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CD REVIEW – Stefano ‘Lupo’ Galifi – Dei Ricordi, Un Museo

“Dei ricordi, un museo” is the first solo album by Stefano “Lupo” Galifi, singerof legendary Museo Rosenbach, who in 1973 released “Zarathustra”, an Italian Progressive Rock masterpiece that no doubt fell on deaf ears in these blinkered isles. Back on stage and into recording studios in recent years as the singer of Il Tempio delle […]

CD Review – Fractal Mirror – Beyond Borders

It’s refreshing to hear bands such as Netherlands based Fractal Mirror who, having absorbed the classic progressive sound, have also allowed themselves to be influenced by a host of other acts as well. Besides the classic prog rock groups, you will hear touches of the likes of Beck, R.E.M., Psychedelic Furs, Tears For Fears, No-Man, […]

Album Review – The Horrible Crowes – Elsie 10 Year Anniversary

There’s a long, probably very contentious, book waiting to be written about what progressive rock actually is definitively. It’s unlikely there will be a universally agreed outcome in any case. Most listeners can recognise progressive rock when they hear it, but why certain artists are considered prog and others not is quite often a mystery. […]

CD Review – Yes – The Quest

For a band who many consider to have not released an outstanding album for several decades, there’s still a sense of anticipation when Yes makes a release. In the run-up, there’s been a number of band members related releases that always seems to get the aficionados searching for possible musical clues to a new Yes […]

CD REVIEW – Tom Slatter – Escape

Escape is the follow up to 2019’s Demon. This time round the album features Mike Cairns from the Tom Slatter Band on percussion, Keith Buckman (Tom Slatter Band and The Far Meadow) on bass. There are other guest appearances: Gareth Cole (Fractal Mirror, Mike Kershaw, Whitewater) guitar solo in the track ‘Rats’, Graham Keane, guitarist […]

CD REVIEW – The Syn – Flowerman

So what we have here, as the album cover indicates, is an anthology of all surviving ‘60s recordings by The Syn. But who were the Syn? In short they were active on the London summer-of-’67 underground circuit and have a strong link to prog legends Yes. Active from late 1965 as an Action-style mod/Motown band, […]

CD REVIEW – Kristoffer Gildenlow – Let me be a Ghost

Isn’t it often the case that an individual remains best known for their initial impact and not the body of work they’ve put together since. So it is possibly with Mr Gildenlöw. Perhaps best known for his eleven year career (1995-2006) as bass player for world-renowned Swedish band Pain of Salvation (PoS). From ‘Entropia’ in […]

CD REVIEW – Luira – Free

Gifted her grandfather’s violin age nine, it was the start of an amazing musical journey for Laura ten Voorde. First to a music school, where the violin teacher told her mother she couldn’t teach anymore because She was learning so fast and had such a good sound and feeling for the instrument. Then via the […]

Marillion – Pandemic Insurance

The legendary progressive rock group, Marillion, have come up with a unique way to solve the problem of not being able to buy Pandemic insurance ahead of their UK tour. The band has already invested more than £150,000 on preparations for the 10-date “The Light at The End Of The Tunnel” road trip, but risks […]

CD Review – White Plains – The Collection

On the face of it, White Plains has very little to do with progressive rock. The band produced some very nice-and-cheesy sounding pop in the late 1960s and into the 1970s that seems the very antithesis of what was happening in the burgeoning prog scene. In The Court Of The Crimson King this is not. […]

CD REVIEW – David Minasian – Singles from Random Dreams

This chap apparently began playing the piano when he was five and at fifteen turned down the offer to go professional and instead chose a career in film production. He then worked on numerous projects as a freelance producer, director, writer and composer. You have to go back to 1984 and an album “Tales Of […]

CD REVIEW – Tolliver – Call me a Freak

Chicago bred, LA-based Tolliver is the shimmering sequin-loving son of a cowboy-obsessed pastor and a gospel choir singer. Tolliver witnessed his father’s death when he was 11 years old and his life shifted. Cue a lifestyle as a broke, gay, super-hot musician, Tolliver ultimately reconnecting with his brother and now comes the Daddyland EP as […]

CD REVIEW – Mariana Semkina – Disillusioned

Semkina is better known as vocalist of Iamthemorning. This EP features five tracks comprised of three original new songs alongside two covers sung in Icelandic and Hungarian. First things first, why those two? “The two choir pieces I chose to include is a certain homage to the two places I’ve been many times and love […]

CD Review – Caravan – It’s None Of Your Business

A veteran of the Canterbury scene, Caravan has always presented a variety of styles within its music, blending psychedelic rock, jazz, classical, folk and maybe a touch of music hall in the humorous moments. The grand sweeping prog of Nine Feet Underground or the jazz-rock of For Richard might be confined to the live sphere […]

Roots in October

RB Morris – Going Back to the Sky Lucinda Williams called Morris “the greatest unknown songwriter in the country.” The late John Prine signed Morris to his Oh Boy label for his first album, Take That Ride. Prine also recorded Morris’ song ‘That’s How Every Empire Falls’. Steve Earle candidly admits that “R. B. Morris is the reason I started writing poetry.” Morris […]

