Karamaoi have got to the dark heart of Orwell’s story and managed to communicate it back to us in a visceral way in this splendid hour of music. Rock artists often like to use a good literary tale to inspire their music and lyrics, and George’s Orwell’s classic novel of a dystopian future, 1984, has..
Sylvan have surely produced one of the best progressive rock albums that have seen the light so far this year. In times of rapidly changing line-ups and rapidly evolving musical styles, Sylvan seem to be an exception. They have had a remarkably stable line-up with keyboard player Volker Söhl and drummer Matthias Harder being founding..
A Song For All Seasons is amazing! I get so welled up inside... The 2021 release date of Renaissance's new four disc collection (and mouthful of a title) 50th Anniversary – Ashes Are Burning: An Anthology – Live In Concert actually finds the band fifty-two years in to their remarkable history. But for the sticklers..
The 5th season is where someone's life lives on in the influence they've had in other people... There's an air of refinement to The 5th Season, the new album from American quartet Resistor. If previous albums displayed the band traversing well-worn paths of epics, zaniness, and plain ol' heavy rock riffage, this latest platter sees..
The album rocks along admirably and represents an hour of entertaining progressive rock music. In the movie The Fanatic, John Travolta plays a stalker who, when accused by his hero of stalking him, exclaims indignantly ‘I'm Not A Stalker. I'm A Fan!’. That phrase came back to me when observing Ainur’s dedication to the fantasy..
After 40 years of enjoying music of many different genres, it's very unusual for me to be entirely bowled over by a new band. Of course, a great deal of music being made today is still of the highest quality as this website demonstrates, but I am rarely stopped in my tracks these days. Rock..
This is a fine progressive rock album and its ecological message fits nicely with the times. DarWin (centre) with Bissonette (left) and Phillips (right) You may be thinking ‘Who is DarWin’? Having listened to this fascinating album I’m still thinking ‘Who is DarWin?’ myself. That is because in Banksy style, Mr DarWin prefers not to..
This wonderful album from Norwegian band Arabs In Aspic matches any British prog album that I’ve heard this year. ‘Maggie Thatcher, can you hear me? Maggie Thatcher – your boys took a hell of a beating!’. For those not familiar with the lows of the England football team (yes, I know there are many), that..
It was Hackett that carried Genesis’ progressive rock flame forward into his solo work and this set is a precious testimony to that. It’s fair to say that there are plenty of old rock bands jumping on the nostalgia bandwagon and churning out tired renditions of their back catalogue. But, believe you me, Steve Hackett..
Dramatic and evocative... Album Of The Year material There is cause for celebration in the land of Wobbler. The many-bearded quintet has emerged from their lair deep in the Norwegian woodland to deliver the follow-up to 2017's acclaimed From Silence To Somewhere. An even more robust and focused release, Dwellers Of The Deep marks the..