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..

BYWATER CALL – Bywater Call (Gypsy Soul Records)

The whole band manage to tread that razor's edge between sounding tight and well rehearsed yet still liable to start a bar-room brawl at any moment You know what? One of the great things about writing about albums on a regular basis like this is being reminded every now and again that you really can't..

THE GARDENING CLUB – Boy On A Bike (Gonzo Multimedia)

The six and half minute title track ... evokes the laid-back effortless cool of prime Steely Dan If the name The Gardening Club is unfamiliar to you, you surely won’t be alone. But banish any thoughts of Alan Titchmarsh or Percy Thrower, because this particular Gardening Club is a prog project courtesy of UK-born Toronto..

Progressive metal legends Psychotic Waltz to “explore” The God-Shaped Void early next year

US Progressive Metal pioneers and innovators Psychotic Waltz return in full original line-up with their highly anticipated 5th studio album and first new music in 23 years. Entitled The God-Shaped Void, the upcoming new album and InsideOut Music debut will be released, appropriately for prog-lovers, on February 14th, 2020. Today, the band premieres the lyric..

Haunt – Mind Freeze (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Trevor Church (Haunt’s leader and frontman/guitar player) is one busy man. For a period of two and a half years, his band Haunt has already (including this forthcoming album on January 10th) released three full-length albums, two EPs, one single and two split singles. When you obviously love what you do, this is not as..

Melodic Death Metallers Neaera return with a new studio album

After announcing their farewell tour in 2015, the German melodic death metal band Neaera now returns with a brand new, self-titled, studio album. It will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 28th. Neaera's fire was first rekindled when the band played two exclusive shows in 2018. "We have been overwhelmed by the reactions," comments singer Benjamin Hilleke. "None..

SPIRIT – Two Sides Of A Rainbow (Esoteric)

When the Rainbow encores finally come to the last song, California proceeds to invite the entire audience along to a party afterward in the lobby of their hotel! Remember Spirit? You should. Emerging in the 1960s playing an eclectic mix of acid-flavoured rock, the band were led by Randy California, a young and mercurial guitar..

The Room

Live Review – The Room & The Paradox Twin

229, London. 16 November 2019 Photos: Simon Green It’s always interesting to step outside of what you believe to be your wide circle of musical knowledge as you quickly realise that your circle is just a tiny circle in a universe of many other circles of almost infinite possibilities.  It’s also a good thing to..