October 31, 2020
Photo by Paul England

David James Smith – Austin Gold

We recorded the drums, bass, guitars and keys, as we always do. Then if I remember rightly, Andy put a monitor in the toilet... First off, let’s set something straight – Austin Gold is the name of a band, not a person. It grew out of a standard Peterborough pub blues band, and is named..

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..

SOULSPLITTER – SALUTOGENESIS

...this album is definitely, almost defiantly, grandiose in its scope and range Salutogenesis is the debut album from Germany’s Soulsplitter, who’re an arts and music community as opposed to a band.  There may be only four people in the actual band but, in the three year gestation period for this album, around fifty people were..

Mystery – Live In Poznań (Unicorn Digital)

It's been a great five years for Québec-based Mystery and their fans since the release of their previous live album Tales From The Netherlands in 2014. In that time, they've brought formidable vocalist and front man Jean Pageau on board, released two of their strongest studio albums to date, and played numerous Canadian and European..

The Ferrymen – A New Evil (Frontiers Records)

The Ferrymen is one of the cases where the term “super group” does not sound like an exaggeration. The threesome of Mike Terrana (don’t expect us to put down the zillion bands he has performed with), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, who plays guitar, bass and keyboards on the album and is the main composer) and..

RENAISSANCE – TOUR 2011 (Esoteric)

Annie is a revelation throughout ... the standard that she continues to reach four decades on from the first release of these albums is quite astonishing. In 2011 Renaissance undertook a US tour which consisted of them performing their classic albums Turn Of The Cards and Scheherazade & Other Stories in their entirety.  Here in..

Sepultura announce new concept album QUADRA for 2020

During their performance at Rock in Rio Festival last Friday (4 October), Brazilian metal icons SEPULTURA unveiled the first details of their upcoming studio album, and now want to make it official for their worldwide fan base; the band's next full-length release will be a thrilling concept album titled Quadra, scheduled to see the light of..

Joseph Tholl – Devil’s Drum (High Roller Records)

Fans of European heavy rock, and particularly Swedish hard rock bands, will need no introduction to Joseph Tholl. He's been around since 2007 or thereabouts, with a wide range of bands starting with his own Joseph Tholl and the Escapades album dating from 2008, this being a pleasant collection of tunes that are distinctly softer..