The rock band Wheel may come from Finland, but their frontman James Lascelles is a real Brit who, by the way, doesn't mince his words. On their second album, a stimulating mixture of new artrock and progmetal with very political lyrics, they again show themselves strongly influenced by atmospheric-progressive music à la Tool.
Besides singer and guitarist Lascelles, Wheel consists of Santeri Saksala (drums), Aki "Conan" Virta (bass) as well as newly added lead guitarist Jussi Turunen. In the video interview, the opinionated bandleader talks about the motivation behind the new album, musical influences and the negative consequences of media filter bubbles.
eclipsed: "Resident Human" is your second album. Where do you see the differences to the previous album "Moving Backwards"?
With their EPs "The Path" and "The Divide" Wheel have positioned themselves over the past two years as a serious alternative to Tool and A Perfect Circle respectively as a potent complement to modern prog acts like Karnivool or Jolly. Now the Finns present their first complete album, which is not only musically convincing: In addition, they take a stand on political and social topics in their lyrics.
"Moving Backwards" is the name of Wheel's recently released album. The title can be understood as the band's critique of the reactionary tendencies that are currently spreading in society and politics in countries all over the world. Among other things, it is the return to nationalism that drives him and his colleagues around, says Englishman James Lascelles, singer of the band from Finland. As things are going very well for Wheel at the moment, they also see the future in a positive light.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.