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Step in Fluid – Back In Business (Klonosphere)

Fusing progressive music with jazz and other musical genres seems to be a French speciality. So far this year I’ve picked up a number of albums where French bands have expanded their sound range in this way, and here’s another… Continue Reading →

Klone – Unplugged (Pelagic Records)

Coming up to two years ago almost, “Here Comes The Sun” by Poitiers based, French six piece Klone came through my letterbox, and I’ll be honest, it was a tough nut to crack musically and even tougher to review but… Continue Reading →

Mantra – Laniakea (Finisterian Dead End)

Mantra talk about pushing their tribal and mystical experimentations further than on their debut album “Into the Light” (2013). I agree that there’s a very interesting ambience here. The drum patter of “Marcasite” is bright and breezy, before the track… Continue Reading →

Melted Space – The Great Lie (Sensory)

This album should have had me running to the hills screaming and trying to distance myself as far away from it as possible. Melted Space are a project that were originally formed by Pierre Le Pape of Wormfood and essentially… Continue Reading →

Klone – Here Comes The Sun (Klonosphere)

Klone are a constantly evolving six piece from Poitiers, France who made their debut 12 years ago. In that time, the band has drifted away from its metal roots to a more progressive, ethereal sounding vintage rock band with some… Continue Reading →

Oestre – La Dernière Renaissance (Manitou Music)

Reinvented electronic metal is the description I read about the music of this band from France. Essentially this is lively modern metal with tributes paid to Meshuggah, Textures and unsurprisingly Oestre’s compatriots Gojira and Hacride. Industrial noises, thunderous roars and… Continue Reading →

ProgPower Europe, Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2013 at Baarlo, Holland.

Part 1 Friday and Saturday ProgPower Europe has been part of my calendar since 2005. I’ve always looked forward to my annual pilgrimage to this top quality event. In the main, this year’s list of bands left me a bit… Continue Reading →

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