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.

45 years ago today, on Friday 13th Feburary 1970, Black Sabbath released their eponymous debut album. Just like King Crimson’s “In The Court of the Crimson King” a few months earlier, it was an album that sounded quite unlike anything that had come before, and launched a whole new genre of music. Has any album remotely as groundbreaking as those two been released in the past decade?

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Farewell to The Reasoning

Some personal reflections on The Reasoning’s eight-year career. Continue reading

Rachel Cohen at Leamington

The Reasoning call it a day

After eight years and four albums, The Reasoning have reached the end of the road. Continue reading

Gallagher Wilson

This is what I like to see

Noel Gallagher vs. Steven Wilson in The Guardian. Continue reading

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Karnataka - Secrets of Angels

Secrets of Angels Trailer

Karnataka have released a trailer for their new album “Secrets of Angels”. Pre-orders should ship in early March.

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Latest Music News

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Lonely Robot Launch Party

A few words and photos from the Lonely Robot album launch. Continue reading

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White Willow Animal Magnetism

White Willow cover The Scorpions

Scorpions songs work remarkably well with female vocals and spiralling clarinet Continue reading

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Kyrrbgrinder - Chronicles of a Dark Machine

Kyrbgrinder announce new album

“Chronicles of a Dark Machine” is released on March 2nd Continue reading

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Panic Room – Velocity

The opening track from Panic Room’s 4th album “Incarnate”, on Reverbnation Continue reading

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Nightwish Endless Forms

Nightwish – Élan

First taste of the new Nightwish album, with Floor Jansen on vocals and lots of Troy Donockley.

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Latest Record Reviews

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Napalm Death: Apex Predator – Easy Meat

The originators of Grindcore show no signs of mellowing with age. Continue reading

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Dressed in Voices

2014 Album of the Year

Most regular readers of this blog will probably have guessed by now that this would be the album of the year. Continue reading

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2014 Albums of the Year, Part Four

Numbers 2 to 5, which means there is just the Album of the Year itself to go. Continue reading

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2014 Albums of the Year – Part Three

The third part of the albums-of-the-year countdown, getting into the top ten. Continue reading

Luna Rossa Secrets & Lies

Luna Rossa – Secrets & Lies

Anne-Marie Helder and Jon Edwards deliver their second excellent record of 2014 Continue reading

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Latest Concert Reviews

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A Battleship of Gigs

The Pineapple Thief, Chantel McGregor and Mostly Autumn play Battleships on my diary. Continue reading

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Fish at Reading

Fish – Reading Sub89

With Fish giving indications that this may well be his final tour of club venues on this sort of scale, it’s a case of “see him while you can”. He’s still got it, and still puts on one hell of a show. Continue reading

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Damon Fox at The Garage

Bigelf at The Garage.

With their love of retro 70s sounds and vintage gear, and bombastic theatrical approach to performance, there is nobody else quite like Bigelf. Continue reading

Steve Rothery at Bush Hall

Steve Rothery at Bush Hall

With the majestic first half and the strongly crowd-pleasing second half, this was a life-affirming gig. Continue reading

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