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.

Patrick Moraz/Syrinx – Coexistence (Esoteric/Cherry Red)

Esoteric Recordings might be my favourite current label. Their attention to detail with regard to each of their reissue series is unmatched, and they fearlessly dive in to the back catalogues and long forgotten titles by artists who weren't always million-sellers (even if some of them deserved to be). Legendary keyboardist Patrick Moraz is one..

Leprous – Pitfalls (Inside Out Music)

Fans cannot be fooled. Particularly the most loyal fans, who will see right through any insincere motivation behind a band's sudden shift in style or change of direction. Twenty years ago, when Scorpions made the bizarre decision to release a dance pop album titled Eye II Eye, their puzzled fan base collectively groaned and tossed..

Mystery – Live In Poznań (Unicorn Digital)

It's been a great five years for Québec-based Mystery and their fans since the release of their previous live album Tales From The Netherlands in 2014. In that time, they've brought formidable vocalist and front man Jean Pageau on board, released two of their strongest studio albums to date, and played numerous Canadian and European..

Flying Colors – Third Degree (Mascot Label Group)

Had Flying Colors never existed, it would be strange to try and conceive of them. On paper, merging legendary Dixie Dregs heroes Steve Morse and Dave LaRue with prog rock's prolific allies Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy, and then dropping in pop/alt-rock singer and songwriter Casey McPherson might seem an odd match, but it's proven..

Opeth – In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast)

There is a kind of divinity in the darkness that has pervaded Opeth's music in the quarter century since their debut album Orchid floated into an unsuspecting world; an unassailable character that somehow prevents it from ever crossing over into the dreaded 'cheesy' territory. It's like an old, chipped stone angel in some forgotten graveyard:..

IQ – Resistance (Giant Electric Pea)

There's been no shortage of releases for IQ fanatics to absorb since the most recent studio album The Road Of Bones came stampeding into their lives five years ago. Two lengthy live sets (including their first ever blu-ray), a jam-packed deluxe anniversary edition of their classic Ever album, the wonderfully charming Tales From A Dark..