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PostSubject: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:31 pm

EVANS AND STOKES – VALLEY OF THE KINGS

Is finally set to be released on April 30, 2018! It has been six months in the making and is another concept album. For those of you new to Evans and Stokes, we are John Evans and Jenny Stokes. We live on opposite sides of the planet (Evans in the USA – Pennsylvania and Stokes in New Zealand – Hamilton). We communicate with each other only through email and after nearly 2 years of creating music together we have still only spoken to one another via phone once! This makes for a very unique and challenging but rewarding collaboration.

For Valley of the Kings we have explored Ancient Egypt with specific focus on the great female Pharaoh Hatshepsut, covering her rise to power, prosperous reign, death into the afterlife, and how she was virtually erased from all historic writings and monuments by her successor.

As a concept album it is meant to be listened to in one sitting from start to finish and with a total running time under 40 minutes we were still able to cover a lot of ground both musically and lyrically to tell this story.

Visit http://www.evansandstokes.com for release details and links to download or stream from your preferred digital distribution service (i.e. Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer, etc.). On our website you will also find videos, all song lyrics, merchandise, and our prior music releases.

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Thank you so much for listening. We hope you enjoy!

Sincerely,
Evans and Stokes


New video - Watch to the end to hear samples of 6 songs.

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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:57 pm

Cool!

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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:31 pm

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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:07 pm

Congratulations!

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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:34 am

Thanks guys!
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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:26 pm

Can't wait!  Hatshepsut is such an interesting figure in history.  Did you perchance watch the Expedition Unknown series on Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra?  Interesting stuff.  Looking forward to this album.
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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:28 pm

She is. I love stories about strong women. I haven't watched that series, but I'll look it up for sure. I found the whole exploration of Ancient Egypt to be fascinating. I've never written songs about something I knew so little about. I'm usually a stick to what you know kind of artist (Faith, relationships, feelings, life's challenges) so before I could write a word, I needed to do a lot of reading about the culture. I even read a translation of the "Book of the Dead." That was strangeness. It's a collection of spells/prayers/incantations that the priests would speak as the dead were prepared for burial. It was all stuff like "...bread for your body, water for your throat, and sweet air for your nostrils" and "...with pestilence removed you may drink the water. You shall walk upon your feet, not with your head held downwards" (meaning you would live -- a head held downwards meant absolute death. Oblivion) and "...you shall go forth into the day, you shall have power in your legs in the evening, you shall have power in your legs at the lamp lighting, you shall have power in your legs at all seasons, at any hour in which you desire to go forth....in every place from which your heart desires" and "You are pure. You are clean" on and on they went 24/7 until after a month, the body was prepared. It was a very rich culture. Totally superstitious and totally fascinating. Loved this project.
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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:39 pm

Jen5 wrote:
She is. I love stories about strong women. I haven't watched that series, but I'll look it up for sure. I found the whole exploration of Ancient Egypt to be fascinating. I've never written songs about something I knew so little about. I'm usually a stick to what you know kind of artist (Faith, relationships, feelings, life's challenges) so before I could write a word, I needed to do a lot of reading about the culture. I even read a translation of the "Book of the Dead." That was strangeness. It's a collection of spells/prayers/incantations that the priests would speak as the dead were prepared for burial. It was all stuff like "...bread for your body, water for your throat, and sweet air for your nostrils" and "...with pestilence removed you may drink the water. You shall walk upon your feet, not with your head held downwards" (meaning you would live -- a head held downwards meant absolute death. Oblivion) and "...you shall go forth into the day, you shall have power in your legs in the evening, you shall have power in your legs at the lamp lighting, you shall have power in your legs at all seasons, at any hour in which you desire to go forth....in every place from which your heart desires" and "You are pure. You are clean" on and on they went 24/7 until after a month, the body was prepared. It was a very rich culture. Totally superstitious and totally fascinating. Loved this project.


Yes but what I LOVE AND APPRECIATE is how you take all of that information and translate it into lyrics like these. I could never write like you. I'll just stick to ripping out crushing riffs  Very Happy



Ho Pharaoh!
Seeking to be reborn
Spells to adorn you 
Oil to anoint your form


Ho pharaoh!
Linen to keep you whole
Magic surrounds you
Anubis protects your soul


You've 30 days to live or die
With care the mouth will open wide


With a painted mask to hide the shell
A body whole to house the soul
You're purified to greet Osiris
Across the Nile in the Afterlife​


Where you live or die
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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:51 pm

Ha! You're a sweetie John. What worried me about those lyrics was that some of the stuff was too cryptic. But I suppose it just leaves layers to be uncovered (or not).

