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.

Marillion’s big hit single “Kayleigh” was released 30 years ago today. Where has all the time gone?

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Eschaton - Sentinel Apocalypse

Eschaton – Sentinel Apocalypse

What metal must sound like to somebody who can’t abide metal. Continue reading

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Cambridge Rock Festival Logo

Cambridge Rock Festival takes a gap year

The Cambridge Rock Festival will be taking a year off, but will return in 2016. Continue reading

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Touchstone Announce Farewell Shows

Touchstone announce two final shows in November. Continue reading

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Ayreon Human Equation

Ayreon’s Human Equation on Stage

Heather Findlay, James LaBrie and Anneke van Giersbergen to appear on stage with Ayreon Continue reading

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The 2015 UK Marillion Convention

This isn’t really a review as such. Because by the end of each of the three nights there’s not much more you can say beyond “Wibble”. Continue reading

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Latest Music News

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Cloud Atlas to play York in November

Cloud Atlas will be playing a home town headlining gig at The Post Office Social Club in York on Saturday 14th November. Continue reading

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David Hasselhof lays down a challenge to Power Metal

One of the most ridiculously hilarious music videos ever made? Dinosaurs? Hitler? Whoever directed it is either a mad genius, or has access to an awful lot or drugs…

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Rainbow Rising

Ritchie Blackmore, 70 today

Guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore turns 70 today. Continue reading

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Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett – Love Song to a Vampire

Official video for the song from the album “Wolflight”.

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Livvy at Cambridge

Mostly Autumn Full 2015 Tour Dates

Mostly Autumn announce a York show in Noverber, and a special Christmas gig at Leamington Continue reading

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Latest Record Reviews

John Mitchell - Lonely Robot

Lonely Robot – Please Come Home

The first essential British progressive rock record of 2015 Continue reading

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Apex Predator - Easy Meat

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


Latest Concert Reviews

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HRH Prog 3

HRH Prog 3 in Pwllheki, headlined by Mostly Autumn and Rick Wakeman, plus The Enid, Steeleye Span, Knifeworld, Touchstone and Magenta. Continue reading

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Karnataka, Bilston Robin 2

Karnataka raise their game once again, and go down a storm. Continue reading

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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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