Progressive rock pioneer and vocalist Jon Anderson, of the seventies' super-group YES, has collaborated with Glass Hammer, a group critics call the modern successor of the YES legacy, on Culture of Ascent, their 10th project releasing Tuesday, October 23, 2007.
"We have been co-writing secretly with Jon for a year or so," revealed Glass Hammer songwriter and bassist Steve Babb. "Jon's voice and lyrical style is a natural fit with the Glass Hammer sound. It is not every day that you get to collaborate with someone of his caliber, so we were thrilled to have his creative input on this release."
Culture of Ascent
Glass Hammer is releasing their 10th project, Culture of Ascent, on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, which features songs created from the inspired minds of Anderson, Babb, Fred Schendel and Carl Groves. This project features Jon Anderson on two of the album's six epic-length tracks. Life By Light showcases the majority of Jon's distinctive vocalizations and is already in heavy rotation on XM Radio's Fine Tuning station. Expect a sound which mirrors the best of seventies legends like Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and others, while maintaining a contemporary edge and a distinct style which is purely Glass Hammer.
Their previous release, The Inconsolable Secret, featured original artwork by seventies' art-icon Roger Dean, who made his name alongside YES as their stage-designer and creator of much of their world-famous album art.
Glass Hammer is well-known in progressive-rock circles as the first of many prog-revivalist groups to appear in the mid 1990's, and is even credited by some critics with the rebirth of the concept album; a style which was later repeated by more main-stream groups such as Radiohead. With ten studio albums to their credit, and live concerts which often include 150 member college choirs singing complicated arrangements in three languages simultaneously, Glass Hammer seems overdue to break-out of the obscurity which plague many of its peers in the prog-scene. Members include Babb (bass/vocals/keys), Schendel (keyboards), Groves (lead vocals), Matt Mendians (drums/percussion), David Walliman (guitar), Susie Bogdanowicz (lead vocals). Culture of Ascent also features co-production from Robert Streets, a first for the band.
Glass Hammer's music is available through Amazon.com, iTunes and other specialty distributors. For more information on Glass Hammer or to listen to audio samples of their albums, visit the band's web site, www.glasshammer.com.