‘Photogenic Love’ – New Single From The Fierce And The Dead Released Today!

Released today and described as heavy psychedelic pop, Photogenic Love is the 3rd single from the upcoming 4th Fierce And The Dead album (out early 2023). This track brings to mind Faith No More, Tame Impala, Smashing Pumpkins, LCD Soundsystem, Flaming Lips, Gorillaz and MGMT and once again features vocals from TFATD bassist Kevin Feazey.

TFATD guitarist Steve Cleaton says of the release “I think this track is a good example of the creative process we used on many of the newer songs. The circumstances of the last couple of years, of course, meant that we couldn’t practice together that much. Rather than let this get in the way of writing new material, we decided to employ wholly different methods, and often different instruments, than we have done in the past. I really enjoy playing this one, the melodies stand out, and I think kev did an excellent job on the singing!! I hope listeners like it too!!”.

Stuart Marshall, drummer added “The song covers a fair amount of ground in terms of sonic dynamics. Evolved during a new online writing process, that collaboratively evoked different influences from genres including, 70’s rock, 80’s pop and post rock. It’s a vocal ear-worm and a song we hope to hear people singing along to at shows”.

Listen to the track here:

You can buy the new single here:

▶︎ Photogenic Love | The Fierce And The Dead (bandcamp.com)

A big departure from the band’s previous sound, I think this is a fantastic new direction and sounds like 90’s pop mixed with fuzzy psychedelica, almost like A-ha met with the Gorillaz and asked Billy Corgan to join in the fun. It sees The Fierce And The Dead taking the next step in their journey and is, to my ears anyway, bloody fantastic and their best song yet!

“You ain’t progressive if you ain’t progressing, innit…?”

GLASS HAMMER PREMIERS NEW VIDEO WITH FANS ON BOARD – All Alone Video Includes Cameos and Fan Reactions

Glass Hammer’s Steve Babb put out the call two weeks ago for fans that would like to video their first reactions to All Alone, track number four from the band’s new album, At The Gate. 

“Our fans are very loyal,” says Babb. “It seemed like a fun idea to include them this time! There are a few cool cameos as well; Jon Davison (Yes), Jon Beagley (Life In Digital), Dave Kerzner (Sound Of Contact), Prog-rock reviewer Pete Pardo (Sea Of Tranquility), and more.

All Alone is one of our heavier tunes, but there’s plenty of progginess in the track. The rhythm is really infectious—which I thought made it a good song for reaction videos. Heads are bobbing non-stop throughout!”

Vocalist Hannah Pryor fronts the band on All Alone, with some help from Steve Babb, whose vocals bookend the song.

You can order the album from the band’s website here:

Glass Hammer official website

Phot credit: Julie Babb.

Kansas celebrate their 50th anniversary with release of ‘Another Fork In The Road – 50 Years Of Kansas’ 

KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2023. To commemorate this landmark occasion, current label InsideOutMusic are pleased to announce Another Fork In  The Road – 50 Years Of Kansas for release on the 9th December 2022. A career-spanning collection, it features carefully-selected tracks from across the bands sizable discography, as well as a new version of ‘Can I Tell You’. Originally recorded and released on their 1974 debut, the song is updated by the current line-up, providing a full-circle perspective on the band’s long and continuing history that has seen them release 16 studio albums and sell in excess of 30 million albums worldwide.

Phil Ehart comments: “We are really honored by the commitment that InsideOut Music has put into ‘Another Fork in the Road.’ This is far more than just another greatest hits album. ‘Another Fork in the Road’ is an in-depth representation of the evolving and winding musical journey of the band KANSAS that’s been 50 years in the making.”

Another Fork In The Road – 50 Years Of Kansas will arrive as a 3CD Digipak collection, including extensive liner notes by journalist Jeff Wagner, as well as pictures of rarely-seen memorabilia and archive material, all overseen by founding member Phil Ehart.

Pre-order now here: https://kansas.lnk.to/AnotherForkInTheRoad-50YearsOfKansas

The full track-listing is below. Please note, due to licensing restrictions there are minor differences between the European & North American release.

