The new studio album
The band continued writing throughout 2013 and into 2014 and began recording a new studio album and the follow up to The Gathering Light.
Pre-production recording started early in the year allowing the band to develop arrangement and production ideas.
In July the band spent time at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios near Bath working on the new album.
Recording continued throughout the summer at Enrico’s London based Quadra studios. In July Seána Davey, one of Ireland’s most accomplished harpists, recorded some beautiful harp parts for the new album.
In November the band announced that Troy Donockley from Nightwish would be guesting on the new album and had recorded some Uilleann pipes and low whistles.
Rachel van der Tang and Clive Howard
In early December cellist Rachel van der Tang and viola player Clive Howard from the Royal Philharmonic orchestra recorded parts for the new album.
New album mixing
In Dec 2014 the final production sessions started and mixing was planned to take place in early 2015.
Album title and formats announced
On 22nd of December the band announced the new album would be released in Spring 2015 – the title, Secrets of Angels. The album would be available on CD, mp3 and FLAC and also a special edition CD/DVD which would include a ‘making of’ documentary, previosuly unreleased live footage, interviews and studio footage including Real World. The album would also be the band’s first vinyl release with the album also being made available as a double LP.
Secrets of Angels Tour
In December the band also announced a new tour in 2015 to support the release of the album.
Feb 27th Bury The Met Theatre 0161 761 7107
Feb 28th Lowdham Hall 0115 9663596
March 7th Derby Flowerpot 01332 204955
March 8th Bilston Robin 2 01902 497860
March 13th Edinburgh The Voodoo Rooms 0131 556 7060
March 14th Chesterfield Real Time Live 01246 277702
March 20th Bristol BierKeller 0117 930 4264
March 21st Worcester Huntingdon Hall 01905 611427
March 22nd Leamington Spa (with Arena) 01926 523001
March 26th Norwich Arts Centre 01603 660352
March 27th Milton Keynes The Stables 01908 280800
March 29th Southampton The Brook 023 8055 5366
April 12th Swansea The Scene 01792 448010
April 17th Leicester Y Theatre 0116 255 6507
May 9th London Islington Assembly Hall
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 Because 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.
Autumn Tour 2015
In Sept the band announce a UK Autumn tour
October 10th The Citadel St Helens
October 11th Robin 2 Bilston
November 28th Long St Blues Devizes
November 29th The Brook Southampton
December 5th Danfest Leicester
December 12th Haslemere Hall Haslemere