Marek Arnold announces debut solo abum

Marek Arnold
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Damanek multi-instrumentalist Marek Arnold has revealed details about his upcoming debut solo album, The ArtRock Project, which is nearing completion with a view to being released in 2023.

"The idea for this album was born when Uwe Treitinger, organiser of the established Artrock Festival Reichenbach/V," explains Arnold. "I had an idea for an 'anthem' for the festival, and we requested guest musicians. The song Stay was released in 2018 and was enthusiastically recorded on the scene, played by prog and rock channels and sold well at the festival for charity purposes.

"The requests came again and again for a complete album. This is how the work on the 2020 album started - with the participation of many international guest stars especially from the progressive rock scene - new songs between art rock and progressive metal, with jazzy elements, but always with typical handwriting that I can't deny simply."

Arnold, who has also worked with the likes of Unitopia, UPF, Southern Empire, The Samuarai Of Prog and more, has amassed an impressive array of guest artists including Marco. Minnemann (O.R.k.), Craig Blundell (Steve Hackett, Frost*), Laurence Cottle, Luke Machin ( The Tangent, Maschine), Kalle Wallner ( RPWL) Gary Chandler (Jadis), Jane Getter, Derek Sherinian, Adam Holzman and more...

"The album is currently still being mixed and the exact release date and label has not yet been decided," adds Arnold. "At around 80 minutes, the album is packed to the brim and I can't wait to finally present it to you!"

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.