January 20, 2020

Velvet Thunder albums of 2019

Lee Vickers Acid Reign - The Age Of Entitlement (Dissonance)Oomph! - Ritual (Napalm)Sacred Reich - Awakening (Metal Blade)Soilwork - Verkligheten (Nuclear Blast)Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)Overkill - The Wings Of War (Nuclear Blast)Rotting Christ - The Heretic (Seasons Of Mist) Wednesday 13 - Necrophaze (Nuclear Blast)Witch Vomit - Buried Deep In A..

IAN ANDERSON

I think you can look at many, if not most of the Jethro Tull albums, as containing elements of progressive rock - not necessarily prog, which is a bit more fanciful, but progressive rock. In November 2019, Ian Anderson announced that in September and October 2020, he’d be playing a series of eleven dates across..

Roger Dean

I can’t honestly say I had a conversation with Syd Barrett. We had a few shots at it, but it really didn’t work... “I have often said, I wish Relayer wasn’t called Relayer, I wish it was called Gates of Delirium,” muses the artist Roger Dean, sitting at a huge wooden table in a large..

ANDY SCOTT (SWEET)

The Sweet today: Bruce Bisland, Lee Small, Paul Manzi, Andy Scott. Sweet. Or ‘The Sweet’ if you prefer. To anyone who was fortunate enough to be growing up in the ‘70s, just the mention of the name evokes such a groundswell of nostalgia as to be almost palpable. Mental images of the band on Top..

Derek Shulman: Un-boxing The Giant

For the majority of their career, Gentle Giant was that rarest of breeds: uniquely challenging, singularly unlike any other rock band, with no hit singles or radio airplay, or anything approaching 'danceable'. Yet they garnered and cultivated a fiercely loyal, almost ravenous core of fans and admirers. These listeners weren't content to settle for standard..

OLIVER WAKEMAN

From A Page - Live from Lyon 2009, Plus Four Previously Unreleased Songs - plus a new chapter to the yes story... We were actually trying to do something creative, and actually bringing together some music that we felt would be a positive addition to the Yes canon." The ultimate affirmative is Yes - and..

Jan Akkerman

It sounds maybe a little bit outlandish, but it’s just the octatonic scale... All serious beard-stroking musos have their favourite gripes about accomplished musicians selling out to crass commercialism. Some cite Rod Stewart, swapping his rock’n’roll roots for the Atlantic Crossing era of international superstardom; others point at Blackmore’s Rainbow or Def Leppard giving up..

THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA

Photo: Lee Bolton I must say the progressive world has totally embraced us, which is wonderful (Chrissy Mostyn) A word of explanation is probably in order if you aren’t familiar with The Blackheart Orchestra. First and most important would be that they aren’t an orchestra. In actual fact, they are scarcely a band by the..