Disc 1:

1.     Can I Tell You (new 2022 version)

2.     The Absence of Presence (The Absence of Presence, 2020)

3.     Throwing Mountains (The Absence of Presence, 2020)

4.     Crowded Isolation (The Prelude Implicit, 2016)

5.     Summer (The Prelude Implicit, 2016)

6.     The Voyage of Eight Eighteen (The Prelude Implicit, 2016)

7.     Icarus II (Somewhere to Elsewhere, 2000)

8.     The Coming Dawn (Thanatopsis) (Somewhere to Elsewhere, 2000)

9.     Distant Vision (Somewhere to Elsewhere, 2000)

10.  The Wall (Always Never the Same, 1998)

11.  Dust in the Wind (Always Never the Same, 1998)

12.  Desperate Times (Freaks of Nature, 1995)

13.  Under The Knife (Freaks of Nature, 1995)

EU Version – Disc 2:

1.     House on Fire (In the Spirit of Things, 1988)

2.     Rainmaker (In the Spirit of Things, 1988)

3.     Silhouettes in Disguise (Power, 1986)

4.     Secret Service (Power, 1986)

5.     Three Pretenders (Power, 1986)

6.     End of the Age (Drastic Measures, 1983)

7.     Incident on a Bridge (Drastic Measures, 1983)

8.     Play the Game Tonight (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)

9.     Crossfire (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)

10.  Windows (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)

11.  Hold On (Audio-Visions, 1980)

12.  Loner (Audio-Visions, 1980)

13.  No One Together (Audio-Visions, 1980)

14.  On The Other Side (Monolith, 1979)

15.  How My Soul Cries Out For You (Monolith, 1979)

North America Version – Disc 2:

1.     Fight Fire With Fire (Drastic Measures, 1983)

2.     End of the Age (Drastic Measures, 1983)

3.     Incident on a Bridge (Drastic Measures, 1983)

4.     Play the Game Tonight (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)

5.     Crossfire (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)

6.     Windows (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)

7.     Hold On (Audio-Visions, 1980)

8.     Loner (Audio-Visions, 1980)

9.     Curtain of Iron (Audio-Visions, 1980)

10.  No One Together (Audio-Visions, 1980)

11.  On The Other Side (Monolith, 1979)

12.  Angels Have Fallen (Monolith, 1979)

13.  How My Soul Cries Out For You (Monolith, 1979)

Disc 3:

1.     Carry On Wayward Son (Two for the Show, 1978)

2.     Portrait (He Knew) (Point of Know Return, 1977)

3.     Sparks of the Tempest (Point of Know Return, 1977)

4.     Miracles Out of Nowhere (Leftoverture, 1976)

5.     Magnum Opus (Leftoverture, 1976)

6.     Icarus – Borne On Wings of Steel (Masque, 1975)

7.     Child of Innocence (Mas            que, 1975)

8.     Down The Road (Song for America, 1975)

9.     Song For America (Song for America, 1975)

10.  The Devil Game (Song for America, 1975)

11.  Death of Mother Nature Suite (Kansas, 1974)

12.  Belexes (Kansas, 1974)

13.  Journey From Mariabronn (Kansas, 1974)

Kansas will celebrate their 50th anniversary with extensive touring in North America in 2023. The band is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist/vocalist Tom Brislin, and original guitarist Richard Williams. 

 For a full list of upcoming dates, head to: https://www.kansasband.com/tour-dates/

With a legendary career spanning five decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. This “garage band” from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide. 

Composing a catalogue that includes sixteen studio albums and five live albums, KANSAS has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), one quadruple-Platinum single ‘Carry On Wayward Son,’ and another triple-Platinum single ‘Dust in the Wind.’ KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ continues to be one of the top five most played songs on classic rock radio, and ‘Dust In the Wind’ has been played on the radio more than three million times!

The summer of 2020 marked the release of The Absence of Presence, KANSAS’s sixteenth studio album, which debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart.  The wide-ranging progressive rock album, released by InsideOut Music, follows-up 2016’s The Prelude Implicit, which debuted at #14 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.  

Band picture by Emily Butler.

The Fierce & The Dead – Photogenic Love released on 21st October via Spencer Park Music

Described as heavy psychedelic pop, Photogenic Love is the 3rd single from the upcoming 4th Fierce And The Dead album (out early 2023). This track brings to mind Faith No More, Tame Impala, Smashing Pumpkins, LCD Soundsystem, Flaming Lips, Gorillaz and MGMT and once again features vocals from TFATD bassist Kevin Feazey.

