Reviews

  • Review: The Mute Gods – Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

    Early progressive rock abandoned its psychedelic birth-mother in search of musical adventurism. That the worlds of fantasy and science fiction were go...

  • Saxon’s Battering Ram – The Best of British!

    Saxon are the best of British, the kings of metal with generations of fans everywhere. They’ve never changed from what they always have been, an...

  • Collateral

    Collateral – 4 Shots

    Visually I’m looking at pictures of a bunch of tattoo-infested, unkemptly long-haired, leather and tight-trousered sleaze rockers, the PR bumpf throws...

  • The Mute Gods

    THE MUTE GODS – Atheists and Believers

    The Mute Gods are a kind-of prog-rock supergroup, with all three members of the line-up having a lengthy pedigree playing in other major bands, curren...

  • 5Rand - SacredScared

    Reviews: 5Rand – Sacred/Scared

    Straight away the intensity is there simmering, waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting victim as the climax is brought closer, it is so close now I am ...

  • Review: Pennywise – Yesterdays

    Hermosa Beach, California, punk rock band Pennywise formed in 1988. Their name is derived from the Stephen King monster. Between their 1991 self-title...

  • Dragonhammer - Obscurity

    Review: Dragonhammer – Obscurity

    Dragonhammer is a five-piece Italian band who’ve been around for fifteen years and have become one of Italy’s unsung power metal heroes. They’ve relea...

  • Kane Roberts

    Kane Roberts explains The New Normal

    Guitarist Kane Roberts first came to my attention as part of Alice Cooper’s band for his ‘rebirth’ albums Constrictor and Raise Your Fist…  I was impr...

SPOCK’S BEARD

Spock’s Beard have always been about moving forward and attempting to do something different

Spock’s Beard are an American progressive/symphonic rock band who, in many ways symbolise the ethos of what Prog rock is all about. The ethos of Spock’s Beard has always been about moving forward and attempting to do something different. That they can still do this despite the loss of the stellar talented prog legend Neil Morse says something about the ...

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KLAUS SCHULZE .. Silhouettes

Electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze release Silhouettes

German composer Klaus Schulze is an amazingly prodigious artist and composer of electronic and ambient music. Whilst today he’s known for his usage of synthesizers and Moogs, he began his musical career as a drummer and played on Electronic Meditation, the first album by German purveyors of electronic music, Tangerine Dream. His leaving reduced the Dream to a three piece ...

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Odd Palace – Things to place on the moon

Danish proggers Odd Palace release Things to place on the moon

Danish band Odd Palace are building up quite a name for themselves within the modern prog community, with one well received EP under their belt and a good number of festival performances since its release. Now they are here with debut album Things To Place On The Moon, looking to raise their stature within the scene. Odd Palace are unashamedly ...

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Fargo - Constellation

Fargo – Constellation

Thirty odd years ago Fargo, led by bassist Peter Knorn made significant ripples in 80s rock scene and then seemingly faded away – Knorn went on to manage some luminaries in rock including Glenn Hughes apparently. Fast-forward to the present day and Fargo are reborn, still with Knorn at the helm, along with Arndt Schulz (Guitars), Nikolas Fritz (Drums) and ...

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James Christian - Craving

James Christian’s Craving

Away from his day job, House of Lords singer James Christian has built a reputation as a fine solo artist, having released 3 albums prior to this one. The first was back in 1994 and the third in 2013. His latest, Craving, includes co-writes and guest appearances from such luminaries of the Melodic Rock world as Tommy Denander, Chris Pelcer, ...

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blind river

Blind River intimate album release show

It may have been a few weeks ago now, but a slow recovery from a concussion since the Blind River album release show is testament to just how good and busy it got. It is no secret how much we (and very much I) have championed these guys since first coming across them last year, and bands like them are ...

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Scorpions

Stone Free Festival: A rocking Saturday headlined by Buckcherry, Megadeth and Scorpions. 

Attending Stone Free Festival for the second year in a row, after the successful lineup of 2016, which saw Alice Cooper closing the night in style while delivering his amazing carnival of rock ‘n roll. The venue stays the same, every year this festival takes over the whole O2 complex for the weekend with the bonus of not having to deal with ...

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Download 2018: Sunday Highlights

The last day of Download is usually the best, and the worst. Best – for obvious reasons. Like a great meal, the best is saved until last. We have a star-studded finale to what was a great weekend and will go down as one of the biggest Downloads ever. The worst? Simply for the reason that the festival is drawing ...

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Download 2018: Saturday Highlights

Friday was somewhat full of surprises: an unlikely headliner, astonishing highlights, and satisfying breakthroughs. Saturday looks like the typical ‘classic rock’ day. Where some may argue the ‘classic’ flavour of rock n roll is making a comeback (hence the strange ‘NWOBCR’ label) whereas others (including myself) would contend it never….ever…went away. Also – as a lot of the bands will ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

Devin Townsend Project – Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv

When Devin Townsend stepped onto the stage in the quite spectacular setting of the Ancient Theatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to perform the album Ocean Machine, plus other tracks from his long and varied career, it was the culmination of a dream he’d been nursing for the better part of twenty years. As he said it ‘signifies the end of one era ...

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