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.
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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IAmFire, From Ashes 

IAmFire packs one hell of a punch with debut From Ashes 

From Ashes is the debut released from Danish based stoner rock band IAmFire and, evidently, was recorded as far back as 2014. I’m unclear as to why the delay between the recording of the album and its eventual release, but the band cryptically say “life is not always a day at the races. We’re extremely pleased to have been able ...

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STEVE AND VIRGIL HOWE - Nexus

Review: STEVE AND VIRGIL HOWE – Nexus

Even before listening to this album, there’s a tinge of sadness involved because, soon after the album was completed, Virgil Howe, son of Yes guitar legend Steve Howe, died on September 11th, aged only 41, from an as of yet unexplained cause. As well as the new album with his father, Virgil Howe was due to begin a nationwide tour ...

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STORMBRINGER - Born a dying breed

Review: STORMBRINGER – Born a Dying Breed

Stormbringer are a band from Northants who’ve been making waves at gigs for a few years and building a name for themselves in the process. Their 2013 debut album, MMX111, was a mix of classic rock and heavy metal with a contemporary edge, which brought the band to the attention of fans. Since then, they’ve played at prestigious gigs such ...

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marillion

MARILLION very much at the top of their game | London Palladium

Marillion are now almost certainly the Grateful Dead of the prog world, in that they play lots of people around the world, but largely the same people. Asked by Steve Hoggarth how many in the packed Palladium audience were at the band’s recent Albert Hall gig, the majority responded in the affirmative. Given there was also a sizeable number who’d ...

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TARJA .. From spirits and ghosts

TARJA – From spirits and ghosts (score for a dark xmas)

Since leaving Nightwish under a cloud in 2005, an event which even saw the Finnish Prime Minister being asked his opinion about it, Tarja Soile Susanna-Turunen Cabui (Tarja to her fans!) has operated largely as a solo artist. On this her latest album, she’s come up with her own fascinating and intriguing take on some very traditional Xmas tunes. There’re ...

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