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Children Of A Foreign Faith

by ANUBIS SPIRE

A dark journey through the eyes of the children we throw away;the long awaited progressive epic from one of rock's most original bands.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lies
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2. Remember Me?
5:06 $0.99
3. I Have Been Waiting
6:23 $0.99
4. Not Even A Day
8:17 $0.99
5. Edge Of Time
2:14 $0.99
6. Children Of A Foreign Faith
6:00 $0.99
7. Adrift
1:16 $0.99
8. Tombs On The Hill
5:10 $0.99
9. Down Here
5:14 $0.99
10. All Perception Is Wrong
6:08 $0.99
11. Western Wall
3:19 $0.99
12. You're So Beautiful (The Music Biz Song)
2:27 $0.99
13. Eternal Resonance (Part Two)
0:56 $0.99
14. Waterline
3:36 $0.99
15. Something You Don't Know
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16. Walking The Wire
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Album Notes
"Beware the children that you devalue, humiliate, abuse, reject and push out to the fringe, because out on the edge the air is clearer....and when they look back at you they'll see the truth." ~Anubis Spire



Concept album? Rock opera? Thematic song cycle? Yes, yes and yes. And then some. On the surface, CHILDREN OF A FOREIGN FAITH seems deceptively straight forward. At over an hour in length, it moves through it's sixteen cuts seemingly without time for a pause or even a deep breath. Each song leads immediately to the next, separated ocassionally by spoken word lead in's that require the listener to rise up above the fray and try to see the big picture in order to understand. The big picture is what this album is all about. Many artists have written compositions about child abuse and alienation but none have looked beyond the obvious with the all encompassing thoroughness that songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Bill MacKechnie has. Though cruel and deplorable, it's not just the immediate effects of abuse that Children Of A Foreign Faith addresses. MacKechnie has divided the songs into the sub-headings of: SURVIVAL, AWAKENING, THE WORLD and finally TRUTH. Each section deals with the specific effects of damage done and most importantly, just how that damage continues to ripple through all future interactions and even onto the world stage in the forms of fear, hate and violence. Starting on a very personal internal level, the story runs ever onward through troubled relationships, adult disillusionment, corporate greed, religious insanity and cut throat media manipulation, all the while making it clear that the same seminal principle of might-makes-right exploitation and human devaluing is at play. Once the pieces come together, it leaves us shocked and amazed that we've never recognized that simple fact before.
In the end, MacKechnie and ANUBIS SPIRE offer no magical solutions or feel-good validations, and the listeners are left to find their own truth.

Musically the band again avoids being pigeon-holed and tied down. They speed through diverse styles and genres as if they invented them. Everything from Mahavishnu fusion to Floydian dirge to Zeppelin celtic-acoustic; even Bill's venerable homebuilt ANUBITAR sitar/guitar makes an appearance in the Indian Raga-ish ETERNAL RESONANCE (Part Two).

I was blown away by the level of originality and sheer musicianship of their debut CD (Old Lions) but the band has honestly re-invented and out done themselves on this one. Bill, Tim, Mick and newest member, keyboardist David Sweet sound better than ever.

Featuring a cast of special guests that includes Saqqara Record's NEIL HENDERSON, MIKE WARD of TEMPORARY POWER, MARLON KEMPMANN of DOCTOR MEMORY, the ever-shadowy and elusive JP MACGREGOR among others, ANUBIS SPIRE have fashioned an album that will need more than a few listens to sink in but once it does, if you're like me, you'll have a hard time getting it out of your head.

~ Eric Barron

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Yahweh

a musical revelation of sorts
There once was a man named Bill, a band to form he will. Anubis Spire's it's name and with a brilliant new cd to claim. Children Of A Foreign Faith's it's name and it shall bring to them fame. It has songs of love, lost and sorrow. Looking within us for a better tomorrow. Stunning musicianship, songwriting and originality are the key, to Anubis Spire's new album here at Cd Baby!!!
-Kevin Bottorff
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Frank Florianz

Incredible piece of work !
It's a mystery why we are not hearing a lot more about this great band. You've got to hear this stuff! In my opinion, the sound tends to be more Pink-Floydish than anything else. The intricacy of the guitar work is stunning, the vocals set the mood, and all the band members work together as tight-fitting masterful contributors. It's seamless in its presentation, the sounds are incredible and flow as if effortlessly from these musicians. There are quite a few special effects which add to the dimension of the picture they paint. You can sit there entranced for the entire hour and forget about time. The message and tone are still relevant today, if not more so, due to all the conflicts and changes in the world. The album has a consistent concept which is presented thoughout, as if a continuous show flowing from one track to the next. It's as if you were taking a trip for a while inside their world. So if you haven't already heard this album, you're in for a real treat...
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Ian Bartlett

