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  ROB REED ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'SANCTUARY'
22 July 2014





Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Rob Reed, announces the release of a unique new album, 'Sanctuary', on 21st July through Tigermoth Records.

'Sanctuary' is produced, mixed and engineered by Rob Reed, who is joined by legendary 'Tubular Bells' producers Tom Newman (as co-producer) and Simon Heyworth, who mastered the album.

The album will be released in 3 formats: CD, vinyl and 5.1 surround and will be available through all usual outlets.

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Rob Reed was inspired to become a musician and composer at the age of seven after discovering Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells'. So inspired was he by the album, that he learned to play not just one, but all the instruments featured on the album.

'Sanctuary' is the fruition of a decision that Rob made in January 2013 to utilise his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist and create an album in the style of 'Tubular Bells'; he recalls: "The next four weeks were a blur as the music just came out. It turned out to be the most enjoyable album I've made. I wanted to play all the instruments, and for all of them to be real; no synthesised or sampled instruments, just the real thing."

Rob Reed was determined to keep his vision of 'Sanctuary' intact and play all the instruments himself:

"I just had a blind confidence that I could play them all. I owned all the guitars, etc in my own studio but had to hire the larger percussion instruments, like timpani's and tubular bells, so the lead percussionist of the Welsh National Orchestra turned up with a lorry full of the most expensive percussion.

"For two days he frowned as I made my way through playing these instruments, like a kid in a sweet shop. Whenever I struggled he continued to ask if I wanted him to play them. I replied that I couldn't, as it would break the pledge of making the album by myself.... Everything is played by hand by myself, except for guest vocalists, Synergy Vocals."



Reed was conscious that he was treading a fine line in preventing 'Sanctuary' becoming a pastiche of Tubular Bells. He continues: "I worked hard to make the melodies stand on their own. I wanted to capture the emotion that Mike Oldfield managed to communicate through his playing that replaces lyrics. I wanted to use voices, but not have lyrics; just vowels combined with nonsensical words. Synergy Vocals were accustomed to this, having worked with Philip Glass and Steve Reich."

Reed secured the collaboration of Tubular Bells producers Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth after seeking their seal of approval.

Reed comments: "Simon told me when he heard it, he closed his eyes and was back in the Manor Studios in 1973 and commented on how well it was executed.

"I contacted Tom to ask if he could offer any advice on the mix or production, and when we finally spoke, he was really complimentary and offered to get involved in the production and mixing; he also had loads of ideas about structure and arrangements. He has been invaluable with his insight and was always there when I was struggling to finish the album. All the timing errors and tuning errors are left in... it was real".

Tom Newman says: "I really enjoyed working on this - I had carte blanche and just enjoyed sculpting the sounds into shape, and placing all the beautifully crafted parts in the right places in the musical landscape . . ."

Simon Heyworth adds: "Truly a wonderful recording. An homage to a great album but with the advantage of modern recording techniques. Wonderful tunes beautifully executed by an extremely proficient musician. For the ultimate experience in 'Immersive Audio' the 5.1 Mix is just amazing. I loved Mastering this album"

The result is an astounding piece of emotional instrumental music in two parts, featuring an astonishingly orchestral sound whilst using a comparatively small amount of instruments. Reed plans to perform the album live with a 12-piece ensemble in the near future.

Tracklisting:
Sanctuary Part I
Sanctuary Part II

Credits:

Rob Reed: Grand Piano, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Marimba, Timpani, Banjo, Grande Patti, Sleigh Bells, Orchestral Snare Drum, Recorders, Farfisa Organ, Solina String Machine, Table, Bodran, Plus...Tubular Bells

Synergy Vocals: Wordless choir
Anghared Brinn: Angel voice
Tom Newman: Bodran

www.robreedofficial.co.uk





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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