TFATD guitarist Steve Cleaton says of the release “I think this track is a good example of the creative process we used on many of the newer songs. The circumstances of the last couple of years, of course, meant that we couldn’t practice together that much. Rather than let this get in the way of writing new material, we decided to employ wholly different methods, and often different instruments, than we have done in the past. I really enjoy playing this one, the melodies stand out, and I think kev did an excellent job on the singing!! I hope listeners like it too!!”.

Stuart Marshall, drummer added “The song covers a fair amount of ground in terms of sonic dynamics. Evolved during a new online writing process, that collaboratively evoked different influences from genres including, 70’s rock, 80’s pop and post rock. It’s a vocal ear-worm and a song we hope to hear people singing along to at shows”.

Biography:

The Fierce And The Dead formed in London in 2010, with all 4 members originally from Rushden, Northants. They mix in elements from psychedelic rock, old metal records, post-rock, prog, broken analogue synths and shoegaze. Their music has been championed by Kevin Cole of KEXP, Stuart Maconie on BBC 6 Music and Steve Davis on his Interesting Alternative Show.

They released their breakthrough 3rd album The Euphoric in 2018 via BEM records which was Classic Rock Magazine’s Prog Album Of The Year and 8th in Prog Magazine’s critics choice. Prog magazine included them in their 100 Prog Icons and they have appeared ranked highly in the magazine’s Readers Poll for multiple years and categories, although the band never considered themselves to be deliberately prog. Pre-COVID headline shows in Manchester and London sold out months in advance.

They have toured with Hawkwind, Big Business, Dave Lombardo, Crippled Black Phoenix, Evil Blizzard and Monkey 3 and at festivals in the USA, Europe, and the UK including Freak Valley, Prognosis, Arctangent, HRH, Kozfest, Ramblin Man and Rosfest. 2022 dates have included festivals in the UK, Holland and Italy. They have released 3 studio albums alongside 4 EPs and 3 live albums.

YES Announce UK Dates For The Relayer Album Series Tour 2023

Progressive legends YES have announced UK dates for their long-awaited Album Series 2023 Tour featuring their 1974 Relayer album in its entirety together with a selection of other classic YES favourites. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday 14th October.

The Relayer Tour was originally planned for 2020 but postponed due to the pandemic and last year’s highly successful 50th anniversary of their legendary Close To The Edge album. The Royal Albert Hall was the original choice for the tour’s London show but has no availability, so the band will make a nostalgic return to an old haunt, the former Hammersmith Odeon.

The coming tour features Steve Howe (guitars), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar) with Jay Schellen (drums and percussion) stepping into Alan White’s shoes following his passing in May 2022.

The show will comprise of two sets by the band. The first will feature favourite classic tracks from YES’s extensive catalogue. YES will perform Relayer, their seventh studio album, in full in the second set. Relayer marked a slight change in direction bringing an edgier feel to this album. At almost 22 minutes in length, the opening track Gates Of Delirium included a battle scene between keyboard and guitar. The battle gives way to the beautiful closing ballad Soon, a prayer for peace and hope.

Relayer continues with Sound Chaser, a prog-rock-jazz fusion experiment demonstrating the power of Alan White and Chris Squire, and To Be Over, a calm and gentle conclusion to the album, based on a melody by Steve Howe and Jon Anderson.

Released in late 1974 on Atlantic Records, Relayer continued YES’s success reaching number 4 in the UK album chart and number 5 in the US Billboard chart.

The UK Relayer Tour dates for 2023 are as follows:

Saturday 10 June Birmingham Symphony Hall

Sunday 11 June Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Monday 12 June York Barbican

Wednesday 14 June Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Thursday 15 June Gateshead The Sage

Friday 16 June Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 

Saturday 18 June Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Tuesday 20 June London Eventim Apollo

Tickets from Yesworld.comBookingsdirect.com and all usual outlets.

About YES

Steve Howe: guitars, backing vocals (1970 –1981, 1990–1992, 1995–present)

Geoff Downes: keyboards (1980–1981, 2011–present)

Jon Davison: lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2012–present)

Billy Sherwood: guitar, backing vocals ((1994, 1997–2000), bass guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)

Jay Schellen: drums and percussion

Formed in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late, and much-missed, Chris Squire, YES have been one of the most innovative, influential and best-loved bands in rock music history. Their 1970s albums The Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge, Yessongs (a triple live album set), Tales From Topographic Oceans, Relayer and Going For The One were ground-breaking in musical style and content. Their music also became synonymous with artist Roger Dean whose distinctive YES logo design and artwork adorned the lavish gatefold presentation sleeves of many YES albums.

