Author: Paul Whimpenny

Features writer and album reviewer. Fan of all music from Vivaldi onwards with a predilection for classic and progressive rock from the 1970s.

The Flying Caravan – I Just Wanna Break Even

If there’s a prize for the best new prog debut release of 2021 then it must surely go to The Flying Caravan. Think about legendary progressive rock double albums for a moment. What comes to mind? The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway? Tales From Topographic Oceans? The Wall? All of those are examples of bands..

OAK – Nine Witches Under A Walnut Tree

OAK mix genuine prog moments, with jazz, folk and Italian elements to create a quite fascinating musical cocktail. What would Ian Anderson have sounded like if he’d been born in Solopaca rather than Dunfermline? For those of you without an encyclopaedic knowledge of geography: Solopaca is a tiny hamlet somewhere in Southern Italy that I..

Nolan & Wakeman – Tales By Gaslight

Sit back and enjoy rediscovering this fruitful artistic collaboration between two prog giants! I don’t know about you, but I am a little bit tired of listening to re-releases of albums where the only novelty is the inclusion of added remixes which leaves any but the most ardent fan struggling to detect any difference. This..

Karmamoi – Room 101

Karamaoi have got to the dark heart of Orwell’s story and managed to communicate it back to us in a visceral way in this splendid hour of music. Rock artists often like to use a good literary tale to inspire their music and lyrics, and George’s Orwell’s classic novel of a dystopian future, 1984, has..

Sylvan – One To Zero (Gentle Art of Music / Soulfood)

Sylvan have surely produced one of the best progressive rock albums that have seen the light so far this year. In times of rapidly changing line-ups and rapidly evolving musical styles, Sylvan seem to be an exception. They have had a remarkably stable line-up with keyboard player Volker Söhl and drummer Matthias Harder being founding..

Vokonis – Odyssey (The Sign Records)

Vokonis are one of those bands that explore the murky land between metal, doom, sludge, post-metal, and maybe one or two more styles that eluded my ears while listening to the group's output. That mix of styles has perhaps led to a sense of uncertainty over the band’s direction and in the press release of..

Desolate Realm – Desolate Realm

Finland regularly tops the list of the happiest place in the world to live in. That may well be merited but in warmer climes we tend to look on such claims with mistrust, and the musically minded amongst us might also point out the Scandinavian habit of churning out bleak and melancholy music. And, as..

Ottone Pesante – Doomood (Aural Music)

Doomood certainly has to be one of the most outrageously original albums made in recent years. Imagine heavy rock music without guitars. No crunching chords. No guitar solos. Not even a thumping bass. You are probably thinking: what is left? Would it be John Bonham bashing away for fifteen minutes of Moby Dick? Luckily, there..