Has the cover art for Rush's forthcoming Clockwork Angels been leaked?

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As the scheduled due date for Rush’s long-awaited Clockwork Angels nears, a pair of the band’s fan sites have posted an image purported to be the album’s cover art. See it here!

Set for release June 12, 2012 from Anthem/Universal Music in Canada and Roadrunner Records in the U.S., Clockwork Angels is the first Rush studio release since 2007’s Snakes And Arrows. Between then and now, Rush is expected to release a radio edit of “Headlong Flight” on April 19, clipping the more than seven-minute album cut by as much as a minute and a half. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have been at work on this project since late in 2009. Already, Rush has issued two album-teaser lead singles, “Caravan” and “BU2B,” both in advance of 2010’s Time Machine Tour.

Now the fan sites Rushisaband.com and Cygnus-X1.Net: A Tribute to Rush have posted the above image, purportedly to be featured on the cover of Clockwork Angels — though no confirmation has followed from either the band or its management at Anthem Entertainment.

After the album drops, look for Colorado-based sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson’s novelization, set for release by ECW Press on September 1. The 264-page book boasts a co-writing credit from Peart. Amazon pre-order links are below for both the book, and Rush’s Clockwork Angels. The project was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters) and engineer Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Dream Theater).

Here’s a look back at our previous thoughts on Rush. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

RUSH – TIME MACHINE 2011: LIVE IN CLEVELAND (2011): Rush used this opportunity to, as they really have been doing each tour lately, rifle through catalog and pull out some dusty old gems (“Time Stand Still,” reggae “Working Man,” “Marathon,” “Subdivisions,” “Stick It Out” and “Leave That Thing Alone”) and even one bonafide “never been played before” fan favorite (“Presto”) but, most importantly, a run-through of their entire classic Moving Pictures album for its 30th anniversary. Some of those tunes have been played a lot (“Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight,” I’m looking at you) but others have disappeared for far, far too long. Welcome back to the stage “The Camera Eye” and “Witch Hunt.” Maybe you’ll stick around for a couple tours?

SOMETHING ELSE! FEATURED ARTIST: RUSH: When most think of Rush, it’s their instrumental virtuosity (especially drummer Neil Peart) that comes to mind first. Or the love or hatred of Geddy Lee’s vocals. Other times it’s Peart’s second role as lyricist for the band that garners attention, and it’s another love or hate area of focus: Ayn Rand, sci-fi, songs about balding, fights between dogs and, well, whatever a Bytor is, these are all common targets for those who want to throw stones. We’re here to present an argument for the defense.

RUSH – ROLL THE BONES (1991; 2011 reissue): Listeners will hear immediately that the sound is indeed lighter and quieter, and the soundstage is thinner than either previous version. But it’s all to better show off the album’s immaculate recording, which does get a bit muffled in the Atlantic pressings. This is where you can revel in the tone of Geddy’s maturing voice, or the textures of Alex Lifeson’s guitar, or the layers of keyboard washes that are now magically so much more discernible from one another. With regard to those keyboard washes, what’s funny is that once you hear them here, you can’t help but notice them in the other versions, too. It just took this delicate audiophile edition to separate them out.

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