Neal Morse is pleased to announce the release of ‘Sola Gratia’, his new solo progressive rock concept album, on September 11th, 2020. Originating from a seed planted in his mind about writing a record based on the apostle Paul, ‘Sola Gratia’ quickly came together at the beginning of 2020. The album sees Neal working with long-time collaborators Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Eric Gillette, Bill Hubauer and Gideon Klein.
The title ‘Sola Gratia’ of course has echoes of Morse’s 2007 epic ‘Sola Scriptura’, about the life of Martin Luther, but was in fact originally the result of a simple marital misunderstanding: “I was talking to my wife Cherie about debuting this new piece at Morsefest 2020 (Morse’s annual fan convention in Nashville) and she said she thought it would be good for me to do a solo album. However, I thought she said ‘Sola album’ and – because some of the new ideas involved Paul’s aggressive pursuit of the early Christians, I could see a link to some of the themes of persecution in ‘Sola Scriptura’.”
The music was recorded ‘virtually’ in April 2020 at the height of the Coronavirus lockdown with long term collaborators Mike Portnoy (drums) and Randy George (bass): “It’s the first album we have ever made remotely: I sent them the basic tracks and asked if they wanted to rearrange things, but they just said ‘No, it’s great!’, so they just played to it and sent their parts back over. It wasn’t an easy way to make an album, but creating always has its challenges, no matter how you do it.”
As Morse explains, it was this process that decided that ‘Sola Gratia’ was to be a Neal Morse album, rather than being credited to The Neal Morse Band: “With the Neal Morse Band, the whole band works together on the writing, and while Eric Gillette plays some guitar and Bill Hubauer has added some keyboards on this one, neither of them wrote – or is singing – on this album.”
‘Sola Gratia’ will be released as a limited CD/DVD Digipak (featuring a ‘Making-Of’ documentary), Gatefold 2LP + CD, Standard CD Jewel Case and as a Digital Album. The cover art was created by another longtime collaborator, Thomas Ewerhard.
The full track-listing is as follows:
1.Preface 2.Overture 3.In The Name Of The Lord 4.Ballyhoo (The Chosen Ones) 5.March Of The Pharisees 6.Building A Wall 7.Sola Intermezzo 8.Overflow 9.Warmer Than The Sunshine 10.Never Change 11.Seemingly Sincere 12.The Light On The Road To Damascus 13.The Glory Of The Lord 14.Now I Can See/The Great Commission Neal Morse will debut ‘Sola Gratia’ live at his annual Morsefest convention on the 18th and 19th September 2020. A very limited number of people will be able to attend in person, with the event also being streamed online. More details and tickets are available here: https://nealmorse.com/tc-events/morsefest-2020/
Look out for the first track release and pre-order opportunities starting on July 17th.
Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce the signing of London-based progressive rock band The Osiris Club, together with the release of Blazing Worlds – Live At Roadburn, ahead of their new studio album later in 2020.
The band’s first full release since 2018’s acclaimed The Wine-Dark Sea, the new record documents their stand-out performance at the Roadburn Festival in 2015, which saw The Osiris Club in their full theatrical, robed and masked glory.
“We’re really happy to be joining BEM”, says Andrew Prestidge on behalf of the band. “Releasing the recording of our 2015 performance at the Roadburn festival is a great way to launch the partnership. Although mostly thought of as a doom metal festival, Roadburn also programs a good number of prog and cinematic-flavoured acts, among other genre-adjacent picks. It’s been a lot of fun revisiting the recordings, and we hope everyone enjoys them!”
David Elliott from BEM: “We’re really delighted to welcome The Osiris Club into the family. Although we’d originally planned our first release with them being their new studio album, the opportunity to release the Roadburn set ahead of that was too good to pass up.”
Blazing Worlds – Live At Roadburn will be released on 3rd July 2020, exclusively on Bandcamp as a strictly limited-edition compact disc, and digital download. The download edition (which CD buyers also receive) includes two cover versions – Random Hold’s Meat, and Leaf Scrapings by Cardiac Arrest (later Cardiacs). There will be no pre-order for this release.
Originally conceived as an instrumental project fusing horror movie soundtracks with avant-metal, The Osiris Club take the best parts of 1970s progressive, 1980s post-punk and 1990s extreme rock, to create their fresh, new sound, radical and uncompromising yet still melodic and accessible.
The band was founded by Andrew Prestidge (Suns of the Tundra, Zoltan, Winters) and Chris Fullard (Winters) in 2013, releasing their debut album, Blazing World, the following year. The record was hailed as “…a provocative and self-asserting album by Planetmosh.com, and described by Metalasf***.net as “arty, sing-song, dark prog…marvellous”.
Blazing World was promoted by a series of incendiary live performances, the band donning robes and plague masks to enhance the mood, exemplified by their appearance at the Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands in 2015. The recording of this event will be released by Bad Elephant Music in July 2020.
