Tag Archives: progressive


Downes Braide Association – Skyscraper Souls

“This is a song for those who never stop believing” proclaims Chris Braide as ‘Prelude’ begins. This optimism, gilded with naivety, continues to prevail against the pitfalls of a loose narrative sketched across the musical landscape that traverses through his and Geoff Downes‘ third collaboration under their  Association nomenclature for Skyscraper Souls. From the outset this feels a continuation of ...

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Kilbey Kennedy Release Glow & Fade

Kilbey Kennedy’s fifth album Glow And Fade celebrates a decade of collaborations from Antipodean musicians Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy, and will become available on the 24th November through Golden Robot Records. If the names appear not too familiar on UK shores, their credentials speak highly of their work, and in the case of Kennedy his music must certainly have ...

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Downes Braide Association – Skyscraper Souls Video

Downes Braide Association, the studio band formed by Yes keyboard player Geoff Downes and singer/songwriter Chris Braide have released a video for Skycraper Souls their forthcoming third album together, that is to be released on 17th November on their own imprint, X2X Records, through Cherry Red. An inventively produced lyric video for title track ‘Skyscraper Souls’ albeit much shorter than ...

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Sons of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony

Sons of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony

Well, what can you really expect to get when you stick names like Sheehan, Portnoy, Sherinian, Bumblefoot and Soto in a room together to form a band? I’m pretty sure there isn’t a word for it yet, but needless to say expectations are high. Each and every name in that list is responsible for something defining in the musical World, ...

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Into The Unknown – Out of The Shadows

There are nine tracks featured across the length of Into The Unknown’s debut album Out of The Shadows, two being cover versions, the remainder co-written by vocalist Lucie Hölzlová, guitarist Ryan Atkins and bassist/producer Rupert Withers.  First up is a cover of Chris de Burgh’s ‘Don’t Pay The Ferryman’. However, if all you’ve heard by the man are easy listening ...

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Rene Benton: Xpressions Too (Short Storiez)

Rene Benton has grown a name for himself thanks to the huge blends in musical genres in his playing, and thanks to his virtuoso playing, he has just had a very successful appearance at the finest guitar event of the year at NAMM 16. Xpressions Too envelops more blended styles than you can shake a stick at, and most definitely ...

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The Enid

The Enid complete Prog Trilogy

Seminal prog act The Enid release their new album Dust  on 1st April – This is the third in a trilogy that started with 2010’s Jouney’s End and was followed by 2012’s Invicta. Dust is the band’s 14th studio record and released on the band’s own Operation Seraphim label. It features the following tracks are as follows: ‘Born in the ...

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Review: Anderson Ponty Band – Better Late Than Never

For most fans Jon Anderson will always be the voice of Yes, no matter how many years have now passed since he sung with them. News that wounds had been mended between his fellow co-founder and foil Chris Squire, before the bass player’s unfortunate death due to cancer, perhaps gives them some solace. For those fearing Anderson’s own health ailments ...

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This Oceanic Feeling – Universal Mind

Review: This Oceanic Feeling – Universal Mind

Is ‘Logotherapy’ a prerequisite for calligraphers on a downward career path or some long lost record by The Police? Well, Sting’s diction was never this good, and as I start listening to the rest of the tracks on This Oceanic Feeling’s Universal Mind I consider reaching for my thesaurus.  Singer/instrumentalist Chris Braide explores themes of mental wellbeing, with frustration and ...

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Review: Riverside – Love, Fear And The Time Machine

Releasing their debut album ‘Out Of Myself‘ over ten years ago, Poland-based band Riverside bring us their 6th album, Love, Fear And The Time Machine. It is very well produced, with crisp sounds and a well-balanced and clean mix; there is enough room for all the elements to interplay without anything being lost. Rather than collection of songs, there is ...

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