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.

X Factor is the musical equivalent of the burning of the library of Alexandria.

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Latest Posts

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Synaptik – The Incredible Machine

Lyric video from Norwich prog metallers SynaptiK for the song taken from their second studşo album “Justify & Reason”, Continue reading

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Doris Brendel show announces headline at The Borderline

She is promising a steampunk-themed show, with lasers. Which is what we’ve come to expect from Doris Brendel. Continue reading

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Blue Öyster Cult to tour the UK in the Summer

After the success of the sold-out show at The Forum last July, Blue Öyster Cult return to Britain with five dates this summer. Continue reading

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Tim Bowness – Lost In The Ghost Light

Dreamy and elegaic, an excellent evocation of the spirit of late 70s progressive rock framed in a contemporary context. Continue reading

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Cyclocosmia – Immured

A record that combines doom-metal dynamics with ghostly female vocals, and sounds quite unlike anything else. Continue reading

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Music News

Steve Hackett The Night Siren

Steve Hackett – In The Skeleton Gallery

A taster from the album “The Night Siren”, released in March.

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Alan Reed’s Honey On The Razor’s Edge Pre-Order

Alan Reed’s second solo album “Honey on the Razor’s Edge” is now available for pre-order from The Merch Desk Continue reading

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John Wetton

Farewell John Wetton

Another of the major figures of progressive rock has left us. Continue reading

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Riverside 2017 Tour

Riverside return to playing live with Blue Horizon tour

Poland’s Riverside announce a 27-date spring tour with an as yet unamed guest guitarist. Continue reading

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The Day The World Breaks Down

The Day That The World Breaks Down

Ayreon premiere a 12-minute epic from their forthcoming science-fiction prog-opera, which features all eleven singers, including some big names. Continue reading

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Talking Points

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A Depressing Quote

Are mainstream tastemakers and pundits more interested in celebrity culture than in music? Continue reading

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Filling the Hole

Prog Magazine’s sudden demise leaves a huge hole, and independent bloggers must do what they can to fill the gap. Continue reading

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Mushroom Cloud

When album of the year lists go bad

Is it time to delete this music blog because my taste in music is too irrelevant and reactionary? Continue reading

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Judas Priest – 10 of the best

The Guardian Music Blog has another one of mine in their Ten of the Best series, this time for The Black Country’s finest. Continue reading

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Can you sum up Prog in 50 albums?

Prog Magazine have a listicle that attempts to show the history of prog in 50 albums. Do you agree with their choices? Continue reading

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Record Reviews

Firewind - Immortals

Firewind – Immortals

Greece’s Firewind sing about ancient Greece in the same way their Scandinavian comrades-in-arms sing about Vikings, and the result is superb. Continue reading

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Ufosonic Generator

Ufosonic Generator – The Evil Smoke Possession

Italy’s doom-metallers succeed very well at summoning something of the spirit of Black Sabbath from circa 1971. Continue reading

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2016 Album of the Year

Some of you had probably guessed what my Album of The Year would be. Continue reading

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Best Albums of 2016 – Not only but also

The best of 2016′s EPs, live albums and reworkings of older material. Continue reading

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Best Albums of 2016 – Part Three

Into the top five now, as we count down from five to two. It’s a reminder of just how how much great music has been released this year that’s not on the mainstream radar. Continue reading

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Concert Reviews

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Touchstone and The Heather Findlay Band at The Borderline

A new beginning for Touchstone with an excellent acoustic support from Heather Findlay Continue reading

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Coro94 at Christmas

Not quite your usual rock review, but it was a beautiful concert. Continue reading

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Lazuli at The Borderline

A mesmerising show from the French rockers who put the progressive into progressive rock. Continue reading

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Cairo and Luna Rossa

Cairo start their live career with a bang in London and Leicester, with a beautiful support from Luna Rossa Continue reading

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Mostly Autumn – Leamington Assembly

Like the Panic Room weekend earlier in the year was an event that amounted to far more than just another regular gig. Continue reading

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