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.

When you realise a record is really wall-to-wall neo-prog clichés, but it’s all done so well you love it anyway.

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Meryl at Cambridge

Should have gone to Cambridge?

The Guardian repeat their annual complaint that the Reading Festival bill is far too male. Perhaps they went to the wrong festival? Continue reading

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The Violet Hour - The Fire Sermon

Violet Hour

A couple of songs, “The River” and the single “Could Have Been” from The Violet Hour’s album “The Fire Sermon”. Continue reading

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Hard Wired

Metallica’s new single: What’s the verdict?

Return to form after the awful “Lulu”, or a warmed-up pastiche of their glory days? And are those drums really Lars, or a machine?

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Alex Cromarty at Cambridge

2016 Cambridge Rock Festival – Part Three

The final day of the Cambridge Rock Festival with Mostly Autumn, Heather Findlay and Odin Dragonfy, plus the legendary Curved Air and Focus. Amongst others. Continue reading

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Jo Ash of Derecho

2016 Cambridge Rock Festival – Part Two

Saturday of the Cambridge Rock Festival, Featuring Derecho, 4th Labyrinth, Hekz, Hazel O’Connor, Anne-Marie Helder and Carl Palmer Continue reading

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Latest Music News

Rebecca Downes Gene Simmons

Cambridge Rock Festival on Friday, in pictures

There will be a full review, but in the meantime here’s a few photos from Friday Continue reading

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Cairo

Rob Cottingham announces Cairo

Former Touchstone keyboardist and songwriter Rob Cottingham has formally announced his new band. Continue reading

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Opeth release lyric video for Sorceress

The title track of the new album, probably the heaviest thing they’ve done since their move away from death metal after “Watershed”.

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Chantel McGregor Home

Chantel McGregor – Home

A beautiful video by Chantel McGregor for the acoustic “Home”, from the album Lose Control.

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Panic Room Live DVD

Panic Room confirm live DVD gig

With the Pledge Music campaign now at 98% of the target, Panic Room have confirmed that the recording of the live DVD is definitely going to happen. Continue reading

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Latest Record Reviews

Tilt Hinterland

Tilt – Hinterland

This is a record that’s been a long time in the making, but it’s proved worth the wait. Continue reading

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Mike Kershaw What Lies Beneath

Mike Kershaw – What Lies Beneath

A curate’s egg of a record; plenty of worthwhile ideas as a composer and arranger but needs a stronger singer to bring the material to life. Continue reading

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Haken Affinity

Haken – Affinity

State of the art modern progressive rock at its best., the sort of thing that should appeal as much to those bought up on Muse or Elbow as to old-school fans of Pink Floyd or King Crimson. Continue reading

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Knifeworld - Bottled Out Of Eden

Knifeworld – Bottled Out Of Eden

By strengthening the most distinctive elements of their sound, Knifeworld take things to the next level with this record. Continue reading

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Wytch Hazel - Prelude

Wytch Hazel – Prelude

Medieval-themed hard rock evoking the spirit of Wishbone Ash and Jethro Tull that rises above the sum of its influences. Continue reading

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Latest Concert Reviews

Doris

2016 Cambridge Rock Festival – Part One

The first three days of the Cambridge Rock Festival, featuring Don Airey, Doris Brendel, The Mentulls, Rebecca Downes, Voodoo Vegas, Haze and more. Continue reading

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Blue Öyster Cult, The Forum

A little over a decade ago the once-mighty Blue Öyster Cult were playing a half-empty Astoria when they visited London. This time they sold out The Forum in Kentish Town. Continue reading

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RainbowThimb

Rainbow – Genting Arena

Despite a slightly shaky start this ended as a triumphal gig; the power and intensity of the last few songs in particular sent the audience away feeling they’d had their money’s worth. Continue reading

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Angie at Bilston

Mostly Autumn, Bilston Robin 2

On the evidence of this gig, they’re on top live form this year, playing a good mix of old and new taking in material from across eight of their ten albums. Continue reading

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The Dave Twin Neck Guitar

Panic Room Weekend, Day Two

The second day of the Panic Room Weekend, featuring Sarah Dean, Luna Rossa, The Dave Foster Band, Kiama and of course Panic Room themselves. Continue reading

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