him the hand of their recently widowed queen Jocasta in marriage (this was the news about Laius... that he had died). Though she was about 15 years older than him, she was quite lovely, so Oedipus accepted, and he became king of Thebes.

Now, what neither Oedipus nor Jocasta suspect is that, in fact, Oedipus is the son of Laius and Jocasta, a baby supposedly killed upon birth because of the prophecy that he would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother. The man assigned the job of abandoning him in the wilderness, however, had instead given a Corinthian shepherd the baby boy.

The man Oedipus killed upon leaving Delphi was Laius, his father, seeking an answer to the Sphinx's seige.

The woman Oedipus has just married is his mother, Jocasta.

The four children he will father upon her will be both his progeny and his siblings, and their existence will help bring a mighty plague down upon the city... forcing Oedipus to solve the mystery of his own origins...

Loops on drums.

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RiGee Artist

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I am just coming from watching TROJA...seems to become the greek mytology week before Easter ...you are the embassador of Cultureland..powerful tune that you have created here.

Cheers, RG
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what a story you have told here...powerful story with a powerful delivery... Great stuff!
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Wow, what a heavy sound! Tons. And dark. Cool. smiley

A magnificent production. Truly!
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This is great! Amazing way to tell an ancient story that lives through the centuries. You've given us a great and contemporary delivery. Great job David smiley
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Trabajo increible, David!
Genial!
Your myth collection keeps growing... for my pleasure!
Gracias!

macoco.
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Very cool ~
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yosL Listener

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Awesome duo culture study and music delivery!!!!!!!!!


I now declare you "King David"


much enjoyed
thx 4 sharing
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j0j0 Artist

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heavy metal Oedipus- I love the guitars in this. very cool David- wow I'm liking the mix here.

jeff
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Oedipus in metal expecting the heavy sentence of gods ! Unbelievable !
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LaFayette Artist

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Magnifique combinaison entre musique contemporaine et saga greco-thebaine.
Je vais relire l'Iliade...

J'aime beaucoup !

- Lafayette
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This song has left me staring at the screen untill it stopped. no need to say more....

I begin to loose count how many times I wrote how talented you are....but it is so true...

this gift you have is very unique and your perfectionism is outstanding..much much respect..

o0o
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nice
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nice
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herrsolera Artist

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Wow ... didn't know you were capable of sounding like Johan Edlund (Tiamat). Very atmospheric and heavy, Dave. I think you're carving out this History-metal niche quite nicely.
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