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.
DEVIN TOWNSEND

DEVIN TOWNSEND – An iconoclastic musician who has pushed the boundaries on Empath

If one word could be said to sum up the music and career of Canadian rock musician Devin Townsend, it’s probably Iconoclastic. Since he’s rarely in one place for any length of time and is always following his muse to wherever it leads him. Which puts him alongside fellow Canadian Neil Young, who’s always gone his own way and made ...

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DREAM THEATER

Dream Theatre’s Distance Over Time “Them at their most dynamic”

A contentious point, maybe, but it’s probably true to say there’s no other band like rock titans, the mighty Dream Theatre. Consequently, few bands divide opinion in the rock world more than they seem to. That’s because they’re an interesting hybrid; neither wholly prog, nor wholly metal, rather, they’re a fascinating amalgam of the two styles. They effortlessly bridge together ...

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ROCK GODDESS  This Time      

Rock Goddess return with This Time

Back in the days of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), for those of us with long memories, females playing rock were about as rare as a Ritchie Blackmore’s smile. But this changed when bands like Girlschool and, in particular, Rock Goddess came onto the scene. And they didn’t let the fact of their gender deter them from ...

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TIM BOWNESS

Tim Bowness’s Flowers At The Scene – His most powerful and strongest solo album to date

Using a propulsive backdrop of art rock, heartbreaking ballads and quirky pop tunes, Tim Bowness has delivered a new album of eleven diverse and concise songs. Each with cinematic storytelling and disarmingly confessional lyrics, containing all the inventiveness found in the musical projects Bowness has previously been involved in. To his fanbase, Tim Bowness, an English composer and musician, is ...

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AVANTASIA

Tobias Sammet’s AVANTASIA set to release Moonglow                    

Avantasia (an amalgam of Avalon & Fantasia, said to mean a world beyond human imagination) is a German supergroup metal opera created by Tobias Sammet. The sometime vocalist with Edguy follows up 2016’s Ghostlights album with yet another album full of musical adventure, entitled Moonglow.  Sammet says “I believe this is the most unadorned and detailed work we’ve ever produced. Avantasia ...

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Within Temptation the acknowledged masters of symphonic rock set to release Resist

Depending upon how you interpret the various categories, Dutch band Within Temptation are either a Gothic rock band, a symphonic rock band or a straight-up rock band which occasionally dabbles in other areas. Whatever, what can’t be denied is Within Temptation, a leading purveyor of dark anthems, have released another fine album, coming after the longest gap they’ve had between ...

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The Room

The Room – Caught by the Machine                           

The Room are a six piece band from the South East of England and they were formed out of the remnants of 90’s band Grey Lady Down. In their time together they’ve played and toured with bands like Soft Machine, Lifesigns and Inglorious, and were nominated for Band of the Year in 2016 by the Classic Rock Society. They’re a ...

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RAVEN

RAVEN – Screaming Blue Murder in Aalborg

Raven are a three piece rock band from the North East who’ve been playing together for somewhere in the region of over forty-odd years, and still revolve around the nexus of the Gallagher brothers (no, not those ones, these guys can actually work together). Whilst Screaming Blue Murder… isn’t their first ‘live’ album, this particular album came as quite a ...

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Quantum Pig

Quantum Pig – Songs Of Industry And Sunshine         

Quantum Pig describe themselves as being simultaneously a “prog band but not a prog band”.  It means, whilst their music is rooted in prog, they don’t allow themselves to be hemmed in by boundaries or genres. They happily draw their influences from right across the music spectrum, and this is clearly evident in their sparkling debut album Songs of Industry ...

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Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett – At The Edge Of Light

Steve Hackett is a stellar guitarist and a hugely significant and influential figure in prog-rock. From his time with Genesis between 1971-77, when they were at their most creative, and from his career as a solo artist, he’s always been unafraid to mix things up and, on his new album, At The Edge of Light, his 26th studio album, he’s ...

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