Essential: A masterpiece of progressive rock music.
One of the defining moments in my (then) young life was going into town to buy A Farewell To Kings, the first Rush album to be put out on official release in the UK. The wondeful gatefold sleeve, yet another Hugh Syme masterpiece,only served to heighten my excitement and expectation as I impatiently waited for the bus that would return me home.
All tracks have been digitally remastered. Taking a cue from other art-rock groups like Yes and Genesis, Rush expressed a penchant for fantasy and science fiction themes on A FAREWELL TO KINGS. Coupling the increasingly intricate arrangements of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson with the creative lyrics of Neil Peart, the power trio format is stretched beyond recognition on epic tracks like the sensational "Xanadu," a masterful re-telling of Kubla Kahn's "Pleasure Dome" along the river Alph.
Inmoria first formed in 2008 when one time Tad Morose drummer Dan Eriksson ended his self imposed ten year absence from the metal scene and started work on a new "dark" power metal project Inmoria, which initially began as a one man endeavour. However realising that he needed a band to really do his songs justice, Eriksson enlisted the help of three members of his previous outfit, the too long dormant Tad Morose, with Christer "Krunt" Andersson (guitars), Peter Moren (drums) and Tommi Karppanen (bass) soon joining up. With Eriksson handling keyboard duties all that was left to find was a vocalist and in the shape of Morgana Lefay frontman Charles "Chulle" Rytkönen the line up was complete. …
The internationally renowned British architect puts substance before image, and isn't interested in a building's iconic presence on a skyline. 'How many squiggles can a city take?' he once asked. He has been described as classical, minimalist, simple, but if there is a word he would like to apply to his architecture, it is 'humane'. Alan Yentob talks to Chipperfield about his breakthrough in Berlin, his love of the city and its history and the 11 years spent on the transformation of the Neues Museum, his 'masterpiece'. After successes at the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield, and Turner Contemporary Margate, he is now embarking on his most prestigious project ever, a new gallery for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.