Asia, the legendary British band, moves into the next phase of its extraordinary career with Gravitas, a brave new album that explores different musical landscapes while embracing its familiar musical past. Produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes, Gravitas is deeply introspective within a clearly accessible sound. The album also introduces the world to Asia’s new guitarist, Sam Coulson, who came at the recommendation of Mr. Big’s Paul Gilbert.
Scheduled for release on Frontiers Records on March 5th (Japan); March 21st (Europe); and March 25th(North America), the album will be available in two configurations: a standard CD and a Deluxe Edition, that will include two bonus tracks and a DVD containing the Valkyrie music video, a promotional film, and footage of classic live Asia tracks such as Heat of the Moment, recorded with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.
“Pure, unadulterated and stereotypical Asia, with raw energy, enthusiasm and free from impurities,” says John Wetton. “ It conveys the spectrum of emotion and colour from real life agonies to ecstatic fantasy of escapism. Great songs, fabulous performance. Gravitas is Asia by Asia. At last.”
“With the addition of Sam it allowed us to take the band in a slightly different, and perhaps tougher, direction.” says Carl Palmer. “He brings a different feel to Asia with his guitar work. As a band we have been able to grow, while at the same time, remain true to the classic Asia sound that our fans know and love.”
3. The Closer I Get fo You
5. Russian Dolls
6. Heaven Help Me Now
7. I Would Die for You
8. Joe Di Maggio’s Glove
9. Till We Meet Again
10. The Closer I Get fo You (acoustic bonus)
11. Joe Di Maggio’s Glove (acoustic bonus)
Asia will embark on a world tour starting in June, and set to include Japan, UK, Europe, Canada and the United States.
Asia website: http://www.originalasia.com/index.php
Asia tour date list: http://originalasia.com/tour-dates-2/