In 1998, the first chapter in the "Celtic rock opera," "Excalibur" premiered live on stage, followed a year later by the soundtrack album. The story was written and directed by award-winner Alan Simon and after releasing part 3 of his original trilogy in 2012, Simon decided to revisit "Excalibur" with a fourth chapter in the story titled "The Dark Age Of The Dragon." The new 19-track album was released on November 10th and the music features members of Jethro Tull, Supertramp and Uriah Heep just to name a few. The new story of songs surrounds the tale of Merlin being freed from Morgana's spell, only to find the world he's known in decay. Merlin then frees the dragon in order to bring back to order the virtues of King Arthur's knights of the roundtable.
The "rock opera" was performed live in Germany in 2016 and now, following the release of the new album, "Excalibur IV - The Dark Age Of The Dragon," the show will tour again in 2018. To find out more about the newly released chapter four of Alan Simon's "Excalibur" rock opera, please visit cherryred.co.uk.
Legendary English rock band the Strawbs recently released their new album titled "The Ferryman's Curse." It is the band's first album of new material in over eight years and is considered the epic sequel to their 1970 song "The Vision Of The Lady Of The Lake." Their new 10-song release begins with a 2-minute introduction instrumental simply titled "In The Beginning," before heading into the progressive rock feel of "The Nails From The Hands Of Christ." The gentleness of "The Song Of Infinite Sadness" and "The Familiarity Of Old Lovers" allows you to focus on the storied lyrics, before the Strawbs bring in the blues for "The Ten Commandments." They wrap up their new release with the epic, 9-minute storied adventure of "The Ferryman's Curse" and the keyboard driven rocker "We Have The Power." To find out more about the Strawbs and their latest release "The Ferryman's Curse," please visit strawbsweb.co.uk.