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Tag Archives: Progressive Rock

Porcupine Tree – Closure / Continuation – Album Review

Artist: Porcupine Tree Album Title: Closer / Continuation Label: Music For Nations Date of Release: 24 June 2022 I want to start this review by being completely transparent and honest. I have never been a particularly big fan of Porcupine Tree. I have a few of their albums in my collection, but I cannot remember  Continue Reading »

Tim Bowness – Butterfly Mind – Album Review

Artist: Tim Bowness Album Title: Butterfly Mind Label: InsideOut Music Date of Release: 17 June 2022 Cards on the table, I know nothing of the band No-Man and up until I was presented with the opportunity to listen to this record in advance of its release, I’d never clapped ears on any of Tim Bowness’  Continue Reading »

Album Of The Year 2021 – Number 2

Welcome to instalment number 29 of my 2021 ‘Album of the Year Top 30 countdown’. That means that I’m about to reveal the runner-up in this year’s list, the silver medallist. Thank you all once again for sticking with me and supporting me over the past month. Without all the comments and banter, I don’t  Continue Reading »

Album Of The Year 2021 – Number 10

Welcome to instalment number twenty-one of my 2020 ‘Album of the Year Top 30 countdown’. And with it, I enter the top ten. This is where it gets very serious, as I reveal my ten favourite albums of what has been a surprisingly strong year. Thank goodness for music, because without it, the outlook for  Continue Reading »

The best albums of 2021 so far…April-June, the second quarter

As the pandemic still does its best to mess with the music industry, there is at least a little hope that things might be starting to head towards a bit more normality. But is it too late? Whilst the infection rates rise again, sporting events have seen a re-opening of sorts, with fans allowed back  Continue Reading »

Silver Lake by Esa Holopainen – Album Review

Artist: Esa Holopainen Album Title: Silver Lake By Esa Holopainen Label: Nuclear Blast Date of Release: 28 May 2021 I don’t mind admitting that I’m a huge fan of Amorphis, and have been since before the Millennium, thanks to the amazing ‘Tuonela’ album. It still remains a personal favourite of mine, not just within the  Continue Reading »

Astrakhan – A Slow Ride Towards Death – Album Review

Artist: Astrakhan  Album Title: A Slow Ride Towards Death  Label: Melodic Passion Records  Date of Release: 23 April 2021  Bearing in mind my love of progressive music, be it rock or metal, and given the clientele involved, it is a little surprising perhaps that I had missed the name Astrakhan until now. ‘A Slow Ride Towards Death’ is  Continue Reading »

Wheel – Resident Human – Album Review

Artist: Wheel Album Title: Resident Human Label: OMN Label Services Date of Release: 26 March 2021 I am a huge fan of progressive music and have been for many years after stumbling across the likes of Pain Of Salvation, Vanden Plas, Dream Theater and many others in my more formative years. As a huge progressive  Continue Reading »

Soen – Imperial – Album Review

Artist: Soen Album Title: Imperial Label: Silver Lining Music Date of Release: 29 January 2021 Without doubt, ‘Imperial’ is one of my most anticipated releases for 2021. A couple of years ago, I awarded ‘Lotus’ a score of 97%, beguiled as I was by its myriad of charms. I therefore come to album number five,  Continue Reading »

Need – Norchestrion: A Song For The End – Album Review

Artist: Need Album Title: Norchestrion: A Song For The End Label: Ikaros Records Date of Release: 12 January 2021 Starting the year as I mean to go on, I’m tackling a band that I’d heard things about, but had never had the time to delve I to their music. Well, the fact that they have  Continue Reading »


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