The masks were gone by the time of The Wine-Dark Sea being released in 2018, an album which once again gained plaudits in the prog and rock press – “an effervescent blend of psychedelic rock, glowering post- punk and mischievous, scattershot prog” (Metal Hammer) – as well as significant airplay, including on BBC Radio 1’s rock show.
Their long-anticipated third studio album, The Green Chapel, will be released in 2020 on Bad Elephant Music.
We’re pleased to announce the release of our new ‘lockdown’ song/video ‘Forever’ on Monday July 6th. As we announced previously, the song and video have been recorded and filmed remotely over the last few weeks. It’s the first time we’ve tried this and it’s been a great way to keep the creative process going during the lockdown.
A huge thanks to all of you who took part in the video – it was a truly global effort and we had some very creative responses! The track will also be on the new album currently being recorded.
We’re making the track free to download and just ask that you consider making a donation, however small, to a charity of your choice instead.
The live album was recorded during the band’s east coast mini-tour in late 2019 at My Father’s Place in the Roslyn Hotel, Long Island, New York. “Live From New York” features 75 minutes of music, including two songs from each of their last two albums and one brand new song Chasing the Lesser Light.
All purchases of the new album come with an immediate download of the (MPEG-4) concert filmed In New York during the recording of the live album.
Kinetic Element goes ECO-friendly with the new album. The CD is housed in ECO-friendly CD packaging called a Digipack Lite™ made from recyclable and post-consumer recycled materials. This is not the first time our label has used this type of packaging… It has also been used for releases by Allison vonBuelow, Aethellis, AmuZeum, Bomber Goggles, Colouratura, Darusso, Lisa LaRue, Murky Red, Potter’s Daughter, Scarlet Hollow, Sonic Divide, Ten Jinn and Transport Aerian have all released special eco- friendly CD packages, + the label has released 5 eco- friendly promotional CDs.
CD & Shipping outside the USA is $20.00 CD & Shipping in The USA $15.00
Recorded Live in October 2019 at “My Fathers Place” Rosyln NY
1. War Song 19:21 2. Into The Lair 09:00 3. Chasing The Lesser Light 20:45 4.Epistle 06:36 5. The Face of Life 19:26
Performed by Mike Visaggio (keyboards) Michael Murray (drums) Mark Tupko (bass) John Coleman (vocals) Peter Matuchniak (guitar)
Peter Hedeman – Video and Production Manager John Fig – House Audio, Don Gabis Monitor, and Mixer. Marc Greene – Stage Manager
Caligula’s Horse, hailing from Brisbane, Australia, a leading light in contemporary progressive metal worldwide, are set to release their fifth studio album ‘Rise Radiant’ on May 22nd, 2020. Produced by the group’s Sam Vallen, and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend Project, Leprous), the record is their most focussed and potent artistic statement to date.
Today the band are pleased to launch ‘Valkyrie’, the third single from ‘Rise Radiant’, and you can watch the art video & listen to it here:
Drummer Josh Griffin comments: “Valkyrie is a song that’s very close to our hearts. Its themes of learning patience, ending the war inside ourselves, and celebrating the journey are more timely and appropriate than ever before. We all had an absolute blast putting this one together, particularly some of the fun interplay between us all and getting every last drop of groove out of it. We’re all incredibly proud of this track. Valkyrie encapsulates everything Rise Radiant represents. It’s vibrant and colourful, dark, groovy and heavy!”
Watch the video for ‘Slow Violence’, directed and produced by the band’s own Adrian Goleby & Dale Prinsse, here: https://youtu.be/bNlUJgP3Lwk
The band previously launched the track ‘The Tempest’, which Guitar World described as a “time signature-shifting guitar masterclass”. Listen now here: https://youtu.be/dNc5PT645sU
‘Rise Radiant’ has already been receiving fantastic reviews, with Prog Magazinecalling it “the best yet from Caligula’s Horse, a triumph of passion and performance.”
The band have also launched a new interview series that sees the band discussing the new album in-depth via video call. Watch the latest instalment, where they talk about ‘Slow Violence’, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4XP71kPUA8
Guitarist Sam Vallen comments: “‘Rise Radiant’ is the album we’ve been working towards for almost a decade. It represents everything we love about Caligula’s Horse – the colour, the ferocity, the introspection, the extremes – all tied up together in a way we could never have managed until now. As a band, we’ve never felt tighter, more inspired, or more driven than in the creation of this record. We’re tremendously proud of ‘Rise Radiant’, and we can’t wait for you to hear it!”
‘Rise Radiant’ is an uncompromising exploration of the human experience dressed in vivid musical colour and virtuosic performances. It is an anthem for the regeneration of self-belief, an exploration of the themes of legacy, and a rallying cry for survival. Comprised of 8 tracks, ‘Rise Radiant’ will be available as a limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital download. The formats also include 2 bonus tracks, covers of the Split Enz track ‘Message To My Girl’ & Peter Gabriel’s ‘Don’t Give Up’, which also features a guest appearance by Lynsey Ward of Exploring Birdsong.
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