December 5, 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.

Tiger Moth Tales - The Whispering Of The World

Tiger Moth Tales – Three New Albums Reviewed

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..

DarWin - A Frozen War

DarWin – DarWin 2 – A Frozen War

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..

Motion Device IV

Motion Device – Motion Device IV

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..

Arabs In Aspic – Madness And Magic (Karisma Records)

This wonderful album from Norwegian band Arabs In Aspic matches any British prog album that I’ve heard this year. ‘Maggie Thatcher, can you hear me? Maggie Thatcher – your boys took a hell of a beating!’. For those not familiar with the lows of the England football team (yes, I know there are many), that..

Ruphus – Flying Colours (Karisma Records)

Scandinavian rock bands have come to the fore over the last decade or so but it wasn’t always like that. Much of the music created in the 1970s in that part of the world remains a mystery to most of us. Take Norway - can you name one band from Norway in that decade? Congratulations..

Hawkwind – Carnivorous (Cherry Red Records)

Lockdown (Keep Calm) has one of those irresistible Hawkwind riffs over which guitars, synths and disembodied voices weave a hypnotic spell. Imagine if Joe Biden came out on his presidential campaign with a guitar strapped around his neck and launched into Silver Machine or Master Of The Universe.  That rather bizarre image crossed my mind..

Airbag – A Day At The Beach (Karisma Records)

This album is likely appeal to a broad range of prog fans, young and old. This is the fifth album from Norwegian prog rock outfit Airbag.  The band is now just a trio with Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass) having left since 2016’s Disconnected. Leader of the band remains guitarist Bjørn Riis..

Spellbook – Magick & Mischief (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Spellbook wear their 70's influences on their sleeve but there’s nothing predictable about the album and they have delivered an interesting and varied slab of retro-rock. Those with a sharp musical ear might spot similarities between this band and the Pennsylvania-based retro rockers Witch Hazel. If so, give yourself a pat on the back because..