THE FAR MEADOW

 The Far Meadow are a 5 piece symphonic prog rock band from London who’ve now been playing for five years. They’re a band at the mellower end of the prog spectrum. There’re no lengthy ‘for the sake of it’ guitar/keyboard soloing, or raucous instrumental histrionics, just plenty of virtuoso playing, some epic songs, plus a..

JOHN LODGE

Photo: Brian Aris At the end of the day, it’s just nice to get out there with the old bass and take a few of the old songs with me and sort of say to them “See, I haven’t forgotten you”. Throughout the long career of the Moody Blues, although all of the members have..

Anthony Phillips …in conversation

One might be inclined to think that an 86 minute album of guitar instrumentals could wear out its welcome and tempt the attention deficient among us to turn it off before it was halfway done. Certainly that has been the case with past releases from some of the flashier players in Guitarland, with their endless..

MAYHEM

Mayhem is a legend, and an institution in extreme music. 1994’s epochal De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas still shocks with the essence of pure evil it conveys, while at the same time it also was, and still is, one of the most original and unique expressions of the black metal genre. The new, long-awaited, sixth full-length..

FICTION SYXX

Hot damn! Prog rock is alive and well in the southern United States! Although the area is best known for Southern Rock (Molly Hatchet, Lynyrd Skynyrd), Blues legends (Robert Johnson and the infamous “crossroads” spring to mind), and Dixieland jazz (sweet New Orleans!). But Fiction Syxx is changing that. Founding member Mark Lanoue (lead vocals,..

DAVID COVERDALE

There is surely no doubt in any rock fan’s mind – when they write the final roll call of great frontmen, that of David Coverdale will be very prominent. In this interview, first published in the final issue of Rock Society magazine, David spoke about his remarkable career journey. ‘Here’s an interview for ya!’... As..

Steve Howe

Amongst Steve Howe’s projects, The Steve Howe Trio is his vehicle to experiment in a more intimate musical environment with a focus on jazz influences. The new album from The Steve Howe Trio, New Frontier, will be released on September 27th so we decided this was a good time for Velvet Thunder to touch base..