A unique band with a unique sound
I got my copy of "Children Of A Foreign Faith" yesterday ( 20th December ) and would recommend it to rockers of all persuasions. There is something for everybody here, from straight ahead rockers to ethnic world music sounds.
The album is a nice lengthy 69 minutes with absolutely no filler at all. The standard of musicianship and songwriting is of the highest order, and i can see ANUBIS SPIRE catapulting into the big league, certainly if there is any justice in this world! If you like World music, some Led Zep and a generous sprinkling of Pink Floyd, you will love this CD
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Tom Earl

a classic album waiting to happen!!!!
this is the best project yet from Anubis Spire. It's YES/Kansas meets Pink Floyd/Metallica. Bill's guitar playing is stellar and the material is mature rock-n-roll not filled with nonsense. This is a classic rock album waiting to happen...20 years from now my grandchildren will thank me for playing it for them...
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Lee Davis

A Masterpiece. No Kidding.
I have a theory. Great bands almost always have at least one highly idiosyncratic, outside thinking and brilliantly creative member that gives that band it's unique flavor and artistic vision. Think of each individual member of any legendary band in history and you'll begin to understand what I mean. You'll also begin to see that the while the visionary oddball gave the band it's originality, there were always be, for lack of a more diplomatic term, some very generic, good-but-nothing-special members whose simple workman-like musical skills helped to smooth the edges off the oddball's sonic angles and ultimately gave the band it's mainstream palatability. Are you with me so far? Okay, so here's my theory about why Anubis Spire isn't one of today's biggest bands: Anubis Spire is ALL oddballs. Listen to what each of them does within any given piece of their original music and you'll soon notice that there's not another guitarist, bassist, keyboardist or drummer in music today who would have played anything remotely like the lines and parts they played. Instead of a mundane, unthreatening, easy to digest tune with one or two brilliant soloists popping away on top, we end up with four highly creative individuals each forging their own signature sound and carving out their own unique territory within whatever musical structure they explore. That's great for them, not so great for the majority of mainstream listeners who hear anything that falls outside of a simple rock beat as if it's something from outer space. Fortunately we've got plenty of mainstream stuff to keep the masses happy, so Anubis Spire will just have to get used to being criminally unappreciated by the majority while being absolutely adored by their fans.
So what's so special about this album? I could go on and on but I won't. Instead, I will try to put it into some sort of perspective. If Pete Townsend had written "Remember Me?", "Something You Don't Know" or "I Have Been Waiting" you would be reading in the ARTS section of THE NEW YORK TIMES how brilliantly he captured the soul destroying angst of growing up as an abused child. If Springsteen had written "Down Here" we would never hear the end of how in touch he is with working class disillusionment and how perceptive he is for recognizing that corporate greed is killing the America we grew up in. If Pink Floyd had released "Walking The Wire" their fans would be hailing it as indesputable proof that the band was back at the height of it's powers. Finally, if ANY big label modern rock band wrote a song as complex and multi-facetted as "Children Of A Foreign Faith" they would be on the cover of every music magazine you can name. It's a damn shame that Anubis Spire, as an indie band, will probably never see that level of validation. That's all the more galling when you listen to the incredible melodies, unorthodox musical structures, deeply personal lyrics and simply amazing playing on this cd. As another reviewer on this page stated "If there's any justice in this world" this might well be Anubis Spire's breakthrough album. It certainly gets my vote.
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Mike Ward

Anubis Spire is INCREDIBLE!
First, I want to say what an amazing honor to be a part of this CD...Bill is an amazing guitarist and is no stranger to the musical collaborations of Temporary Power. At times the musical creations could be interchageable between both of our music projects. What I have discovered is that Bill MacKechnie is not only a conduit for the electrical energy that music is, but is talented beyond words and Children of a Foreign Faith is not only a progressive rock dream, but also a fantastic musical haven for the fans of world class guitar playing. I am looking forward to working with Bill and Anubis Spire more and more in the future and presently I am drawing tons of inspiration from the cd as you will time and again with each listen.
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Nigel Potter

A MUST HAVE!!!!!!!!!!
Put simply a must have.
An emotion filled journey,power and grace.
Anubis Spire proove yet again they are still one of the VERY best bands on earth today.
BUY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E - Zine

The Best Band and Amazing release from year 2007. Highly recommendable...
Anubis Spire has come as a real surprise to my ears, after two releases, they come back wih a innovative approach that, certainly will put them in the premier league of todays progscene. The music is a mind expanding journey that combines spaces sound of Pink Floyd, with a rick and energetic Hard Rock elements, also crossing parts of a Classic Rock, Melodic Metal and of course, the best in Symphonic Progressive Rock. I can considers this work as success, a fine album, which maintain a good standard throughout and features rich instrumentation, including hooky songwriting, lots of atmospheric keyboards in all of their musical moments, also featuring a solid bass and a vibrant drums, complemented by melodic and lovely vocals, but the main highlights are on a variety of dreamy guitars solos, can be found in all compositions. Another fine album, especially for all the progressive rock fans, who always are looking for something different and very exciting. Brilliant and fantastic, an incredible album and an amazing band, highly recommendable...
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Electric Shadow

Phenomenal progresive Rock..Killer Guitar!!!
We had a sneak preview of this one, and haven't stopped listening to it yet! It has the most powerful guitar work we have heard in years! Anubis Spire has their own unique sound, and thats what makes them such a phenomenal band, not to mention the killer guitar work & thunderous percussions...its an epic Cd that flows like "The Wall"...a must have for anyone who likes kick ass rock & roll!
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