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CD Review – Sleepmakeswaves – These Are Not Your Dreams

This release by Sleepmakeswaves was originally three separate Eps, but they decided to make it the fourth album for the Australian outfit. They are mostly a post-rock band, but manage to imbue it with something that is a little more progressive. This makes the music quite colourful and often exuberant, mingling with crushing heaviness and […]

Arena to release photographic history.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE FIRST 25 YEARS! Arena are releasing a photographic book on 13th November. 180 Page Book & 2 CDs. This 180-page book is 30.3 x 30.3 cm hardback cover with embossed silver foil lettering is a perfect size to fit in with anyone’s vinyl collection. The 180 pages have over 2000 photos printed on 170 […]

CD Review – Pain of Salvation – Panther

What’s likeable about Pain of Salvation is that, although they are considered a progressive metal band, they don’t go in for the cliches that that usually entails. It cannot be denied that there are aspects of both progressive rock and heavy metal music in the band’s sound and approach but they seem to be more […]

6 Questions with Lee Pomeroy and Dave Colquhoun

With the release of the latest album, ‘The Red Planet’, I recently had the pleasure of chatting to Rick Wakeman about the process and release of the album where we briefly mentioned the cast that helped make it possible. Along with drummer Ash Soan, bassist Lee Pomeroy and guitarist Dave Colquhoun have been essential parts […]

Roots in OCTOBER

The Night Out – Monkey See Monkey Do A folk-ish bunch of primates from the south of England (their words not mine) who love traditional and modern folk music, and we love entertaining at pubs, festivals and private events across the country (Covid-permitting, of course). Over the last couple of years they wrote, arranged and […]

CD Review – Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly – Alone Together

Rikard Sjöblom is a busy bloke. Besides working with Big Big Train and touring as support for The Flower Kings, he has his own project in place with the highly impressive Gungfly. He made his mark in the prog world with Beardfish, who became something of a legendary cult prog-band, if that’s possible. One of […]

CD REVIEW: Tiger Moth Tales – Still Alive

  2020 promised to be a busy year for Pete Jones, with an album already recorded in January and various gig commitments with Tiger Moth Tales, Red Bazar, Francis Dunnery’s It Bites and his usual pub & club gigs. But Covid-19 put paid to a lot of plans, as it did for most musicians. Jones […]

CD REVIEW: Fish on a Friday – Black Rain

There’s progressive and then there’s not progressive. FoF are not progressive. But they have a relatively unique sound and style. Some might call that progressive. So maybe they are. Either way, this is a band where you know what you are going to get every time. For those of you wondering who they are, they […]

CD Review – Dyble Longdon – Between A Breath And A Breath

You’ll probably approach this album with a feeling of sadness knowing that singer Judy Dyble passed away from lung cancer shortly after completing the album but before its release. She had an iconic voice, one that suggested vulnerability but also optimism and thoughtfulness, that saw her working with Fairport Convention and Trader Horn before withdrawing […]

CD REVIEW: Charlie Barnes – Last Night’s Glitter

Charlie Barnes, touring multi-instrumentalist with the hugely successful British act Bastille, follows up his 2018 album ‘Oceanography’, with the 10-track collection ‘Last Night’s Glitter’. So what has he got to say for himself? “I should probably admit to being something of a slow worker. This album, which was supposed to be a couple of throwaway […]

CD Review – Derek Sherinian – The Phoenix

It has been some nine years since Sherinian’s last solo release, the impressive Oceana in 2011. On The Phoenix, Sherinian is again joined by the extraordinary drummer Simon Phillips for a highly combustible slab of progressive rock fusion. Sherinian has always been a high energy player, having graced the stage and albums of the likes […]

CD REVIEW: Seil Lein – Shatter

Sometimes its a little tricky to find out something about a band when all you have to go on is the album itself. So it was with this one. Let’s see. For starters the band Seil Lein is a band fronted by Marie Claire White. The band’s name means “little lotus” which is Marie Claire’s […]

CD Review – Neal Morse – Sola Gratia

It would be more than accurate to describe Neal Morse as a prog rock veteran. He’s noted for his work with Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, The Neal Morse Band, besides his own solo efforts. (Anyone remember Yellow Matter Custard?) Twenty years ago, or there abouts, Morse followed his born-again Christian beliefs and began to […]

CD REVIEW: The Bloody Mallard – Realm

Psych-prog-alt rock outfit The Bloody Mallard is the brainchild of guitarist Tom Walding. Amidst mention of many mushroom trips in rural Kent, guitarist Tom Walding has used sonic segments, diverse in time signature, polyrhythmic and harmony in seven songs that make up the album Realm. “Recording Realm was a unique experience,” says Tom. Joined by […]

Jakko Jakszyk releases video for It Would All Make Sense

Jakko M Jakszyk, (King Crimson) launches a video for the second track It All Makes Sense to be taken from his new album Secrets & Lies which is due to be released on 25th October. The track features Jakko joined by Gavin Harrison on drums & John Giblin on bass. You can watch the video […]

