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.

They’re a completely different subgenre of rock, but you could make a good argument that Karnataka’s three most recent studio albums, “Delicate Flame of Desire”, “The Gathering Light” and “Secrets of Angels” are the same sort of trinity of albums as “Rainbow Rising”, “Heaven and Hell” and “Holy Diver” in more than one way. Discuss.

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Catfish and The Bottlemen - The Ride

The Sound of Corporate Beige

The “Music Industry” whines that there’s no talent out there. Yet they give their hype to dross like this. Continue reading

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Genji Press

Disco and Cultural Envelopes

How the cultural impact of music scenes is often only apparent decades later, and retrospective narratives don’t tell the whole truth. Continue reading

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Ghost Community Cycle of Life

Ghost Community – Rise Up

Ghost Community have released a lyric video for the song “Rise Up” taken from the album “Cycle of Life” due for release on 24th June. Continue reading

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The Jags

Is Pop’s Sausage Meat escaping?

Is there really a shortage of pop talent, or just a shortage of talent willing to work for the major label sausage machine under the major label’s terms? Continue reading

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Panic Room Weekend

The Panic Room Weekend – Day One

The first day of the Panic Room curated mini-festival, featuring Alex Cromarty, Morpheus Rising, Shadow of the Sun and Halo Blind. Continue reading

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Latest Music News

Tilt Hinterland

Tilt announce pre-order for Hinterland

Tilt, featuring Steve Vantsis and others announce the pre-order for their album “Hinterland” via Burning Shed. Continue reading

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Salvation Jayne

Salvation Jayne – Dahlia

The new video from the rather excellent Kent-based blues rockers.

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Panic Room Weekend poster SM

One Week To Go

Just one week to go now….

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Blue Öyster Cult to play the UK in July

Blue Öyster Cult make a rare visit to the UK, with their first headline gig in several years. Continue reading

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Bruce Soord of Pineapple Thief

Teaser for The Pineapple Thief’s Your Wilderness

A short trailer for the forthcoming album by The Pineapple Thief which mainman Bruce Soord has promised will be “more prog”.

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Latest Record Reviews

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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Kiama - Sign oi IV

Kiama – Sign of IV

A bit of a curate’s egg of an album that has its moments but falls frustratingly short of what could have been. Continue reading

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Latest Concert Reviews

Hayley and Ian Bilston

Karnataka – Bilston Robin 2

Some photos and a few words about Karnataka’s recent gig at Bilston Ronin 2 Continue reading

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Fish Islington Assembly

Fish, Islington Assembly

A sold out show, a classic album played in full, but somehow things fail to ignite. Continue reading

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Heather at Bilston

The Heather Findlay Band – Bilston Robin 2

A triumphal return with a setlist of new material that looks forward rather than back. Continue reading

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Anne-Marie Derby

Panic Room – Start the Sound

Panic Room on top form at The Flowepot in Derby and Sound Control on Manchester. Continue reading

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Lesley Hunt of District 97 at The Borderline

Dave Kerzner & District 97 at The Borderline

Great sets by two very different by highly complementary bands make for a great co-headline experience. Continue reading

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