November 21, 2019

Netherbird – Into The Vast Uncharted (Eisenwald)

Fifteen years after their formation, Swedish black/death extremists Netherbird are ready to release their fifth album. Only two original members are left, namely guitar player Pontus Andersson (a.k.a. Bizmark) and frontman Johan Fridell (a.k.a. Nephente), but the present line-up has been forming for the last 10 years. One of the latest additions to the band..

ACHIEVERS – The Lost Arc

The Achievers are an electric pub blues band with more than a hint of the gospel about their good-time, upbeat rock’n’roll. Every song on this, their second album, is an original, mostly backed with multi-part harmony vocals. Traditional and quirky at the same time, upbeat and joyful yet lackadaisically laid-back, there’s no doubt this is..

Rick Wakeman – 13/7/19, Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall, London (13/7/2019) Photos: Graeme Stroud In truth I have genuinely never seen or heard a standing ovation as long... Having missed Wakeman’s previous full performance of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth at the Albert Hall in 2014, I was highly pleased to be given the opportunity to attend this, his..

Steve Howe

Amongst Steve Howe’s projects, The Steve Howe Trio is his vehicle to experiment in a more intimate musical environment with a focus on jazz influences. The new album from The Steve Howe Trio, New Frontier, will be released on September 27th so we decided this was a good time for Velvet Thunder to touch base..

HUIS – Abandoned (Unicorn Digital)

Michel St-Père is on a roll. His main band Mystery released one of the best albums of their career last year (the tremendous Lies And Butterflies). The band he plays guitar with, Huis, released their third and best album Abandoned this past spring. From Quebec, Huis are a highly melodic band in the neo-prog style,..

DISTRICT 97 – Screens (MindScan Records)

Chicago-based heavy prog band District 97 are prepared to reveal their fourth studio album Screens this fall, serving up another slab of their uniquely powerful music to a hungry fan base that has been waiting four years since their last album In Vaults. In typical D97 style, they present a collection of songs that are..

PATRICK MORAZ – Reissues (Esoteric)

Esoteric Recordings have turned their attention this year to the works of legendary keyboardist Patrick Moraz, steadily reissuing out of print titles from his back catalogue in chronological order and ensuring that they remain available to the many fans who might otherwise be shelling out for old, used copies online. The ongoing series begins with..