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.

SHERINIAN/PHILLIPS – Live (InsideOut)

Keyboard Maestro Derek Sherinian initially made his reputation playing in Dream Theater, appearing on three albums before leaving due to disagreeing about musical direction, which saw Jordan Rudess coming in as it was felt his style was more suited to their music. Since then he’s largely performed as a solo artist, releasing a series of jazzy-rock..

CAIRO – NEMESIS (Spirit Of Unicorn Music)

After a wait of six and a half years since the band’s debut album, Say, Cairo have finally released their much anticipated follow-up album. For a new band, containing musicians who at the time, with the exception of keyboard man and joint vocalist Rob Cottingham, had little experience of playing prog rock, Say was an impressively..

THE TANGENT – Pyramids, Stars & Other Stories (InsideOut)

Beginning life as a musical project, The Tangent were initially a vehicle for the work of Andy Tillison, who’d recruited some exceptional musicians to play on what became the band’s 2003 debut album, The Music That Died Alone, including Roine Stolt, guitar (Flower Kings), Jonas Reingold, bass (Flower Kings, Steve Hackett) and David Jackson, sax..

RIVERSIDE – ID.ENTITY (InsideOut)

In contemporary times, is it possible to still be yourself and not be interested in what’s happening in the world? Can you live amongst people but not be interested in the societal transformations which are occurring at an increasing rate? On ID.Entity, Riverside claim this isn’t possible and, to survive in these difficult times, we..