Clockwork Angels Track List Released; Album includes Orchestra; June 12 Release Date

Roadrunner Records and Rush’s management have released the track list of Rush’s upcoming Clockwork Angels album and set a new release date, June 12. The band’s official website,, also said the album will contain “additional strings (arranged by David Campbell) recorded at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios earlier this year.”

WATCH 30-second teaser.

As Ed at Rush is a Band has reported, the band might be limiting its concerts to indoor venues, and the reason for that appears to be partly the result of the addition of an orcherstra at the shows. [Update: See below. Outdoor ampitheaters are included in official schedule.]

On the use of an orchestra, Alex said in a recent interview, “We just recorded a string section yesterday for five of the songs-we still have to sit down and see what we’ll use from that, but it sounded fantastic. Rush hasn’t used strings in a while, and it’s really added a lot of emotional impact to the songs.”

Read Neil’s official backgrounder on the making of the album. 

UPDATE: Review of all tracks by MusicRadar’s Joe Bosso.

Clockwork Angels track list:

Caravan (5:40)
BU2B (5:10)
Clockwork Angels (7:31)
The Anarchist (6:52)
Carnies (4:52)
Halo Effect (3:14)
Seven Cities of Gold (6:32)
The Wreckers (5:01)
Headlong Flight (7:20)
BU2B2 (1:28)
Wish Them Well (5:25)
The Garden (6:59)

UPDATE: Access list of Clockwork Angels tour dates.

Pre-order Clockwork Angels from Rush Backstage Club.

Pre-order Clockwork Angels from Amazon.

The album will be available in the same 96kHz/4-bit audiophile format that Moving Pictures is available in at The sector box sets will be available there, too, at some point.

My Favourite Magazines in the U.K. is making a fan pack available for 14.99 (pounds). The pack includes the album, a 138-page magazine, and poster. The magazine includes interviews with producer Nick Raskulinecz, artist Hugh Syme, and Terry Brown, among others.

Neil Peart got inspiration for his lyrics from a variety of authors, including Voltaire, Cormac McCarthy, Michael Ondaatje, Joseph Conrad, and Daphne Du Maurier, a Prog Rock magazine piece says.

The magazine also says Neil became fascinated with ancient traditions:

“I learned about an entire set of runic hieroglyphs for elements and processes. As the lyrical ‘chapters’ came together, I chose one symbol to represent each of them.”

Those symbols are the ones on the album cover’s clock face.

The magazine also says that for “The Wreckers,” Geddy and Alex swapped instruments during the writing sessions.

The title track is a multi-part piece about a young man’s quest to follow his dreams, according to sci-fi writer Kevin J. Anderson, who’s writing a novelization of the concept for release later this year. The young man is “caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.”

Clockwork Angels in Vinyl

Earlier Clockwork Angels coverage.

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~ by rvkeeper on April 11, 2012.

One Response to “Clockwork Angels Track List Released; Album includes Orchestra; June 12 Release Date”

  1. holy crap i just crapped my shorts this year ill be seeing them 3 more times for a total of 60

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