UK Progressive Rock/Metal band Compass published the single “The Assayer” taken from their new album “Theory Of Tides” out on July 22, 2022 via Escape Music. Stream the track through the YouTube player below:
The Compass story began back in December 2017 when singer songwriter Steve Newman decided to write a few songs that musically would step outside the barriers imposed by many years writing for his own band Newman. This was to be something very different, liberating, both musically and lyrically, from anything he had created before, with the freedom to move across genres and not be pigeon holed within any particular musical style.
Part of this removal from Steve’s previous work would involve looking for a singer to bring these ideas to life. After a few auditions and a few calls in the latter part of 2018 Steve started talking with singer Ben Green about the songs and through these conversations the nucleus of the band started to take shape. David Bartlett joined the band in early 2019 and was a very natural choice, Dave being a member of the Newman touring band for the passed 9 years. with the addition of Toni Lakush filling the drum position the Compass band was complete.
A very eclectic mix pulling in influences from Dream Theater, Rush, Saga, through It Bites, and Pink Floyd. The band set about recording their debut album “Our Time On Earth” which was subsequently released through Escape Music (ESM 342) in 2020 to great acclaim by the music press and fans of both the Melodic Rock and Metal genres. Gathering multiple 10’s and 100% reviews, Steve‘s vision, and indeed the rest of the band’s was successfully realised in creating a bridge between these two genres of music. One of the greatest compliments being that the songs could not be placed into one specific category. High on the momentum from the first album, and also restricted to only studio work due to the pandemic Steve set about constructing songs within a concept for the second album. Compass are very proud to introduce you to the “Theory Of Tides” a concept album based on the life, works, and inner turmoil of the famous astronomer and scientist Galileo Galilei. It follows in the Compass tradition of creating mindscapes both musically and lyrically taking the listener through a journey that encompasses Galileo’s life. “Theory Of Tides” shows that Compass are a developing band and becoming even more in tune with each other as writers and performers. The musical arrangements and production also reflect this natural evolution.
Purchase the album here: http://www.newmansound.com/Compass.htm
- Mountains On The Moon (10:59)
- Searching For Answers (6:35)
- The Assayer (8:07)
- Once In A Lifetime (5:17)
- Laws Of Nature Dialogue I : Fly To The Sun (7:36)
- Laws Of Nature Dialogue II : God Only Knows (5:24)
- Laws Of Nature Dialogue III : This Pendulum Swings (6:48)
- Theory Of Tides (6:30)
Ben Green / Vocals
Steve Newman / Guitar, Keyboards
Dave Bartlett / Bass
Toni Lakush / Drums