Dynamite 70s rock still highly listenable in 2023... My abiding question through numerous listens to the two newly-reissued albums from Headstone is: Why is this band so unknown? When mentioning them to my fellow music-worshipping peers, I've been met with quizzical responses and even occasional hints of disdain; as though to say 'They can't be..
Though not entirely unheard of, a rock band seldom grows so prolific that they enter the studio and produce three albums' worth of material at once. Rarer still is that they would shelve two-thirds of what they created, consigning the tapes to generations in dusty attics or trickling out the songs on various compilations over..
The album that saw Marillion reborn, revitalized, and ultimately saved... What was once a brand new chapter in the chronicles of Marillion is now the tattered and yellowed pages of legend. It's been nearly 35 years since the final lineup change in the band's long history took place (and it was a big 'un). The..
one song's mid-70s Genesis vibes may stir memories of smoky stages, rows of landing lights, and follicly-challenged singers... The striking artwork gracing the cover of Redemption, the eighth and latest studio album from Québec progressive rock sextet Mystery, seems to mirror the feeling of hope that in 2023 we are finally climbing out of a..
Ragnarök 'n' roll Like the Crimson King bursting forth from his dusty court fifty-odd years later, Wobbler main man Lars Fredrik Frøislie kicks off the epic opening track of his debut solo album Fire Fortellinger with a typically grandiose theme, commencing a journey that only loosens its grip when the last notes have drifted away..
A dozen tunes shaped around Norse paganism,with some charming throwback moments... You have to admire the tenacity of older artists who still produce music in this day and age. Like many of his contemporaries, Ian Anderson opens himself up to sniping from all corners with each new release. No criteria is off-limits to the online..
This is not safe music and its creators do not aim to comfort audiences with by-the-numbers recreations… Well, well, well!' quips Peter Hammill as the legendary Van Der Graaf Generator wanders onto a stage in Bath in the late winter of 2022. Within seconds they are summoning art from thin air with the dizzyingly complex..
Quite frankly, this should have been released 50 years ago... Looking back through the mists of time to the catalogue of the inventive and original Jade Warrior, there has always been a clear distinction between the two phases of their early career. The first three albums recorded for the Vertigo record label were a melting..
Such an obvious upgrade for Phillips fans, it would feel like sacrilege to refuse it... Of the numerous impressive aspects of Esoteric's long-running Anthony Phillips reissue series, the one that truly boggles the mind is the huge cache of previously unreleased material that spills forth with stunning regularity. And these aren't junky leftovers that will..
2022 was another good year with plenty of strong releases to choose from. Nonetheless, it was fairly easy to whittle down my list to a top 10, because these - in my opinion - are the best of the best. And so, in no particular order... Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Orlando: Le Forme dell'Amore..