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CD REVIEW – DOSE AGE – by IBOGA GAZEBO

by Aaron Gidney I reviewed LA group, Iboga Gazebo last year, when they released the lead-in singles, Equinox and Twenty-Third Eye. Equinox was a pure joy to listen to and has been regularly played by me ever since. I was therefore pleased to get the opportunity to review the full album and it does not […]

CD REVIEW – AT THE MAW OF RUIN – by GREEN DRUID

by Aaron Gidney Colorado’s Green Druid are shrouded in mystery according to their label, Earache Records. The band probably describe themselves best with this statement on their bandcamp page: “The cosmic death lingers ever closer, looming in the back of all of our minds, channeled through our amps, drums and guitars. Playing these riffs is a […]

Asia – The Reunion Albums 2007 -2012

Pop-prog supergroup Asia has a boxset available centring on the reunion albums between 2007 and 2012. This 5CD deluxe clamshell box set features the 2CD live recording Fantasia, Live In Tokyo together with the three reunion studio albums Phoenix, Omega and XXX. The original band, The four original members of ASIA – John Wetton (King […]

CD REVIEW – DAY AND AGE – by FROST*

by Aaron Gidney “Hello, and welcome to the rest of your life. Before we begin this short journey – please, sit back, relax and remember, enjoy yourselves…you scum” says a child – what a way to open this long-awaited album! Whilst the last year or so has been busy in terms of Frost-life, this is […]

CD Review – 9 Skies – 5.20

This is the French band 9 Skies third studio album, a collection of releases that have been very different to each other. On this release, the emphasis is very much on acoustic instruments and includes the consequential contributions of a string section. The band introduces its music on this release as being; “the personal poetry […]

CD Review – Billie Bottle And The Multiple – The Other Place

This is an anarchic, bold, lively release by Billie Bottle And The Multiple. The Other Place tells the true story of two musicians from Devon (Billie Bottle & Martine, as seen on BBC’s The Voice) as they make their way slowly to Westminster. This is during the build up to the 2015 general election. Along […]

CD Review – Christina Alden & Alex Patterson – Hunter

You find yourself wondering if music historians will look back on the Covid-pandemic era as something of a golden age for music. Sure, the concert side of it has all but collapsed, and has caused hardship for innumerable people, but it appears that many, many musicians have taken the opportunity to create and release new […]

CD Review – Paolo Angeli – Jar’a

Once in a while, it’s quite cheering to come across an album that is very difficult, if not impossible, to accurately categorise. This release is very much in that vein. Paolo Angeli appears to be quite a musical character. He began playing the guitar when he was nine, and progressed to taking a degree in […]

CD Review – Pineapple Thief – The Soord Sessions Vol. 1 – 4

Like many musicians Pineapple Thief’s Bruce Soord found himself stymied by the restrictions of the Covid pandemic. The band had released an album, Versions Of The Truth, just before the lockdown came in and the ensuing restrictions blocked any chance the band had of playing live. As something of a way of easing some of […]

CD Review – Dead Label – Anthology

Irish-based band Dead Label released this EP, Anthology, in April 2021 as something of a stop gap between albums. Their last album, Throne Of Bones, was released in 2016, and the band are said to be working on a new full length release. Anthology is a ferocious slab of heavy metal, pulling no punches and […]

Caravan – Who Do You Think We Are?

There’s a massive thirty-seven disc deluxe box set featuring Canterbury stalwarts Caravan being released on 21st August 2021. Called Who Do You Think We Are? the release includes all the official Caravan albums – studio and live recordings among them – along with eleven discs of previously unreleased live performances. A Blu-ray includes go to […]

Roots in June

Paul Hutchinson – Petrichor Petrichor – the earthy scent when rain falls on dry soil. Paul Hutchinson is a member of the duo Belshazzar’s Feast, Pagoda Project and more recently, The Maniacs. An experienced accordion and mixed instrument workshop leader, he used 2020’s lockdown to record a self-penned album, inviting similarly impacted musicians from the […]

CD REVIEW – Gazpacho – Fireworker

Twenty years! Really? For around twenty years Gazpacho have been playing their atmospheric and affecting art-rock. Possibly initially branded (Hogarth) Marillion copyists, and in a sub-genre increasingly full of wonderfully moody, ornate, and emotional artists, this Norwegian band has retained a level of exquisitely deep resonance and hypnotic introspection. Ten studio LPs in, still full […]

CD REVIEW – Ghost Echoes – Isolated Dreams

Ghost Echo is the brainchild of Dutch musicians Remy de Wal and Karel Witte, conceived as a two-man project during lockdown. Combining their love for atmospheric synth/guitar sounds with triphop-like beats and ethereal vocal layering, the music can best be described as cinematic electro-post-rock-prog. They cite influences including Steven Wilson, A Perfect Circle, Katatonia, Massive […]

