THE NEAL MORSE BAND To Release 'The Great Adventure' Album In January

THE NEAL MORSE BAND To Release 'The Great Adventure' Album In January

THE NEAL MORSE BANDNeal Morse (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Randy George (bass), Bill Hubauer (keyboards, vocals), Eric Gillette (guitars, vocals) — will take fans on “The Great Adventure” with its latest double concept album, due out January 25, 2019 on Radiant Records via Metal Blade worldwide. It will be available in three formats: a two-CD package, two-CD/DVD special edition featuring behind-the-scenes video clips of the making of the album, and three vinyl LPs. Pre-orders begin December 4 on Radiant Records‘ web site.

The follow-up to 2016’s critically acclaimed “The Similitude Of A Dream” will be the ninth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the third as a true collaboration with this current lineup. Together, Morse and Portnoy have launched four bands, but the one that has endured the longest and thus with the most musical output has been THE NEAL MORSE BAND.

“Let the great adventure now begin…” The closing line of “The Similitude Of A Dream” has proved to be strangely prophetic. The new album is exactly that: a perfect companion piece to “The Similitude Of A Dream”‘s partial retelling of John Bunyan‘s “The Pilgrim’s Progress”. It has everything that fans would expect from an album by THE NEAL MORSE BAND, and more: rock, metal, classical and jazz elements appear throughout, as well as some killer melodies, all played faultlessly by some of the greatest rock musicians on the planet.

As Neal Morse explains: “This band continues to amaze me! I have to say it was a little daunting to follow up ‘The Similitude Of A Dream’ as it was such a special album and it delivered every night at our concerts, but I believe that ‘The Great Adventure’ will have a tremendous impact as well. This new double album is everything that I hoped it would be! I listened through last night and I was in tears at the end!”

Mike Portnoy emphatically agrees. He says: “How do you follow an epic double concept album??? Well, create another epic double concept album!! Hahaha. I always knew topping ‘The Similitude Of A Dream’ was going to be difficult, if not impossible, as I held it in such high regard, but alas, I am absolutely blown away with what we achieved here! We’ve created what is the ultimate companion to ‘The Similitude Of A Dream’.”

“Sometimes there are things that you just can’t mess with,” Randy George continues. “On ‘The Similitude Of A Dream’, we tapped into something special. I was sure that the follow up should be something quite different, but you have to follow your heart and follow the music where it wants to go. ‘The Great Adventure’ is nothing short of a miracle. It’s similar to ‘Similitude’ in concept and form, but yet it’s tougher and deeper in its tone! This is a powerful work and I look forward to playing it live!

True to the album’s title, the creative process was indeed a “great adventure.” Unlike many previous Morse albums, which have often been written and arranged within weeks, this time around these prolific and world-class musicians spent almost a year working on the end result, producing an abundance of top-quality material. This meant some ruthless decision-making: some already completed songs and characters had to go, and — with studio time running out–new links and ideas were being composed and recorded up to the eleventh hour. “A lot of work and re-work has gone into this,” says Morse, “but I know that some of the most successful and far-reaching albums I’ve been involved with have been just like that. ‘Sola Scriptura’ and SPOCK’S BEARD‘s ‘Snow’ album come to mind.”

Another key question that had to be addressed in the studio was how to pull all the ideas together into a coherent whole. In the end, what unlocked this “adventure” for Morse was the realization that ‘The Great Adventure’ needed a new voice and perspective. This time, it is that of the Pilgrim’s abandoned son, a younger, perhaps angrier, voice than was heard on “The Similitude Of A Dream”.

THE NEAL MORSE BAND will bring “The Great Adventure” to fans worldwide with a new round of headlining tour dates, which begin February 2, 2019 in Nashville at City Winery.

Photo credit: Robert Smith


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EXCITER Announces New Guitarist DANIEL DEKAY

EXCITER Announces New Guitarist DANIEL DEKAY

Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER have announced the addition of guitarist Daniel Dekay (DIEMONDS, Banger TV) to the group’s ranks. A longtime friend of the EXCITER family, Dekay was a natural choice and a perfect fit to keep this thrash machine pounding.

Dekay joins forces with original members Dan Beehler (vocals, drums) and Allan Johnson (bass) to round out this lineup of the band which is already working on new tunes with plans for a full-length studio record.

Last month, original EXCITER guitarist John Ricci left the band “due to certain professional and personal differences.”

Just this past June, Ricci seemed excited about the prospect of writing and recording new EXCITER material, telling The Jimmy Cabbs 5150 Interview Series: “We’re being really careful about the new music that we put out because it has to stand up to the old stuff. We feel kind of pressured. We don’t want to put out a weak record, and we’re taking our time to make sure the music is going to be just as explosive as it was back in the day when we were making albums together.”

The original EXCITER lineup recorded three classic albums in the 1980s — “Heavy Metal Maniac” (1983), “Violence & Force” (1984) and “Long Live the Loud” (1985) — before Ricci left the group and was replaced by Brian McPhee.

EXCITER‘s latest album, “Death Machine”, which featured Ricci as the sole remaining original member, was released in October 2010 via Massacre Records.

Ricci, Beehler and Johnson reunited as EXCITER in 2014 and had been playing sporadic shows ever since.

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