Reviews, news and assorted thoughts about music, with a strong emphasis on the British grass-roots progressive rock scene. Which, if you still believe the old clichés, is all about twin-necked guitars, capes and Mellotrons, and twelve minute songs about Hobbits. Only the latter is more applicable to power-metal these days. All opinions expressed here are my own.

X Factor is the musical equivalent of the burning of the library of Alexandria.

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Latest Posts

Emerald Mind

Emerald Mind – Astronaut In Her Space

A blend of progressive and power-metal with a Russian soprano vocalist. Continue reading

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Erja Lyytinen Stolen Hearts

Erja Lyytinen announces new album “Stolen Hearts”

The blues guitarist and singer-songwriter releases her new album on 7th April, accompanied by UK live dates. Continue reading

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Cairo Promo Photo 2017

Cairo announce London gig with special guests Kyrbgrinder

The “Scarab Spring” gig takes place at The Boston Music Rooms on March 31st. Continue reading

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Saga Farewell

Saga call it a day

Sad news for fans of Canadian pomp-rockers Saga; The band have decided to call it a day after 40 years. Continue reading

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Firewind – Immortals

Greece’s Firewind sing about ancient Greece in the same way their Scandinavian comrades-in-arms sing about Vikings, and the result is superb. Continue reading

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Music News

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Kim Seviour added to Trinity Live

Former Touchstone lead singer Kim “Elkie” Seviour” returns to the live stage after a long absence. Continue reading

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Summer’s End announce 2017 Lineup

With the Friday night headliner still to be confirmed, Frost* will headline on Saturday night, with The Tangent and Karnakanic co-headlining on Sunday. Continue reading

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Fish announces December 2017 tour

Fish has announced an eleven-date UK tour which will feature “Clutching at Straws” played in full. Continue reading

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Long Time Gone

Voodoo Vegas – Long Time Gone

Bournemouth’s twim-guitar hard rockers release a new music video for the song from the album “Freak Show Candy Floss”

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We Cant Carry On

The Mute Gods – We Can’t Carry On

A lyric video for the song from the forthcoming album “Tardigrades Will Inherit the Earth” released on 24th February

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Talking Points

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A Depressing Quote

Are mainstream tastemakers and pundits more interested in celebrity culture than in music? Continue reading

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Filling the Hole

Prog Magazine’s sudden demise leaves a huge hole, and independent bloggers must do what they can to fill the gap. Continue reading

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When album of the year lists go bad

Is it time to delete this music blog because my taste in music is too irrelevant and reactionary? Continue reading

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Judas Priest – 10 of the best

The Guardian Music Blog has another one of mine in their Ten of the Best series, this time for The Black Country’s finest. Continue reading

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Can you sum up Prog in 50 albums?

Prog Magazine have a listicle that attempts to show the history of prog in 50 albums. Do you agree with their choices? Continue reading

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Record Reviews

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Ufosonic Generator – The Evil Smoke Possession

Italy’s doom-metallers succeed very well at summoning something of the spirit of Black Sabbath from circa 1971. Continue reading

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2016 Album of the Year

Some of you had probably guessed what my Album of The Year would be. Continue reading

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Best Albums of 2016 – Not only but also

The best of 2016′s EPs, live albums and reworkings of older material. Continue reading

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Best Albums of 2016 – Part Three

Into the top five now, as we count down from five to two. It’s a reminder of just how how much great music has been released this year that’s not on the mainstream radar. Continue reading

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The Heather Findlay Band – I Am Snow

Combining new songs with reworked favourites from her back catalogue, this seasonal offering showcases the folky side of Heather’s music. Continue reading

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Concert Reviews

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Touchstone and The Heather Findlay Band at The Borderline

A new beginning for Touchstone with an excellent acoustic support from Heather Findlay Continue reading

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Coro94 at Christmas

Not quite your usual rock review, but it was a beautiful concert. Continue reading

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Lazuli at The Borderline

A mesmerising show from the French rockers who put the progressive into progressive rock. Continue reading

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Cairo and Luna Rossa

Cairo start their live career with a bang in London and Leicester, with a beautiful support from Luna Rossa Continue reading

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Mostly Autumn – Leamington Assembly

Like the Panic Room weekend earlier in the year was an event that amounted to far more than just another regular gig. Continue reading

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