RUSH has unveiled the details of its highly anticipated, new album, Clockwork Angels. This is the first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner records. The band’s 20th studio album, will be officially released on June 12th. The new single, "Headlong Flight" landed at rock radio on April 19th and debuted at #1* on the Mediabase Classic Rock airplay chart. Details of a full-scale North American tour to support the new album were also recently unveiled on the band's website.
Recording began in April 2010 with Grammy-award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) – who also collaborated with the band on their last studio album, 2007’s Snakes & Arrows, Rush co-produced both records. The first two songs, “Caravan” and “BU2B,” were completed during that first session at Nashville’s Blackbird studios and performed nightly during the wildly successful 'Time Machine' Tour, which ran from 2010 to June 2011.
Work on Clockwork Angels resumed in the fall of 2011 at Revolution Recording in Toronto after the tour’s finale, with additional strings (arranged by David Campbell) recorded at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios earlier this year. Lyrically, the album chronicles a young man’s quest across a lavish and colorful world of steam-punk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. The novelization of Clockwork Angels is being written by science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson in collaboration with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.