Arjen Lucassen
Blaze Bayley
(Ex-Iron Maiden)
Dave Oberlé
Matt Stevens
(The Fierce and the Dead)

Mark Benton
(Early Doors, Dr Who, Waterloo Road)
Zach Galligan
Bill Fellows
(The Tournament, Broadchurch, Downton Abbey)
Paul Barnhill
(The BFG)
Tim Munro
(Dr Who)
Paul Kavanagh
 (Green street 2, The Shouting men)

It’s always an exciting time when Gandalf’s Fist put their warped minds in unison to try and come up with a new story to tell the world, and lo and behold that time has transpired once again! 

Still buzzing from the success of our last record, “A Forest of Fey”, we’ve delved back into recording a brand new conceptual piece over at Fist HQ, which believe it or not, will signal the release of our sixth full length LP: The Clockwork Fable! 

As with our previous project you can follow the progress here on this page where we’ll be providing studio updates to help whet the appetite of even the most hardened progaphobe! 

Promo Video & Samples

The Story

Use the Navigation bar below to find out more about the world of "The Clockwork Fable!"

The City • An own Alphabet • Religion
The Inhabitants • Map of Cogtopolis

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Project Updates:


Shadowborn Video

Behold! Grown men pissing about in a shed with a green screen!

Our new video 'Shadowborn' is taken from our acclaimed 3-CD concept album 'The Clockwork Fable'

(9/10 - "Reduces Rick Wakeman's King Arthur to the level of a Chas & Dave cockney knees-up" - Classic Rock Magazine) 

So, if you want to download the album this very second (of course you do), we would recommend doing so via our bandcamp page! 

Not only will you get the album in the highest possible quality, but also a digital booklet as well…

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Meet the Cast:  Tim Munro is “The Tinker”

Tim comes from a long line of actors and directors and has had an extensive career in theatre, TV, film and radio. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Herbert Pocket in the BBC 12 part dramatization of “Great Expectations.” 

He has played many good parts in countless productions including “The Anatomist,” “Dr Who” (in two time warps!), “The Bill,” “East Enders,” “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady,” “Running Loose,” “Casualty, “Holby Blue,” “Judge John Deed,” “Poirot,” “Nanny,””Whycliffe,”

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Guest Musicians, Album Art and Release Date Revealed! 

We are over the moon to announce that Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Blaze Bayley (Ex-Iron Maiden), Dave Oberlé (Gryphon) and Matt Stevens (The Fierce and the Dead) will guest on on our latest album “The Clockwork Fable”. 

The album, which is scheduled for release on May 1st, also features artwork expertly created by German artist Thomas Huth, also responsible for 2014’s excellent cover on “A Forest of Fey”. 

It was a real privilege to work with Dave and Matt again, having produced something really special working…

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Meet the Cast: Bill Fellows is "Armistead"

Bill was born and bred in the North-East town of Middlesbrough, close to the North Yorkshire border, and trained at the Guildford drama school in the early Eighties. 

He has been seen on television many times, most recently in Vera with Brenda Blethyn, the hugely popular drama Broadchurch with Olivia Colman and in the multi award-winning Downton Abbey opposite Phyllis Logan - as well as starring in Alan Bleasdale's Monicled Mutineer with Paul McGann and Hallmark's Blackbeard with Stacy Keach and Jessica…

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Meet the Cast: Paul Barnhill is "Pastor Simon"

Playing the role of “Pastor Simon”, Paul has worked extensively in the world of show business for over twenty four years (to be precise). His television work recently includes rubbish guest parts in Foyles War, Homefires, Holby City, Coronation Street, Doctors, Emmerdale and in the past as the petrol-bomb-throwing racist Josh Carter in Brookside

He has dressed up in bad costumes, playing parts in theatre everywhere in the UK and abroad including awful Roman outfits with the RSC, to playing Mr Beaver in a…

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Meet the Cast: Mark Benton is "The Lamplighter"

We’re chuffed to bits to announce Mark Benton will be voicing one of the characters on our upcoming LP “The Clockwork Fable” .

Playing the spoken words of “The Lamplighter” character, Mark Benton has shown his versatility on television, on stage, on the big screen and now on a Gandalf’s Fist triple concept album. 

Appearing on TV in Dr Who, Silent WitnessEarly DoorsLand Girls, Britannia High, and Waterloo Road, as well as in such films as Career Girls, Breaking and Entering and The Imaginarium of

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We are delighted to announce the spoken word cast for our upcoming 3-CD concept album “The Clockwork Fable”. 

Mark Benton, Zach Galligan, Bill Fellows, Paul Barnhill, Tim Munro and Paul Kavanagh have been confirmed as the ‘players’ acting out the dramatic sections of the record, joining Alicia Marsh who reprises her duties from 2014’s acclaimed “A Forest of Fey” LP. 
Gandalf’s Fist frontman, Dean Marsh commented: 
“We’re over the moon to announce Mark Benton has become a part of our weird and wonderful

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What is Cogtopolis?

Luke’s Thoughts: 
The world of Cogtopolis was formed from an idea that we created over the course of 6 months last year. The first character we had was the Lamplighter, the subject of our pre-christmas teaser song. In a way we created a world around this character, cogs and all, Tinker, Eve and the clockwork boy all soon followed.  

Cogtopolis is a city beneath the earth, which we have created, with it's own religion, language and geography. Unlike previous albums it is not based on an existing idea or…

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Discovering the Ideologies of Cogtopolis

The Nightkeeper Insignia. Worn by all swore-in brethren with pride.

Bad guys. It’s all too easy to craft some rip-off, intrinsically evil, “dark lord” or a faceless oppressive regime as the antagonist in your story. But what we wanted to do in “The Clockwork Fable” was really create the structure of conflict and, as such, we devised the two opposing religions in Cogtopolis. The logic behind the “Nightkeepers” is that in a civilisation that exists underground, following an apocalyptic event, people would…

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From a Drummer's Point of View: Melodies and Themes

One Drummer: Awaiting the next Zeppelin Shuttle.

So then, you’ve all visited clockworkfable.com and delved into the story-background there, right? If you missed it, do it now - I'll be waiting here for you. 
Oh, you're back already? Now then... there you have it: a 3-CD album. Believe me, this wasn't intended when we sat down to begin writing the next album. 
But let's start where the concept was born. We already had some music and melodies together, when Luke arrived with the concept. 
Ideas about the…

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