CD REVIEW – Damian Wilson – Limehouse to Lechlade

Damian Wilson’s latest album, produced by Andrew Holdsworth, is Damian’s first full-length solo album since 2016’s Built For Fighting. It contains 13 original songs and might be Damian’s most eclectic work yet. But that’s no surprise to those who have followed his varied career path. The genre-defying artist avoids pigeon-holes as the songs on the album […]

Caravan – If I  Was To Fly

Following the announcement from Canterbury scene legends Caravan of their new album It’s None Of Your Business, due for release on 8th October, 2021, the band have released the album’s first single “If I was To Fly” accompanied by an animated video courtesy of Matt Entecott. It is viewable here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0oz9s70FCg Founding member Pye Hastings […]

Steve Hackett’s Scorched Earth

Guitarist Steve Hackett has released a video for the track Scorched Earth from his latest album Surrender of Silence which is available now. The drama of the music is matched with rather distressing and downright disturbing images of the current state of the world’s environment. You can catch it here:  https://youtu.be/DhXFA7B08xM A video for the […]

Marillion  – The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Tour  – November 2021 

Marillion bring their The Light At The End Of The Tunnel tour to the stages of Britain with a 10-date tour in November culminating in 2 nights at the London Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.   Sunday 14th Nov  Hull City Hall  Monday 15th Nov Edinburgh Usher Hall  Wednesday 17th Nov  Cardiff St David’s Hall  Thursday 18th Nov Manchester Bridgewater Hall  Saturday 20th Nov Cambridge Corn Exchange  Sunday 21st Nov […]

Roots in September

Andrew Howie – Pale White Branches Recorded in bits and pieces over a three year period, Andrew and guests ( Phil Wilkinson (drums), Lewis Gordon (bass), Graeme McKerracher (guitar & banjo), Lucy Cathcart Frödén (BVs), Iain Hutchison (keys) and Tim Davidson (pedal steel guitar) were never all in the same room at the same time. […]

CD Review – John McLaughlin – Liberation Time

John McLaughlin has been at the pinnacle of progressive music from some time now. At the core he is a wonderful jazz guitarist, he has technical brilliance combined with melodic, harmonic sophistication and a fantastic speed of playing that has graced enumerable recordings over the years. John has had great landmarks in his career. He […]

CD Review – Declan Burke – Life In Two Dimensions

Many will know Declan Burke for his stint alongside Jem Godfrey in Frost*, though he has played with others such as neo-proggers Darwin’s Radio, Audio Plastik (a collaboration with guitarist and bassist Simon Andersson from Darkwater and also ex-Pain of Salvation along with keyboard player Richard West from Threshold), and since 2017 Dilemma, the Anglo-Dutch […]

CD Review – Steve Hackett – Surrender Of Silence

You have to admire Steve Hackett. He has the stimulating ability to paint pictures with his guitar. Listening to this music is opening your mind to a plethora of images, exciting the senses as you allow yourself to be immersed in sculptures of sound. Steve brings to bear all the experience he has gained in […]

CD Review – Leprous – Aphelion

You have to admire bands such as Leprous that are steadfastly impossible to categorise. When it first hit the music scene a little over a decade ago Leprous was assumed to be a progressive metal band. Nothing wrong with that in any way, but the band doesn’t subscribe to the notion that you should be […]

CD REVIEW – Airbridge – Memories of Water

When Airbridge released their debut album way back in 1983 they could not have imagined that it would take some 38 years for the follow up album to appear. In those early days they were part of a burgeoning new Prog scene touring and playing prestigious venues such as the Marquee. A second album was […]

CD REVIEW – Mono – Pilgrimage of the Soul

Pilgrimage of the Soul is the 11th studio album in the 22-year career of Japanese experimental rock legends, MONO. Recorded and mixed – cautiously, anxiously, yet optimistically – during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020, Pilgrimage of the Soul is aptly named as it not only represents the peaks and valleys where […]

CD Review – Al Stewart – Time Passages Deluxe Edition

It is fair to say that Al Stewart was at somewhat of a commercial high point in the mid to late 1970s. His previous album to this one, Year Of The Cat, originally released in 1976, is generally seen as the high-water mark of his career. It was a hit album on both sides of […]

Steve Hackett Releases Natalia

Steve Hackett Releases Natalia Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett has released a third single from his forthcoming, new studio rock album Surrender of Silence which is itself available from 10th September 2021, via Inside Out Music. The album features eleven new songs as Steve has been working hard through Lockdown and, for the first time, has […]

Yes Dare To Know

Yes continue to build to the release of the new album The Quest with the release of a second track called Dare To Know. A video for the single can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/hhzKdB6ftsc  Guitarist Steve Howe comments: “Dare To Know presents a guitar theme played within many different arrangements, with different chord structures and […]

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