The Plumes of Enceladus
Track 1. Malice À Forethought
Part (i) The Hypocratic Oaf
Part (ii) Survival of the Wittest
Part (iii) Revenge is Sweet, so Slayeth the Lord
Part (iv) P and/or A
Part (v) Post Box
PROMETHEUS (translates from the Greek as Forethought) and brother EPIMETHEUS (Afterthought) work for the Gods as their representatives on earth and were known to fashion men from clay. As a reward ZEUS gives fire to humans.
But one day they decide to challenge ZEUS at a sacrificial meal marking the "settling of accounts" between mortals and immortals. PROMETHEUS played a trick against ZEUS. He placed two offerings before the Olympian: a selection of beef hidden inside an ox's stomach (nourishment hidden inside a displeasing exterior), and the bull's bones wrapped completely in "glistening fat" (something inedible hidden inside a pleasing exterior). ZEUS chose the latter, setting a precedent for future sacrifices; henceforth, humans would keep the meat for themselves and burn the bones wrapped in fat as an offering to the gods.
This angered ZEUS, who hid fire from humans in retribution. PROMETHEUS in turn stole it back. ZEUS calls on his three daughters (also known as The Three Fates, ATROPOS, CLOTHO and LACHESIS) to conjure up a suitable punishment. So PROMETHEUS is chained to a rock where his liver is eaten out daily by an eagle only for it to be regenerated by night.
As a further punishment (?) ZEUS sent PANDORA (translates as All Gifts) the first woman, to live with men. Despite PROMETHEUS's warning, EPIMETHEUS accepted this "gift" from the gods. PANDORA carried a jar with her, from which were released evils, harsh pain and troublesome diseases which cause mankind demise. PANDORA shut the lid of the jar too late to contain all the evil plights that escaped, but hope remained in the jar.
Years later, the Greek hero HERCULES would shoot the eagle and free PROMETHEUS from his chains.
So, if we move the whole story into the world of gangsters, and add a whole bunch of poetic licence you get Malice À Forethought!!
Track 2. The Chthonic Deities of Vengeance
Part (i) The Tri-cycle of Life (including - Incest! A Game for all the Family)
Part (ii) The Chthonic Deities (including - The Genesis of Nemesis)
Part (iii) The Furies at Work (including - Families? Who'd have 'em?)
Part (iv) All is Avenged (including You Men; IDs Please)
The Chthonic Deities are related to the subterranean underworld, wherein dwell the souls of the dead. There are many of them, but here we will concentrate on three, THE FURIES (translates from the Greek ERINYES or EUMENIDES) dedicating themselves to vengeance. These are:-
ALECTO Meaning “unceasing anger”. Daughter of GAIA, fathered by spilt blood and semen from URANUS after he had been castrated by CRONOS (Ouch!!)
TISIPHONE Meaning “Avenging murder”. Daughter of ALCMAEON and MANTO. Sold into slavery by her step-mother because of her beauty; then fell in love with CITHAERON (KING OF BOEOTIA), but one of the snakes on her head poisoned him!
MEGAERA Meaning “Jealous One”. Daughter of NOX and ACHERON
The three pursue CLYTEMNESTRA and ORESTES, as CLYTEMNESTRA killed her husband AGAMEMNON, the KING OF ARGOS for sacrificing their daughter IPHIGENIA and returning from the wars with CASSANDRA as a concubine. This is just after CLYTEMNESTRA is unfaithful to him (AGAMEMNON), whereupon ORESTES kills CLYTEMNESTRA, his own mother! Oh, and don’t forget ELECTRA, the eldest daughter of AGAMEMNON and CLYTEMNESTRA.
3. Love Letter from a Newspaper to a Coffee Cup (Lyrics by C Turhan)
4. Safe as Sofas ( a glimpse into the world of The Labyrinth, soon to be released on the "difficult" Second Album!!)
The Plumes of Enceladus
N.B. Enceladus is now top of the list of Saturn’s 62 moons in the search for extraterrestrial life, after the discovery of the life-giving water plumes issuing from its South Pole.