Andy Phillips - 17th May 2023 - Vine Messiah
It's been a while, lockdown didn't help but Vine Messiah are releasing a new album on the 7th July 2023 to coincide with their appearance at the Prog For Peart Festival in Abingdon. The album is titled Lonely Apostate and has 7 tracks including the track White Light which comes in at 19 minutes 11 seconds and the track 'End Of Days' which now opens our LIVE set. You can listen to a few of the tracks from the new album below.
The album is decidedly eclectic and we have explored quite a few different vibes and colours, more so than ever before. The album starts with a track called 'End Of Days' which has 4 different sections, 'Beltane' which is a short acoustic number and then the punchy 'The Ghost Returns'.
Next is 'Somewhere Somehow' which celebrates the vibes of a summer music festival.
We round off the album, which is seen within the band as a sort of lose trilogy of tracks following the life and death of one man. The trilogy starts with 'Scales Of Justice' where our protagonist feels trapped within the justice system and spends his life behind bars. This moves into an acoustic track called 'Lonely Apostate' where he reaches for some sort of inner redemption and begins to contemplate his life.
We then move into 'White Light' a 20 minute track which includes a very special guest spot for the wonderful violinist Naomi Belshaw, from prog rock band The Wood Demons and follows the experience of our hero/antihero, who has died desperately troubled about his life choices only to discover that in death there is one singular goal and that's to reach infinity and coalesce with the cosmos and become a star child once again, we come from the stars and go back to the stars.. Heavy right?