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.
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

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

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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4th LABYRINTH

4th LABYRINTH set to release new album Better filled with catchy hooks

The debut release of Cambridge-based band 4th Labyrinth, 2015’s Quattro Stagioni, brought the band some degree of public and critical acclaim. The album was plugged in a number of publications and featured on several radio stations across the county, which included the Beeb. Since then the band have been gigging around the country, appearing at festivals, supporting acts like Wishbone ...

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ANAMORPH

ANAMORPH release full-length album Lucid

This is a wholly instrumental album played by four guys from North Carolina who, with just the standard four-piece line-up of two guitars, bass and drums, attempt to join together several disparate strands of music. They’re neither a prog band nor a metal or MOR band but they fuse elements of each into what they play. This means therefore it’s ...

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AUSTIN GOLD

Southern Rock band Austin Gold put out self-titled mini-release

It’s probably the misfortune of a band like Austin Gold to be around today, and not back in rock’s halcyon days of the seventies and eighties, because they’d have been the perfect opening act for someone like Bad Company or Whitesnake, performing in large venues to several thousands, playing alongside top notch musicians and learning their craft the time-honoured way, ...

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Glenn Hughes

A New Day Festival played host to Glenn Hughes, The Hawklords, Fish, Martin Barre & More

A New Day Festival is set in what must surely be the most beautiful site to hold a festival in the UK, the music offered easily matched the splendour of the surroundings. Solstice open up proceedings on the Friday and they perform a lively set, drawn mainly from their 1980’s catalogue, with notable tracks including ‘Black Water’ and ‘Sacred Run’. Soft Machine ...

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