A Kew’s Tag: It grows dark and Hephioz descends onto the treetop!

A Kew's Tag - Hephioz

A Kew`s Tag offers acoustic guitar driven progressive rock on the concept album Hephioz. Carsten Sandkämper (Visions) about Hephioz «With an ingenious combination of progressive metal and sensitive pop song writing, A Kew’s Tag tells a story about knowledge as power and a parable about these unsettled times».

The band states some time ago, «It grows dark. Hephioz descends onto the treetop. The time when he just has to extinguish the flames in his glowing plumage is approaching. Just as he has done so many times in the past without wasting a moment’s thought on or even questioning it. He tries to resist the dismal temptation, but this temptation is growing. «It would be so easy. All my suffering would be gone straight away. My tears would disappear in a blanket of flames». He tries to resist: «No, I can’t trust this thought, I’d kill all the other creatures too.” “But it would be so easy, quite good in fact… «»But that’s not something I can do. They all trust me and I couldn’t bear the shame».

«And without realizing it, the time has come and his thoughts have long since led to a decision. “I’m going to die. And take all the other creatures with me. I don’t want to do that. But it’s my only choice.” “And once I’m dead, I won’t have to live with this shame. It will die with me.” When the first sparks jump onto the tree, Hephioz starts to cry out. Not because he regrets what he’s doing, but to underscore his decision, which has long since irreversibly triggered the death of a whole world».


1. … T. R. U. T. H. (1:39)

2. Prologue: Congregation (2:08)

3. [Synopsis] (4:50)

4. Allure (4:06)

5. Hephioz (6:00)

6. Building Stravozphere (4:09)

7. Metamorphioz (2:37)

8. The Phi Oziris (6:26)

9. Calling Nemesis (4:54)

10. … To Reveal A Grieving Goddess (6:42)

11. Epilogue: The Firebird’s Legacy (7:44)

Total Time 51:15

Allure lyrics,

Out here days are passing by

I play hide-and-seek with my sister

I’m trying to hide

I fly to a place I’ve never been

It is a root very close to the edge in the air

Coming near I see what might be beyond our tree


Overwhelming I’m embracing the world

Paths colliding now I’m facing my turn

(Found you)

When he realized the key to everything lies inside his mind and nobody knows

He said

Florentine you should fly back, This is a dangerous place you could hurt yourself,

And she did like he said his wings start to spread

Now his father came into his head, said:

Don’t ever try flying off, Look in my eye – you won’t die,

The cold in your brain turns to pain, You’ll go insane falling down in sempiternity.

While Stravoz is turning home this thought prevailing all he can think of is at the edge

But as he is coming close to his home he sees his father is standing in front their place

Do you like to tell me what you’ve done I have heard you have been hiding

At a place I said you shouldn’t go to I thought you were abiding

Now your sister cries because you’re selfish I think I know what I said

One last time remember this and stop it inside now you are grounded

Overwhelming I’m embracing the world

Forced to stay in still I’m facing my turn


Julian Helms – lead vocals

Johannes Weik – guitar, vocals

Alexander Mayer – bass

Florian Weik – drums


About Ulf Backstrøm (7417 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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