Kansas Stream Portrait

America’s prog band Kansas has released another track from their upcoming, new live album Point of Know Return Live & Beyond, which will be released on 28th May, 2021. A stream of Portrait (He Knew) (Live 2019-20) is viewable here: https://youtu.be/dgepeKA1HII. The song was recorded on November 16, 2019 at the Durham Performing Arts Center […]

CD REVIEW: Between the Jars – What’s to Come

“Between the Jars”… yes, I had a similar thought, and it turns out I wasn’t a million miles away…… In 2014, four musicians from Utrecht turned the attic of a drinks wholesaler into their own studio! Local band competition winners, they released a debut EP ‘Sirens’, got some radio airplay, released a couple of singles […]

The Emerald Dawn – To Touch The Sky

Released on March 20th, To Touch the Sky (housed in a beautiful and striking cover created by the talented Tree Stewart) is the fourth album from Cornish based contemporary prog group The Emerald Dawn and is the follow up to 2019’s Nocturne. One of the finest modern progressive acts and well known for their atmospheric […]

CD Review – Ciccada – Harvest

Greek progressive rock band Ciccada has released this, its third album, Harvest. The bands influences are very much the progressive rock acts of the 1970’s, including very classy bands such as Camel, Jethro Tull, Gryphon, Gentle Giant, Strawbs, Renaissance, Hatfield And The North, Curved Air and Spirogyra. These are lushly interwoven with traditional Greek folk […]

CD Review – Mountain Caller – Chronicle I: The Truthseeker

Mountain Caller are a new London based heavy prog-band that draws on a number of genres and styles, including prog obviously, but also taking in doom metal, post metal, post rock, psychedelia and maybe even a little shoegaze and stoner rock, all given a broad cinematic coating. This is actually a concept album, telling the […]

Roots in May

Bob Bradshaw – The Ghost Light Recorded in person with his core electric band (guitarists Andrew Stern and Andy Santospago, bassist Ed Lucie, and drummer Mike Connors), and remotely with drummer/producer Dave Brophy, bassist/engineer Dave Westner and bassist Zachariah Hickman, Bradshaw penned the songs with various collaborators, including old Resident Aliens bandmate Scoop McGuire and Boston stalwarts Andy Santospago and John Sheeran. Tango inflected ‘Sideways’ features Argentinean bandoneon […]

CD Review – Richard Wileman – Arcana

Richard Wileman is probably best known in the prog-rock world as the mainman of Karda Estra, a predominantly instrumental project that edges towards the gothic, surreal, and the cosmic. In recent years he has released a handful of solo albums, of which this album, Arcana, is the third. Unlike his work with Karda Estra, his […]

CD Review – Liquid Tension Experiment – Experiment 3

Back at the end of the last century (now that ages it!) Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, and Jordan Rudess, then all from Dream Theater, joined Tony Levin from King Crimson, Peter Gabriel and others, in releasing two great big garrulous albums chock-a-block with heavy riffs, noodling jazz sections, powerful melodies, and sheer bravado. Then, nothing […]

Kansas Release The Wall

Kansas, America’s legendary progressive rock band, has released another track from their upcoming, new live album Point of Know Return Live & Beyond out May 28, 2021. Fans can now stream “The Wall (Live 2019-20)” at this link: https://youtu.be/D3S-1p18_So. The song was recorded on February 22, 2020 at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN. This […]

CD Review – Nolan and Wakeman – Tales By Gaslight

When Oliver Wakeman and Clive Nolan released their first album together, a musical interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s famous nonsense poem Jabberwocky in 1999, no one else, at that time, was really attempting to achieve what they were doing, creating an album with a host of guest performers. It wasn’t totally unknown, but there were few […]

CD Review – Nad Sylvan – Spiritus Mundi

Nad Sylvan’s profile has been building up over recent years. As vocalist with Steve Hackett’s band, he’s secured world-wide exposure and gained plaudits for his ability to sing both Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins’ vocal parts with some style. Prior to this he was also a member of Agents of Mercy with Roine Stolt, and […]

CD Single Review – Neumatic Parlo – Real Insight

Neumatic Parlo is a young psych band from Düsseldorf. Founded in 2018, the band appears to be in the process of making it’s first releases with an EP available and this new single Real Insight. The music is drenched in teenage angst with sombre lyrics, but is quite bright and cheerful to listen to. The […]

CD Review – Tim Bowness – Late Night Laments

Tim Bowness has been beavering away at his music career for longer than you would think – count in decades rather than years. He is probably best known as vocalist/co-writer with the band no-man, a long-running collaboration with the ubiquitous prog-legend Steven Wilson. In addition to releasing seven studio albums and a documentary DVD with […]

Everybody Needs A Friend

As a homage to Markus Sollner, from KMS Konzertmanagement, who was agent and a friend to Martin Turner & band (and also agent for the band Asia), Martin has released a video tribute and single called Everybody Needs A Friend. Through the immortal notes of his Wishbone Ash era masterpiece Everybody Needs A Friend, he […]

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