After Peter Gabriel departed from Genesis in 1975, following the completion of the Lamb Lies Down On Broadway tour, Genesis went through a short process of auditioning singers to replace their iconic singer, with Mick Stickland the only serious contender, before finally realising the right man for the job was already there, sitting behind the..
When UK extreme metallers Carcass reformed back in 2008, it did feel like a minor miracle had taken place. Loaded with dry wit, black humour and some gruesome lyrics, Carcass were shrugged shoulders as to their trials and tribulations while taking the reverence laid at their feet in their stride. When the band split in..
Prog fans that like a pun might well ask the question ‘are Lifesigns showing any signs of life?’ The band formed by John Young way back in 2008 took until 2013 to release their eponymous debut album and it was a further four years before Cardington hit the shelves. That sort of distance between albums..
White Rainbow was my Velvet Thunder album of 2019, and it's hard to see this one being very far from that same position again. Exhilarating stuff. Majestic. I've rummaged around my brain to find the one word which describes the music of Mostly Autumn in general and this album in particular, and I'm unable to..
Regular consumers of these pages will be aware that this year sees the 50th anniversary of Rory Gallagher’s first solo album in 1971. The world lost Rory in 1995 at the age of 47, but his popularity continues to grow, and in fact the Donegal bluesman was voted Ireland’s Greatest Music Artist of All Time..
Overall, clearly, this is not music aimed at the masses. It never was. But that excellent second album, and to a lesser extent the Macbeth soundtrack, are worth your investigation. The first question here, starting at the very beginning, is 'are you familiar with the Third Ear Band?' If the answer is yes, you have..
The Wring is a relatively new progressive metal band from Canada which was formed in 2015 by guitarist Don Dewulf with the self titled debut coming out in 2017 but I've been checking and it seems that it is not possible to get a copy of this album. However, it seems that it was effectively..
Band Of Spice is a Swedish hard rock band which was formed in 2010 by the singer and guitarist Christian Sjöstrand aka Spice with By The Corner OF Tomorrow being the band's fourth album. Spice may be known to many of you as the original singer with the awesome Spiritual Beggars the heavy rock/stoner outfit formed by..
DROTT is an Instrumental Prog rock trio hailing from Bergen on the west coast of Norway. With their varied musical background ranging from metal and jazz to classical music, they create a distinctive sound which the band is fond of describing as "DROTT-rock"! The three-some comprises guitarist Arve Isdal (previously in Enslaved), bassist Ivar Thormodsæter..
Between Worlds is another project put together by Frontiers and I suppose that if you have the musicians available then you really ought to use them. Luckily, the label has a very high quality control policy which ensures that all of the projects are viable and offer music that is exciting, fresh and which has..