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.
Voodoo Circle

VOODOO CIRCLE… Raised on Rock   

There are those occasions when listening to a new album, you start to think ..yeah, this is quite a good album but there’s something missing from the mix  .. and then you realise what it is. But, first things first. Voodoo Circle are a German hard rock/heavy metal band, founded in 2008 and fronted by guitarist Alex Beyrodt (ex-Silent Force) ...

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RICK SPRINGFIELD .. The Snake King

RICK SPRINGFIELD allows us to share his disillusion with the modern world on The Snake King  

It would be true to say, right at the outset, if you’re a big fan of Rick Springfield and have listened to his music down the years, The Snake King is quite likely not the album you’d be expecting from him. In fact, on this new album, Rick has thrown a curveball right out there into leftfield which’ll probably astound ...

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Kayak's Ton Scherpenzeel

Interview with Prog Rock Band Kayak’s Ton Scherpenzeel

The Dutch band, Kayak, despite being well known in Prog rock circles, are largely an unknown quantity to the average rock fan. Formed in 1972 by Ton Scherpenzeel and Pim Koopman, they released their debut album, See See the Sun, in 1973 and it contained no less than three hit singles. Between 1973 and 1981 the band released a further ...

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Rebels with a Cause

Rebels with a Cause: New Book Exposes ‘Secret History’ of Original Rolling Stones

Books about every aspect of the life and times of the Stones are not exactly thin on the ground. You name the time period, the song, the event and the person during their fifty-year plus existence, and it’s pretty much a certainty there’s a book covering it somewhere. Many of them eulogise the Stones in terms of their longevity and ...

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Kayak Seventeen

Seventeen, an album with the sort of quality music KAYAK have long been associated with

Kayak are a pop / symphonic / prog band from Holland who, in one form or another, have been in existence since 1972, with the occasional year or few absences in-between their albums. However, despite the band not being as active as it once was and the frequent changes to their line-ups, nonetheless, they’ve been able to attract and maintain ...

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Sonic Prophecy Savage Gods

Savage Gods is the third album from Utah’s Sonic Prophecy

Savage Gods is the third album from Utah’s Sonic Prophecy, following on from 2015’s Apocalyptic Promenade. The band got together in 2008, right from the outset the band claimed they wanted to “capture a sound that’s not been found in any other band from their native Utah”. Despite few changes to their line-up along the way, this remains the bands ...

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Magick Touch Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire

Magick Touch release a good, honest, basic rock album!

Magick Touch are a three-piece power rock trio from Norway. Their new album Blades, Chains, Whips and Fire builds upon, their debut album of two years back, Electrick Sorcery, which went some way in introducing the band to the rock fraternity. Certainly, rock fans of a certain age will have no difficulty identifying the source of the band’s influences. Magick Touch ...

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ETERNAL FLIGHT, Retrofuture  

ETERNAL FLIGHT appeal to not just melodic power metal but also Prog Rock fans on Retrofuture  

For a band in existence since 2001, France’s Eternal Flight are not exactly the most prodigious of bands when it comes to making albums, with their latest, Retrofuture, being only their fourth release, coming after 2011’s Diminished Reality, Elegies and Mysteries (also known as DREAMS). Musically, Retrofuture comes over as a mix of the traditional hard rock of bands such ...

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THE GREEN DOOR, Wolf In The Fold 

THE GREEN DOOR takes the listener on a mesmeric journey on Wolf In The Fold

Following on from their eponymously named debut album in 2011, San Francisco band The Green Door have now released a six track EP, Wolf In The Fold. The band took their name from a comment made by Bob Dylan in his 1966 documentary, Don’t Look Back, meaning ‘the concept of a green door standing as an image of mystery enclosing ...

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GALACTIC COWBOYS, Long Way Back To The Moon

Galactic Cowboys return after nearly 20 years with Long Way Back To The Moon

Back again after an almost twenty-year absence comes the Galactic Cowboys with a new album, one which features all four original members of the band. Not too many bands wait so long between albums but the Galactic Cowboys found themselves in a situation whereby they were caught between two polar opposites. Initially signed to Geffen, they were heralded as the ...

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