Rush revealed this week they will release their long anticipated ‘Clockwork Angels’ album on June 12th. It’s the first studio album from the band since ‘Snakes & Arrows’ in 2007 and their debut for Anthem/Roadrunner Records. The album cover and a video preview trailer with the artwork can be viewed below.
‘Clockwork Angels’ was co-produced by the band and Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) who also collaborated with the band on their last studio album, 2007’s ‘Snakes & Arrows.’ The album was recorded in Nashville and Toronto and the conceptual set will trace a protagonist’s journey through a world of steampunk, alchemy and an exotic carnival; drummer and lyricist Neil Peart is also writing a novelization of the album with author Kevin J. Anderson.
Between albums, Rush has kept busy with a series of tours, documenting their most recent dates with the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland live album and DVD last November. (They also made an appearance as the object of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel’s sonic affection in the 2009 film I Love You, Man).
We’ve already heard a couple of the tracks from the album ‘Caravan’ and ‘BU2B,’ which were released in 2011 and recorded during the ‘Snakes & Arrows’ sessions. The two songs were performed nightly during the wildly successful Time Machine Tour, which ran from June 2010 to June 2011. Work on the new album 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 Studios earlier this year.
Rush will release the new single ‘Headlong Flight’ on April 19th and details of a full-scale North American tour to support the new album will be announced shortly.
Clockwork Angels track list:
3. Clockwork Angels
4. The Anarchist
6. Halo Effect
7. Seven Cities Of Gold
8. The Wreckers
9. Headlong Flight
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden