The Neal Morse Band — Neal Morse (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Randy George (bass), Bill Hubauer (keyboards, vocals), Eric Gillette (guitars, vocals) — will take fans on “The Great Adventure” with its latest double concept album, due out January 25, 2019 on Radiant Records via Metal Blade worldwide. It will be available in three formats: a two-CD package, two-CD/DVD special edition featuring behind-the-scenes video clips of the making of the album, and three vinyl LPs. Pre-orders begin December 4 on Radiant Records‘ web site.
The follow-up to 2016’s critically acclaimed “The Similitude Of A Dream” will be the ninth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the third as a true collaboration with this current lineup. Together, Morse and Portnoy have launched four bands, but the one that has endured the longest and thus with the most musical output has been The Neal Morse Band.
“Let the great adventure now begin…” The closing line of “The Similitude Of A Dream” has proved to be strangely prophetic. The new album is exactly that: a perfect companion piece to “The Similitude Of A Dream”‘s partial retelling of John Bunyan‘s “The Pilgrim’s Progress”. It has everything that fans would expect from an album by The Neal Morse Band, and more: rock, metal, classical and jazz elements appear throughout, as well as some killer melodies, all played faultlessly by some of the greatest rock musicians on the planet.