CD REVIEW: Monkey Trial – Viking

Originally formed as a duo at the end of the 90’s, their bandcamp page shows an impressive array of full albums and EPs over the years and decades. For this album, the imaginary stage sees Clive Mollart on synths, keys and theremin at one side, Shaun Bailey at the other providing guitar sounds, and now […]

CD REVIEW: Sloth Metropolis – Humanise

Released on 18th September. But who the heck are they? Sloth Metropolis formed in Glasgow in 2012. With ‘The Sloth of the Metropolis’ its mascot, the members are Alastair Milton on keyboards, Peter Fleming on bass, Steve McNamara on drums and Calum Calderwood on electric violin and vocals. Live, and joining the musicians on stage, […]

CD Review – Sky Architect – Excavations Of The Mind

Dutch progressive band Sky Architect re-released its debut album, Excavations Of The Mind, on its tenth anniversary in March this year in a remixed, remastered and expanded form. At the time of it’s original release the album garnered many positive reviews, and it’s easy to hear why. For a debut album this is very assured […]

CD Review – Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant

Caligula’s Horse, from Brisbane, Australia, is regarded by many as a leading light in contemporary progressive metal alongside Opeth and Haken. Their music is both colourful and emotional with an eclectic set of influences as diverse as King Crimson, Steely Dan, Opeth, and Jeff Buckley.      The band has intended to take ambitious strides with each […]

Marillion Weekend – 4th, 5th, 6th September 2020

This hot off the press! Marillion join virtually with their fans, for a weekend of music and togetherness. This coming weekend, UK Rock legends Marillion will come together with thousands of fans globally, for their first, and in the own words ‘hopefully only’, Marillion Couch Convention. “We have a rare and beautiful relationship with our […]

The Tangent – Auto Reconnaissance

Long term CRS and Spirit favourites, who’ve treaded the boards at the good old HLC, Montgomery Hall & indeed the Wesleyan Centre at Maltby returned in August with their latest studio epic, Auto Reconnaissance, availble on CD, vinyl and download. 11 albums in, and Andy Tillisons progressive vehicle shows no signs of slowing down or […]

Yes Live Album Announced

Yes are to release The Royal Affair Tour, Live From Las Vegas through BMG Records on 30th October. If you’re an eager fan you will be able to get hold of the PHYSICAL formats from 2nd October if ordered exclusively through the YES Store. Formats are: CD digi-sleeve with 12-page booklet; 2LP gatefold with 12” […]

Roots in September

The Night Out – Monkey See Monkey Do A folk-ish bunch of primates from the south of England (their words not mine) who love traditional and modern folk music, and we love entertaining at pubs, festivals and private events across the country (Covid-permitting, of course). Over the last couple of years they wrote, arranged and […]

CD Review – Fish On A Friday – Black Rain

Fish On A Friday is an Anglo-Belgian band that has been producing pop-infused very melodic prog albums since the band’s debut album Shoot The Moon in 2010. There have been personnel changes over that time, of course, that have included Nick Beggs on bass for the last few years. I was going to write that […]

CD Review – Nine Skies – Sweetheart Grips

Nine Skies is a French progressive rock band taking influences from many styles of music: rock, pop, progressive, classical, jazz…whatever the music needs. Sweetheart Grips is the band’s second release and features some personnel changes from the first album. Alienor Favier has joined on vocals whilst singers Alexandre Boussacre and Freddy Scott have moved on. […]

6 Questions with Pete Hibbit of Manitou

Martin Hudson asks Pete Hibbit of Manitou 6 questions Back in the very early days of the Classic Rock Society we came across many bands that we would probably never have heard of if we hadn’t taken the plunge in to live music. The remit to start with was just to meet in a local […]

Jakko M Jakszyk – Album Release

Jakko M Jakszyk currently of King Crimson, recently announced the release of his new solo album Secrets & Lies on the 23rd October 2020. He released the album’s first single, The Trouble With Angels, accompanied by an animated video by Iranian film make Sam Chegini, created in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. You can […]

CD Single Review – David Minasian – So Far From Home

David Minasian is a highly respected keyboardist, vocalist, composer and producer deeply rooted in progressive rock. Over the years he has worked alongside Elton John, The Moody Blues, Andy Latimer and Alan Parsons amongst others. His new album ‘The Sound Of Dreams’ is slated to be released in September, but David has released a single from the album So […]

Steve Hackett Live Release

Steve Hackett releases Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live At Hammersmith on 25th September. This is a 2CD + DVD live recording is from the 2019 UK tour. The concert was recorded at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, the final night of the tour. Steve Hackett was joined by his touring band of […]

6 Questions – dave bainbridge

Martin Hudson asks Dave Bainbridge 6 Questions Dave Bainbridge is another of the musicians well known to Classic Rock Society people over the years and also for being part of more than one band over the those years. However, the one band that does come to mind immediately is Celtic rock band Iona. Their first […]

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