The Meaning of Labyrinth

Clipart Illustration of a White Maze Or Labyrinth On A White Background

So there have been a lot of people who have asked me about the significance of Labyrinth and what it all means. I’m going to take a sec to explain where the inspiration and the name “Labyrinth” came from. (and no, it isn’t named after the movie Labyrinth)

Labyrinth is a reference to the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.  If you don’t know that myth here’s a quick synopsis:
(I’ve left out many details in this description, if you want the full story you can go here)

Minos, King of Crete, is punished by the god Poseidon and his first born child is a monster.  This monster is the Minotaur – a creature that is half bull and half man.  Minos is shamed by this abomination and needs to hide it.  To do this Minos has Daedalus, the royal craftsman, build a huge maze that is almost impossible to get out of and he puts the Minotaur at the center.

The Minotaur lives in the Labyrinth surviving only on the flesh of those who are sacrificed to him.  The sacrifices of young men and women come from the surrounding tribes that Crete has conquered. Theseus is from one of these tribes and wants to stop the sacrifices. With some help he goes into the Labyrinth as a sacrifice, kills the Minotaur and escapes the Labyrinth.

As I wrote Labyrinth I thought about Theseus entering the Labyrinth – how it feels to face your fears and the change that takes place inside of you when you do.  As I was writing this EP I felt I had to really out do my last release.  My biggest fear was not being able to write anything that was as heavy and hard as Android Porn.  Also, I had just left the Glitch Mob and it had been almost two years since my last release so I wanted to bring something epic to the table.  The fear of not living up to my potential is one of my greatest fears, so I felt serious pressure to really step up my game.

This EP is about Theseus’ decision to be a hero and his descent into the Labyrinth to kill the Minotaur. In a broader sense the EP is about the battle we all face when we challenge ourselves as people.  We must enter the Labyrinth of our minds and at the center we find our greatest fears.  To defeat those fears we must kill a part of ourselves. And in killing a part of ourselves we create the potential to grow into a more developed person.

Joseph Campbell talks about this challenge in his book “The Hero With A Thousand Faces”.  He calls this challenge the path of the hero.  I wont go deep into the details since this is a blog and not a textbook, but I wanted to mention it because the ideas in that book inspired the themes for this EP.  Here is a great quote from Joseph Campbell that discusses the path of the hero:

“Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us, the labyrinth is fully known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.”
— Joseph Campbell (The Hero with a Thousand Faces)

Comments

  1. Shittywizard says:

    Well after giving the EP a listen I’d say you fucking destroyed that beast with a full arsenal of hardcore bangers.

  2. Shittywizard says:

    Well after giving the EP a listen I’d say you fucking destroyed that beast with a full arsenal of hardcore bangers.

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  4. Adrian says:

    I’ve just hit up this album, I was drilling out andriod porn for a while and managed to finally found out who you where. I just had to listen to In to the labyrinth and I was HOOKED, just bought the album THIS SECOND.Much love for work dude, love the concept!