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.

I am liking the new Robert Plant album “Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar” a lot. It’s the best thing he’s done for years, with a fire that’s beem missing from his last few records.

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Rosalie Cunningham of Purson

Purson on tour

Psychedelic rockers Purson are on tour in the UK throughout the second half of October, Continue reading

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Bruce Soord of Pineapple Thief

The Pineapple Thief announce tour dates

The Pineapple Thief have have announced a European tour culminating in four UK dates at the beginning of December. Continue reading

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Jym Furlong

Jym Furlong

The progressive rock family have lost one of our own. Continue reading

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Empty Yard Experiment - Kallisti

Empty Yard Experiment – Kallisti

Dubai-based prog-metallers impress with a mature debut album. Continue reading

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Moo Bass of Touchstone

Touchstone announce Christmas Dates

Touchstone annouce Christmas gigs in London and Bilston. Continue reading

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Latest Music News

Purson

Purson – Death’s Kiss

New single from Purson, taken from their forthcoming EP ‘In The Meantime‘ EP out on 13th October 2014

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Rachel Cohen at The Fleece and Firkin in Bristol

The Reasoning cancel October tour

The Reasoning cancel their tour scheduled for October. Continue reading

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Dave Kerznet

Dave Kerzner – Stranded

“Stranded” from Dave Kerzner’s forthcoming album “New World”, featuring guest appearances from Steve Hackett and Durga McBroom.

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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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Cloud Atlas – Stars

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

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Latest Record Reviews

When Empires Fall

When Empires Fall

The new album from former Breathing Space and Stolen Earth bassist Paul Teasdale Continue reading

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enkElination - Tears of Lust

enkElination – Tears of Lust

The combination of some very strong songwriting, immaculate production and stunning vocals makes for a highly enjoyable album. Continue reading

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Opeth Pale Communion

Opeth – Pale Communion

One of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 2014 also proves to be one of Opeth’s best. 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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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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Latest Concert Reviews

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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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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