Pictured in session at Bernie Grundman Mastering are (L-R) Rush bassist, keyboardist and vocalist Geddy Lee; mastering engineer Brian “Big Bass” Gardner; and guitarist Alex Lifeson. Photo by David Goggin.
Hollywood, CA (April 19, 2012)—Rush recently mastered its upcoming album, Clockwork Angels, its first new album in more than five years, at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
The band’s 20th studio album—and its first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner records—Clockwork Angels will be released on June 12. The recording of Clockwork Angels began in April, 2010 with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) – who also collaborated with the band on its last studio album, 2007’s Snakes & Arrows. Rush co-produced both records. The first two songs, “Caravan” and “BU2B,” were completed during that first session at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios and performed nightly during the successful Time Machine Tour, which ran from June 2010 to June 2011.
Work on Clockwork Angels resumed in the fall of 2011 at Revolution Recording in Toronto after the tour’s finale, with additional strings (arranged by David Campbell) recorded at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Recording earlier this year. Lyrically, Clockwork Angels chronicles a young man’s quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. A novelization of Clockwork Angels is being written by science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson in collaboration with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.
Rush will herald the release of Clockwork Angels with a new single, “Headlong Flight,” landing at rock radio today, April 19. Details of a full-scale North American tour to support the new album will be announced shortly.
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