As previously reported here at Stargazed Magazine, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George will release “Cov3r To Cov3r” on July 24th. In addition, the former Spock’s Beard frontman Neal Morse will release a new solo progressive rock concept album, “Sola Gratia”, on September 11th.

A video has now been made for the first single, “In The Name Of The Lord”. Watch it here:

 

Neal comments: “As I was gathering a bunch of random ideas in February for this album, when I got home and started to put it together, the riff that starts this song was the very first thing I recorded. I couldn’t play the riff and sing at the same time so I wrote it separately. The chorus came from some ideas I had while early morning walking in Sydney, Australia. Lyrically, I am fascinated by the conversion of Saul of Tarsus to Paul the Apostle. The fact the he starts off persecuting christians and then becomes the guy who writes most of the New Testament is a rich story..there’s so much to it…it may become a series!

The album will be released as a limited CD/DVD Digipak (featuring a ‘Making-Of’ documentary), Gatefold 2LP + CD, Standard CD Jewel Case and as a Digital Album. It can now be pre-ordered.
Sola Gratia track-listing:
  1. Preface
  2. Overture
  3. In The Name Of The Lord
  4. Ballyhoo (The Chosen Ones)
  5. March Of The Pharisees
  6. Building A Wall
  7. Sola Intermezzo
  8. Overflow
  9. Warmer Than The Sunshine
  10. Never Change
  11. Seemingly Sincere
  12. The Light On The Road To Damascus
  13. The Glory Of The Lord
  14. Now I Can See/The Great Commission
Neal Morse will debut ‘Sola Gratia’ live at his annual Morsefest convention on the 18th and 19th September 2020. A very limited number of people will be able to attend in person, with the event also being streamed online. More details and tickets are available here.