Author Archives: Laurence Todd

Took early retirement after many years as a teacher in order to write books as well as about music. A long-time music obsessive, has wide and eclectic tastes but particularly likes prog rock and rock in general. Enjoys going to gigs and discovering new acts.
Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots Embrace Vulnerability on New Acoustic Album ‘Perdida’

An apocryphal story has it that Stone Temple Pilots (STP) began when original vocalist Scott Weiland and guitarist Rob DeLeo met up at a Black Flag gig in 1985 and, after talking for a few minutes, both men realised they were dating the same woman! Whatever, what’s not in doubt is the band Mighty Joe Young emerged from this meeting, soon ...

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Anubis Makes a Name for Themselves on New Album ‘Homeless’

Homeless is the sixth studio album from Australian prog band Anubis, who are in the process of making a name for themselves down under. Despite a couple of forays into Europe to play gigs, they have yet to fully make their mark in the United Kingdom. Anubis are classed as being neo-prog though they’re at the more melodic end of ...

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Mariana Semkina

Mariana Semkina set to release highly emotional and beautiful new album Sleepwalking

Mariana Semkina is vocalist with Russian duo Iamthemorning, a band with an increasing groundswell of favourable opinion carrying them along, and Sleepwalking is her debut solo album. It’s a deeply personal take on how her life experiences seems to have been in the past few years. It has often been said artists who’ve experienced difficult times in their lives can ...

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DeWolff Capture The Sprit Of The Road With The Tascam Tapes

Despite their name sounding as though they’re a Norwegian death metal band, DeWolff (the name taken from Harvey Keitel’s character in ‘Pulp Fiction’) is, in fact, a Dutch three-piece whose music has been described as a “luscious brand of expansive bluesy neo-psychedelia“. In spite of only being in their mid-twenties, the trio has been playing together for over a decade, ...

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Terry Draper

Terry Draper – Sunset on Mars

Sunset on Mars is the latest in a long line of solo albums (16 and counting since 1997) from Canadian musician, Terry Draper. Those of you with long memories will, of course, remember him from being the drummer in the band Klaatu, between 1973-82, during which time he’s also credited with having written ‘Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft’ for The ...

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Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult set to release Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014

In one form or another the Blue Öyster Cult (BÖC) has been around for the better part of fifty years, and the band still boasts two members of the original line-up in Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom. Back in the day, through the mid-late seventies, the BÖC were a match for anyone in the rock scene, and their ability to ...

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Nightwish show their scale and ambition on ‘Decades: Live in Buenos Aires’

In the life of a band, especially one who’ve been going for the best part of twenty years, the ‘live’ album is usually seen as a chance to pause and take stock. Nightwish have been on quite a run of success in recent years and, after the success of Imaginaerum in 2012 and then 2015’s sumptuous release, Endless Forms Most ...

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The Flower Kings

The Flower Kings – Waiting for Miracles

Roine Stolt is not a man to stand still, and he’s absolutely someone with one of the most impressive pedigrees in Prog. He made his name with Swedish band The Flower Kings, but he also plays with Prog supergroup Transatlantic, he’s also a member of occasional prog band The Sea Within and has recorded an album with Prog icon Jon ...

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The Pineapple Thief

The Pineapple Thief’s Hold Our Fire

The Pineapple Thief can be included in the list of bands who continually release albums which achieve critical success, and who sell albums to a loyal and devoted fanbase, and yet who, despite the quality of their music, always seem to hover just beyond the reach of mainstream success and remain below the radar to most music fans. The Pineapple ...

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VOYAGER release Colours in the Sun

Of not too many bands can it be said their sound is one of ‘epic electro progressive power pop metal,’ but such is the claim made about Australian band Voyager. The band blends together a contemporary feel for the electro sound prevalent in the early eighties with touches of melodic rock and occasionally pop, but all performed with a considerable ...

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