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Citizen Cain’s Bell to launch prog opera album

Citizen Cain main composer Stewart Bell will release his debut solo album The Antechamber Of Being Part 1 on October 23, he’s confirmed.

And he describes it as a prog opera based on his childhood dreams, with two more volumes to follow.

It features lead vocals by Arjen Lucassen, Bekah Mhairi Comrie, Phil Allen and Stewart himself. He explains: “It’s based on my experiences as a lifelong lucid dreamer. It follows the adventures of a young boy as he masters the ability to control his dreams and chronicles the key events in his life – the weird synchronicities and profound questions that arise when one grows up lIving in the twin worlds of dream and reality.”

The 74-minute album will be available via F2 Music and can be pre-ordered now. The CD version includes a preview of Bell’s storybook The Cupboard Of Fear, on sale separately.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.