Just after the turn of the millennium, Tangerine Dream created a gargantuan musical piece based on Dante’s La Divina Commedia. Like Dante’s epic prose, it was divided into three separate parts: Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso. Inferno was released in CD and DVD formats in 2002, while Purgatorio and Paradiso followed in 2004 and 2006 respectively,..
LaBrie has produced an album that is less instantaneously gratifying than previous solo efforts but overall is a more varied and satisfying listen. James LaBrie is a name familiar with most readers as the singer for prog metal heavyweights Dream Theater. He’s had that role for three decades now, having joined the band just prior..
In the maelstrom of late ‘60s music, groups came and went with alarming speed, and those that lasted more than one album had to be deft at changing styles to match the rapidly developing nascent rock scene. Some emerged to be powerhouses of the ‘70s while many faded away undeservedly (and some deservedly, it must..
Athens, Georgia is a small University town with a population of around 120,000. But despite its modest size, it has produced a host of musical acts that, despite mostly being labelled alternative or new wave, have reached global audiences. That list includes REM and The B52’s. Amongst the new bands creating a following in Athens..
If you like your rock to be heavy, raw and bluesy then this one is definitely for you. The Italian region of Emilia-Romagna has a long and rich musical tradition. Giuseppe Verdi was born here, as were both the legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini and the opera singer that everybody knows: Luciano Pavarotti. Modern day counterparts,..
What struck me was how Turner had enriched the evening with his story-telling. It’s as if he’d taken a set of faded black and white photos and turned them into vivid colour. All photos: Olivia Whimpenny By the time the band take the stage, The 100 Club is packed. No matter that this isn’t officially..
...delving into this music and finding the hidden gems is what makes listening to this compilation so rewarding. Cherry Red have hit the jackpot once again with this magnificently informative three-disc retrospective of the space rock / psychedelic movement over the last two decades of the 20th century. If we’re honest, most of us have..
We’re only in April but this is a sure-fire candidate for the best prog rock album of the year. Knight Area are a Dutch band that have been around for almost two decades now. They play melodic neo-prog with both a symphonic and metal edge, a bit like a heavier version of Dutch legends Kayak...
Yet another perfect example of how this band can write short and dense but very commercial prog songs. It’s a common occurrence for a musician to take time away from a band to set-up their own project or to leave a band permanently citing artistic differences. Often, such breaks can be difficult and become conflictual...
Romeo has brilliantly merged his love of cinema with his symphonic metal heart to produce a vibrant album. Ah, back to the old H.G. Wells classic. It’s impossible not to mention War Of The Worlds without thinking of Jeff Wayne’s evergreen musical masterpiece that sets a high benchmark indeed. Michael Romeo, whose day job, so..