With sales of over 50 million records, the Grammy-award winning YES were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017 where they performed Roundabout from the album Fragile and the FM radio-friendly Owner Of A Lonely Heart from the 1985 album 90125.

YES released their 22nd studio album in 2021, The Quest, which went to No. 1 in the UK Rock Albums Chart and entered the Official UK Album Chart at No. 20.

In May 2022 came the sad news that drummer Alan White, ever-present in the YES line-up for 50 years, had passed away. The news came shortly before the band embarked on their 50th anniversary tour marking the release of their classic, genre-defining album Close To The Edge.

Gandalf’s Fist announce Pre-Orders on 8th Album “Widdershins”

UK Prog-rock wizards, Gandalf’s Fist, have today announced details of their 8thfull-length album, Widdershins, and have begun pre-orders on the title. The release marks their first full album following the hugely acclaimed 5-disc Clockwork Saga and is again a conceptual work, this time a collection of individually crafted songs, exploring the superstitious nature of human existence.

Gandalf’s Fist front man/guitarist, Dean Marsh, commented:

“We’re immensely proud of this album! It contains all the elements that make this band unique along with a fantastic collection of killer riffs, our best vocals yet and the longest song we’ve ever recorded! We really think this album captures the tone and feel of those ‘epic’ albums of the 70’s and 80’s and certainly allows fans, both old and new, to see this band firing on all cylinders!”

The album, which can be pre-ordered at www.gandalfsfist.com/widdershins is available at a special discounted rate on digipak, as part of Limited T-Shirt bundles and a special deluxe collectors’ box during this pre-order phase.

FROST* launch video for ‘Skywards’ ahead of November 2022 UK tour dates

Frost* are set to hit the road in the UK later this year, for their much anticipated live-return. The band will be celebrating the release of their 2021 album ‘Day And Age’, and in advance of these tour they have launched a brand new video for the track ‘Skywards’. Watch it now here: 

Jem Godfrey comments: “It will have been 5 years and 3 days since we last played in the UK when we go onstage in Wolverhampton on November 27th so we figured we’d do something special. To that end Craig Blundell has re-joined the band and we’ll be playing Milliontown, Black Light Machine, Hyperventilate and a few other classics from the repertoire to celebrate alongside a good chunk of the new album. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” 

The full list of dates is as follows: 

Nov 2022

 Sun 27th Wolverhampton Steel Mill

Mon 28th Edinburgh Queens Hall                 

Tue 29th Leeds Brudenell Social Club

Wed 30th Bath Komedia                                   

Dec 2022

 Thu 1st London Islington Assembly Hall 

Tickets available from MyTicket.co.uk

Watch the previously released videos from ‘Day And Age’ below:

‘Day And Age’: https://youtu.be/RmiAmW3sgHs

‘Terrestrial’: https://youtu.be/wda09d-QdUk

Island Life: https://youtu.be/gT_RH_pKQFk

Frost* returned in 2021 with ‘Day And Age’, the band’s fourth record and first new studio album in five years. It features Jem Godfrey joined by John Mitchell & Nathan King, as well as 3 guest drummers: Kaz Rodriguez (Chaka Khan, Josh Groban), Darby Todd (The Darkness, Martin Barre) & Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Mister Mister). The album also features actor Jason Isaacs. 

 ‘Day And Age’ was recorded over the course of 2019 and 2020, featuring 8 tracks and striking cover artwork by Carl Glover of Aleph Studios (Steven Wilson, Marillion, Steve Jansen). The album is available on Limited 2CD (including a bonus disc of instrumentals), Gatefold 180g 2LP + CD (with etching on Side D), and as Digital Album. Order now here: https://frost-band.lnk.to/DayAndAge

Frost* was formed in 2004 by keyboard player and singer Jem Godfrey, Released in 2006 the band’s debut album “Milliontown” was an instant success and is regarded by many as a classic in the modern prog rock genre featuring John Mitchell on guitar, John Jowitt on bass and Andy Edwards on drums. The band quickly followed it up with “Experiments In Mass Appeal” in 2008, in many ways the antithesis of “Milliontown” featuring a much more stripped back sound, more concise songs and a new band member and singer in the form of Dec Burke. 

