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An Autumn for Crippled Children – The Light of September (ConSouling Sounds)

Well, I suppose there’s not much that’s more depressing than suffering children. Especially, when the suffering is of a kind that cannot be traced back to anyone’s wrong choices. Children that are born with some kind of genetic defect, that… Continue Reading →

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 3

Sunday 6th October The UK dominated the afternoon with three representatives of the not-always-so-united kingdom appearing in the afternoon. The first of them was Temples on Mars from London. Energy was in the air as Temples on Mars started with… Continue Reading →

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 2

Saturday 5th October A highlight at this festival for me is the exposure of bands from the host country. Saturday’s line-up started with one such in Golden Caves. There wasn’t a full house yet but 70 or 80 isn’t a… Continue Reading →

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 1

Here we go. The gentle juggernaut that is ProgPower Europe is upon us again. Having missed last year’s episode, I was back for my fix of the great, the good and hopefully the mystifying. The line-up looked interesting and as… Continue Reading →

Gnaw Their Tongues – Abyss Of Longing Throats (Crucial Blast)

Quick note before we start, you may have seen advertising for a collaboration album from this band “Gnaw Their Tongues” and the Uk’s equally twisted purveyors of filth “Dragged Into Sunlight”, but this is not that album, although for the… Continue Reading →

Kong – Merchants Of Air (Kongenial)

Instrumental bands, a bit of a turn off? A group who just cannot find a decent singer? A bit of a hipster fad from a band trying desperately to be in vogue? Well yes and no as so many get… Continue Reading →

Epica – Requiem for the indifferent (Nuclear Blast)

Never has a name suited a band so much. For those of you not familiar with this bombastic crew from the Netherlands, they have been variously described as `symphonic metal’, `gothic metal’ and various other sub-genres, none of which quite… Continue Reading →

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