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.

Cosmograf – Rattrapante (Gravity Dream Music)

This is another fine prog album from Cosmograf and like most of its predecessors leaves one wondering why the band remains something of a hidden gem. A casual glance at the album title will have most readers scratching their heads, perhaps wondering whether this might be a culinary album about the joys of French food..

The Hawklords – Time

Back in 1978 Hawkwind fans probably looked at the original Hawklords album with a little disdain as Calvert and Brock, clearly influenced by the new wave of the time, delivered a set of tight punkish songs that were very far from the glorious space rock style that the mother ship Hawkwind had invented. Ironically, fast..

Kayak – Out Of This World (Inside Out Music)

This is veteran progressive rock/pop outfit Kayak’s 19th studio album. The band formed by Ton Scherpenzeel on keyboards and Pim Koopman on drums back in 1972 has consistently produced good light progressive rock music despite never quite reaching the fame of their more quirky and equally long-standing fellow countrymen Focus. If the name Scherpenzeel has..

Bad Pop – Dark Metal (Killing Moon Records)

...however you want to describe this music, it most certainly is not bad pop. Those of us who are fans of prog rock or metal have an extensive market to choose from but when it comes to the world of mainstream pop the choice becomes vast, seemingly limitless, and the differentiation between contenders is often..

The Flying Caravan – I Just Wanna Break Even

If there’s a prize for the best new prog debut release of 2021 then it must surely go to The Flying Caravan. Think about legendary progressive rock double albums for a moment. What comes to mind? The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway? Tales From Topographic Oceans? The Wall? All of those are examples of bands..

OAK – Nine Witches Under A Walnut Tree

OAK mix genuine prog moments, with jazz, folk and Italian elements to create a quite fascinating musical cocktail. What would Ian Anderson have sounded like if he’d been born in Solopaca rather than Dunfermline? For those of you without an encyclopaedic knowledge of geography: Solopaca is a tiny hamlet somewhere in Southern Italy that I..