Secrets of Angels Mixing – Joe Gibb
In Feb the band announced legendary producer/mixing engineer Joe Gibb would be mixing the new album. Joe had previosuly worked wit hthe band mioxing their 2003 release Delicate Flame of Desire and the follow up live album, Strange Behaviour. Joe had also previosuly worked with many artists including David Bowie, Massive Attack, The Mission, The Cure, Leftfield, Catatonia, Funeral For A Friend and many more.
Secrets of Angels album release
The new album was released to pre-order customers on March 1st 2015 with the the shop release set to follow later.
In March 2015 the band were featured in Prog magazine including an extensive interview with Natasha Scharf.
Secrets of Angels reviews
Following its release, the album almost immediately began receiving widespread critical acclaim with several reviews appearing in the press.
“…Secrets of Angels is to The Gathering Light as Delicate Flame of Desire was to The Storm,
that is to say, an exponential improvement in songwriting, arrangements, production and
most notably vocal work…”
…the Karnataka sound that has been developed over the band’s first dozen years shines through….”
“…Guitar work is superb, lush symphonic keys add power and depth while bass and drum drive the music on…” Russ Elliot
“To put it short, this is an exceptional, near-perfect release from Karnataka…. very refined, flowing with creativity…. I think we have a very strong contender for the-best-album-of-the-year throne.” Alexander Tskitishvili
Rock Report (Belgium)
“Karnataka’s ‘Secrets of Angels’ is a work of art. This album is incredible. This band should be on a major label and stratospheric.”
Echoes and Dust
“Hands down, the band’s finest hour…” Dave Cooper.
Bloody Good Music (USA)
“Secrets Of Angels is not just a great album, it’s as perfect an example of dramatic, orchestrated metal as I can ever imagine. I was floored by this record.” Chris Colavito
In May the band announced they would be headlining Danfest 2015 in Leicester.
Debut single – Because of You
In May the band announced they would be releasing their debut single Because of You on June 29th. This would be a single edit of the album version.
Bob Harris Radio 2
The new single Becuase of You was played by Bob Harris on May 30th.
More Secrets of Angels reviews
The new album continued to receive rave reviews.
“Karnataka have stepped up to the mark in what can best be described as quite outstanding fashion.”
“a sense of power and drama hitherto unequalled in their repertoire… a multi-faceted yet tightly constructed work, and with a climax to lift the stoniest of prog hearts… Secrets Of Angels is a triumphant work” Steve Pilkington
Classic Rock magazine
“The booming drums, swathes of strings, haughty, harmony-laced vocals and chugging guitar sound more stirring than ever on galloping-across-the-plains anthems like Borderline and Road To Cairo, and symphonic rock fans will surely lap it up.”
“It hits the spot in some style.” Johhny Sharp
Music Street Journal
“I’ve always liked this band. This new album, though, might be the best yet from them. If you dig their brand of modern progressive rock with both metal and classic prog elements, you wil most certainly like this. It just doesn’t get much better.” G. W. Hill
Sea of Tranquility
“Secrets of Angels is a melodic and beautifully crafted symphonic album with a striking production and excellent sound quality. A must have for fans of melodic/symphonic rock.” Jon Neudorf
Dutch Progressive Rock Page
“the final track Secrets Of Angels is probably one of their best tracks ever. So strap yourselves in, because those 20 minutes could be the best thing you have heard in a very long time!” Peter Swanson
Prog Rock Music Talk
“My advice is very simple, and that is to listen to the epic final track, “Secrets of Angels” and you will soon be on your way to purchase the album. This is one of the best albums that I have heard so far this year, and I have heard a lot of albums this year. 5/5 Stars” Jim Lawson
Karnataka confirmed for major new UK Festival
In September the band announced they would be performing at a major new UK festival in Canterbury in 2016. Other artists announced included Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Wilko Johnson, Caravan, Focus, The Enid and Curved Air.
The band toured extensively during 2016 culmination gin the filming of the bnad’s London performance for future release on DVD and CD.
The band announced their End To End Tour in 2017 performing The Gathering Light and Secrets of Angels in their entirety.
In May 2017 Ian announced he was launching a new music progect ILLUMINAE, a collaboration with vocalist Agnieszka Swita. The album is set for release in 2018 and features Steve Hackett, Craig Blundell, Troy Donockley and Gonzalo Carrera as special guests.
Line up changes
In July 2017 Cagri Tozluoglu announced he was stepping down to focus on his new family and solo projects. In September Enrico Pinna informed the band he would also be stepping down to focus on his studio work and new tennis coaching career. The announcement was withheld whilst the band had touring committments. In September Ian announced to the band that in light of the changes and he was reconsidering the band’s future – personal logistics and extensive touring had contributed to limiting the time available for writing new material, resulting in frustrations and departures. In December Ian announced he was bringing this era of the band to an end.