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 clich├ęs, 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 very moving and personal blog post on acceptance and grieving by Reading-based musician John Mitchell is wel worth reading.

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Mostly Autumn, Bury Met

Bury Met sees the return of Angela Gordon and a radical shakeup of the setlist. Continue reading

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LT United

The Eurovision Song Contest

Here’s Lithuania’s entry for 2006, the same year as Lordi won for Finland. Continue reading

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Panic Room confirm Dave Foster as permanent guitarist

After the successful “Wildfire” tour, Panic Room have now confirmed that Dave Foster is joining the band as a full-time member. Continue reading

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Zero She Flies Small Mercies

Zero She Flies – Small Mercies

Small Mercy by Zero She Flies Zero She Flies new single is now released as a download from Bandcamp, CDBaby and Amazon.

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Marc Atkinson leaves Ghost Community

The new prgressive rock supergroup have changed their lead vocalist. Continue reading

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Latest Music News

IOEarth - New World

IOEarth – New World

She was lost in the forest, when suddenly…. A prog band started playing. Continue reading

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Wassail

Big Big Train – Wassail

A new song from Big Big Train, which is well worth a listen.

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Maria Milewska

Zero She Flies about to take flight

Zero She Flies, the band that evolved out of Mermaid Kiss are about to release their first single. Continue reading

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Wildfire

Panic Room – Wildfire Tour

Just a few days until Panic Room hit the road for the spring “Wildfire” tour!

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Jess and the Ancient Ones

Jess and the Ancient Ones – Come Crimson Death

A band citing major influences as Black Sabbath, Mercyful Fate and ABBA could only come from Finland. Continue reading

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Latest Record Reviews

Jacco Gardner Hypnophobia

Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia

Elements of indie, psychedelia, pop and progressive rock should appeal to fans of Steve Wilson or Halo Blind Continue reading

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Eschaton - Sentinel Apocalypse

Eschaton – Sentinel Apocalypse

What metal must sound like to somebody who can’t abide metal. Continue reading

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John Mitchell - Lonely Robot

Lonely Robot – Please Come Home

The first essential British progressive rock record of 2015 Continue reading

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Apex Predator - Easy Meat

Napalm Death: Apex Predator – Easy Meat

The originators of Grindcore show no signs of mellowing with age. Continue reading

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Dressed in Voices

2014 Album of the Year

Most regular readers of this blog will probably have guessed by now that this would be the album of the year. Continue reading

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Latest Concert Reviews

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Panic Room, The Fleece & Firkin, Bristol

With Dave Foster making his mark on guitar, a welcome return to the hard rocking side of Panic Room’s music Continue reading

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The Gentle Storm – The Garage

This was really Anneke van Giersbergen’s show; her voice and charisma dominated the show, Continue reading

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The 2015 UK Marillion Convention

This isn’t really a review as such. Because by the end of each of the three nights there’s not much more you can say beyond “Wibble”. Continue reading

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HRH Prog 3

HRH Prog 3 in Pwllheki, headlined by Mostly Autumn and Rick Wakeman, plus The Enid, Steeleye Span, Knifeworld, Touchstone and Magenta. Continue reading

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Karnataka, Bilston Robin 2

Karnataka raise their game once again, and go down a storm. Continue reading

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