|Clockwork Angels: steampunk, alchemy, lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker, oh my!|
By the Left Coast Rebel
The more things change the more they stay the same...
In this case this timeless adage is a good thing (opposed to the world of politics) as I find myself looking forward to the yet another album from the venerable Canadian prog trio Rush. The last Rush fare, Snakes and Arrows was good but a bit mixed, and something I would put in the middle of their post-Counterparts catalog. Counterparts still stands as Rush's best '90s-2000s release, in my opinion.
Although we've blogged about it before here we need to reintroduce Rush's 2012 release.
It's called Clockwork Angels and is a science fiction-themed concept album (yay!), which according to Neil Peart, centers around,
...a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.Steampunk?
Sounds cool; cool enough in fact to be the theme of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels tour as well.
Clockwork Angels will hit the streets June 12. Funny to think I was introduced to these guys over 20 years ago and they're still prog-rockin' the house today (and are in their 60s as well).
The boys just released the title song off the new album on Facebook ("like" the page to hear it). If "Clockwork Angels" is any indication, the new album Clockwork Angels is gonna be a barn-burner.
Some enterprising chap put the song on Youtube:
Check out the guitar solo @ 4:30 - great stuff.
Here's another taste of what the album's all about, the single "Headlong Flight":