The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara (TCOMAS) premieres the new song for “Nothing But Dust”, search for yourself, through the ancient Persian philosophy, followed by progressive mental overload!

British poetic/alternative and progressive storytelling lords The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara (TCOMAS) premieres the new song for “Nothing But Dust”, taken from the upcoming record ”Trust No Leaders”, which will be released in 2022.

Starting with this heavy riffs and heavy foundation and progressive sounds – that has irresistible catchiness and heaviness to it – the duo is back once again with perfectly structured song and even better story, of course this is the second most progressive song after “The Prophet”. And this creates special aural experience and storytelling one, that is on the highest level of art, as usual done by duo. Daphne once again presented her divine narrative skills, getting in the story with her mind and soul – doing what every great artist does, putting herself/himself completely into her/his art. This time the narration was presented – with strong emotions like in their previously released song “The Prophet” making the quality of the song even better – that it is. Andrea once again technically showed music uniqueness with this song, especially with the bass lines – that he knows how to adapt and arranged to each song greatly.

And there are strong and heavy riffs – with great foundation to it. Arrangement’s for each passage of the song – from faster ones to slower ones – are done precisely and wisely, for the song to have it’s own charm and greatly structured music – that is created by good arrangements and adaptation to it.  And the one part or passage stand out the most and that is the slower atmospheric part – with the surprise to it. That surprise is Daphne’s singing, basically she can do anything – from being an artist, painting artist, poet. And now she sang for the first time, it was quite good, refreshing – that  added more uniqueness to the song. And as a surprise, it was a good one – that the listeners and fans will enjoy. Everything in the song is coordinated and balanced – like this guys always done and their homework right. The most balanced part was Persian/Arabic music as an influence – that is quite balanced and fused  – with intense atmosphere and heavy riffs in a outstanding way.

Then there is a story. Once again a complex one – with deep messages, that always has a deep impact on the listeners. “Nothing But Dust” shows that all of our technology and so-called advancement is really nothing advanced at all.  Ancient man embrace their human nature, wisdom and knowledge – they already known how to embrace themselves and others around them. The main point of the song is searching for our souls. Human race for sure – lost the connection between themselves first and others around them. Technology made us lose empathy for others, love, compassion and other social aspects – that the folks that lived in old times had. The lyrics are inspired by semantics of the poems from 13th c. Persian mystic Rumi – that was Sufi’s scholar and one of the most influential mystics and poets of all time.

Everything about the story is inspired by colors, sounds and semantics of Persian poetry and culture. And the duo adapted the influence in aural manner and poetic/lyrical manner in the perfect way – once again showing the story to the core, not missing anything in adding details to it. The whole point of the story is searching for your soul, in this one the desert was the place to search for yourself alone – without interruption. In old time Persians did this to find their own soul for months , believing that uniting with their environment – they could achieve this high and spiritual state of consciousness. Overall today, humans become detached from the sources – that can bring them harmony – with the world around them at first, then from their creativity within themselves and the inner peace, as well inner world in their minds and psyche. Ancient man known how to find their own purpose, to find that inner world of their psyche and consciousness, that brought them peace and harmony with themselves, world around them and other human beings, as the ancient Persian practice was made for. Today we have people how look into their phones – while going on a coffee with someone, shallow state of mind – how you need to please others first, instead yourself first.

Chasing unreal things – that in the end will not make you happy nor bring you peace with yourself, not being satisfied with what you have, who you are. And having false ideals of what they need in their life. Instead of embracing themselves from within – finding their own purpose and meaning in life like ancient man did, instead chasing false ones. That is the crucial thing, everything that is primal and ancient had this high knowledge of existence and philosophy, that people today lost because of really stupid and shallow things. And everything begins with primal things and ends with it – showing how import is to be humans and what we truly are as humans. Once again this is the progressive mental song of high quality storytelling art, that awakes mind and soul in the most noble way.


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The duo states this about the new song:

”Nothing but Dust’ addresses the theme of modern man’s search for his soul. It revisits the ancient practice of desert hermitage as a means to confront and enrich one’s soul. Ancient man would spend months in the solitude of desert which they believed to be the pathway to the soul.
The lyrics recall the sounds and semantics of the poems of the 13th c. Persian mystic, Rumi, while the music has Arabian influences. In this increasingly material world we live in, the song, to quote Jung, finds solace in the ‘desert of one’s soul’ – through poetry and metal.”


Hailed as “pioneers of a new form of expression” through the performance of poetry in music, The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara (TCOMAS), are a UK-based duo comprising Daphne Ang (Singapore) andAndrea Papi (Italy) who came together in London in early 2020. Their debut album Full Spectrum, released on 21st February 2021, fills a gap in music by bringing literature, theatre, and history, fusing rock and metal, with poetry performance.


Hailed as “pioneers of a new form of expression” through the performance of poetry in music, The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara (TCOMAS) are a UK-based duo comprising Daphne Ang (Singapore) and Andrea Papi (Italy) who came together in London in early 2020 to record their debut album, ”Full Spectrum”, which they released on  February 26th in 2021. The duo draws inspiration from many sources stemming from Tool through to Kraftwerk and Russian Circles, as well as absorbing the poetry of Virginia Woolf and Jim Morrison in their lyrics and ‘poetry performance’Tcomas’s music strives to fill a gap in music by bringing literature and history together into an arena where rock and metal meets electronica. Their musical and lyrical themes are very much rooted in the duo’s interests in classical literature and theatre, as well as in the fields of philosophy, history, and psychology.

Since their inception at the start of 2020Tcomas have managed to establish themselves as a formidable collaborative. To date, the duo have successfully produced seven very well-received music videos and singles, as well as unveiling their debut album, ”Full Spectrum”. The band’s sixth song, Love in the Time of Pestilence, also graced many playlists including Spotify official playlist: Progressive Metal and The oTHERS.

The pair are already laying down plans for their sophomore album, which is due to arrive in 2022. The record is an invigorating expression of sheer outrage enflamed by the current global crisis. The new album reveals a more aggressive side of the band. Recorded this year at TCOMAS’ studio in Camden Town, London. The record is loaded with politically charged and satirical themes with lyrical content petitioning listeners to open their eyes to the grim realities of modern society and the darkness of human nature. Indicative of the duo’s incoming album, Tcomas’s latest single, Count The Dead, is a stark and brutal attack against world leaders and their gross neglect.



Check out the premiere for the new song “Nothing But Dust”, below:


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