Envy Of None – Envy of None (Kscope Records)

It's astonishing to think that it's been over a quarter-century since Alex Lifeson released Victor, his first big project outside of Rush. That record had some brilliant cuts but was somewhat polarizing; praised by some for its variety and deviation from his day job, disappointing to others for not containing a dozen Tom Sawyers or..

RUSH ANNOUNCE ‘MOVING PICTURES’ 40th Anniversary edition for April

Canadian rock legends commemorate the classic album’s 40th anniversary with expanded reissues on April 15th On April 15th, UMe/Mercury and Anthem Records label groups continue the extensive Rush 40th anniversary album series with new, expanded editions of the band’s groundbreaking 1981 release, Moving Pictures, embodying its well-deserved classic album status. Moving Pictures-40th Anniversary will be available to fans in six..

Melodic Prog outfit Azure release scenic video for dramatic song ‘Mistress’

Latest release from Azure is "Mistress" "Super chromatic and bright progressive metal/rock FFO Rush, Genesis, Rainbow, etc. Fuck, this track rules!!"- Eden Kupermintz, Heavy Blog is Heavy Azure's furiously idiosyncratic approach to melodic prog songwriting has been little more than a curiosity, bubbling under the surface of the modern prog scene for several years since..

Kepler Ten – A New Kind of Sideways (White Star Records)

Nothing to do with celestial carryings-on, Kepler Ten are a British prog-rock trio comprising Alistair Bell, James Durand and Steve Hales. Originally formed in 2015 by Steve and James when doing Rush tributes, they released their debut album Delta V in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim. They then recruited guitarist Alistair (who got the gig..

Pyramid Theorem – Beyond The Exosphere

It's been a mighty long time since I played an album three times in a row, back-to-back (to back). But so taken was I with Beyond The Exosphere, the new platter from Toronto quartet Pyramid Theorem, I was compelled to listen again, and I knew I must have discovered something special. The strange thing is,..

Kyros – Isolation gigs, interview

Readers will recall the recent review of Kyros' latest album Celexa Dreams, launched in June of this year. It received positive reviews throughout the music press rock, demonstrating a skillful mix of Alt-Rock, Electronic Rock and Art Rock with heavy leanings towards Prog Rock. The band have cited influences as diverse as Porcupine Tree, Kate Bush, Muse, Radiohead, Rush, CHVRCHES, The Dear Hunter, Duran Duran, Trevor Horn, IQ, Spock’s..

SPELL – Opulent Decay (Bad Omen Records)

"Music, like dreams, exists in feeling rather than explanation. In sleep, the strangest things can elicit joy or terror — this is why dreams are so difficult to articulate. Creating music, for me, is similar; often, I'll wake in the dead of night with a powerful feeling or melody in my mind, not connected to..

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Exit The Warrior… A Farewell To A King

The first time I truly paid attention to the words in a song was when I heard the song Subdivisions. Even at a young age, I think I had grown tired of what I had been hearing. Songs were either about teenage love, sex, drugs & rock 'n roll, or they were weird fantasy-type stories...