Prepare to return to Cogtopolis! On the 3-year anniversary of our previous release, we are delighted to announce, and begin pre-orders on, a brand new double album “The Clockwork Prologue.” In a unique twist, the two discs are designed to act as an “expansion pack” to our 2016 Triple album “The Clockwork Fable” taking the combined releases to a seamless 5-disc adventure.
Using a mix of unused material and brand new songs, “The Clockwork Prologue”, is neither a prequel nor a stand-alone story but somewhere tantalising between the two. The album is either going to be your first glimpse into the steamy world of the subterranean city of Cogtopolis, or more excitingly, upgrade our previous album to a 5-hour Quintuple Prog Epic.
The album once again features the acting talents of Mark Benton (Shakespeare & Hathaway, Early Doors, Waterloo Road); Bill Fellows (Lady Macbeth, Downton Abbey, Broadchurch); Paul Kavanagh (The Wastelander) and Tim Munro (Dr Who, Great Expectations) and returns listeners to a post-apocalyptic underworld and struggle for the surface.
Most of the band have loved playing video games since the 80’s and the idea of creating a musical expansion-pack, in the same way game manufactures introduce new levels and new quests, has been an undertaking we’ve all enjoyed immensely. It’s been a great opportunity to finish all the wonderful ideas we couldn’t even fit into a triple album in 2016 as well as been a fantastic way of collaborating on new material with our own ‘upgraded’ lineup with Ben and Keri. The whole thing sounds fantastic and without question has some of our finest songs to date!
The album is scheduled to be released 1st July and various pre-order packages are now available via www.gandalfsfist.com/preorder
But that's not all - we've got a really cool single coming out soon that is exclusive to a particular "analogue" physical format... more on that soon!