CD Review – Francie Conway – Hidden Gems

Irishman Francie Conway might not be a familiar name to you, but judging by the list of musical collaborators on this release he has some fine connections. He describes himself as a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and peace activist. Francie actually started his musical career back in the 1970s with the band Clutch. (Can it […]


“Heatwave” is the latest EP of the Swedish progressive rock band A.C.T. It is also the second EP of a planned four and a direct continuation of “Rebirth” from 2019. As always, A.C.T take the listener on a journey through different time signatures, catchy hooks, magnificent choruses, complicated arrangements and gorgeous melodies, at all times […]

Ken Hensley – New Single – Stand (Chase The Beast Away)

The video for the new single Stand (Chase The Beast Away) by the late Ken Hensley was launched on 5th February.  Stand is the second track to be taken from Hensley’s upcoming album My Book Of Answers, a collaboration with Russian fan Vladimir Emelin whose poems have been turned into an album’s worth of songs, […]

Oliver Wakeman & Clive Nolan – Tales By Gaslight release

Oliver Wakeman and Clive Nolan are reunited after 20 years to issue a 3CD Box Set – Tales By Gaslight featuring remastered versions of their ‘future prog classics’ Jabberwocky and The Hound Of The Baskervilles along with a new disc Dark Fables. The Tales By Gaslight box set will be comprised of 3CDs, each with […]

CD Review – Riverside – Out Of Myself

Riverside are quite often considered a progressive metal band, but they’ve always been much more varied and nuanced than that. Certainly, they are capable of being heavy but that’s not the same thing. Here on this re-release of their first album, originally released in 2003, it is evident that they were a band of some […]

Roots in February

The Magpie Arc – EP2 EP2 is the second release of three from cross-Border Folk/Americana band, The Magpie  Arc, featuring Nancy Kerr and Martin  Simpson, Adam Holmes, musician and producer Tom A Wright (previously with The Albion Band)  and bass player Alex Hunter. Recorded at Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield and produced by Tom A Wright […]

CD Review – Transatlantic – The Absolute Universe

I suspect that I might not be the only person who got a little erm ‘used to / over-familiar with / bored / fed up of’ (choose your own description or two) Morse and Portnoy collaborations, whether the Neil Morse Band or elsewhere. Samey-samey? Old hat? Going through the motions? Progressive? What progression? Now, I […]

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: 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 […]


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