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.

Hawkwind – Dust Of Time: 1969-2021 (Cherry Red)

...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..

Julian Littman – Goblin Market Music (Park Records)

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 – Elysium (OOB Records)

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 – Kosmodome (Karisma Records)

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..

Hex A.D. – Funeral Tango For Gods & Men (Fresh Tea)

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)..

Al Stewart – Time Passages (Esoteric / Cherry Red)

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..

Himmellegeme – Variola Vera (Karisma Records)

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..