Released by 10t Records
"Back From Being Gone" is a concept album anchored by a trilogy of "epic" songs called The Anabasis Suite. The songs of The Anabasis Suite are based upon 3 great ancient civilizations – the Romans, the Norse and the Egyptians - and attempts to tell the story and also comment upon how the selfish actions of "simple men thrown upon the stage" of history had affected the lives of the people living along the malls, along the fjords and along the Nile under their rule; in the process, Barry and George hope to hold a mirror up to our own lives (microcosm) and our relationships with our respective societies and governments (macrocosm). It was a tall order, indeed, and a potential pretentious trap.
The music written by Barry was influenced by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dream Theater, Spock’s Beard and Black Sabbath and the historical lyrics were meticulously researched by George and thematically intertwined within the other “stand alone” songs of the album, influenced by the metaphors and literary eye of New England poets such as Robert Frost and contrasted with the ideas of ancient mythologies; once written, the team recruited a group of extraordinarily talented musicians from all over the world to take part in the project and fulfill their ambitious vision …