Due for release on 2nd March, 2015, via Kscope Records, Hand. Cannot. Erase. is a concept album; a mesmerising, labyrinthine tale hewn from a vivid blend of fact and fiction. In musical terms, the new songs are a more varied and esoteric bunch than those on The Raven that Refused to Sing, partly down to Steven’s aversion to repeating himself, but also because of the way it reflects its subject matter.
One thing that has remained the same is the band, who are once again on hand to display their extraordinary skills and sensitivity. Veering from brooding electronic soundscapes to incendiary progressive rock epics and covering all bases in between, Hand. Cannot. Erase. is simultaneously a summation of everything that came before it in Steven’s career, and quite unlike anything he has recorded before. Fans will be instantly thrilled by his increasingly refined and distinctive compositional voice, and the use of new elements such as Ninet Tayeb’s female vocal contributions, and the unusual (in the context of a rock album at least) use of a boy’s choir.