July 11, 2020

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.

Northern Crown – In A Pallid Shadow

The first three tracks are faultless metal classics. They represent an amazing leap forward by the band. This band tags itself as ‘Epic Doom Metal’ but if you are not keen on doom metal then PLEASE do keep reading! This Florida-based band’s 2018 eponymously titled second album introduced keyboards, softening their Candlemass-influenced roots, and that..

Witnesses – Doom II

Have you ever wondered what Brian Eno would sound like if he wrote a doom album? I know that’s an odd question but believe me it didn’t come totally out of the blue! Witnesses is the project of New Yorker multi-instrumentalist Greg Schwan (ex-keyboard player of doom merchants While Heaven Wept). Like many, he likes..

Michele Conta – Endless Nights (AMS Records)

Conta has produced a fine album very much in the Italian prog tradition. The name of Michele Conta will probably ring a bell to aficionados of Italian prog music. For those of you still scratching your heads, Conta was the keyboard player in the Italian prog band Locanda delle Fate which in 1977 released its..

IO Earth – Aura

IO Earth have once again managed to produce a powerful and emotionally moving album that will be a strong candidate for the best progressive album of the year How to describe the music of IO Earth? Many bands like to say that their music can’t be pigeon-holed but that phrase definitely rings true for the..

Snowy White – Lucky Star (Cherry Red /Esoteric)

Esoteric have a well-deserved reputation for digging up forgotten gems from the back-catalogue and remastering them brilliantly. They’ve once again hit the jackpot here with a fascinating six CD set covering Snowy White’s early solo career. The set spans the six studio albums from 1983’s debut album White Flames through to 1994’s Highway To The..

Ciminero – Subterranean Awakening

Ciminero show that doom can be modern, interesting and doesn’t have to be just about crunching guitars and gut-wrenching misery. Ciminero is a brand new four-piece doom band based in Helsinki, with guitars, bass and drums played by Finnish natives and female vocals from Italian Valentina Vigato. Valentina may have had a strong say in..