Gandalf's Fist: The Clockwork Fable album review
Cumbrian proggers Gandalf's Fist deliver epic, steampunk concept triple.
Spread across three discs and over three hours, this is an unashamedly grandiose conceptual tale about the steampunk-influenced underground city of Cogtopolis, and the attempts by rebel factions to return to the world above. The characterisation, plot and whole backdrop of the work is breathtaking in its scope (Cogtopolis even has its own alphabet). Imagine The War Of The Worlds if it had been tackled by Ayreon rather than Jeff Wayne and you’re halfway there. Indeed, Arjen Lucassen’s just one of the guests here, along with Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), and prog-savvy actors Mark Benton and Zach ‘Gremlins’ Galligan.