Canadian rock legends RUSH were honored in the “Rock Album Of The Year” category at this year’s Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards), for their latest studio CD, “Clockwork Angels”. RUSH is also up for the “Group Of The Year” award, the winner of which will be announced during the main televised ceremony tonight (Sunday, April 21) at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
RUSH‘s first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner Records, “Clockwork Angels”, sold 103,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard chart.
The recording of “Clockwork Angels” began in April 2010 with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES) — who also collaborated with the band on their last studio album, 2007’s “Snakes Arrows”.
Lyrically, “Clockwork Angels” chronicles a young man’s quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. The novelization of “Clockwork Angels” was written by science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson in collaboration with RUSH drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.