The live album “The Philadelphia Experiment” followed in 2009 and the a long gap followed before 3rd album “Falling Satellites” was released in 2016 with a new line-up of Nathan King on bass and Craig Blundell on drums, plus returning guitarist and singer John Mitchell on guitar who also co-wrote much of the album with Jem Godfrey.

KARISMA RECORDS REVEALS DETAILS AND SINGLE FROM UPCOMING OAK ALBUM.

Karisma Records has announced that the 11th November will be the release date for the third full-length album from Norway’s Progressive Pop/Rockers OAK. Titled “The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise”, it is an album in which the band has decided to write about the important, but controversial , subjects of suicide in particular and mental health in general.

Knowing that music as an art form is very open to interpretation, and knowing how emotive the subject matter is, OAK wanted to be sure that the message comes across clearly, and consequently sought advice from experienced scholars on the matter. 

And, with the release of the single “Dreamless Sleep”,  Karisma Records has given us a first taste from “The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise”.  It can be downloaded or streamed from a variety of services at:

Dreamless Sleep by Oak (karismarecords.no)

OAK originated as a folk-rock duo, which expanded into today’s lineup of Simen Valldal Johannessen on vocals, piano and keys, Øystein Sootholtet on bass, acoustic and electric guitars, Sigbjørn Reiakvam on drums, percussion, programming, keys and guitars, and Stephan Hvinden on lead, rhythm and slide guitars. The fact that OAK’s members come from diverse backgrounds, which range from classical piano, to electronica, to prog and hard rock, with references to both the  alternative scene as well as the progressive rock scene, has  allowed OAK to create a unique sound.

Musically, OAK’s upcoming “The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise” is the band’s most dynamic album yet, demonstrating a wide range of influences. There are some sharper edges, and some surprising  twists and turns to be found amongst the familiar Oak territory. Interestingly, after the release of their previous album “False Memory Archive”, the band set out to write some shorter songs for a change – and ended up with their longest songs yet!

“The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise” was recorded in Ljugekroken and was mixed at the Ghostward Studio by David Castillo (KATATONIA, LEPROUS OPETH, etc.). It was mastered by Tony Lindgren at the Fascination Street Studio, and, as with their other albums, “The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise” offers subtle hints to both past and future songs in the Oak universe.

Tracklisting on “The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise” is as follows: 

1. Highest Tower, Deepest Well

2. Quiet Rebellion

3. Dreamless Sleep

4. Sunday 8 AM

5. Demagogue Communion

6. Paperwings

7. Guest of Honour

“The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise” will be available in CD, Digital and Limited Edition white vinyl formats, and can now  be pre-ordered from:

The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise | Oak (bandcamp.com)

Shop | Karisma Records

The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise by Oak (karismarecords.no)

HAKEN announce 2023 European co-headline tour with Between The Buried & Me

Progressive rockers, Haken, are excited to announce a 2023 European co-headline tour with Between The Buried & Me, including support from Cryptodira. The ‘Island In Limbo’ tour will begin on the 21st February 2023, and will be the bands first European run since December 2019.

Ross Jennings comments: “After three years away, and two cancelled tours due to the pandemic, our return to the European stage is going to feel very powerful indeed. We’ve missed all those familiar faces in the audience, and can’t wait to welcome all the new fans to be part of the Haken live experience, too!

With new material imminent, and a bunch of songs from ‘Virus’ still not performed live, we’re super excited to put the set list together for this run.

We are also ecstatic to reunite with our dear friends and progressive metal cohorts, ‘Between the Buried and Me’ as our co-headliners.

The tour stops at some of our bucket list venues,  including London’s ‘Shepherd’s Bush Empire’, which is set to be our biggest London show to date! What could be better than celebrating our musical journey so far at the ultimate homecoming venue?!”

