Author: Laurence Todd

An ex-teacher and a long-time music obsessive who has a wide and varied taste in music, with favourite acts including Genesis (with Gabriel), Rush, Riverside, Mute Gods, Camel, CSNY and The Beatles, to name a few. His work has appeared in Record Collector, Shindig and Ramzine, For his sins he's also a Spurs fan.

NAD SYLVAN – Spiritus Mundi (InsideOut)

Following on from the success of the ‘Vampirate Trilogy’, Nad Sylvan has followed his muse, his own ‘Spiritus Mundi’, and along with co-collaborator Andrew Laitress, decided to write an album around the words of Irish poet W.B. Yeats. The lyrics for the track The Lake Isle Of Innesfree on The Regal Bastard were also by..

MARIUSZ DUDA – The Soul Of The Shaded Woods

Mariusz Duda began his extraordinary musical journey back in the late nineteen nineties, as a member of bands such as Xanadu before, in 2001, joining the band with which he’s become better known for fronting, atmospheric progmeisters Riverside. The band were started by Piotr Grudzinski (guitar), Piotr Kozieradzki (Drums) and Jacek Melnicki (keyboard), and the..

RIVERSIDE – Lost ‘n’ Found: Live In Tilburg (InsideOut)

Previously only available as a limited edition fan club release, and as a bonus disc on the reissue of Anno Domini, High Definition, Live in Tilburg features Polish progmeisters Riverside giving an outstanding performance on their 2015 'Towards the Blue Horizon' tour, which this reviewer was fortunate enough to see. There was always going to..

LUNATIC SOUL – Through Shaded Woods (Kscope)

Lunatic Soul is the side project of Mariusz Duda, bassman and vocalist with Riverside, who’ve established themselves as one of the most important and highly regarded prog bands in the genre, and with this he’s able to go into areas and explore ideas, themes and concepts Riverside aren’t able to. As he says, 'one band..

SOLSTICE – Sia (GEP)

Solstice celebrate their fortieth anniversary in 2020 and, to commemorate the occasion, are releasing only their sixth studio album, though there have been a couple of ‘live’ albums as well to boost the numbers. They’re also marking the occasion by introducing a new vocalist, Jess Holland, who has really made her presence felt on the..