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.

One of the big divides in music fandom is between those for whom the most imporant thing is the music itself, and those for whom the music takes second place to the lyrics. A good litmus test for which side of the divide anyone falls is who they prefer out of Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin.

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Praying Mantis - Legacy

Praying Mantis – Legacy

NWOBHM veterans deliver a polished set of AOR har rock. Continue reading

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Motorhead Bad Magic

Even the Gods are Mortal

Sadly it’s time for Lemmy to hang up his Rickenbacker. Continue reading

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Video Killed The Radio Star

Why did a golden age of popular music come to and end somewhere around 1985? Continue reading

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Riverside – Love, Fear and the Time Machine

Riverside – Love, Fear and the Time Machine

Riverside’s sixth album reveals a pared-back less-is-more sound, and might be the best of their career. Continue reading

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Reading Festival 1983

Reading Festival Nostalgia

The streets of the town are full of people in wellies and the supermarkets contain stacks of cheap lager the size of Canary Wharf. Continue reading

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Latest Music News

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Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 is on!

After taking a break in 2015, The Cambridge Rock Festival is back for 2016 on 4-7 August. Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas + Howard Sinclair at Bilston!

The splendid Cloud Atlas headline Bilston Robin 2 on Sunday 16th August. It’s also a rare chance to see Howard Sinclair with a full band as support. Continue reading

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Rise of the Chaos Wizards

Universe on Fire!

The lead track from Gloryhammer’s second album, “Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards”.

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Chantel McGregor - Lose Control

Chantel McGregor announces new album Lose Control

Chantel McGregor is now taking pre-orders for her long-awaited second album, which is released in October Continue reading

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Zero She Flies - The River

Zero She Flies – The River

Zero She Flies release the four-track EP “The River” Continue reading

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Latest Record Reviews

Motorhead Bad Magic

Motörhead – Bad Magic

Even this late in their career, Motörhead still rock like a bastard. Continue reading

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Spocks Beard The Oblivion Particle

Spock’s Beard – The Oblivion Particle

The sound of a band who know what they want to be and enjoy being it. Continue reading

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TFATD - Magnet

The Fierce and the Dead – Magnet

Darker and denser than their last record, with more of a focus on the post-rock and electronica side of their music. Continue reading

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Beyond the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic

Between the Buried and Me, Coma Ecliptic

Between the Buried and Me have succeeded in delivering one of the best albums of the year so far. Continue reading

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Long Road Made Of Gold

Kamchatka, Long Road Made Of Gold

The sixth album by the Swedish blues-rock trio shows them to be very good at what theydo. Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas, Bilston Robin 2

Cloud Atlas don’t play live that often, especially outside of York, so it’s well worth catching them when they do. Continue reading

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Magenta, Bilston Robin 2

Hearing Magenta on record never quite prepares you for the intensity of their live performances. Continue reading

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Karnataka, 229 The Venue in London

As part of the promotion for the single “‘Because of You”, Karnataka played a free showcase gig in central London. Continue reading

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The Swansea Jazz Festival

Since I’m not really a jazz expert, this is more a series of impressions than a full review.. Continue reading

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Knifeworld, Boston Music Rooms

There is nobody else quite like Knifeworld, and they proved yet again that they really are quite a remarkable live band. Continue reading

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