The release of a new Rush album is always cause for celebration among Our People. Progressive, melodic, virtuosic, energetic, verbose, thoughtful – Rush is music for those of us who like to ponder, think, analyse, and discuss as well as rock out. And Clockwork Angels gives fans more fodder for discussion and immersion than any Rush release to date. It’s their first concept release since side one of Hemispheres and it goes all out, with an accompanying novel to be released later this year. It tells a tale of a steampunk world, oppressive leadership, a surreal carnival, flying ocean liners dashed by deceptive lights on the horizon – it’s almost like a Terry Gilliam film has been teased into a musical rather than visual narrative. And it matters: when you take the lyrical and thematic content on board, Clockwork Angels is an immersive experience. And yet that’s not the reason why this is being called the best Rush album since Moving Pictures by so many fans. The reason is, it’s simply good music. Thought Vapor Trails and Test For Echo sounded urgent and energetic? They’re almost naps compared to the power of Clockwork Angels.
Okay, this is freaky because just the other day I sat down with my current drum sample library and started tweaking some sounds to try to get something closer to Neil Peart’s drum sound on Rush’s Snakes And Arrows album. And I was using IK Multimedia’s excellent T-Racks for EQ and compression. And now I open my email and boom: IK Multimedia releases Neil Peart Drums. Using Peart’s Snakes And Arrows kit. It’s a sign!!!
PRESS RELEASE: IK Multimedia is pleased to announce the availability of 3 exciting new exclusive sound libraries for SampleTank 3 for Mac/PC: the Neil Peart Drums, Billy Cobham Drums and American Acoustic Guitar collections.