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New Album Lineup! 

After 9 months of hard work recording, I can finally reveal the full lineup for Docker's Guild's upcoming album. The lineup is almost equally divided between a very strong group of top notch Italian friends and colleagues and a second group of widely acclaimed international artists. This is Docker's Guild's largest lineup so far, and I am very grateful and honoured to have worked with each one of them. Thank you guys! 

Helly (Killin Beaudelaire): drums 
Stefano Aglì: drums 
Anna Portalupi (Hardline, Tarja Turunen): bass 
Luca Pisu (Dirty Set): bass 
Roby Salvai (Roby Salvai Quintet): bass 
Giorgio Novarino (The Chronomaster Project): bass 
Toni Urzì (La Quadrillia): guitars 
Luigi Iamundo (The Chronomaster Project): guitars 
Valentina Procopio: vocals 
Anna Petracca: vocals 
Serena Moine: vocals 

Douglas R. Docker (Biloxi, Vivaldi metal Project): bass, keyboards, vocals, spoken voice 
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, TSO, Cher): guitars 
Sascha Paeth (Avantasia): guitars 
Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper): guitars 
Mio Jager (Frantic Amber): guitars 
Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend): vocals 
Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Trillium): vocals 
Elizabeth Andrews (Frantic Amber): vocals

New Songs in Demo Format! 

We're hard at work in the studio here! In full preproduction mode, in the last weeks we have completed demos for the following songs, which will be available in streaming for a limited time. So far here's what we got:

- K475 W.A.M.: the album opener and the first instrumental, a reimagining of Mozart's Fantasy K475 in Cmi

- Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle (a. Nocturne, b. Rings, c. Lucy): an epic suite in 3 parts which digs into Jack Heisenberg's tragic past and his dramatic conflict with Lucy

- Die Today: an angry song about Lucy and her outlook on her life and the world

- Crusades: the second instrumental on the album, the beginning of the religious crusade started by Cardinal Berengar Yersinia

- Le Chemin: first Rockets cover, illustrates the secret base where Jack Heisenberg has hidden his research team

- Machine Messiah: the second cover on the album, by Yes, explains how brainwashed fanatics gather to their new messiah the Technocrat and his dark eminence Cardinal Berengar Yersinia

- The Arrow: a dark ballad reflecting on the one directional origin of time, entropy and life from Heisenberg's perspective

So far it looks like 4 more songs are in the works, but that could still change :)


Hopy you enjoy them!

Die Today - New Docker's Guild Song! 

Hey guys! With a fully equipped new iMac, Docker's Guild is FINALLY back in the studio cutting preproduction demos for the upcoming "Season 2" album. On the menu today we have one of the newest songs written for the album called "Die Today" where we introduce the key character of Lucy, who happens to be Jack Heisenberg's niece. Hope you like it!

New Docker's Guild Songs! 

Dear friends and fans, 

"Season 2" preproduction is moving ahead and we have some new demos for you. Next is a true masterpiece by prog rock band Yes, a dark and brooding song called Machine Messiah, a suite in three parts. Follow the links for a quick listen: 

Machine Messiah 
a. Part 1 
b. Part 2 (work in progress) 
c. Part 3 

If you have missed the older demos, here's your chance to listen to them: 

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle 
a. Nocturne 
b. Rings 
c. Lucy 

The Arrow 

Stay tuned for more news and updates :) 

Douglas R. Docker

Sad news from Tony Mills... 

Tony Mills shocked the music world last week with this devastating update. I have no words... other than that we are as close to Tony as possible. Much love from the Docker's Guild camp.


Not only my birth sign, but now also my fateline. 

Recently diagnosed, but far too late. I have suffered since the end of last year, shortly after a car crash before Christmas, which halted my digestive system and left me with internal pain that was difficult to isolate or fully understand. 
Various hospital visits found nothing from tests until I took myself to a private clinic in Oslo, where the doctor decided I was too unwell for normal scopes and I was scanned the following day. 
A tumour too old and large to be removable had been growing inside me for a year or so and was the cause of all my problems. It seems to me that the car crash definitely accelerated the growth and/or effects of this entity, otherwise I may still not even be aware of it. So, that's that. 

Standing back from this for a moment, to look at my ensuing album release, I am grateful to the people around me that have been involved with my latest album, 'Beyond the Law', that will very obviously be my last written work as an artist. 
The timing was nothing short of a relief. I am glad it got finished in time. 
Certainly not least my wife Linda, Pete Newdeck, Harry Hess, Tommy Denander, Toine Vanderlinden, Josh 'Tabbie' Williams, Tony Forsythe and Chris Aldridge on the studio level and Pete Kotevski from Battlegod Productions Jon Løvstad, Alex Cooper, Avalon Music and Ivan Gunn for artistic support, finance and logistics. 
The record is delayed slightly, until June to help the different territories release simultaneously and assist the record in some success. 
I was planning a thirty year anthology of solo material next year (1990-2020); 
I have spoken to some of my colleagues and they may well organise that. 

WIth regard to what will happen in the short term, I don't intend to do a lot; I gave up travelling after touring Spain three years ago, as I found it too tiring and it just felt like it was time to withdraw from such a public existence and get out of the spotlight. I have been a live performer in one fashion or another since 1978 and though many rockers paint the wrinkles and endeavour to recreate their long lost talents, that never interested me; I was always a believer in moving over for the youngsters and giving them their rightful opportunities while they were young and fit enough to do it with the energy that it requires. 
I have been writing and recording for three years, mainly for other artists, which I have enjoyed a lot and for whatever time I have left, (which I will no doubt be told in no uncertain terms very soon) I intend to carry on that practice and work around the farm with my wife and the animals we love. 
WIth little more to say for now, I will remain as sociable as possible for as long as I can, until it renders me incapable and then my wife will inform everyone of the eventualities. 
Thanks for your support during my time as a singer/songwriter; I met and worked with many of my heroes and I lived the dreams from when I was a starstruck teenager, against all odds and the advice of parents and teachers, who were all wrong. 

Rock on. 

Tony Mills"


"The Mystic Technocracy - Season 2: The Age of Entropy" Demos Teaser 

Here's a little treat for all DG fans out there! I normally don't share unfinished work, but since Season 2 will take some time to make, here is a "little" teaser from different demos to give you some idea of what S2 will sound like. Some are very old, some have no vocals or guitar, some are brand new and very polished, some will be sung by other singers, some will have different words, but it should all keep you busy for a while. I hope you enjoy it!

Merry X-Mas from Docker's Guild! 

Merry Xmas from Docker's Guild with a surprise announcement! The title for the third album will be "The Mystic Technocracy - Season 2: The Age of Entropy". Works will begin in January at the same time as we finish recording and mixing "The Heisenberg Diaries - Book A". About 80% of the music is already written. Stay tuned and have a great Holiday Season :)