We need to give Michael Dunford immense thanks and kudos for his writing skills on Azure D’Or. It was his spirit that helped keep the band ‘alive’!”Annie Haslam Back in 1979, things were getting tricky for the old guard. Few progressive rock bands escaped the punk and disco eras unscathed, and many who kept afloat..
There's just something about Jethro Tull music that lends itself to this time of year. The rosy and comforting quality to Ian Anderson's rustic, folk-tinged tale spinning feels made for the ripening autumn season and its gradual build to the merriment of the holidays. Perhaps it's Anderson's own fondness for all things crisp and yuletide,..
It's hard to imagine a more suitable Jethro Tull album to reissue on vinyl than their colossal 1972 concept record Thick As A Brick, and that's no small statement considering its stiff competition. Of course, the preceding album Aqualung is widely considered the crown jewel of the mighty Tull oeuvre with its monster signature pieces,..
All the ingredients that melodic metal fans crave... We had it all, but wanted more. It was never enough… now it's all gone, everything's destroyed, sings Russell Allen amid a sea of chugging guitars and rapid-fire drums in the song A Million Skies, featured on the upcoming album Army Of Dreamers. It's a dark lyric..
The 'M' sections of music shelves worldwide have plumped up considerably over the last five years with the deluxe reissue series of Marillion's first eight albums. Anxious fans quickly lap up each collectible volume and bask in the warm radiance of their new stereo and surround mixes, bonus tracks, live concerts, documentaries, and video content...
I must be a sucker for double albums from the 1970s that are comprised of four side-long epics. Tales From Topographic Oceans by Yes and Third by Soft Machine are mainstays in my stereo. Both are strange albums by the conventional standards of their associated genres, and yet they are celebrated to this day -..
Glass Hammer Completes The Skallagrim Trilogy with AT THE GATE At The Gate, the third album of the Skallagrim trilogy, is set for release on 7 October. The new album follows Dreaming City (2020) and Skallagrim - Into The Breach (2021), bringing the story of the ‘thief with the screaming sword’ to its conclusion. Vocalist Hannah..
The astonishing thirty-plus year existence of Big Big Train, one of England's foremost heavyweight bands of the latter-day progressive rock scene, has finally been chronicled in Between The Lines, Grant Moon's tantalizing 270 page hardcover coffee table biography which proves an essential companion piece to the BBT music library. Die-hard fans ('Passengers' as they are..
Van der Graaf Generator were one of the most original and inspiring bands of the 1970s. When Peter Hamill, Hugh Banton, Guy Evans and David Jackson announced their reformation in 2005 to perform concerts and to record a new album, it took many by surprise, but the group proved they were still making relevant and..
The ambitious and adventurous band's most engaging era restored in a comprehensive new boxed set... Ahhhh, now here's a fun one. Those of us with a love of 1970s bands that never managed to achieve mass success (but were every bit as good as the ones that did) have had a lot to thank Esoteric..