This is quite explicitly a singer-songwriter record, with straightforward songs rather than multi-part prog epics
Fans of Zappa should find a lot to like about this record, as should anyone who thinks there should be more bassoons in rock.
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
It’s fun for us as musicians to see how the material subtly changes and develops when you play it live
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
From full-on rock to passages of delicate beauty and back again – Mostly Autumn, Dressed in Voices
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
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.
This was jazz, but it was jazz with the raw energy and ferocious intensity of a rock show.
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.
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
A selection of photos from HRH Prog festival gives a hint of how things went down at the North Wales shindig
Wesley keeps a foot in both the singer-songwriter and guitar hero camps, and the songs are far more than mere vehicles for guitar pyrotechnics.
Memorable but unconventional melodies, and some great use of atmospheric instrumental passages in place of conventional solos
It’s been a long wait for this album, but the wait has been worth it.
This is an album by a band not afraid to try something slightly different, and there is much to like about it.
‘the world of metal definitely needs more cellos’. Photos of Tarja Turunen live at the O2 Academy, February 2014
Tarja is a dynamic live act with a remarkable and unique voice, and on the strength of performances like this doesn’t only reproduce her records live but exceeds them.
If you listen very carefully, you might hear the sound of a barrel being scraped
Symphonic rock riffs, quiet reflective passages, jazz-inflected instrumental sections and huge anthemic climaxes with recurring motifs.
Photos of The Von Hertzen Brothers, live at The Garage, Islington.
A year of ups and downs for Mostly Autumn ends on a high note. Photos of Mostly Autumn at the Bilston Robin 2.
There are elements of progressive rock, post-punk, indie/alternative and metal in the music, resulting in a record that is both all of those things and none of them.
Oceans of Time ought to cement Touchstone’s growing reputation as one of the most exciting bands in the scene.
‘Understated bluesy soloing rather than pyrotechnic shredding’. Trebuchet catches The Temperance Movement live.
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