We know that 2020 was a bad year for many reasons but in the music world it was certainly an annus horribilis for Uriah Heep fans. The sad deaths of Lee Kerslake and Ken Hensley within a couple of months of each other left Mick Box as the last man standing from the classic line-up...
The word ‘unique’ is overused in the music industry, but believe me: what Mustafa Khetty has produced here with The Morpheus Project is 100% unique and well worth listening to. As listeners (and reviewers) we love to pigeon-hole bands and often it is quite easy to do so. But, in the case of The Morpheus..
We are used to pampered artists complaining about taking a long time to write an album due to writer’s block, tiring tours, and myriad other narcissistic excuses, and so the naked honesty from Kerslake in the sleeve notes of this album is startling: ‘It’s been a little over three years to record and finish it,..
All three albums contain classic metal material and show the band’s uncanny and unique ability to effortlessly switch between light and shade, and between anger and pathos. Manowar burst onto the scene in 1982 with their brand of powerful heavy metal. If anything set them apart from other bands it was their lyrics which focused..
This release is a great insight into one of those bands in the late 60s that genuinely underachieved despite producing music that was as good as most of the bigger bands around them at the time. Let’s start with a quick question: how many bands can you list with an animal as part of their..
There aren’t many rock bands around today that can put on a show this good. The first thing that struck me about this album was the title. Quite a few albums are entitled “An Evening With [artist name]” but typical examples are “An Evening With John Denver” or “An Evening With Diana Ross” which tend..
There are a number of bands operating under the name of Leviathan. The one in question here is a Colorado-based progessive metal band that found limited fame in the 1990s before reforming after an aptly titled Leviathan Resurrected live reunion show in 2010, and then continuing to the present day. The leader throughout the band’s..
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..