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.
Letzte Instanz

German rock band Letzte Instanz release new album Morgenland

Letzte Instanz (Last Instant) are a German band noted for the fact they use a range of instrumentation more likely to be found in the more adventurous prog rock bands, instruments such as violin and cello. Newer prog bands like Russia’s I Am The Morning make good usage of these. Although Letzte Instanz has its roots in metal, their music ...

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FROZEN CROWN

Frozen Crown’s The Fallen King

Frozen Crown is an Italian band, from Lombardy, who only got together in 2017 and who’ve just released their debut album, The Fallen King. They’re described as being a power metal band with a toehold in melodic classic metal and, in that sense, with the structure of their music, and the occasional usage of keyboards, they’re occasionally reminiscent of Nightwish ...

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ORPHANED LAND

ORPHANED LAND create an artistic tour-de-force with a formidable and furious sense of purpose!

Israel’s Orphaned Land are one of the progenitors of what’s become known as Oriental Metal, where power playing nestles comfortably alongside a range of Middle Eastern influences. In existence since 1991, and still with two members of the original band, the music they play contains very poignant lyrics which attempt to promote the idea of peace in a troubled world, and ...

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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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