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Clepsydra - 3654 Days (Box Set) (4CD)

Genre: Pop/Rock
Release Date: 9th February 2014

Label: Galileo Records
Catalogue Number: GLR118BOXCD
Price: £39.99
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Clepsydra - 3654 Days (Box Set)

Much to the excitement of prog fans worldwide, Swiss neo-prog ensemble Clepsydra will be releasing a limited edition box set containing the group's critically acclaimed albums Hologram, More Grains of Sand, Fears and Alone, to be released in January 2014 by Swiss label Galileo Records LTD, and distributed and marketed by Gonzo MultiMedia. 

The 4-CD box set titled '3654 Days' will contain all 4 albums, meticulously remastered. Also added, an hour of additional unreleased and bonus material. This will include live recordings, demos, unreleased alternative mixes and unreleased alternative versions. 

The set will also contain a 12"x 12" book with rare photos, and the history of the band will also be included. 

The box set will be a limited run of 1000 copies and will contain a certificate of authenticity, hand signed by all the band members. 

The brilliant artwork is done by Mark Wilkinson, who is best known for his work with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Marillion.

In regards to the title, bassist and founding member Andy Thommen explains, “The first album 'Hologram' was released in November 1991. 'Alone' was released in November 2001. There are 3654 days (10 years) between those releases.”

Clepsydra is a Swiss neo-progressive band that was formed in 1990 by Aluisio Maggini (vocals), Lele Hofmann (guitars), Philip Hubert (keyboards), Andy Thommen (bass) and Pietro Duca (drums).

In 1991 Clepsydra released their first album, Hologram, which was followed by the EP Fly Man in 1993. Clepsydra then signed to InsideOut, who released their second album More Grains of Sand in 1994. This CD included the song Moonshine on Heights, which by many is regarded as neo-prog classic. 1994 also saw them performing two songs on national Swiss TV, a rare occurrence for a progressive rock band at that time.

Says Andy, “We had no idea that there was a progressive rock scene. In fact we never heard the expression progressive rock until about three months after the release of Hologram in 1991.”

In 1998 Clepsydra released their third album Fears, the first album with Marco Cerulli on guitar. In the wake of the album release Clepsydra had a 10-day-long European tour and was booked for a concert in Canada on the strength of this production. In 2001 the band released Alone with Nicola De Vita on bass. This album came with 3 different album covers: The Chicken, The Octopus and The Fish.

Following these four albums Clepsydra entered a state of hiatus. At this point they had established themselves as a popular entity among fans of neo-progressive rock, and they were often compared to the likes of Jadis, IQ and Fish-era Marillion
In 2013 Clepsydra announced they were reuniting with Andy Thommen back on bass guitar and a reunion tour scheduled for 2014.

Says Andy about the reunion: “On Sunday June 23 we met and decided to go for the reunion. The day after we did one single post on facebook announcing the reunion, within 24 hours we had the first 3 concert offers!”

Clepsydra show dates:

Saturday April 5, 2014, Progdreams III, Zoetemeer, The Netherlands
Saturday April 12, 2014, Sounds from Under the Ashes 2014, Murrayfield Pub, Chiasso, Switzerland
Friday May 2, 2014, ROSfest, Gettysburg, PA, USA
Saturday May 31, 2014, Dom Kultury Oskard, Konin, Poland
Friday June 20, 2014, PPR, Das Rind, Rüsselsheim, Germany
Fri/Sat. July 18th/19th, 2014, Night of the Prog, Loreley, Germany
Saturday July 26, 2014, Ecosmusicais, Paradise Garage, Lisbon, Portugal
Saturday November 1, 2014, Prog En Beauce Edition II, Villemeux sur Eure, France

Concerts in Poland and Switzerland will be announced soon.
A small detail of note in the band history is that renowned surrealist artist H. R. Giger -  known for his concept art for the Hollywood blockbuster movie Alien and a number of album cover art productions for artists such as Deborah Harry, ELP and Celtic Frost - provided a holographed object for Clepsydra's debut album Hologram.
In closing, Andy imparts, “We are so excited that after more than 12 years of inactivity we still get daily fan mail!”

 



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