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.

The opening track of Opeth’s “Pale Communion”, released today, is called “Eternal Rains Will Come”. So we can blame them from today’s awful bank holiday weather.

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Resonance Festival

Resonance Festival, Balham

An entertaining festival, and the variety of acts covered almost all corners of progressive rock’s increasingly large tent Continue reading

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Empty Yard Experiment

Empty Yard Experiment – GHHR‬

Track from the multi-national prog-metal band with a big following in the middle-east. Continue reading

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PaulGuitar

No, Guardian, “anti-riffs” are not a thing.

This week’s Guardian Music Blog clickbait is “What are the best anti-riffs in rock” Continue reading

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Steve Rothery Band Live in Rome

Steve Rothery – Live in Rome

It feels like the gig must have been something very special to have been present at. Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas – Stars

“Stars”, one of the standouts from Cloud Atlas’ debut album “Beyond the Vale”. Continue reading

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Latest Music News

Morpheus

Steve Rothery – Morpheus

Morpheus by Steve Rothery A taster from the forthcoming album “The Ghosts of Pripyat”, featuring a guest appearance from Steve Hackett.

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Purson

Purson – Danse Macabre

A teaser from Purson’s forthcoming second album, recorded using genuine prog trousers.

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Threshold - For the Journey

Threshold – Watchtower on the Moon

Official video for Threshold’s new single, taken from the forthcoming album “For The Journey”.

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Georgia of Maschine

Georgia leaves Maschine

Maschine part company with keyboard player Georgia Lewis Continue reading

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Latest Record Reviews

Songs for November

Neal Morse – Songs for November

Neal Morse keeps both the prog excess and the religiosity in check with an album in singer-songwriter vein. Continue reading

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The Unravelling

Knifeworld – The Unravelling

Bonkers psychedelic rock with a brass section, and bassoons! Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas - Beyond The Vale

Cloud Atlas – Beyond the Vale

The effect is Janis Joplin fronting The Cult circa “Sonic Temple” with Steve Rothery on lead guitar. And that’s just the opening song. Continue reading

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Dressed in Voices

Mostly Autumn – Dressed in Voices

Mostly Autumn have delivered what has to be one of the best albums of their 15 year career. Continue reading

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Matt Stevens - Lucid

Matt Stevens – Lucid

One of the more interesting, innovative and genre-busting artists in the contemporary progressive scene raises his game to a new level. Continue reading

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Latest Concert Reviews

Livvy at Cambridge

Cambridge Rock Festival 2014 – Part Two

The Sunday at the Cambridge Rock Festival, headlined by Wishbone Ash, Also featuring Mostly Autumn, Cloud Atlas and Winter in Eden. Continue reading

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Chantel McGregor

Cambridge Rock Festival 2014 – Part One

Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Cambridge Rock Festival Continue reading

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Mostly Autumn, Bath Komedia

Mostly Autumn on superb live form with a special guest appearance from Angela Gordon. Continue reading

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Olivia Sparnenn at Crewe

Mostly Autumn return to Crewe

Some photos of Mostly Autumn at The Box at Crewe. Continue reading

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