Author: Tim Hall

Rob Cottingham: Captain Blue

Parts of the album sound like a far lighter version of Touchstone, with the dual male-female harmony lead vocals recalling that band's early years when Cottingham handled a greater proportion of the...

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Albums of the Year: Tim Hall’s Choices

In many previous years any one of these might have been a strong candidate for my album of the year....

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Loitered Lens: Nightwish

‘this gig was really about the new vocalist. Nightwish are the sort of band where the songs are bigger than the singer, but their material can be challenging regardless of who is singing it....

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Panic Room: On Business

'exceedingly long songs, with largely instrumental content, too many time signatures, a subject matter focusing on the obscure and the middle-earth, and far too many widdly neo-classical solos. We...

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Stabbing a Dead Horse

"We have Mellotron! We are Prog again!". Tim Hall reports on the last night of the Stabbing a Dead Horse prog rock tour....

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Nightwish: Brixton Academy [Live]

Nightwish are the sort of band where the songs are bigger than the singer, but their material can be challenging regardless of who is singing it. Floor Jansen made a very strong impression,...

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Panic Room: On Performance

'It's always a balancing act when you're drawing up a set list; I think people would be surprised to know how many hours we literally spend agonizing over it'. UK rock band Panic Room talk about live...

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Panic Room: On Songwriting

wansea’s Panic Room are one of British rock’s best-kept secrets. Over the past few years they’ve built up a loyal following and gathered significant critical acclaim, including lead...

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Twelfth Night: Live and Let Live

Twelfth Night remain one of the formative bands of the early 80s neo-prog scene, and this new edition of what many consider their definitive album represents a good starting point to discover their...

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Sankara: Guided By Degrees

At an LP-length forty minutes it's a record that doesn't outstay it's welcome, and there's no room for much in the way of filler. ...

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The Heather Findlay Band: Songs from the Old Kitchen

It's a very different sound from their dynamic electric live shows, but great as Heather Findlay can be in full rock mode, the acoustic sound is a very good match for the natural warmth of her voice....

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Cambridge Rock Festival 2012

You could criticise the festival bill for relying on unashamed nostalgia acts as headliners, and especially for the way more forward-looking acts like Maschine, Winter in Eden, Kyrbgrinder or Panic...

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Mostly Autumn: Ghost Moon Orchestra

The Ghost Moon Orchestra is either the ninth or tenth studio album from York rock band Mostly Autumn, depending on how you count them, and the second since Olivia Sparnenn replaced the much-loved...

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Panic Room: Skin

Over the past four years, Welsh rock band Panic Room have established a strong reputation both on record and as a live band. Their dynamic mix of rock, pop, metal, folk and jazz manages to combine...

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Fish/Glenn Hughes [Live Review]

'a night of two veteran performers both of whom have still "got it"' Tim Hall reviews. Double headline shows are an increasingly common phenomenon nowadays. In these economically...

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The Reasoning: Interview

Editor's Note. Writer Tim Hall has covered a few acts for Trebuchet that can be broadly described as progressive rock. It's a label not all bands seem willing to accept, since it's...

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De Profundis: The Emptiness Within

'describing it as "extreme" is pushing things a little'. Trebuchet's Tim Hall takes issue with genre headings. The Emptiness Within is the third album by this British-based...

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Esoteric Antenna Showcase Night [Live]

'more like a mini-festival than a regular gig'. Tim Hall reviews Esoteric Antenna's showcase night at Camden's Underworld. To mark the launch of their new "frontline" label...

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Touchstone at The Duchess, York

Playing progressive rock with the emphasis on rock, Touchstone have achieved much in the past few years. They've now got three full-length studio albums and an American festival appearance under...

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Ufomammut: Oro: Opus Primum

Italian three-piece Ufomammut are not an easy band to classify. Their Last.fm wiki entry helpfully describes their music as "Psychedelic sludge", which sounds a bit too much like the...

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Karnataka, Live: Bristol

The celtic progressive rock band Karnataka have had something of a turbulent history. They established a growing reputation in the early 00s with the albums The Storm and Delicate Flame of Desire,...

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Panic Room: Live Review

Panic Room have come a long way since their first live appearances back in 2008. The band  emerged from the ashes of the first incarnation of celtic proggers Karnataka, with that band's...

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Mostly Autumn: Grand Opera House, York

York's Mostly Autumn have played an annual hometown showcase gig at the Grand Opera House for several years now. The event has become an annual pilgrimage for their dedicated fans. In the last...

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Opeth – Live, Brixton Academy

Sweden's Opeth have come a long way in the past twenty years. Starting out playing death metal with growling vocals on the heaviest songs, their ambitious music mixed light and shade from the...

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Heather Findlay and Chris Johnson – ‘Live at the Cafe 68’ – Review

Recorded before an intimate audience of just thirty people, 'Live at the Café 68' is York singer-songwriter Heather Findlay's second release since leaving as lead singer of...

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Autumn – Cold Comfort

Autumn tweak their heavy rock roots and embrace 'progressive musical genres and alternative approaches' Oo err! Cold Comfort is the Dutch six-piece Autumn's fifth full-length album. While...

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