Mick got puffed up and aggressive and said, 'you realise I could take you down with one punch.' To which I said, 'OK, Mick, if you have to do this...' So begins the tale of what happened the day in 1968 when Ian Anderson told Mick Abrahams he was out of Jethro Tull. One of..
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:..
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..
One might be inclined to think that an 86 minute album of guitar instrumentals could wear out its welcome and tempt the attention deficient among us to turn it off before it was halfway done. Certainly that has been the case with past releases from some of the flashier players in Guitarland, with their endless..
Darlings, are you ready? Summer is rapidly leaving us as the autumn air begins to roll into city and countryside alike, those first cool wisps innocent harbingers of the eventual biting chill of winter. And with this seasonal transition comes Stormwatch: The 40th Anniversary Force 10 Edition, the twelfth volume in the ongoing Jethro Tull..
Michel St-Père is on a roll. His main band Mystery released one of the best albums of their career last year (the tremendous Lies And Butterflies). The band he plays guitar with, Huis, released their third and best album Abandoned this past spring. From Quebec, Huis are a highly melodic band in the neo-prog style,..
One gets the impression that D97 are not one of those bands who will sound corny in ten or fifteen years' time. Chicago-based heavy prog band District 97 have revealed their fourth studio album Screens, serving up another slab of their uniquely powerful music to the hungry fans that waited four years since their previous..
Esoteric Recordings have turned their attention this year to the works of legendary keyboardist Patrick Moraz, steadily reissuing out of print titles from his back catalogue in chronological order and ensuring that they remain available to the many fans who might otherwise be shelling out for old, used copies online. The ongoing series begins with..