Medieval space rock wizards, Gandalf’s Fist, celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their debut album with a special edition re-imagining of the entire record, entitled The (Re)Master And The Monkey. Awash with swashbuckling acoustics, crunching riffs and soaring synths, what is surely one of the most bizarre and psychedelically allegorical concept albums in living memory has been completely re-worked and re-recorded from the ground up and features brand new narrative elements that bring the release firmly in line with their Clockwork Saga, which received such critical acclaim as:
«In what is surely one of the most unusual concepts in recent times, the album recounts the tale of a legless, odious frog named Pierre Du Gateau, who, after summoning a quantum-bat from the 10th dimension, rides around on a monkey’s head in a desperate bid to become ruler of the world. The fantastical and allegorical tale is presented in a brand new interpretation of their debut album which, given the fact the original was largely regarded as an experimental demo and was never physically released, can be truly be heralded as a brand-spanking new album from the Fist».
«The songs on the album range from bombastic orchestral meanderings, folky shanties, heavy metal riffing and even acoustic samba – often within the confines of a single song! Moreover, unlike the previous special editions of their previous albums (Road to Darkness and A Day in the Life of a Universal Wanderer), “The (Re)Master and the Monkey” is a full-band effort, drawing on their expanded lineup breathing even further life into a damn fine album that has patiently sat dormant for 10 long years! ».
«A mesmerizing musical masterpiece epic in scope».
The new remastered album have a radio edits and the Radio edit” are not shortened in any way as this version is pure prog after all. The diifrence is that the Radio edits comes without transition effects or narrative interludes to aid in selection and presentation of material over the airwaves! The album will be released January 21st. The album is for those who enjoy dragons, cinematic string and bagpipes wailing in your face and a healthy dose of hand clapping. The track Stakes At Low is a vivid new reimagining of a song that they originally worked on 15 years ago during the band’s genesis
Stakes At Low tide with this new take on the song teases what to expect of the upcoming special edition. The track is awash with cinematic strings, folky rhythms and pipes and whistles which evoke days of ancient Celtic tribes and the folklore of old.
The Master And The Monkey was the first album from Gandalf`s Fist and released nine years ago. Originally Stakes At Low Tide was 3 minutes and 54 seconds, but the new 2020 version is about one minutes longer with place for more dragons! The track Shadowborn which was nominated to the video of the year at Prog Awards!