Asia, the legendary British rock band, is experiencing some of the best critical and fan acclaim of their career since its heyday of the early 1980s thanks to their new album Gravitas. The consensus is the same: this is unquestionably one of the finest albums in the band’s 30+ year career. The new CD released March 25th in North America on Frontiers Records has been embraced by international media outlets such as Reuters, Yahoo News, Huffington Post, and USA Today. The album had a Top 20 debut on the Mediabase Classic Rock Chartand has since climbed into the Top 10, sitting at #7. It marks one of the strongest radio responses to an Asia album since the first two albums were released in the early 1980s. In addition to extensive media coverage, the band is preparing to chat with its fans in a specialReddit Event, being planned for the third week in April.
Gravitas reached #11 on the iTunes US Top Rock Albums upon release on March 25th. The CD/DVD version is at #35 on the Amazon US overall music chart, #18 on the Rock chart and #35 on the Pop chart. It was consistently in the Top 100 for the last few weeks while available for pre-order. At Amazon Canada, it is in the Top 100. Internationally it comes in at #12 on Amazon France’s MP3 Rock Albums chart and is the #1 Hard Rock & Metal release on Amazon Italy. In addition it is #1 in Amazon UK’s MP3 Progressive Albums chart and #17 on Amazon Germany’s MP3 Rock Albums chart. It entered Japan’s charts at #27. And the momentum is just starting to build. Featuring a deeply introspective musical style within a clearly accessible sound, Gravitas introduces the world to Asia’s new guitarist, Sam Coulson, who came at the recommendation of Mr. Big’s Paul Gilbert.
In addition to the North American release this week, the record was released in Japan on March 5th, and Europe on March 21st. It is available in two configurations: a standard CD and a Deluxe Edition, that includes two bonus tracks and a DVD containing the “Valkyrie” music video, a promotional film, and footage of classic live ASIA tracks recorded with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria. Asia’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April,1982, and was the best selling album in the world of that year. Featuring Geoff Downes on keyboards; Steve Howe on guitar; Carl Palmer on drums; and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass; Asia was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70s – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK, and The Buggles. The original ASIA reformed in 2006 for the first time in 23 years.
“This time the dragon has awakened with a fresh direction and purpose,” says John Wetton. Adds band mate Geoff Downes: “There is a renewed energy when we step on stage now; we can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.”
Track listing: Valkyrie; Gravitas; The Closer I Get To You; Nyctophobia; Russian Dolls; Heaven Help Me Now; I Would Die For You: Joe Di Maggio’s Glove; Till We Meet Again. The Closer I Get To You (Acoustic)*; Joe Di Maggio’s Glove (Acoustic)* DVD (*): Valkyrie (videoclip), “EPK”, “Heat of the Moment” (Live in Plovdiv with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra); TBA (Live in Plovdiv with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra); TBA (Live in Plovdiv with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra).
*Available only on the Deluxe Edition