Author: Lorne Murphy

Charming, handsome, brilliant and humble Canadian. Wine lover and Python fanatic. Prog, jazz, rock and metal listener for most of his forty-something years. Only vaguely aware of anything else going on.

Frost* – Others (InsideOut)

a unique and curious blend of heavy rock riffs, thumping electronica, and anthemic choruses... Happenings in the Frost* camp have been fairly intermittent in the four years since their third album Falling Satellites was released to largely positive reviews. But recently the good news broke: a new album is due to be released in September..

Haken – Virus (InsideOut)

An engrossing listen that never loosens its grip, but provides ample breathing room with well-placed changes of pace peppered throughout... It's unlikely Haken will ever experience a greater coincidence in their career than the christening of the latest gem in their catalogue. If their buddies in Dream Theater had their own such freakish moment on..

Photo credit: Lori A. Linstruth

Pink castles in a purple Transitus: A chat with Arjen Lucassen

At its core, with all the adornments stripped away, beats a heart of brilliant compositions, rich in emotional melodies and lush textures... Crippling stage fright and social reclusiveness are not usually among the traits one expects to find in someone who mounts lavish, large-scale musical theater productions of which he is author, composer and performer...

Quel Che Disse Il Tuono – Il Velo Dei Riflessi (AMS Records)

...a positively delicious album brimming with the treasured hallmarks of the genre... There's just something about Italy. The depth and importance of Italian contributions to progressive music over the last fifty years is impossible to overestimate. The romance and tradition of the old world imbues the Italians' music with unparalleled richness and flavour that has..