Tickets are on sale now (Scandinavia goes on sales tomorrow) and the full list of dates can be found below: 

21st February – Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany

22nd February – Werk 2-Kulturfabrik, Leipzig, Germany

23rd February – Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin, Germany

24th February – Proxima, Warsaw, Poland

25th February – Palac Arkopolis, Prague, Czech Republic

26th February – Simm City, Vienna, Austria

28th February – Dürer Kert, Budapest, Hungary

1st March – Freiheitshalle, Munich, Germany

2nd March – Stadtmitte, Karlsruhe, Germany

3rd March – Kiff Saal, Aarau, Switzerland

4th March – New Age, Milan, Italy

6th March – Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France

8th March – Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain

9th March – Mon, Madrid, Spain

10th March – Garaje, Murcia, Spain

11th March – Custom, Seville, Spain

12th March – Lisboa Ao Vivo, Lisbon, Portugal

13th March – Hard Club, Porto, Portugal

15th March – Connexion Live, Toulouse, France

16th March – Ferrailleur, Nantes, France

17th March – Alhambra, Paris, France

19th March – Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

20th March – Bürgerhaus Stollwerck, Cologne, Germany

21st March – Trix Club, Antwerp, Belgium

22nd March – 013 Poppodium, Tilburg, Netherlands

23rd March – SWX , Bristol, England

24th March – Academy 2, Manchester, England

25th March – The Garage, Glasgow, Scotland

26th March – 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, England

28th March – Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark

29th March – Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway

30th March – Pumpehuset Kransal, Copenhagen, Denmark

31st March – Fryshuset Klubben, Stockholm, Sweden

2nd April – Olympia-kortelli, Tampere, Finland

3rd April – Vanha Ylioppilastalo, Helsinki, Finland

5th April – Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden 

Tickets available here: https://hakenmusic.com/tour/

The band recently completed the recording of their forthcoming new studio album, their first with keyboardist Pete Jones back in the band. You can listen to the recently released single, ‘Nightingale’, below:

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/IeENKWcitCw

Stream & download the track here: https://haken.lnk.to/Nightingale-Single

The band comments: “Nightingale was the first track Pete Jones presented to the band after rejoining Haken this year. The initial song idea quickly inspired of the classic Haken sound and naturally evolved into some new harmonic territory. The song ranges from delicate moments to monstrous riffs. 

We enlisted Jens Bogren to mix Nightingale and, as always, he’s blown us away by capturing every detail while delivering power and energy. We couldn’t be happier with the finished product. 

Lyrically, the song reflects on the creative process itself; with a message that although it may be difficult of late, we must remember to be thankful for the positives in life; be they big or small.” 

In March, the band announced the initial details of ‘Nightingale’, as well as held a competition for fans to submit their own original artwork for the forthcoming single. The winning artwork was chosen by the band themselves, from Belgium’s Rein Van Oyen.

Glass Hammer Release Video for At The Gate

‘The Years Roll By’ is the first of two music videos from the band’s new concept album.

The Years Roll By is the opening track on Glass Hammer’s At The Gate concept album —set for release on October 7th, 2022.

Bandleader Steve Babb said the following about the new album: “At The Gate completes our sword and sorcery inspired trilogy that began with 2020s Dreaming City. We followed that up with last year’s Skallagrim—Into The Breach.”

For the uninitiated, he went on to explain. “It’s the story of a scarred and battered thief, Skallagrim, who’s had his memory stolen along with the love of his life. He’s got to fight unimaginable horrors and slay hideous creatures and sorcerous villains if he’s ever to reclaim either. Finally, at the end of the last album, his memory is returned, but he finds himself cursed to wait one thousand years for a chance to find his lost love! At The Gate picks up at the end of his tale as he prepares to face the ultimate challenge of his life—to finally rescue his girl and defeat the evil being who has imprisoned her.

“Of course, as with any Glass Hammer concept album, there is more to it than a simple plot. On the surface, it appears to be about magic swords and heroes, but it’s actually a story about confronting evil, how to survive it, and how to face despair and heartache.

And most importantly, it’s about why the pursuit of profound and lasting joy in an often joyless world is worthwhile, even when all available evidence suggests it cannot be found.”  

Babb says he chose to open the album with a ballad. “…something ethereal, something reminiscent of what our fans call classic Glass Hammer. The Years Roll By fits the bill, I think. Of course, there’ll be plenty of metal and prog on the new album. The next music video I plan to release hits really hard!”

Watch the video here:

Autographed copies of At The Gate are available for pre-order on the Glass Hammer Store website. www.glasshammer.com