Gandalf’s Fist have announced that their next album will be entitled The Clockwork Fable.
It’ll be released as a triple album, and the band say it’s the “finest musical work” they’ve ever done.
The group report: “We are delighted to announce The Clockwork Fable, a prog-rock mind movie in three oscillations. As a follow-up to 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 serves as a different act of the story, with Dean Marsh and Luke Severn, along with to-be-announced guest vocalists, providing the singing voices of the inhabitants.”
The band say they’ve written a 50-page script for the conceptual piece and brought in actors to bring the story to life, and add: “A far cry from a musical, where characters burst into song at the drop of a proverbial hat, The Clockwork Fable serves as a sprawling motion picture that will play out in your neocortex with Gandalf’s Fist, of course, providing the soundtrack.”
Marsh, Severn, Chris Ewen and Stefan Hepe say they’ve fully developed Cogtopolis, including its geography, religion and the fictional language of Cypheridia.
They continue: “We truly believe this is the finest musical work we’ve ever created. There’s a mix of all of our influences and were you to put all of the best bits of our discography into a huge melting pot you’d end up with something quite close – but not as awesome – as what we’ve created.”
No release date has been set, while artwork and a full tracklist will be revealed in due course. The Clockwork Fable pre-orders are now open, with those buying early saving 20%.
Last year Gandalf’s Fist said their latest album would include vocal contributions from singer Melissa Hollick, who appeared on the group’s previous two records.