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Wobbler – From Silence to Somewhere (Karisma Records)

Wobbler – From Silence to Somewhere (Karisma Records)

The interesting thing about Norway’s Wobbler, whose fourth album this is, is that they push boundaries in the world of prog, yet their music is so recognisable. This, without doubt, is the charm of it. This prog that they peddle is of an older school.. Read More
Next to None – Phases (Inside Out)

Next to None – Phases (Inside Out)

I first came across Next to None this year when they accompanied Haken on tour. Loads of action and variety are what I remember about the performance of this band from USA. “Phases” is their second album. “Answer Me” sets us in the mood with.. Read More
Haken, The Algorithm and Next to None – London Islington Assembly Hall 26/3/17

Haken, The Algorithm and Next to None – London Islington Assembly Hall 26/3/17

Tonight marked a special event, not because of Mother’s Day or England v Lithuania, but because the UK has apparently become a continent, if the tour banner “Touring Europe and the UK” is anything to go by. What we did have was an interesting international.. Read More
Brutai - Born (Transcend Music)

Brutai – Born (Transcend Music)

Thanks to considerable publicity, I have read a lot about modern metal band Brutai and was surprised to learn that this is their debut album. I was particularly interested in this release as they are due to play at ProgPower Europe in 2017, so this.. Read More
Haken, Special Providence and Arkentype – London Garage 26/5/16

Haken, Special Providence and Arkentype – London Garage 26/5/16

The prospect of seeing three different types of prog band was enticing. The Garage at Highbury is one my favourite venues, so the signs were good. I very much looked forward to this evening. First on was Arkentype from Norway. The bits I’d heard prior.. Read More
Haken – Affinity (Inside Out Records)

Haken – Affinity (Inside Out Records)

Like many, I have always enjoyed Haken’s original take on progressive music and their live shows. Their 2013 album “The Mountain”, which was full of feeling and originality, knocked me out and added to an already impressive portfolio. So I had great hopes for “Affinity”... Read More
Messenger – Threnodies (Inside Out)

Messenger – Threnodies (Inside Out)

This version of Messenger is the London-based progressive rock band. I’ve heard of them but I confess that this is the first time I’d listened to any of their work. What struck me at first was the clean and dreamy feel about “Calyx”, which opens.. Read More
Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic (Metal Blade)

Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic (Metal Blade)

My most recent encounter with Between the Buried and Me was via a guest appearance by the vocalist Tommy Rogers on Abnormal Thought Patterns’s latest album. That didn’t work for me but the thing with this band, whose seventh album this is, is that they’ll.. Read More
Arcane: Known-Learned (Sensory)

Arcane: Known-Learned (Sensory)

Sometimes you hear a story and it’s just a load of whinging, while on other occasions the person or musicians telling the story have something to say and I feel a connection. I find I can make that distinction in progressive music. Arcane have certainly.. Read More
Kekal – Autonomy (Whirlwind Records)

Kekal – Autonomy (Whirlwind Records)

I sat bolt upright and took notice. This is the strange and remarkable world of Kekal, the band from Indonesia who have existed since 1995, have released nine albums and yet have no members after they all left in 2009. In spite of this, the.. Read More
ProgPower Europe, Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2013 at Baarlo, Holland.

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 cold to be honest when.. Read More
Lalu - Atomic Ark (Sensory Records)

Lalu – Atomic Ark (Sensory Records)

There are so many contributing musicians here on this progressive metal work that it needs one person to hold them together. That one person is Frenchman Vivien Lalu, and what an impressive group of musicians he has assembled. The supporting cast of eight includes members.. Read More