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.

This piece on “Why I Will Not Buy Adele’s New Album 25” has to be one of the most ridiculous pieces of sanctimonious hipster dribble I have ever read.

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Latest Posts

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Mantra Vega announce album release and launch party

The long-awaited album “The Illusion’s Reckoning” will be released on January 25th, with a launch party at Blakey Ridge on the 23rd. Continue reading

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Secrets and Lies

Luna Rossa have released a video of the title track of “Secrets and Lies” ahead of their mini-tour in December. Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas – The Post Office Social Club

One of the best performances by Stolen Earth for a long time. Continue reading

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Mantra Vega announce January album release

Mantra Vega have announced that their long-awaited album “The Illusion’s Reckoning” will be will be released on 25th January Continue reading


Gigspanner – Reading South Street Arts Centre

Not a rock band of any kind, not quite a traditional folk act either, but for something well outside my usual comfort zone it was an excellent gig. Continue reading

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Latest Music News

Mostly Autumn in Verviers and Zoetermeer

Good on Mostly Autumn, confirming that this coming weekend’s gigs in Verviers and Zoetermeer are still going ahead despite the attacks in Paris.

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RIP Phil Taylor

Sad news to hear of the death of Phil “Philty Animal” Taylor of the orginal classic lineup of Motörhead. Continue reading

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Ritchie Blackmore’s new Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore announces the band for his arena rock shows next year, with a relatively little-known singer. Continue reading

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Silver Fragments In The Mind of the Departed

A rather splendid live improvisation from Chantel McGregor’s recent gig in Brighton Continue reading

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Panic Room Weekend!

Panic Room have announced a Panic Room Weekend, a two-day event at Bilston Robin 2 on the weekend of 21st ans 22nd May 2016. Continue reading

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Latest Record Reviews

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Salvation Jayne – I’ll Be Damned

A three-track EP of raw and gusty blues-rock from the Kent-based quartet. Continue reading

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Vanden Plas – Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld II

The big choruses and showboating solos of power-metal with the ambitious song structures of progressive metal and the epic production and pomp of symphonic metal,. Continue reading

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Caligula’s Horse – Bloom

State-of-the art twin-guitar progressive metal with echoes of Opeth, Haken and Maschine. Continue reading

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Bauda – Sporelights

Dense, layered and cinematic instrumentation occasionally let down by rather thin vocals. Continue reading

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Dave Gilmour – Rattle That Lock

A gorgeously-orchestrated singer-songwriter album from Pink Floyd’s iconic guitarist. Continue reading


Latest Concert Reviews

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Spock’s Beard – Islington Academy

The elder statesmen of the third generation of progressive rock make a powerful impression. Continue reading

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PiL, Reading Sub89

The artist formerly known as Johnny Rotten has still got it, Continue reading

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King Crimson, Hackney Empire

An extraordinary and thrilling experience, as much experimental jazz or avant-garde classical music as it was rock. Continue reading

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Chantel McGregor, The Zephyr Lounge Leamington

A hard rocking set dominated by new material whets the appetite for the new album. 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