UK hard rock stalwarts Ten used the downtime during the worldwide pandemic to work on not one, but two new albums. The first album to be released, Here Be Monsters, will land on February 18, 2022. Following the success of the recent string of albums, from Albion to Illuminati, the band’s prime mover Gary Hughes is joined once again by guitarists Dann Rosingana, Steve Grocott and John Halliwell along with bass player Steve McKenna, and keyboard maestro Darrel Treece-Birch. Drums on the album have been handled by Markus Kullman (Sinner, Glenn Hughes, Voodoo Circle). Ten continue to raise the musical bar higher for themselves, a goal they push on every release. Stunning guitar work, rich keyboards, excellent bass and drum interplay along with Hughes’ rich vocals are the order of the day here.
Here Be Monsters was produced by Gary Hughes and mixed and mastered by Magnum‘s Dennis Ward. Ten’s longstanding professional association with Dennis has been ongoing since he mixed their 2011 album, Stormwarning, and has always guaranteed albums with stunning sound and production
Fans should note that there are no ties between this and the next album – Here Be Monsters is not a Part One or anything of this nature. The band has simply crafted two high quality releases and decided to put them out separately, in a fashion not too dissimilar to what happened to the amazing first two records which were recorded one after the other in a very short period of time.
British hard rockers Ten have an outstanding history of releases in their storied and revered catalogue. Starting out as a sort of solo project built around singer and songwriter Gary Hughes, Ten found their audience playing a hard rock sound influenced by such giants as UFO, Thin Lizzy, Magnum, Giant, and Whitesnake in a time when playing this particular sound was considered commericial suicide. The band’s early records such as The Name Of The Rose, The Robe, Spellbound, and Babylon established the band as mainstays in the melodic hard rock genre, which has continued throughout their now twenty six year career over the course of fourteen studio albums.
Chapter And Psalm
Strangers On A Distant Shore
The Dream That Fell To Earth
The Miracle Of Life
Anything You Want
Follow Me Into The Fire
The Longest Time