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.

The news that Muse are to headline Download Festival 2015 has predictably drawn out the tribal idiots of the rock world. If The Prodigy can headline the same festival, and Metallica can headline Glastonbury, then a band as over the top and bombastic as Muse ought to go down a storm at Britain’s premier metal festival. Surely people can remember “Knights of Cydonia“?

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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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2014 Albums of the Year, Part Four

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TILT Kickstarter

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Crimson Sky call it a day

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2014 Albums of the Year – Part Three

The third part of the albums-of-the-year countdown, getting into the top ten. Continue reading

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Luna Rossa – Secrets & Lies

Anne-Marie Helder and Jon Edwards deliver their second excellent record of 2014 Continue reading

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2014 Albums of the Year – Part Two

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2014 Albums of the Year – Part One

The first part of this blog’s annual end-of-year album list. Continue reading

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Trojan Horse – World Turned Upside Down

Trojan horse put prog-rock, post-punk and free jazz into a blender, and what comes out is as just as bonkers as their live performances. Continue reading

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Steve Rothery at Bush Hall

With the majestic first half and the strongly crowd-pleasing second half, this was a life-affirming gig. Continue reading

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Luna Rossa, The Borderline

Luna Rossa’s first headline tour goes from hauntingly beautiful to delightfully quirky. Continue reading

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Resonance Festival, Balham

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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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Cambridge Rock Festival 2014 – Part One

Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Cambridge Rock Festival Continue reading

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