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Thursday 25 April 2019

Sigma: Mike Peters Returns From Relapse Of Leukemia To Write, Record & Release New Alarm Album

The Alarm's forthcoming new album Sigma takes up and carries forward the themes that have been expressed since lead singer and songwriter Mike Peters was plunged into a deeply intense period of life, following a relapse from leukemia, while his wife Jules was also being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer.
(c) Andy Labrow 2019

The beginnings of Sigma can be traced back to the origins that fostered last album, Equals, a collection of songs that acted as a retrenchment of original values and a poignant reflection of the tough times the band and its fans have had to contend with in recent years. 

Sigma sees the band once again team-up with producer George Williams and the album opens up with Blood Red Viral Black, a track that features bursts of signature guitar colouring from The Cult's very own Billy Duffy.

"Having Billy Duffy play guitar with The Alarm has become part of our DNA," says Mike Peters.


"It's a relationship that goes back to the start of this new century, when the beginnings of new eras for both The Alarm and The Cult were being formed. 

"Blood Red Viral Black defines our relationship as friends and opposites, human beings united through the colour of sound."

Peters was diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 2005 and, although temporarily disabled from touring, still managed to continue making new music.

He is also co-founder of the Love Hope Strength Cancer Foundation and took musicians to many of the world's most iconic mountain locations to perform fund raising concerts.  

Mike Peters is a man who refuses to be beaten and his drive in the face of adversity is an inspiration to many - 

"All I have ever tried to do in my life as a musician and songwriter is to write honestly and openly. 

"I never thought my personal life would become so wrapped up with the lifeblood of The Alarm and the charity Love Hope Strength. 

""Sigma" exists for that reason - it's about the will to stay alive, the summation of all that I have aspired to and all that I have to give.'

by: Mike Cobley




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