October 20, 2020

BPMD – American Made (Napalm Records)

Let's face it - 2020 has pretty much sucked so far. And for the music we love, we have gigs on ice for who knows for however long and even some choice releases are being held back. So when a pearl of an album comes around and it adds a big juicy cherry of fun..

Rory Gallagher – 25th Anniversary commemoration, 14 June 2020

Sunday the 14th June, will mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of the late, lamented musician Rory Gallagher. With the current lockdown restrictions, understandably, events have had to be curtailed for the occasion; with the postponement of the unveiling of a statue outside of the Ulster Hall in Belfast, and the annual Rory Gallagher four-day music festival, in Ballyshannon, Ireland plus other planned..

COMBOS – Steelo (Loyal Blood)

Loyal Blood Records, an independent record label based in Bergen, Norway, has signed up Trondheim-based punk / thrash-rock quintet Combos, to add to their 'abrasive' little stable containing the likes of Jabba, Bosakka, Timeworn, Blood Command! Combos sort of emerged from nowhere at the end 2018, as the result of a long line of coincidences..

Lesoir – Interview, new album

I think with this record we found the perfect mix of songs, dynamics and emotions... Dutch band Lesoir’s output is generally described as art-rock rather than prog, but it’s clear the genres cross at some point, and this might be it. Lesoir toured as Special Guests of the Polish band Riverside in the spring of..

SPIRIT – TENT OF MIRACLES (Esoteric)

Once again we see Spirit appearing under the roaming eye of Esoteric, with another in their rather wonderful series of deluxe reissues.  This time it’s a slightly unexpected album getting the treatment, in the shape of Tent Of Miracles from 1990 – the band’s penultimate studio record. They were at what can only be described..

Kyros – Celexa Dreams (White Star Records)

Kyros are a London-based prog rock outfit dating back to 2009 through a number of phases, not least being previously known as Synaesthesia. The name change was for a variety of reasons but it marks the point at which they perhaps became a fully fledged "ensemble" of a band rather than a solo project of..