Tag Archives: progressive

Album review: DORIS BRENDEL & LEE DUNHAM – Mass Hysteria

DORIS BRENDEL & LEE DUNHAM - Mass Hysteria

Sky Rocket Records [Release date 01.09.20] A new Doris Brendel album is a bit like Christmas coming early.  That moment when your Aunty Doris invites you to dip blindfold into a tub of Quality Street, only to discover she’s mixed … Continue reading

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Album review: THE EXPLORERS CLUB – To Sing And Be Born Again

THE EXPLORERS CLUB - To Sing And Be Born Again

Goldstar Records [Release date 16.10.20] This covers’ album, simultaneously released with “The Explorers Club”, is a mixture of the obscure and the enduring. The picks self evidently come from an era that embraced bubblegum pop and sublime pop artistry at … Continue reading

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Album review: EXPLORERS CLUB – The Explorers Club

EXPLORERS CLUB - The Explorers Club

Goldstar Records [Release date 16.10.20] Less a revolving door band, more a fluid musical construct, The Explorer’s Club’s single constant is founder, Jason Brewer. This is his fourth album in 12 years, not exactly prolific, but when you spend most … Continue reading

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Quick plays: OGD, DAYS BETWEEN STATIONS, SUN KING RISING

OGD - The Big Game

OGD The Big Game Bandcamp [Release date 25.08.20] The Big Game is the debut release from OGD who feature Derek Olivero (guitars, lead vocals), Bobby Gavin (drums), and Dave DeRanieri (bass). OGD recorded the album with legendary drummer Jerry Marotta … Continue reading

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Album review: DARWIN – Darwin 2: A Frozen War

DARWIN - Darwin 2 A Frozen War

Indie [Release date 06.11.20] A follow-up to 2018’s highly enjoyable ‘Origin Of Species’ and this latest album certainly proved challenging for the band, as they explain – “The writing for the album continued as we wrapped ‘Origin of Species’ in … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) October 2020 – December 2020

RORY GALLAGHER - The Best Of

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2020 April – June 2020 July – September 2020 October 2nd AMARANTHE ‘Manifest’ Nuclear Blast BLACKFIELD ‘For The Music’ Parlophone Records BON JOVI ‘Bon Jovi 2020′ Island (postponed from May) BRUFORD ‘Rock Goes … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMON COLLINS – Becoming Human

SIMON COLLINS - Becoming Human

Frontiers [Release date 04.09.20] Fourth solo album by Simon Collins and his first since leaving Sound Of Contact, on whose 2013 debut album ‘Dimensionaut’ he handled lead vocals. Simon Collins played drums and keys on this album, along with vocals. … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…MIKE OLDFIELD (Every album, every song) – Ryan Yard

On track…MIKE OLDFIELD (Every album, every song) – Ryan Yard

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 18.09.20] As Ryan Ward suggests in this survey of Mike Oldfield’s music, his calling card Tubular Bells – in 1973 – defined him and was never surpassed.  He was only 20.  Those of a certain age … Continue reading

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Album review: NEAL MORSE – Sola Gratia

NEAL MORSE - Sola Gratia

Inside Out [Release date 11.09.20] Neal Morse hardly seems to be out of the studio, with a covers collection released in the summer under the Morse Portnoy George handle, and last year he released the ambitious double album ‘Jesus Christ: … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RURA, JOSHUA BURNELL, GYPSY PISTOLEROS

GYPSY PISTOLEROS - The Greatest Flamenco Glam Sleaze Band Ever!

RURA Live at the Old Fruitmarket [Release date 11.09.20] Rura releases this live album to celebrate the band’s tenth anniversary, recorded in February this year at the Celtic Connections festival, just before live shows stopped due to the pandemic. Their … Continue reading

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Album review: LEE ABRAHAM – Harmony/Synchronicity

LEE ABRAHAM - Harmony Synchronicity

F2 Music/Festival Music [Release date 04.09.20] ‘Harmony/Synchronicity’ was written and recorded during an intense 8 week period between April and early June 2020, and follows less than a year after Lee’s highly recommended ‘Comatose’ album. Lee is joined Gerald Mulligan … Continue reading

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Album review: STARING INTO NOTHING – Love

STARING INTO NOTHING - Love

Antares Records [Release date 13.03.20] Southern California based Staring Into Nothing – Steve Rogers (keys/vocals) and Kurt Barabas (bass/vocals/guitars) – are a highly melodic, mildly proggy, rock combo, who bring a wide range of guest musicians into the studio to … Continue reading

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Album review: MORSE, PORTNOY, GEORGE – Cov3r To Cov3r

MORSE, PORTNOY, GEORGE – Cov3r To Cov3r

Inside Out [Release date 24.07.20] Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George. Three titans of modern prog locked together to fight the elements and stride forth on their third covers album, each one bringing their ‘A Game’ as they join … Continue reading

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Album review: HAKEN – Virus

HAKEN - Virus

Inside Out [Release date 24.07.20] Following the release of their fifth studio album “Vektor” back in October 2018, the members of the British Progressive Metal sextet Haken have rightfully been in the receiving end of various rewards and accolades. For … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July 2020 – September 2020

LONELY ROBOT - Feelings Are Good

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2020 April – June 2020 October – December 2020 July 1st DOMINATION BLACK ‘Judgement IV’ Pride & Joy Music THE QUIREBOYS ‘A Bit Of What You Fancy’ (re-recorded debut album) 3rd WEATHER REPORT … Continue reading

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Album review: LONELY ROBOT – Feelings Are Good

LONELY ROBOT - Feelings Are Good

Inside Out [Release date 17.07.20] In true Douglas Adams fashion Lonely Robot are back with their fourth album in a trilogy. Actually the first three albums were part of the space trilogy, whereas ‘Feelings Are Good’ as John Mitchell explains … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGENTA – Masters Of Illusion

MAGENTA - Masters Of Illusion

Tigermoth [Release date 10.07.20] It seems a while since Magenta’s last studio release – We Are Legend (2017), and much as I enjoyed it, I have to confess it isn’t an album I’ve felt overly inclined to revisit at regular … Continue reading

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Album review: MANDOKI SOULMATES – Living In The Gap/Hungarian Pictures

MANDOKI SOULMATES - Living In The Gap/Hungarian Pictures

Red Rock Production/Cleopatra Records [Release date 06.20] 2-CD Reviewing in the millennium means that we miss out on previous decades’ lavish PR packages.  If we are lucky these days we get a 320kbps download.  The arrival of the re-promoted Mandoki … Continue reading

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Album review: NICK D’VIRGILIO – Invisible

NDV - Invisible

English Electric Recordings [Release date 22.05.20] NDV is Nick D’Virgilio, the current drummer in Big Big Train, having also played in Spock’s Beard, Genesis and been musical director for Cirque de Soliel. This is the second solo album from Nick D’Virgilio … Continue reading

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Album review: STRAWBS – Burning For You (Remastered & Expanded Edition)

 STRAWBS - Burning For You  (Remastered & Expanded Edition)

Esoteric [Release date: 26.6.20] In common with most rock survivors, David Cousins’ Strawbs have worked a variety of music genres over the past 50 years, segueing early folk stirrings into more conventional song structures via a progressive heyday. The last … Continue reading

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