Tom Morello of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE will release his new solo album, "The Fabled City", on September 30, 2008 via Epic Records. The 11-song set is the follow-up to the 2007 THE NIGHTWATCHMAN debut "One Man Revolution". Now being billed as TOM MORELLO: THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, Morello's new CD is the first release to bear the political and social activist's birth name. "The Fabled City" was produced by Brendan O'Brien (BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, PEARL JAM) and features appearances by SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian and Shooter Jennings.
Widely known for his unique voice as a master electric guitarist, Morello's compositions as TOM MORELLO: THE NIGHTWATCHMAN have been primarily based around the acoustic guitar. However, as his MySpace page firmly states, "You don't have to be loud, son, to be heavy as shit," and the stories and sounds presented throughout the album showcases a depth and intelligence rarely heard in the modern musical climate surrounding it. With more complex electric arrangements than displayed on "One Man Revolution", "The Fabled City" is the synthesis of his groundbreaking work as an innovative rock guitarist and revolutionary acoustic troubadour.
When describing "The Fabled City", Morello stated, "My goal was to capture the energy and emotion of THE NIGHTWATCHMAN live shows. There is a much more rocking quality to this record, solos and riffs, mixed with darker acoustic songs. I think my singing has come a long way as well. I had a lot of devastating losses of family and friends during the past two years and 'The Fabled City' is a search for hope through music and confronting injustice."
TOM MORELLO: THE NIGHTWATCHMAN will be touring heavily throughout 2008 and 2009 in support of "The Fabled City".
"The Fabled City" track listing:
01. The Fabled City
02. Whatever It Takes
03. The King of Hell
04. Night Falls
05. The Lights Are On In Spidertown
06. Midnight In The City of Destruction
07. Saint Isabelle
08. Lazarus On Down (feat. Serj Tankian)
09. Gone Like Rain
10. The Iron Wheel (feat. Shooter Jennings)
11. Rise to Power
THE NIGHTWATCHMAN's "Road I Must Travel" video (taken from 2007's "One Man Revolution"):