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CD Reviews – Toundra – Hex

Spanish band Toundra has been around for a little while now, creating half a dozen or so albums since 2008. Hex, the group’s eighth studio release, is both a recapitulation of those albums and a progression from them. It was forged in the febrile atmosphere of a world-wide lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as […]

CD REVIEW – Mandy Morton & The Spriguns – After the storm: Complete Recordings

Compiled and coordinated by Mandy herself, ‘After The Storm’ is an ambitious 6CD and DVD box set which offers the entire recorded output of Spriguns and Mandy Morton in their various musical guises, from their lo-fi cassette-only album ‘Rowdy Dowdy Day’ from 1972 to the final Mandy Morton Band LP ‘Valley Of Light’ from 1983. […]

CD Review – Rob Reed – The Ringmaster Part 1

Magenta, Cyan, Kompendium and Chimpan A keyboards man Rob Reed continues his heartfelt series of homages to prog icon Mike Oldfield with this, The Ringmaster Part 1. The Sanctuary series of albums, inspired by Mike Oldfield’s music, was pretty successful for Rob, but now, much as Mike Oldfield had before him, he feels the need […]

Roots in January

Joe Tilston – Tightrope The bass player in Random Hand has delivered a ten track second album, with support from a full band (Joe Dinsdale on bass, Sean Howe on drums, Luke Antonik-Yates on electric guitar, and Andy Hawkins piano. The latter adds double bass, Simon Dobson provides trumpet, Tia Kalmaru provides flute and female […]

CD Review – Jonesy – Waltz For Yesterday (Box Set)

It never quite worked out for Jonesy back in the 1970s. They were a well respected and admired band, with much musical ability amongst the various group members. The reasons for this perceived failure would be speculation – there were personnel changes that might have been unbalancing, the direction the band was taking wasn’t to […]

CD REVIEW – Ian A Anderson – Please Re-Adjust your Time

First inspired by ancient folk blues records, Ian A Anderson (no, he is NOT not that one!) was caught up in the late 1960s blues boom, mentored by Alexis Korner and supported by radio DJs like John Peel. Following a series of indie-label EPs his first proper album Stereo Death Breakdown came out on Liberty/UA […]

CD Review – Blossom Toes – We Are Ever So Clean (Box Set)

The 1960s were enormously fertile times for popular music, indeed all the arts, and there was a seemingly endless stream of bands trying to gain themselves a toe hold. Many of these bands fell by the way side, failing to gather any purchase on the slippery slope of success. Some others achieved a start and […]

CD Review – Alvin Stardust – The Magnet Albums

Back in the 1970s acts such as Alvin Stardust were seen by many as the very antithesis of progressive rock. Short, snappy highly commercial tunes were created aimed at being hit records, seemingly targeting the light entertainment world as much as the musical one. Such acts were more likely to turn up as guests on […]

CD Review – Mariusz Duda – Interior Drawings

Mariusz Duda will be known to many in the progressive rock world for his work in Riverside and Lunatic Soul, but he now regularly releases albums in his own name too. Interior Drawings is the third in a trilogy of pandemic albums that Mariusz has released recently. It is about the creative need to produce […]

Jethro Tull Release Second Single From Forthcoming Album

Jethro Tull recently announced details for the group’s first studio album of new material in over eighteen years! Originally making headlines in March of this year, the band’s newest offering, titled ‘The Zealot Gene’, will see a January 28th, 2022 release on Inside Out Music. Tull are pleased to reveal the video for the albums […]

CD Review – The Witching Tale – The Witching Tale

Weird seems to have been out of fashion for a while now. You’ll come across oddity, but freakishness seems to have been absent without leave. But now, there’s The Witching Tale. The band is Katharine Blake from Mediaeval Baebes and Miranda Sex Garden with Michael J York from Coil, Current 93, The Utopia Strong, and […]

CD Review – Kaspar Baum – Vuurland

In many respects, Kaspar Baum would fail the test a being a prog band. There’s little that you would say had the traditional tenets of prog about it. Which would bring us to the still totally unanswered question of “just what is progressive rock?” If your answer is that prog bands should sound like Yes, […]

CD REVIEW – Jim Davies- Prey Later

This is apparently second album from former Prodigy / Pitchshifter guitarist Jim Davies now a music producer. The album has guest appearances from electronic heavyweight Tut Tut Child and Bullet for My Valentine bass player Jamie Mathias. More of which later…… “I’m hugely proud of this album, ‘feels like I’ve found exactly where I want to be musically,” says […]

Steve Hackett To Revisit Foxtrot

Former Genesis ace guitarist Steve Hackett maintains his impetus of the Genesis related tours. Following on from the recent Seconds Out tour he has announced Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited – Foxtrot at Fifty + Hackett Highlights tour for 2022. The tour will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the legendary Genesis album Foxtrot which, in 1972, […]

