CD REVIEW: Rush – Clockwork Angels

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.

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What I Read On The Internets Today – July 9, 2011

Progressive Rock in 5 minutes Aaaahahaha. What are your favourite prog cliches? Mine is the deceptively easy odd-time riff. You know the one, where they just cut back and forth between two simple phrases one and a half times then repeat?

Geoff Tate interview Awesome interview with Queensryche’s Geoff Tate by Mitch Lafon at

Black Veil Brides on the dangers of performing Guitar World column by BVB’s Jinxx. By the way, I interviewed Andy Biersack from Black Veil Brides recently for a mag – it’ll be published soon. Did you see him bust his rib a couple of weeks ago? Brutal. This is my favourite video of the incident, because if you didn’t know the band you might think that the out-of-tune fan singing along is actually Andy’s vocals.

Google+ I has it.

Buddy Blaze Guitars on Facebook Gorgeous axes, great endorsers, and Buddy and Joyce are super-cool people.

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