John Bassett (the singer, songwriter and producer of UK Progressive Rock Band KingBathmat) will release the debut CD of his new Metal project called “Arcade Messiah” on December 1st on Stereohead Records.
Arcade Messiah combines elements of Metal, Stoner, Doom, Prog, Math rock, and ambient post rock into a sonic maelstrom of seven instrumental songs.
John Bassett: “after writing and producing numerous KingBathmat albums and more recently the acoustic solo album “Unearth, I decided I wanted to create my first instrumental album, and I wanted it to be set, audibly and visually in a dark, bleak apocalyptic aura of despair and anger. I wanted to focus on enormous riffs & sorrowful yet powerful musical refrains and place them within a terrain of unusual time signatures interspersed by moments of psychedelic calm.”
John Bassett is an English multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter and producer from Hastings, East Sussex. Primarily known for writing the music and producing the critically acclaimed albums by Progressive Rock act “KingBathmat”. He has so far released eight albums since 2003, with the last few through the record label Stereohead Records.
The last two album releases “Truth Button” & “Overcoming The Monster” have recieved much acclaim throughout the Progressive & Alternative Rock Communities leading to reviews and features in national magazines such as “Classic Rock Presents Prog”, “Shindig”. Bassett’s songwriting is characterised as being ”endlessly inventive, leaving you guessing what’s going to happen next, with plenty of harmonies and big hooks“.
March 2014 saw Bassett releasing his debut solo album, an acoustic album which exploited his songwriting skills and the production techniques he has acquired over the last ten years.