Beth The Sybil | My King Nimrod

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My King Nimrod

by Beth The Sybil

Beth The Sybil weaves a seductive spell, time travelling listeners through ancient medieval cultures while simultaneously jettisoning us through a slammin' jazz-rock jam of the future. A mesmerizing and rockin' goddess odyssey.
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1. My King Nimrod
6:07 album only
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2. The Rose
4:24 album only
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3. Nightengale
5:24 album only
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4. Mortal Flesh
4:18 album only
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5. Mother of God
4:13 album only
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6. Rivertrill
2:44 album only
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7. The Dark One
3:54 album only
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8. On This Shore
3:28 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
While most artists chase after common music trends, Beth The Sybil looks back a millennium for sources of mystical and musical inspiration. Rediscovering ancient melodies and hidden texts, this cross cultural time travel backward simultaneously jettisons the listener forward into a cosmic slammin' jazz-rock jam. Led by Beth's engaging vocals and sensuous dance, she creates a mystical creature of hypnotic powers. If you are truly interested in a musical and visual experience that combines elements of lost cultures and traditions with a sublimely unique modern interpretation then you will be delightfully refreshed by this medieval goddess odyssey.

The Sybil originates in Greek mythology. Half human and half nymph, she is a female enchantress who can read the past, foretell the future and heal the human soul. Over time her character multiplies across cultural traditions and she is found to be the author of ancient pagan, Jewish, Christian sacred texts. Beth The Sybil's music travels new ground in accessing a mystical chord of unity between diverse cultures, which share a reverence for the earth, the sacred feminine and the cosmic origins and destiny of the human soul.

January 2001 marks the release of Beth The Sybil's debut CD, My King Nimrod. Each song offers a particular insight into a magical time of wonder, mystery and love, cutting across cultures, in which all creation is seen imbued with conciousness. The title track is based on a Morrocan and Spanish song which has come up through both Jewish and early Christian traditions separately; the first verse telling the story of Abraham's starlight birth, the second telling the story of Christ's enlightened birth and the third verse celebrating the awakening of Christ consciousness in all people. In Nightengale, an early French song, it is a bird's magical song that sets the singer heart free, and in The Dark One, a song from the Balkins, a woman tells of her maligned reputation for choosing the path of love outside of convention.

Beth unearths the archaic sources for which Greg composes sizzling time- transcending psychedelic compositions, supported by the world-class musicianship of the other band members. Through this convergence of times, peoples and beliefs through song, perhaps the wind whispers that there is finally only One song that all people, persuasions and longing hearts sing and by looking back we are led to the grail right in front of us. Paz Cultura-peace through culture.

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CLUB REVIEW - MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE

The Players: Beth Schneider, vocals/dance; Greg Harris, keyboards/composer; Austin Wrinkle, drums; Orest Balaban, bass; Angelo Metz, guitar; Elleni Maureas, flute.

"Beth The Sybil play heady intellectual jazz-rock that is inspired by medieval folklore and posturing. Led primarily by Beth Schneider's engaging vocals and costume choices, this group performs a fascinating myriad of musical styles that cover everything from jazz to classic rock & roll.

From the opening notes, Beth The Sybil's seasoned chops crackle to jazzy beats. Schneider's seductive and sultry stage presence lends itself to the atmosphere of the music. Reminiscent of Before These Crowded Streets-era, Dave Matthews Band, Beth The Sybil are sure to delight the jam-band crowd as they build hooks under their world influenced lyrics. The band's musicianship is excellent.

Schneider's background in dance is evident as she works the stage using provocative gestures and dance moves that keep the audience focused on the stage show. On the song "Hymn of the Pearl." Schneider hits the high notes with impressive ease without really working up a sweat. Schneider's commanding vocal tours on the somber "My Love is Coming Home" and the uplifting "The Seasons" were the high points of this group's set.

Beth The Sybil have a lot to offer. Their compositions are interesting and lead singer Beth Schneider offers a seductive stage performance that is supported by her soaring vocals. These artists offer the L.A. club scene a refreshing eclectic performance with theatrical results."

--Brendan McMahon
Music Connection Magazine
(5/6/01, excerpts)
Beth The Sybil @ Paladino's, Tarzana, CA




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Brendan Mcmahon Of Music Connection Magazine

My King Nimrod is a treat for history buffs, classical music aficionados and tho
My King Nimrod, the debut independent release from Beth
The Sybil, is a dark, melodic, mid-evil journey. Eight
mid-tempo spiritual songs take the listener across the globe
and through time. Arabic moods float eerily inside the title
track. Orgasmic melodies drip through The Rose. Sounding like
the perfect mood music to strip for your boyfriend after a
sensual belly dance, The Rose oozes with sexuality as lead
singer Beth Schneider beautifully bellows, ”And passion slays
me”. The Rose begs to fill a slot on an upcoming Bond movie
soundtrack.

Haunting electric violin intermingles with soft piano
riffs to spook Nightingale. Mortal Flesh could fill an 800-
year old church with its beauty and dark grace. Much of My
King Nimrod belongs in large dark wooden rooms made hundreds
of years ago. In the spirit of mid-evil times, My King Nimrod is intentionally not modern. Brilliant musicians mix jazz and classical elements into the mix of most of this somber release. Greg Harris’ flawless piano and keyboard playing guides this effort. Aaron Malone’s electric violin steers The Sybil along winding curvy roads in each selection. Austin Wrinkle’s percussion and Orest
Balaban’s bass provide the perfect steady rhythm section.
Pat Byrne’s bazouki playing fills this mid-evil sound. Beth
Schneider’s voice soars across this disc.

Billed as a Medieval Rock Odyssey slightly steers the
consumer away from the New Age section of the music store
where this record belongs. An interesting journey through
hundreds of years of religious history, My King Nimrod
provides a new way of enjoying 700-year old scripture. My
King Nimrod is a treat for history buffs, classical music
aficionados and those of us rock geeks that like something
different.

By Brendan McMahon
of Music Connection Magazine
for CDBABY.COM
9/4/01


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