Rob Cottingham: Captain Blue
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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 vocals. That feeling pervades, whether it’s on rockier up-tempo numbers or lush ballads. (read more)

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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 don’t do any of that, and we don’t wear capes.’ Panic Room, on prog (read more)

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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, absolutely nailing material from both eras, and certainly seemed to have won over the audience. (read more)

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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 singer Anne-Marie Helder being voted Female Vocalist (read more)

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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. One striking thing is the way this album reveals the consistency of her songwriting. Once the material is creatively reinterpreted by the same band, you can no longer see the join between the songs written for Mostly Autumn and her subsequent solo work. (read more)

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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 Room were either low down the bill or placed on the second stage. But on the other hand, you could equally well argue that it’s a case of the festival knowing its audience, and the once-big names from the 70s draw in the crowds who are then exposed to the newer acts that have something to say. (read more)

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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 (read more)

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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, which combined soaring (read more)

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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 backing singer Anne-Marie (read more)

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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 still very much making music within the metal/hard (read more)