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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 […]

Oliver Wakeman and Clive Nolan Coming to Town

Oliver Wakeman and Clive Nolan have released a lyric video for “Coming to Town” taken from their box set, Tales by Gaslight, which is out on 23rd April. The track is taken from the first album in the box set Jabberwocky and features Bob Catley, from Magnum, on vocals and the late Peter Banks on […]

Strangefish call it a day.

From the official website. We wish to announce that sadly, Strangefish have decided to call it a day. The covid-19 pandemic has been a huge challenge for everyone and we are no exception. It’s also been an opportunity to reevaluate priorities. A result of this it is no longer possible for Strangefish to function as […]

NOTES FROM THE EDGE: ED COSENS FORTUNE FAVOURS

This is the debut album from Reverend and the Makers guitarist/bassist and co-songwriter, who’s also performed with Arctic Monkeys members Matt Helders and Alex Turner, and despite being a prolific performer with Reverend, and touring the world, it’s taken him about 10 years to get round to making his debut. Like other Steel City musical […]

CD REVIEW – Kayak – Out of this World

Kayak formed in Hilversum (Netherlands) in 1972, keyboard player Ton Scherpenzeel and drummer Pim Koopman friends who committed themselves to writing original material. With loads of melodic, symphonic songs in their pocket they recruited fellow music conservatory student Max Werner (vocals) and Johan Slager (guitar). After bass player Cees van Leeuwen joined, the first line-up […]

CD REVIEW – Nine Skies – Return Home (Special Edition)

Nine Skies are a French progressive rock band (from Nice) inspired by many influences: rock, pop, progressive, classical, jazz… and this, their first album “Return Home”, was originally released in 2017 via Anesthetize Productions, revisited in 2018 with alternative versions added. The album relates, through the eyes of the protagonist, lives of different characters in […]

CD REVIEW: Crystal Palace – Scattered over Europe

Crystal Palace, despite the immediate association with the London football team, were founded in Berlin back in the early 1990s. The only remaining founding member today is Yenz, then bassist. Their debut album ‘On the Edge of the World’ was released in 1995 and keyboard player Frank Köhler joined the band in 1998. In the […]

NOTES FROM THE EDGE -GU-RU ZENITH’S PRIVILIGE

I first encountered psychedelic dance rock trio GU-RU at HRH Prog back in November 2018, and the way they mixed progressive styles with big beats won over the crowd and myself, this, their latest EP is a continuation of that epic sound, which has to be heard to be believed. The trios sound is unique […]

CD REVIEW – UNIVERSAL MEDIUM – by WHITEWATER

by Aaron Gidney Two-man Progressive Rock project, Whitewater released Universal Medium in 2017 following their signing to the London-based Bad Elephant Music label. Consisting of singer/multi-instrumentalist Stuart Stephens and Percussionist/Programmer Paul Powell, the band’s third album collaborated with Mike Kershaw also of the Bad Elephant music family. The duo formed in 2013 and have developed […]

celebrating 30 years of live prog in south yorkshire

The Spirit of Progressive Rock is pleased to announce that, subject to Government guidelines relaxing, we will be welcoming back live gigs from September. The Pallas gig from 2020 is now rescheduled to 21st September (still on a Tuesday), and we are now also pleased to announce that we will be playing host to Arena […]

Roots in April

Oka Vanga – Oka Vanga This third album from folk/americana duo includes tracks mixed by LA producer Thomas Johansen and mastered by Grammy award winner Steve Fallone. All but 4 tracks were recorded pre-Covid, and the album was completed by iPhone and 8-track! Contributions from guests Patsy Reid (violin, viola, cello) and John Parker (double […]

CD Review – The Strawbs – Expanded Editions: Burning for You/Heartbreak Hill

Esoteric Recordings have released two newly re-mastered and expanded editions of a couple of 1970’s Strawbs albums. In his autobiography, Exorcising Ghosts (Witchwood Media, 2014) Dave Cousins recalls theme:  1978’s Heartbreak Hill, he talks of as “…among the best albums Strawbs ever made…an opportunity to regain the band’s status, especially in North America.”  whereas Burning For You […]

DBA Release Vinyl Edition of Halcyon Hymns

Friday 26th March saw the release of Downes Braide Association’s (DBA) 2LP White Vinyl of their fourth studio album Halcyon Hymns, relatively hot on the heels of the CD release on 5th February. A short while ago it seemed that there was a longer delay in the release of vinyl albums. (As an aside, this […]

CD Review – Thomas Frank Hopper – Bloodstone

Thomas Hopper (1776–1856) was an English architect of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, much favoured by King George IV, and particularly notable for his work on country houses across southern England. Nothing to do with Thomas Frank Hopper. Thomas Frank Hopper. He is Belgian. He is slide guitar through a tube amp. He is old school rock-blues. He […]

CD Review – The Abyss Inside Us – What Words Can’t Say

“We humans have an abyss inside us. The more power people have, the greater the danger.” Helmut Kohl The Abyss Inside Us is the ambient post-rock solo project of Greek multi-instrumentalist Nikos Togaridis. He released his first album under this moniker in 2019, with Earth Two, and in total four albums have been released in the same […]

Notes from the edge – be-bop deluxe drastic plastic

Following their recent remasters series of Be Bop Deluxe studio albums, Esoteric finish their series off with this epic remaster of the bands final studio album 1978’s Drastic Plastic. Released in a definitive edition 6 Disc boxed set containing two DVDs (one of which is the album remixed into stunning 5.1 sound & one disc […]

CD REVIEW – FIVE INCANTATIONS (REISSUE) – by JO QUAIL

by Aaron Gidney Internationally acclaimed Cellist/Composer, Jo Quail reissues her 2016 album, ‘Five Incantations’, giving it the deluxe vinyl treatment. For those of you not yet acquainted with Jo Quail, upon listening to Five Incantations, you will find yourself immediately immersed in her dark, sweeping world of looped Cellos fit for a film score of […]

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