Neal Morse Band reveal The Grand Experiment

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Neal Morse Band have revealed more details about their forthcoming new album The Grand Experiment.

The LP will be released on the 16th of February via InsideOut and will be available in a standard single CD format as well as a 2CD and DVD special edition digipak. The second disc of the special edition will feature previously unreleased live and studio tracks with the DVD containing a ‘Making Of’ documentary.

Band namesake and mainman Morse said of the new album that he and members Randy George, Eric Gillette, Bikll Hubauer and Mike Portnoy entered the studio without any material written in advance:

“I wanted to see what it would be like to create freely in the room with no preconceived notions. It was quite a risk.

“I used to be paranoid about whether things would turn out in the short time we had available, so I’d fill all the spaces in advance. This time I made a lot of room for the guys to express themselves – and the result is outstanding.”

The tracklist for The Grand Experiment is:

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02. “The Grand Experiment”
03. “Waterfall”
04. “Agenda”
05. “Alive Again”

Neal Morse Band will be touring Europe in March of 2015 supporting Beardfish. The only UK date will be at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on the 7th of March.

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Black Star Riders detail formats and reveal cover art for new LP

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Black Star Riders have revealed the cover art and format availability of their new album, The Killer Instinct.

The follow up to their debut album All Hell Breaks Loose will be released on the 23rd of February via Nuclear Blast.

Says frontman Ricky Warwick of the new album’s philosophy: “Life’s not fair. Never has been, never will be. Sometimes you have to live with a killer instinct just to survive in the pursuit of happiness. Nobody can do for you what you should be doing for yourself.”

He adds about the cover art: “It’s a bit of a continuation from All Hell Breaks Loose. people will see the link – it’s very rock’n’roll. It’s going to look cool.”

The tracklist for the standard version of the album is as follows:

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02. “Bullet Blues”
03. “Finest Hour”
04. “Soldierstown”
05. “Charlie I Gotta Go”
06. “Blindsided”
07. “Through The Motions”
08. “Sex, Guns & Gasoline”
09. “Turn In Your Arms”
10. “You Little Liar”

The album will also be available in a ltd. edition 2CD digibook format featuring six bonus tracks, a ltd. edition gatefold black vinyl version and a ltd. edition gatefold clear vinyl version.

The band will also tour the UK and Europe in March next year, with support coming from The Amorettes, except at Glasgow and London where other acts are expected to be announced. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mar 05th: Glasgow O2 ABC
Mar 06th: Glasgow O2 ABC
Mar 07th: Newcastle O2 Academy
Mar 08th: Leeds O2 Academy
Mar 10th: Nottingham Rock City
Mar 11th: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Mar 13th: Manchester Academy
Mar 14th: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Mar 15th: Exeter University
Mar 16th: Bristol O2 Academy
Mar 18th: Bournemouth O2 Academy
Mar 19th: Norwich UEA
Mar 20th: London Shepherds Bush Empire
Mar 21st: London Shepherds Bush Empire

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