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.

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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Tilt Hinterland

Tilt – Hinterland

This is a record that’s been a long time in the making, but it’s proved worth the wait. Continue reading

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In An Instant

In an Instant – Where the Demons and the Devil Speak

A single from a young band from Northern Ireland.

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RainbowThimb

Rainbow – Genting Arena

Despite a slightly shaky start this ended as a triumphal gig; the power and intensity of the last few songs in particular sent the audience away feeling they’d had their money’s worth. Continue reading

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English Electric Part 2

Nigel Gresley’s Birthday

To celebrate the 147th birthday of Sir Nigel Gresley, here’s Big Big Train performing the song East Coast Racer. Continue reading

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Flume Skin

What happens when you don’t pay your writers?

Either I’m an old man yelling at clouds, and this is a “Kids get off my lawn” moment, or this review’ is deep in Poe’s Law land Continue reading

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Latest Music News

Panic Room DVD: Plan B

Panic Room’s PledgeMusic campaign has failed to reach its target in time, but the band have put together an alternative plan. Continue reading

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Aggie Touchstone

Touchstone announce new singer

After months of teasing and speculation, Touchstone have announced Polish-born Aggie as their new lead singer. Continue reading

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Duski

Duski – Simple Song

Simple Song by Duski Something on the fuzzy borderline between jazz and progressive rock, taken from their forthcoming album.

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Frost Numbers

Frost* – Numbers

New video from Frost*, taken from their just-released album “Falling Satellites”.

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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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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

Angie at Bilston

Mostly Autumn, Bilston Robin 2

On the evidence of this gig, they’re on top live form this year, playing a good mix of old and new taking in material from across eight of their ten albums. Continue reading

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The Dave Twin Neck Guitar

Panic Room Weekend, Day Two

The second day of the Panic Room Weekend, featuring Sarah Dean, Luna Rossa, The Dave Foster Band, Kiama and of course Panic Room themselves. 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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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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