BTW, the words "Ho Pharaoh!" are quoted from Spell 26:

"...Ho N! Sail on the lakes of the Netherworld. Row on the waters of this great god in Abydos." Yup, very weird stuff. History intrigues me. Does anyone know of any concept albums that look at Medieval times? That'd be a weird one to write!
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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:22 am

Jen5 wrote:
Ha! You're a sweetie John. What worried me about those lyrics was that some of the stuff was too cryptic. But I suppose it just leaves layers to be uncovered (or not).

BTW, the words "Ho Pharaoh!" are quoted from Spell 26:

"...Ho N! Sail on the lakes of the Netherworld. Row on the waters of this great god in Abydos." Yup, very weird stuff. History intrigues me. Does anyone know of any concept albums that look at Medieval times? That'd be a weird one to write!
Jag Panzer did an album called Thane To The Throne that was basically Macbeth set to power metal...pretty awesome.
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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:24 am

Jen5 wrote:
Does anyone know of any concept albums that look at Medieval times?
Yes, the upcoming third album by Evans and Stokes.  Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:27 am

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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:26 am

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Jen5 wrote:
Ha! You're a sweetie John. What worried me about those lyrics was that some of the stuff was too cryptic. But I suppose it just leaves layers to be uncovered (or not).

BTW, the words "Ho Pharaoh!" are quoted from Spell 26:

"...Ho N! Sail on the lakes of the Netherworld. Row on the waters of this great god in Abydos." Yup, very weird stuff. History intrigues me. Does anyone know of any concept albums that look at Medieval times? That'd be a weird one to write!
Jag Panzer did an album called Thane To The Throne that was basically Macbeth set to power metal...pretty awesome.


I never heard that Jag Panzer album before. Pretty cool!

Once VOTK is out there, and after Jen and I take a breather then I was thinking about what would be next. It might be neat to do a poll or something on here when the time is right. I was thinking...

Myans (a lot of people from Brazil hit us up on Facebook)
Vikings 
Romans (Maximus Decimus Meridius)
Greeks (THIS IS SPARTA!!)
The Exodus (Might be a nice transition from VOTK)
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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:39 pm

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I never heard that Jag Panzer album before. Pretty cool!

Once VOTK is out there, and after Jen and I take a breather then I was thinking about what would be next. It might be neat to do a poll or something on here when the time is right. I was thinking...

Myans (a lot of people from Brazil hit us up on Facebook)
Vikings 
Romans (Maximus Decimus Meridius)
Greeks (THIS IS SPARTA!!)
The Exodus (Might be a nice transition from VOTK)

Now that might be really cool!

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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:25 pm

bassdudeDoes anyone know of any concept albums that look at Medieval times? That'd be a weird one to write! wrote:
Jag Panzer did an album called Thane To The Throne that was basically Macbeth set to power metal...pretty awesome.

Oooooo...Shakespeare to metal. I'm seriously intrigued. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Those are some really cool ideas John. The Exodus is one that's close to my heart. I had an experience with that story in my early 20s that cemented my faith completely. I was going through a time of questions and doubt, but that story brought a prayer from me (a plea really) that received an immediate and very clear reply. I don't know if I could write about it faithfully. It would be an emotionally draining one that's for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:29 pm

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The Exodus (Might be a nice transition from VOTK)
Indeed. Since I'm only interested in music relating to the one true God, that would be my choice as well as the reason I'll pass on VOTK.

If you've not heard it already, Amaseffer has done a concept album on Exodus - some great progressive metal. Sadly, I don't think they're ever going to get the second of the trilogy released.

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PostSubject: Re: VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Evans and Stokes - Drops April 30!   Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:33 pm

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JLE3 wrote:
The Exodus (Might be a nice transition from VOTK)
Indeed. Since I'm only interested in music relating to the one true God, that would be my choice as well as the reason I'll pass on VOTK.

If you've not heard it already, Amaseffer has done a concept album on Exodus - some great progressive metal. Sadly, I don't think they're ever going to get the second of the trilogy released.

Oooo, I've never heard this band before. I'm listening now. The backgroud sounds are very strange. Totally intrigued. Thanks for that topshot.

Of course, I can respect and understand your wish to listen only to Christian music (not just music made by Christians). I actually struggled to write some of these songs (particularly the afterlife songs) for similar reasons. But, when I started looking at the songs as a history, not an exultation, I put these struggles to rest. A lot of what I do as a songwriter is to work on the fringes of faith, not because that's where I sit -- hardly! -- but because that's where I feel called to. So, a lot of my blues stuff is about sin and my/our struggles with that. Beyond the Gates was an invitation to people who had done their worst in life to come to God's table. I can't speak for John, but for me, the value of VOTK lies in creating a dialogue (as well as telling a great story). Through this album, already we have interacted with people of Egyptian heritage who, in some cases were hostile to the idea, but through dialogue have warmed to the idea and offered their good wishes. I think this is where the strength of this album lies. It's about breaking down barriers...

...and about women's rights, history, and story telling.
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