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About Gandalf's Fist:
Many new bands break onto the scene claiming that there latest album is unique. But few can have as much behind such claims as Cumbria’s finest purveyors of sinister fantasy space prog-rock Gandalf’s Fist.

The band – essentially a collaboration between old friends and musical adventurers Dean Marsh and Luke Severn – may have been formed as recently as 2005, but its origins go back much further. They start, depending on your point of view, with the golden era of prog in the 1970s, the birth of English folk centuries before or, even in the time before time inhabited by Tolkein’s characters in Lord of the Rings.

However it all started, what Gandalf’s Fist have done with the release of second album ‘Road to Darkness’ is to propel the apparently old-fashioned notion of the concept album firmly into the 21st century. And for that, they should be applauded. Because in an age of digital downloads and instant gratification, ‘Road to Darkness’ reminds music lovers that the album is a format worth savouring every single groove of.

It is not just a collection of songs, but an entire symphony; a story; and even a statement of intent from two guys who insist they make music simply “for the love” of doing so. Hear hear.

In many ways, that homage is typical of what Gandalf’s Fist are about. They are unashamedly English, unashamedly in thrall to the rich tradition of storytelling that snakes right through from Wordsworth to the Floyd and beyond.

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