CD REVIEW – Marcin Pajak – Sound of the Trees

Marcin Pajak’s fourth studio album is ten tracks of varied, but solidly progrock, its main theme of lifestyle changes, adapting to new trends and following marked tracks as we journey through all the growing isolation and confusion of today’s world. But who is this fella? Hailing from Kielce, Poland, Marcin Pajak is a London-based guitarist […]

CD REVIEW – The Broken Hearted Bride – The Strawbs

Esoteric Recordings deserve praise for their release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of 2008 album ‘The Broken Hearted Bride’. The album was recorded at producer Chris Tsangarides’ Ecology Rooms studio in Kent in April and May 2008 and saw a reunion of the Strawbs’ line-up that had recorded the legendary albums ‘Hero And […]

Drifting Sun Updates

Neo-proggers Drifting Sun have announced that their album Trip The Light Fantastic from 2015 is available again after being out of print for some time. It was viewed as a comeback release for the band that has now been given a new lease of life, and is revamped into a sleek 6-panel digipak with a […]

Francie Conway Gets Festive

Irish singer song-writer Francie Conway is about to release a Christmas single. Called Christmas Night, it finds Francie in a reflective but positive mode. It is an affirmative tune that is hopeful and progressive. It is available from 8th December, which happens to be the anniversary of John Lennon’s passing. The track, which is predominantly […]

CD REVIEW – The Little Unsaid – December Songs

Possibly not the usual kind of thing we might bring, but sometimes roots releases need a bit of a profile, and seeing as it’s seasonal, why not? December 2021 brings an intimate, seasonal solo release from a songwriter-producer, band name The Little Unsaid but aka John Elliott. Lockdowns permitting he’s been a busy chap recently […]

CD REVIEW – NOSTALGIA FOR INFINITY, ARK & BROKEN BUT STILL STANDING by HATS OFF GENTLEMEN, IT’S ADEQUATE

by Aaron Gidney For those you unfamiliar with Hats Off Gentlemen, It’s Adequate – they are London-based Progressive Rock band based around Malcolm Galloway and Mark Gatland – both multi-instrumentalists. In addition, Flautist Kathryn Thomas (Malcolm’s wife) contributes to the band regularly. Broken But Still Standing was originally released in 2017 and was the band’s […]

Roots in December

Malcolm MacWatt – Settler ‘Settler’ builds on the success of last year’s ‘Skail’ EP, conceived and recorded at home during the first Covid lockdown, MacWatt exploring ties between Scotland and the New World. Recorded under the umbrella of US-based Need To Know Music, with vocal contributions from Americana artists Gretchen Peters, Laura Cantrell, Jaimee Harris and British icons Eliza Carthy and Kris Drever, the album […]

CD Review – The Tea Party – Black Moon Rising

Boasting a career spanning over thirty-years and with releases on nine major-labels, Canadian band The Tea Party – composed of vocalist and guitarist Jeff Martin, drummer and percussionist Jeff Burrows, and Stuart Chatwood on bass and keyboards – has been successful without necessarily claiming the big headlines. But you can’t argue with two million records […]

Statement from Big Big Train

David Longdon17th June 1965 – 20th November 2021 Big Big Train are extremely saddened to announce the death of David Longdon this afternoon in hospital in Nottingham, UK at the age of 56 following an accident in the early hours of Friday morning. He is survived by his two daughters Amelia and Eloise, his mother […]

Marillion  – The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Tour  – 18th November 2021 @ Bridgewater Hall Manchester

Marillion’s The Light At The End Of The Tunnel tour found its way to Manchester’s excellent venue Bridgewater Hall on Thursday 18th November 2021. And I was there….. Announcing the tour, Steve Hogarth said at the time: “……it is in fact, The Light at the End of the Tunnel.   We spent our time IN the tunnel writing our twentieth […]

CD REVIEW – FOUR by SEIMS

by Aaron Gidney SEIMS are a cinematic Math Rock band hailing from Sydney, Australia. Four is the band’s latest numerically-titled offering, following on from 2017’s aptly-titled, Three. The album was released on Oct 22 via Bird’s Robe, Art As Catharsis, and Dunk! Records. Apparently, the concept of the album was initially inspired by the Myers-Briggs […]

CD REVIEW – VISIONS by SOUP

by Aaron Gidney Norwegian Post-Rock Proggers, Soup unleash their latest adventure, “Visions”on November 19. Founded in 2004 by Erlend Viken, this is the groups seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s Remedies. Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree fanboys and girls will be right at home here – with Lasse Hoile responsible for the artwork. Musically, there […]

CD REVIEW – This Winter Machine – Kites

“ Four years and two albums in, only singer Al Winter remains from the line-up that recorded 2019’s ‘A Tower Of Clocks’ (first album ‘The Man Who Never Was’ came out in 2017 btw). Joining him in the new-look line-up are guitarists Dom Bennison and Simon D’Vali , drummer Alan Wilson and bassist Dave Close. By the […]

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