Glass Hammer Glad About Yes Factor
Glass Hammer frontman Jon Davison’s new job with Yes is paying dividends for the American outfit, says mainman Steve Babb.
However, that’s not the band’s focus for the year. Instead their thoughts are set on upcoming album Perilous, for which they’ve just released a teaser video, below.
Babb explains: “There is no denying the ‘Yes factor’ has increased interest worldwide, and that’s fine with us.
“But our big news for 2012 will still be Perilous. We set out to make something epic, and something distinctly Glass Hammer: never afraid to show our influences, while developing a sound that is undeniably ours alone.
“We’ve never done a concept album like this – it’s one unified vision, one musical idea in thirteen parts of movements. The emotions and ideas in the lyrics ebb and flow with the music, but they have a definite story to tell with a beginning, middle and climactic end.”
He describes the work as “very ambitious” and offers a hint at interpreting the album cover, featuring a gothic ringmaster-type character standing before tall cemetery gates. “It should be obvious from the art and the title that something dire is lurking just beyond that gate,” he explains. “Imagine two children lost in a cemetery at night and the unsavoury characters they might meet as they try to find their way home. That’s the setting for our allegory.”
Babb, Davison, Fred Schendel and Alan Shikoh will sign all pre-ordered copies of Perilous placed before October 23. The band currently have a limited edition t-shirt offer which closes on October 10.
01. The Sunset Gate
02. Beyond They Dwell
03. The Restless Ones
04. They Cast Their Spell
05. We Slept, We Dreamed
06. The Years Were Sped
07. Our Foe Revealed
08. Toward Home We Fled
09. As the Sun Dipped Low
10. The Wolf Gave Chase
11. We Fell At Last
12. In That Lonely Place
13. Where Sorrows Died and Came No More