In my view, The Whispering Of The World is not only the best album released by the band so far, but quite possibly the best album released in 2020. The pandemic may have sent many artists into hibernation but that’s not the case with multi-instrumentalist Peter Jones who under the guise of his solo project..
This is a fine progressive rock album and its ecological message fits nicely with the times. DarWin (centre) with Bissonette (left) and Phillips (right) You may be thinking ‘Who is DarWin’? Having listened to this fascinating album I’m still thinking ‘Who is DarWin?’ myself. That is because in Banksy style, Mr DarWin prefers not to..
You’re got to admire bands like Motion Device that have worked their way up from the bottom of the ladder. This Canadian band started by posting covers of classic songs on YouTube. They were teenagers at the time – or pre-teenage as in the case of singer Sara Menoudakis who dressed up as Ozzy and..
This wonderful album from Norwegian band Arabs In Aspic matches any British prog album that I’ve heard this year. ‘Maggie Thatcher, can you hear me? Maggie Thatcher – your boys took a hell of a beating!’. For those not familiar with the lows of the England football team (yes, I know there are many), that..
For much of the 1970s and 1980s, Blue Öyster Cult were one of the leading heavy rock bands on the planet. Their fortune was not solely due to the music – although it was damn good - but also in the aura surrounding the band due to their lyrical focus on dark esoteric futuristic, fantasy..
Scandinavian rock bands have come to the fore over the last decade or so but it wasn’t always like that. Much of the music created in the 1970s in that part of the world remains a mystery to most of us. Take Norway - can you name one band from Norway in that decade? Congratulations..
Lockdown (Keep Calm) has one of those irresistible Hawkwind riffs over which guitars, synths and disembodied voices weave a hypnotic spell. Imagine if Joe Biden came out on his presidential campaign with a guitar strapped around his neck and launched into Silver Machine or Master Of The Universe. That rather bizarre image crossed my mind..
This album is likely appeal to a broad range of prog fans, young and old. This is the fifth album from Norwegian prog rock outfit Airbag. The band is now just a trio with Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass) having left since 2016’s Disconnected. Leader of the band remains guitarist Bjørn Riis..
Spellbook wear their 70's influences on their sleeve but there’s nothing predictable about the album and they have delivered an interesting and varied slab of retro-rock. Those with a sharp musical ear might spot similarities between this band and the Pennsylvania-based retro rockers Witch Hazel. If so, give yourself a pat on the back because..
It was Hackett that carried Genesis’ progressive rock flame forward into his solo work and this set is a precious testimony to that. It’s fair to say that there are plenty of old rock bands jumping on the nostalgia bandwagon and churning out tired renditions of their back catalogue. But, believe you me, Steve Hackett..