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Negură Bunget – ZI – Album Review

Artist: Negură Bunget Album Title: ZI Label: Prophecy Productions Date Of Release: 30 September 2016 If you’re on a quest to discover an artist that offers something just that little bit different, then Negură Bunget should be close to the top of your list. I have been a keen observer of the Romanian band ever  Continue Reading »

Messenger – Threnodies – Album Review

Artist: Messenger Album Title: Threnodies Label: InsideOut Music Date Of Release: 22 April 2016 It’s no exaggeration to say that the UK progressive music scene enjoying a period of rude health at the current time. To the already impressively-swelling ranks, you can now add the name of Messenger, a London-based quintet who bring accomplished musicianship  Continue Reading »

Iron Mountain – Unum – Album Review

Artist: Iron Mountain Album Title: Unum Label: Prophecy Productions Date Of Release: 1 April 2016 I’m not normally the biggest fan of post rock, post metal or, for that matter, folk elements within rock and metal music. Equally, I don’t tend to like purely instrumental albums either. However, there are exceptions to every rule and  Continue Reading »

Album Of The Year 2015 – Number 20

Welcome to Day 11 of my ‘Album of the Year 2015’ top 30 countdown. We’ve reached the top 20 already – thanks to those of you who have followed this series since the beginning and welcome to those who are new to my blog. If you have missed any of my choices from 30-21, the  Continue Reading »

Album Of The Year 2015 – Number 25

Welcome to day 6 of what is my most comprehensive and mammoth end of year countdown ever. 2015 has been such a ludicrously strong year that I felt I had to extend the content from 20 to 30. With two small children, Christmas around the corner and a house-move still a very vivid nightmare, some  Continue Reading »

Half-Way Through 2015 – The Best So Far – Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my round-up of the very best music that was released during the first six months of 2015. If you missed it, you can find Part 1 right here: Half-Way Through 2015 – The Best So Far – Part 1 As I mentioned before, this year has seen some extraordinarily strong  Continue Reading »

Big Big Train – Wassail – EP Review

Artist: Big Big Train Album Title: Wassail EP Label: English Electric Recordings Year Of Release: 2015 Those that follow me on social media will know my thoughts about Big Big Train. They were a band I discovered relatively recently following some persistent badgering on twitter and Facebook, around the time of the release of ‘English  Continue Reading »

Arcturus – Arcturian – Album Review

Artist: Arcturus Album Title: Arcturian Label: Prophecy Productions Year Of Release: 2015 ‘Idiosynchratically beautiful’. These are two words that have stuck with me for nearly 20 years and which I recall almost every time I hear or read the name Arcturus. These words were quoted on an advert for the Norwegian band’s 1997 release, ‘La  Continue Reading »

Native Construct – Quiet World – Album Review

Artist: Native Construct Album Title: Quiet World Label: Metal Blade Records Year of Release: 2015 I know, I know, I’m late to the party with this release, seeing as it has already been released on Metal Blade Records. However, it has turned out to be one of those albums that I could not ignore and  Continue Reading »

Subterranean Masquerade – The Great Bazaar – Album Review

Artist: Subterranean Masquerade Album Title: The Great Bazaar Label: Taklit Music Year Of Release: 2015 “Welcome to the carnival of the dysfunctional and the disturbed” declares the official website of Subterranean Masquerade, an intriguing band that, in their own eyes at least, is anything but ordinary. Subterranean Masquerade have been in existence since 1997 but  Continue Reading »


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