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:

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Announcing: The Clockwork Fable

Final Artwork Yet to Be Revealed!

We are delighted to announce “The Clockwork Fable” a Prog-Rock Mind Movie in three oscillations. 

As a follow-up to the acclaimed “A Forest of Fey”, we’ve gone all-out, creating a truly epic triple concept album. 

Set in the fictional world of “Cogtopolis”, each CD of the record serves as a different “act” of the story, with Dean and Luke, along with to-be-announced guest vocalists, providing the singing voices of the inhabitants. However things don’t end there; the…

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Festive "Prequel" Track Now Available!

Ho, Ho, Ho indeed! 

Winter is upon us so we've, once again, cooked up another festive treat for you all!

A far cry from Wham! and Noddy Holder, this track is a bit more foreboding... setting the scene for our our new record with a bit of post apocalyptic fallout. 

We knocked this up in an afternoon, so don't expect a 30-minute master-work, but the track itself acts as a prequel to the events on our next LP, so it's a nice little teaser in that respect! 

Head over to our bandcamp page to grab the beauty for the…Read more

Mission Statement

What is an album in any case?

In an ever-changing world where we are constantly having to think about how we consume music, it's about time we really had a think about the other side of the coin.
So, we’re producing an album. It's brand-spanking new and it's exciting, yet strangely there's a sense of pressure, knowing that people actually listen to and, strangely, like what we've done in the past.

I'm fine with that. I work best under pressure. 
My outlook has never really changed with anything that I've…Read more

Unearthing a New Record

As every year swings round and I start to think about creating a new Gandalf’s Fist record it’s always going to be a mystery as to what direction the record is going to take. We’ve done everything from Neo-Prog with “Road to Darkness”, Prog-Metal with “From a Point of Existence” and even Sea Shanties with “Songs from the Solway”. I would say it wasn’t until 2013’s “Day in the Life of a Universal Wanderer” LP that all of those individual elements came together to create a cohesive piece in its own right… The…Read more

From a drummer's point of view...

Although the first demo from Dean arrived here in the first week of October 2014 (yes, that's prior to the release of "A Forest of Fey"), with the second song-demo coming in on December 31st (I still remember standing in the kitchen, ready to leave the house for the annual new years eve party with the family), we didn't really "work" on something. We just threw some demos at each other to fiddle about...

Plans were made for two sub-releases during 2015, as Dean had some family stuff going on over the year…

Announcing the first guest vocalist: Melissa Hollick!

We are delighted to announce that Melissa Hollick will be returning for a third time to a Gandalf's Fist studio project!

Yes, it does almost seem strange to be calling Melissa a "guest" given her previous involvement on our last two records, however, after featuring on two tracks on our "...Universal Wanderer" LP and then returning to guest as the female vocalist on last year's "A Forest of Fey", we thought it would be mad not to invite her back... especially given her excellent performances and the great…Read more
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Prequel Game!

Don't you just love text adventures?

Well, we've built one (of sorts) for you to play in preparation for the new record. But why?

I can remember my Dad reading the Hobbit to me as a child, Bo Hansson's "Lord of the Rings" LP  gently humming in the background, and my imagination literally burst.

Gandalf's Fist? Frodo's Hand?

... Great record by the way. After abandoning how to figure out how to play the Ghostbusters game on my Commadore 64, Bill Murray's synthesised robo-voice a mocking taunt with every defeat…Read more
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Work has begun!

Well!  Here we are again!  The production of  a brand new album is officially underway from us, the crazy cats down at Gandalf's Fist HQ.

Where do we start? Well, you'll be pleased to know that the wheels are well and truly in motion and things are moving forward with good pace!

Following up last year's "A Forest of Fey" is a daunting task and as such we spent a significant amount of time in pre-production, crafting the concept, the story and the songs. We're now in a place where the production of the actual…Read more