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CD Review – Downes Braide Association (DBA) – Halcyon Hymns

You have to tread carefully when approaching a progressive pop album. You can be so incredibly disappointed with the blandness and inanity that you wonder how they can call it progressive in any way. Definitely not what it says on the tin! This release will come as something of a gentle surprise then. This is […]

CD Review – Steve Hackett – Under A Mediterranean Sky

Artists, and indeed those of a more prosaic nature, have long been inspired by places they have visited, whether it’s sweeping landscapes, flora and fauna, cultures or history, they can all be inspirational and produce dazzling interpretations in the hands and minds of supremely gifted virtuosi such as Steve Hackett. “A lot of acoustic ideas […]

Roots in January

Giulia Millanta – Tomorrow is a Bird Musician. Traveller. Writer. Warrior. Cook. a nomad. a dreamer…songwriter, instrumentalist and producer of alternative-Americana music with a European Twist. Good song construction, mix and instrumentation featuring her solid yet fragile reverb guitar all support the song, the story, the imagery, the ideas. From Beatles-y britpop to Cohen-esque poetry […]

CD Review – Downes Braide Association – Halcyon Hymns

Downes Braide Association was formed as a studio-based project by Geoff Downes and Chris Braide and has now produced three studio albums: Pictures Of You (2012), Suburban Ghosts (2015), Skyscraper Souls (2017) and a live album Live In England (2019) recorded at their first ever concert at Trading Boundaries, East Sussex, in 2018. We probably […]

Jump – Breaking point

Breaking Point, released in November is the stunning 14th album from long-term Spirit friends Jump.

CD Review – David Minasian – Random Acts Of Beauty

David Minasian is an American film producer, screenwriter, director, and a musician, singer and songwriter, and may well be considered a polymath. He has worked on videos for the likes of Camel and Justin Hayward, besides creating his own music. This album was originally released in 2010 but has been remastered for re-release in 2020. […]

Ritual – Glimpses from the Story of mr.bogd (EP)

Ritual Glimpses From The Story of Mr. Bogd (EP) Tempus Fugit Mr. Bogd is a successful business man who is according to the Swedish band searching for the meaning of life. This four track EP gives us a glimpse of what is to come in the future with not one but two albums all about […]

Steve Hackett launches new single Mdina (The Walled City)

Guitarist Steve Hackett, releases his new acoustic album Under A Mediterranean Sky on 22nd January 2021 as a Limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD + LP-booklet and Digital Album via InsideOut Music. Under A Mediterranean Sky is Steve Hackett’s first acoustic solo album since Tribute in 2008 and takes inspiration from Steve’s extensive travels […]

CD Review – Sanguine Hum – A Trace Of Memory

Sanguine Hum have been around for a wee while now. They began as a musical collaboration, through the early 2000s, between school friends Joff Winks and Matt Baber, who set about writing and recording a unique blend of musical compositions taking inspiration from artists such as the Flaming Lips, Tortoise, Aphex Twin and Frank Zappa. […]

Keith Emerson Tribute Release

To mark Keith Emerson’s 76th birthday, The Keith Emerson Estate and Cherry Red Records have announced the long-anticipated release of The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert on March 11th, 2021 which marks the fifth anniversary of Keith’s passing. This will be a three-disc set of the historical 2016 tribute show in Los Angeles featuring a […]

New Prog Rock group featuring members of Yes & Sound Of Contact

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of ARC OF LIFE’s self-titled debut album on February 12, 2021. Arc Of Life is a new progressive rock supergroup featuring three members of the current YES line-up, vocalist/guitarist Jon Davison, bassist/vocalist Billy Sherwood, and additional drummer Jay Schellen, one of the most interesting talents in […]

DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION Announce new album -Halcyon Hymns

Yes man Geoff Downes and Chris Braide, who collaborate as the Downes Braide Association (DBA), recently announced the release of their new album Halcyon Hymns. The CD/DVD is out on 5th February 2021, and 2LP White Vinyl edition on 26th March 2021. The first track to be taken from the album, Love Among The Ruins, […]

CD REVIEW – Gandalf’s Fist – The (Re)Master and the Monkey

“The Master and the Monkey” was Gandalf’s Fist’s debut demo-come-album and turns 10 years old in January 2021. In celebration, they’ve decided to create a special edition by completely re-imagining the entire record to elevate it to sit alongside all their other releases. Take a look at what’s on offer…… Largely re-recorded from the ground […]

CD REVIEW – Lunatic Soul – Through Shaded Woods

I should have guessed. I should have realised when I saw the press photo looking like Robin of Sherwood or some other medieval image. Mr Duda doesn’t do things without a reason, without thought, without artistic merit. More of that later. If you have come here for heroic solo histrionics, think again. This is about […]

CD Review – Iamthemorning – Counting The Ghosts EP

Russian duo Iamthemorning have released this EP for the best of intentions – the need to fund their next full-length album hopefully next year. The band had been signed to K-Scope for the last few releases but are contemplating returning to a purely independent approach in future. This EP comprises four songs, two of which […]

