All these three albums are full of fine prog moments and are worthy of gracing the collection of any prog fan. Wobbler are probably best known for their 2017 opus From Silence To Somewhere, undoubtedly one of the best prog releases of that period. Their reputation was cemented further last year with the well-received Dwellers..
...anyone who has more than a passing interest in Hawkwind really must own this superbly comprehensive six-CD box set. I know, I know. You are probably thinking ‘oh no, not another another Hawkwind compilation album’. After all, there have been so many Hawkwind compilations that if you laid them back-to-back then you might be able..
The name Julian Littman may not be familiar to that many readers – but I bet the name Steeleye Span certainly is. The legendary folk-rock band, that rose to fame in the ‘70s during that glorious flowering of the English folk-rock genre, are still going strong and Julian Littman is one of their current guitarists...
Grace And Fire is a new outfit from England which describes itself as ‘fusing progressive rock with melodic hard rock in a melodic, song-based, accessible format’. That description certainly pricked my interest, as did the presence of bassist Tim Ashton who had a couple of stints with UK prog veterans Galahad. The other musicians were..
Kosmodome demonstrate straight out of the block to be mature and accomplished songwriters and musicians. Norway has always been considered a small fish in the musical world, overshadowed even in Scandinavia by its heavyweight neighbour Sweden, but there is a strong and flourishing prog scene at present ranging all the way from the heavier end..
Did Fire deserve to have more success with this material? Listening to the three discs here, the answer is definitely a yes. Take a moment to consider what is the worst pop single you have ever heard in your entire life. Got one in your head? Well, now go to YouTube and listen to Round..
This is probably the best album of new material that the band have released since the glory days of the ‘70s. It’s good to see Italian prog stalwarts PFM back with a new album - their first since 2017’s well-received Emotional Tattoos. As with Emotional Tattoos, it is a double release with one disc..
Will there be a better heavy rock album than this in 2021? I very much doubt it. Following on from last year’s excellent Astro Tongue In The Electric Garden, Norwegian psychedelic/doom/prog rockers are now back with an equally tongue-twisting title - one that is probably utterly meaningless but combines wonderfully with the (probably utterly meaningless)..
Last year I did an interview for Velvet Thunder with Eric Bloom and the conversation turned to Blue Oyster Cult’s most famous song, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. Asking about its longevity, Bloom said that certain songs simply ‘have legs’ and they just keep on getting played and played until they burrow themselves into the public..
So much for the difficult sophomore album, this is a classic! What a wonderful find this one is. This is a band from Bergen that has been rather casually labelled psychedelic but that would be a potentially misleading definition. Yes, there are echoes here of the psychedelic revival of recent years, but this is mixed..