This is a very good album and will undoubtedly be ranked amongst the best progressive metal albums of the year. There is a fantastic soaring guitar solo that enters around the eight-minute mark on the closing track of this album, giving us a minute or so of pure Gilmouresque magic. But, remarkably, that is the..
Those of us who teethed musically in the '70s were blessed to witness the flourishing of a triumvirate of amazing keyboard players: Tony Banks, Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. All three were in their prime and playing in bands also at their musical peak. Yes were my favourite band in those years, and while Jon..
This iteration of Abel Ganz has produced a modern prog masterpiece. Scottish neo-prog band Abel Ganz have had a curious history. While many bands in the neo-prog wave of the 1980s burnt brightly for a short period and then faded away, Abel Ganz spluttered through the 80s - with their chance of recognition sunk by..
The band has delivered an excellent album that has something to offer to a broad spectrum of rock fans. If you don’t like doom music, please keep reading! Lapsus Dei are a band from Chile with a well-established reputation as a doom metal band, with all the usual trappings of long slow dirge-like songs, and..
This album is clearly better than anything the real Yes have produced in this millennium. What is your emotional reaction to the phrase ‘they are a tribute band’? Most would probably admit to an instinctive negative feeling. After all, where is the creativity in being a tribute band? Despite this stigma, the number and quality..
This album is a good wake-up call to remind us what progressive music really is. ‘Caleb who?’ you might be asking yourself at this moment in time. Unless you are an avid fan of avant-garde music then the chances of you having heard of him are slim. First up, Caleb is a drummer based in..
The 1980s was very much the decade of Hair Metal or Glam Metal. Those who grew up in the 80s as teenagers might look back at the period nostalgically but most of the rest of us who grew up before or after that decade probably cringe at the sight of the ridiculous quantity of hair..
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..
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..
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..