CD REVIEW: DarWin 2 – A Frozen War

Who the heck is this? I confess to having missed the first instalment totally, so just to get up to speed – DarWin is a progressive rock infused exploration into the future of humanity and the challenging world around us. Got that? DarWin is songwriter and Simon Phillips is producer and they’ve brought in Matt […]

CD REVIEW – Pain of Salvation – The Perfect Element Pt 1 (Anniversary Mix 2020)

Following the release of their well-received new studio album “Panther”, these Swedish prog metal innovators announced a special re-issue edition for their “The Perfect Element, Pt. I” album from 2000. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s third album, it follows the widely praised remix of the classic album “Remedy Lane” back in 2016. This […]

6 Questions with John Jowitt

Martin Hudson asks bass player extraordinaire John Jowitt 6 Questions John Jowitt is a bass player who was very popular with Classic Rock Society regulars through the first twenty years of its life. He is still proud to have been voted the CRS Best Bass Player of the Year no less than 16 times, 1993 […]

CD REVIEW: Riverside – Lost n Found – Live in Tilburg

Lost ’n’ Found – Live in Tilburg re-visits an outstanding performance from one of the biggest shows during Riverside’s European tour in 2015 which came after the release of their Love, Fear and the Time Machine album.  The recordings also sadly document Riverside’s last tour with original guitarist and founding member Piotr Grudziński. Inevitably, this album comes loaded with emotion […]

Roots in December

Dan O’Farrell & The Difference Engine Cleverest song title of the year goes to late entry Tempus Fugitive and I Am Afraid is the happiest song about existential dread you’ll hear all year. This fella would give Billy Bragg a run for his money in terms  of socio-political commentary. Previously of indie-band Accrington Stanley, Dan […]

Steve Hackett Releases New Single

Steve Hackett has released a single from his forthcoming acoustic album Under A Mediterranean Sky. Called Andalusian Heart, a video for the single is viewable here: https://youtu.be/7QpPXqldanI Steve comments: “The beauty of Andalusia with its Moorish and Gypsy magic and the strains of distant guitars echoing through its ornate archways has to be experienced at […]

CD Review – Sector Nine – 7026

So some good can come out of lockdown and this album is one such thing. Brilliant musicianship throughout makes for a great instrumental album if lyrics are not essential to you. I am one such person and so this is a winner. What makes it more appealing is the crossover of genres. From out and […]

The Disparate Souls

The Disparate Souls are a band with a largely Americana influence. The band is Rotherham based and recorded the album ‘When The World Made Sense’ in the town. Quite an apt title these days. Not progressive rock but fine musicianship will impress those with a crossover liking. The band are; Steve Griffiths (vox and occasional […]

CD Review : Anytown – Year By Year

This is a band project led by Matt Taylor of, I was going to say young Sheffield band, Dead Like Harry, but having had a peak at what the band have been doing over the past years it now describes Matt as a ‘veteran’ of the Sheffield scene. Surely not! The band were fresh faced […]

CD Review – The Bardic Depths – The Bardic Depths

The Bardic Depths is a new progressive rock project formed from the writing team of multi-instrumentalist, Dave Bandana with lyrics and concept from Bradley Birzer, an American historian, conservative commentator and academic.  They have worked together before, and released albums under the name Birzer Bandana as well as with Salander. Until relatively recently, they had […]

Ken Hensley Dies SudDenly

This sad news just in: 5th November 2020: It is with great sadness that we announce that Ken Hensley, former Uriah Heep vocalist songwriter and multi-instrumentalist passed away peacefully on 4th November following a very short illness. Hensley was one of the most important musicians of the past half-a-century. His work with Uriah Heep in […]

Steve Hackett – Under A Mediterranean Sky

Iconic guitarist Steve Hackett, releases his new acoustic album Under A Mediterranean Sky on 22nd January 2021 as a Limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD + LP-booklet and Digital Album via InsideOut Music. Under A Mediterranean Sky is Steve Hackett’s first acoustic solo album since Tribute in 2008 and takes inspiration from Steve’s extensive […]

All-Star Keith Emerson Tribute Concert Release

In celebration of Keith Emerson’s 76th birthday, The Keith Emerson Estate and Cherry Red Records announce the long-awaited release of The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert on March 11, 2021 (the 5th anniversary of Keith’s passing). This official 3-disc set includes the historical 2016 tribute show in Los Angeles featuring a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of musical […]

Roots in NOVEMBER

The Magpie Arc – EP1 EP1 is the debut release from this cross-Border Folk/Americana band with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning solo artists Nancy Kerr and Martin Simpson, Adam Holmes, and producer Tom A Wright (previously with The Albion Band) and bass player/manager, Alex Hunter. Recorded at Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield and produced […]

CD Review : Rain – Singularity

Rain is a new name on the progressive rock front that unites John Jowitt (bass and vocals) and Andy Edwards (drums) again after ten years or so since their IQ / Frost days. This time they are joined by two more fine musicians in Rob Groucutt (vocals, keys, guitar) and Mirron (vocals and guitar).  Describing […]

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