July 6, 2020

GOLDRAY – FEEL THE CHANGE (Akashik Records)

If there’s one thing Goldray, Kenwyn House (ex-Reef) and Leah Rasmussen, cannot be accused of, it’s rushing. In existence now for around a decade, Feel the Change is only their second studio album, following on from 2017’s debut album, Rising, though part of the reason for this is Kenwyn being committed to completing projects undertaken..

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HIDDEN PHASE – THE DEVIANT PLACE THEORY

I can’t say I’d ever heard of this French unnamed duo.  Apparently, they’re from Angers (coincidentally the twin town of my home town, St Helens), but there seem to be few other details about them. The album is composed of eight songs; Sell Your World, Scars, Revelation, The Growl, Disturbing, The Curve Of Forgotten Things, Cause..

Mushroomhead – A Wonderful Life (Napalm Records)

It has been easy to wave off Mushroomhead. Eight people with masks - and in their early days - boiler suits. Have we not seen this before? The constant comparison with Slipknot has dogged the band despite history showing that Mushroomhead pre-date the Iowan mob by a couple of years and have a more alt...

ELECTRIC MUD – Quiet Days On Earth (TimeZone)

Now, where to begin with Electric Mud - as it will surely be necessary to start near to the beginning to explain an outfit like this, who will be unjustly unfamiliar to a lot of potential listeners I am certain. First and foremost, Electric Mud are a German instrumental progressive rock duo, consisting of Hagen..

PARALYDIUM – Worlds Beyond (Frontiers Music)

Paralydium is another new band from Stockholm, Sweden, being formed in 2015 - with Worlds Beyond being their very exciting debut release. The level of sophistication and maturity shown on this album is quite amazing, which really should come as no surprise as the three-track EP called The Paralydium Project (the band’s original name before..

SAPPHIRE EYES – Magic Moments (Pride And Joy Music)

Sapphire Eyes is yet another Swedish band and, for a country with just ten million inhabitants, its contribution to the world of music is quite remarkable.  Formed as a project in 2011 by Niclas Olsson (Alyson Avenue, Second Heat), the self-titled debut was released in 2012 with the musicians effectively being hired guns. The reception..

Steve Hackett – A Genesis In My Bed: The Autobiography

At a dinner party, (Robert Fripp) reprimanded me for eating too much of his cheese. To his displeasure, I ate another piece…forty years on, I’ve never been invited back.' ...that may not be the most intriguing, revealing or touching quote from Steve Hackett's new autobiography A Genesis In My Bed, and it probably says more..