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Fish : Sub89, Reading [Live]

With Fish giving indications that this may well be his final tour of club venues on this sort of scale, it's a case of "see him while you can" [...]

24/12/2014 // 0 Comments

Bigelf : The Garage

This was one of those gigs that prompts the usage of words like "Progtastic". [...]

02/12/2014 // 0 Comments

Trojan Horse : World Turned Upside Down

Unlike lesser bands who attempt derivative pastiches of the sounds of 70s progressive rock or 80s post-punk, Trojan Horse actually capture the spirit of the things [...]

28/10/2014 // 0 Comments

Transatlantic : KaLIVEoscope

For all the fabled self-indulgence of their sprawling studio albums, this recording gives a taste of just why Transatlantic are held in such high regard as a live act. [...]

16/10/2014 // 0 Comments

Haken : Restoration [EP]

Haken have the instrumental virtuosity and musical scope of the best in progressive rock, but unlike some other bands they aren't content to create reverential pastiches of 70s greats. [...]

10/10/2014 // 0 Comments

Empty Yard Experiment : Kallisti

With a sound that stretches from the sparse classical piano of "Sunyata" to the claustrophobic heaviness of "Entropy", Empty Yard Experiment are a band with a strong music identity of their own [...]

27/09/2014 // 0 Comments

When Empires Fall

An interesting and highly varied mix of indie-rock and progressive rock. Uptempo rockers with trebley guitars sit alongside atmospheric keyboard-led ballads. [...]

15/09/2014 // 0 Comments

enkElination : Tears of Lust

Just when it seemed that Valkyrie-fronted metal has reached saturation point, along comes Anglo-Finnish outfit enkElination to suggest that there’s life in the genre [...]

08/09/2014 // 0 Comments

Cambridge Rock Festival [Part 2]

The veteran acts topping the bill pulled in the punters while the newer acts lower down the bill ended up giving the best performances. [...]

04/09/2014 // 0 Comments

Knifeworld : The Unravelling

Fans of Zappa should find a lot to like about this record, as should anyone who thinks there should be more bassoons in rock. [...]

22/07/2014 // 0 Comments

Cloud Atlas : Beyond the Vale

It's Heidi Widdop's distinctive vocals that set Cloud Atlas apart from many of their obvious peers, but this album's sound is as much about Martin Ledger's soaring melodic lead guitar [...]

13/06/2014 // 0 Comments

Loitered Lens : Arena

Arena’s brand of heavy neo-prog is as cheesy as hell. But they do the whole thing so well it just doesn’t matter [...]

01/06/2014 // 0 Comments

Trinity Live

Good as Arena were, it was still Magenta who ultimately stole the show, and I can't imagine any other artist begrudging them for it [...]

26/05/2014 // 0 Comments

Haken [Live, The Garage]

Despite the obvious virtuosity of the whole band there was relatively little in the way of soloing; the strength of their music is in the composition. [...]

06/05/2014 // 0 Comments

Polar Bear : XOYO

This was jazz, but it was jazz with the raw energy and ferocious intensity of a rock show. [...]

22/04/2014 // 0 Comments

Riverside : O2 Islington

An ideal band for the many people still missing Porcupine Tree, but on the basis of performances like this, they're far, far more than that. [...]

17/04/2014 // 0 Comments

HRH Prog 2 Festival

There were complaints from some quarters that it was an inconvenient location. But it was an equal opportunity inconvenience; it takes just as long wherever you're coming from. HRH Prog 2 [...]

09/04/2014 // 1 Comment

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