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Album review: KANSAS – Leftoverture Live & Beyond

KANSAS - Leftoverture Live & Beyond

Inside Out [Release date 03.11.17] This release is a collection of concert performances culled from Kansas’s ‘Leftoverture’ 40th anniversary tour and it comes either as double CD or a 4-LP vinyl box. The band asked back producer Jeff Glixman, who … Continue reading

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Album review: KOTEBEL – Cosmology

KOTEBEL – Cosmology

Musea [Release date 06.07.17] Kotebel is a Venezualan/Spanish prog rock band with classical and fusion influences. ‘Cosmology’ derives its title from the study of the universe and it’s an exploratory, quasi- conceptual prog album, that draws on composer and keyboard … Continue reading

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Album review: NAD SYLVAN – The Bride Said No

Inside Out [Release date 26.05.17] ‘Bride Said No’ is the second part of Nad Sylvan’s ‘vampirate’ trilogy and a follow-up to 2015′s ‘Courting The Widow’. Nad Sylvan is best known for fronting Steve Hackett’s band, who guests on this album, along with … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG BIG TRAIN – Grimspound

BIG BIG TRAIN - Grimspound

English Electric Recordings [Release date 28.04.17] www.bigbigtrain.com Following hot on the heels of last year’s excellent ‘Folklore’ album Big Big Train are back with another album featuring tales of national heroes, the countryside and family dramas. This album also sees … Continue reading

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Album review: THORBJORN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO – Change My Game

Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado - Change My Game

Ruf [Release date 27.01.17] Danish big band soulful blues/rockers Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado find themselves in uncharted waters with their new album ‘Change My Game’. Such was the critical acclaim of their last 2 albums, that ‘Change My … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE SILENT RAGE, SNAKE EYE

THE SILENT RAGE The Deadliest Scourge Alone Records The Silent Rage hail from Greece (and not to be confused with the melodic rockers Silent Rage) and consist Nikos Siglidis (guitar/vocals), Vocals Steve Venardo (lead/growling vocals), Stavros Tsilivarakos (bass), Stamatis Katsafados … Continue reading

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Gig review: KING CRIMSON – Aylesbury Waterside, 3 September 2016

This was a journey deep into hard core prog territory and a little beyond. King Crimson have been on the go – give or take the odd hiatus – since 1968. However, our paths had not crossed until this steamy, … Continue reading

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Album review: LEON ALVARADO – Future Left Behind

LEON ALVARADO – Future Left Behind

Melodic Revolution [Release date 30.07.16] Based on an original short story by multi instrumentalist keyboard player Leon Alvarado, ‘Future Left Behind’ is a prog rock instrumental concept album that is a triumph of innovation and musical substance over recycled ideas … Continue reading

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Gig review: FISH – Aylesbury Waterside, 11 April 2016

Fish - Glasgow ABC, 17 May 2013

Who says nostalgia is not what is used to be? On an emotional night in Aylesbury, Fish played to an eager full house, exposing tenderness, passion and humour in a set of powerful songs, personal memories and local connections that … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ISRAEL NASH, IMAGINARY PEOPLE, FERRIS & THE WHEELS

ISRAEL NASH’S SILVER SEASON Loose/Thirty Tigers [Release date 09.10.15] www.israelnash.com Israel Nash has already earned some plaudits for his previous album, 2013′s ‘Israel Nash’s Rain Plans’. The one thing that instantly comes to mind upon hearing this album for the … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE ENID – Union Chapel, London, 31 March 2015

Union chapel is already brim full of fans sat on the lines of wooden pews, making polite conversation when I arrive half an hour before the gig. Such is the anticipation of The Enid’s dedicated crowd of followers. I only … Continue reading

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News: MAIDEN UNITED, CSN, COLOUR OF NOISE – Thursday 5 March 2015

Tigertailz - Hard Rock Hell AOR, 21 March 2014

Gunzo is a new rock band featuring bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quite Riot), vocalist Keith St John (Burning Rain), drummer Shane Fitzgibbon and guitarist Tracii Guns (LA Guns). Maiden United release their new album of Iron Maiden covers ‘Remembrance’ on May … Continue reading

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Album review: THEO – The Game Of Ouroboros

THEO – The Game Of Ouroboros

Big O Records [Release date 27.01.15] “Thank you for calling Conglobocorp: Government made easy, your call will be recorded and archived in your Perma-file for security purposes”. Welcome to the futuristic world of keyboard playing composer Jim Alfredson and his … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEND SINISTER, GANDALF’S FIST, DAVID BRONSON, THE KORGIS

Bend Sinister - Animals

BEND SINISTER Animals FU:Music [Released 11.03.14] Canadian four piece whose album has been out since earlier this year and they create a massive wall of sound. Case in point being the eight minute epic opener ‘Best Of You’ that has … Continue reading

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Album review: NIGHTINGALE – Retribution

NIGHTINGALE - Retribution

Inside Out [Released 10.11.14] Nightingale is centred around Dan Swano, who has worked with many artists including Opeth. This is the band’s seventh album and their first since 2007 and I must admit to not having heard anything by them … Continue reading

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Album review: ENCHANT – The Great Divide

Enchant - The Great Divide

Inside Out www.insideout.de [Released 29.09.14] It has been eleven years since the band’s last album ‘Tug Of War’ and it looked as though that would be the band’s swansong, especially with vocalist Ted Leonard joining Spock’s Beard. But a new … Continue reading

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Interview: CHRIS PICTON (August 2014)

Chris Picton -Journey Of Broken Dreams

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Picton first came to the attention of GRTR! as a member of prog rock band Quecia. Now Chris has a new digital album out called ‘Journey of Broken Dreams‘ and we caught up with him for an update plus … Continue reading

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Gig review: KANSAS – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 17 July 2014

Kansas were back after a nine year gap since their last London date and this was always going to be a special gig as Steve Walsh had announced a couple of weeks earlier that he was leaving the band after … Continue reading

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Album review: SAGA – Sagacity

Saga - Sagacity

earMUSIC [Release date 04.07.14] Saga release their latest album and the second since vocalist Michael Sadler returned to the band’s line-up a few years ago. This is not as instant as their last album ‘20/20’ taking a few plays to … Continue reading

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Interview: PAUL MENEL

Paul Menel is a former singer with prog rockers IQ and released a very enjoyable solo album ‘Into Insignificance I Will Pale’, and he has an unofficial England World Cup song out now with the Essentials… Hi Jason Firstly, thanks … Continue reading

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