For much of the 1970s and 1980s, Blue Öyster Cult were one of the leading heavy rock bands on the planet. Their fortune was not solely due to the music – although it was damn good - but also in the aura surrounding the band due to their lyrical focus on dark esoteric futuristic, fantasy..
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..
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..
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 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..
It was Hackett that carried Genesis’ progressive rock flame forward into his solo work and this set is a precious testimony to that. It’s fair to say that there are plenty of old rock bands jumping on the nostalgia bandwagon and churning out tired renditions of their back catalogue. But, believe you me, Steve Hackett..
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..