The Neal Morse Band have released a lyric video of Long Day/Overture with Prog.
The tracks are taken from their upcoming concept album The Similitude Of A Dream, which is set to launch on November 11 via Metal Blade Records.
Speaking about the follow-up to 2014’s The Grand Experiment, Morse says: “The Similitude Of A Dream is loosely and sometimes directly based on the book Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan which was originally published in 1678.
“The book chronicles the spiritual journey of a man from the City Of Destruction to a place of Deliverance. Someone had suggested to me that I do a concept album based on this book – but I forgot about it. Then when I began writing new songs last December, the suggestion came to my mind.
“I had never read the book, so I searched the story outline and began to write some little song bits and instrumentals based on what I had read. Those bits combined with the ideas that the other guys brought to the table then miraculously exploded into this double concept album.”
He continues: “Funny thing is, this album only really covers about the first 75 or 80 pages. Maybe we should've made a five disc collection! Well, we'll save that for later.”
Morse is joined in the lineup by bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer, guitarist Eric Gillette and drummer Mike Portnoy – who thinks the work is “the album of my career.”
Portnoy adds: “Neal and I have now made 18 studio albums together, and I consider The Similitude Of A Dream the absolute creative pinnacle of our collaborations together.
“I’ve always had a soft spot for double concept albums such as Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Who’s Tommy, and I can bravely say that I think we've created an album here that can sit side-by-side with those masterpieces.
“Bold words, I know, but after a career of almost 50 albums, I honestly consider this to be one of the defining works of my career.”
The Similitude Of A Dream will be available on 2CD, a special edition featuring both CDs along with The Making Of A Dream DVD, and on triple vinyl.
The Neal Morse Band will head out on tour in January across North America, before returning to Europe for a run of shows throughout March and April