Figure Of Speechless are at it again with the new single ‘Tunnel At The End Of The Light‘, which is also the title track of their upcoming album.
The band is the brainchild of guitarist and songwriter Glen McMaster, who started the creative process for the songs back in 2020. In the following year, Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) joined McMaster and they started tossing ideas around and bringing together their thoughts immediately as a duo, sharing the very same passion for modern prog.
Over four months, other high-profile veterans like Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’Roses, Sons of Apollo), Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Redemption), Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) and Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne) came on board.
Originally based on a riff written back in 1994, the single ‘Tunnel At The End Of The Light‘ is now finally ready for release. The song is strong with its heavy guitar riffs and mind blowing vocals all flowing together in a perfect harmony with the lead melody. It’s got the wake to take you on a journey through life while attuning you to the search for your own true self. The problems we face in life cannot be solved by others, there’s neither salvation from The Lord nor ultimate guidance from science, just self-reliance and the trust in your own instincts to put all the hints and pieces together.
Glen McMaster, mastermind behind the songs, shares the story of ‘Tunnel At The End Of The Light‘: “The title track for the album is a play on words that I am very fond of doing. Quite often I find that looking at stuff backwards or upside-down makes much more sense. The lyrics are about being your own individual, not relying on external influences and ultimately realizing that death is not the end. The odd patterns (9-11-9-11) in the riff give the song an ‘asymmetrical tilting’ feel, especially with Brian’s straight 4 drumming offsetting the whole thing.”
The progressive music coming from Figure Of Speechless offers a wide range of influences, which is meant to give a sense of nostalgia going all the way from early Genesis to classicals like Beethoven. Held firmly together by a modern prog metal framework and the familiarity of the various metal legends featured, it provides the listeners with an “infusion of 5 decades of progressive music” – as Glen McMaster likes to call it. The full album ‘Tunnel At The End Of The Light‘ is set to be released on September 2nd, 2022 – please find the pre-save of your choice: here. Also good news for fans in the USA: The CD can be ordered: here.
- Day and Night
- Carve A Smile
- Escape Hatch
- Midnight Desert Rendezvous
- Tunnel At The End Of The Light
- The Cast-Out
- Draw The Line
- Inside Room 6
- Turn A New Leaf
Glen McMaster – Guitars/Songwriting
Derek Sherinian – Keyboards/Producer
Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal – Guitar Solos/Mixing
Ray Alder – Vocals
Tony Franklin – Bass
Brian Tichy – Drums