Rush will release their new album, “Clockwork Angels,” on June 12.
The new album – the band’s 20th studio release - is the first collection of original material in over five years.
The recording of “Clockwork Angels” began in April 2010 with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) – who also collaborated with the band on their 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 band's Time Machine Tour, which ran from June 2010 to June 2011.
Work on the 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.
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.
The novelization of the album is being written by science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson in collaboration with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. (Check the 'see also"' section below for more details.)
The projects’ first single, “Headlong Flight,” hits rock radio on April 19.
Details of a full-scale North American tour to support the new album will be announced shortly.
Release date: June 12
03. Clockwork Angels
04. The Anarchist
06. Halo Effect
07. Seven Cities Of Gold
08. The Wreckers
09. Headlong Flight
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden
Rush: New single due next month
Rush: Clockwork Angels novel due this fall
Rush: Alex Lifeson art prints support Kidney Foundation Of Canada
Rush to receive Lifetime Achievement honor at Revolver Golden God Awards
Rush: Clockwork Angels North American release date confirmed
Rush shut down Rush Limbaugh
Rush win Governor General’s Award
Rush: Clockwork Angels gets Japanese release date
Rush: Clockwork Angels becoming a novel
VIDEO: Aerosmith, Rush classics performed on American Idol
Rush: New album update from Neil Peart
Rush: Geddy Lee talks Time Machine tour, new album
Rush: Geddy Lee honored by scholarship endowment
Rush guitarist to perform at Andy Kim Christmas Concert
Rush & Deep Purple lead this week’s new rock releases
VIDEO: Rush perform Tom Sawyer on new live DVD
Rush producer updates fans
Rush: Sectors box sets due next month
Rush: Time Machine live DVD coming to theaters
VIDEO: Rush drummer explains challenges of creating setlist
VIDEO: First look at new Rush live DVD
Neil Peart: Time Stand Still drum lesson preview
Neil Peart: Limelight drum lesson preview
Rush live DVD details update
VIDEO: Rush Neil Peart DVD preview
Rush: Rare 1974 concert coming to cd
Rush: Neil Peart instructional video due this fall
Rush drummer Neil Peart talks fitness
VIDEO: Rush’s Neil Peart rocks Drum Solo Week on Letterman