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Didgeri-Doom? Traversing the Psych-Prog Youniverse (Ethereal Riffian)

Trippy, doomy, and laden with riffs, Voice of the Universe veers from melodic to hypnotic with alarming ease. Album review...

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All That You Fear is Gone (Headspace)

Prog-metal supergroup Headspace ready a 73-minute opus for their eager public. Trebuchet gets stuck in....

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Looking for The Outstanding in The Astonishing (Dream Theater)

Dream Theater remain hugely important to Progressive metal and rock, but does their latest album add to their legacy? Review...

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The Illusion’s Reckoning (Mantra Vega)

After two years of writing and recording, Mantra Vega release The Illusion's Reckoning. Worth the wait? Tim Hall reviews....

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Please Come Home! Lonely Robot at The Scala

As the last significant gig in progressive rock's calendar, Lonely Robot at The Scala made a great finale to the year. ...

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Fond Farewells and Many Partings (Touchstone, Magenta, Lonely Robot)

A night of swansongs at Leamington Spa with Touchstone, Magenta and Lonely Robot...

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Loitered Lens: Riverside

Riverside hit the road in support of recently released album Love, Fear and the Time Machine. Photos...

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Grandiose Autumn Rock Roundup (Bauda, Caligula’s Horse, Vanden Plas)

With releases from Bauda, Caligula's Horse and Vanden Plas, October sees a plethora of progressive rock records....

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No Tribute Act. Spock’s Beard, Islington Academy

Even twenty years into their career Spock's Beard have avoided the all-too-easy trap of turning into their own tribute act...

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Hitting the Key, or Falling Flat? (Operation: Mindcrime)

Geoff Tate's voice, once a magnificent lead instrument, is a shadow of what it once was. ...

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Loitered Lens: Cloud Atlas

Huge guitar, soulful vocals, a strong rhythm section and great use of atmospherics...

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Love, Fear and the Time Machine (Riverside)

Not only the best album of Riverside's career, but a strong contender for album of the year...

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Legends of music congregate for the faithful (Ramblin’ Man Fair 2015)

It was a weekend to wear your denim (double or triple) and not to care too deeply about musical fashions, time, or even bad behaviour. ...

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Elder statesmen of the third wave: The Oblivion Particle (Spock’s Beard)

Swirling Mellotron and Hammond organ, blasts of hard rock guitar, rich layered vocal harmonies, and a strong sense of melody. ...

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Loitered Lens: Ramblin’ Man Fair

Photos from Ramblin' Man Fair. Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July 2015, Maidstone, Kent...

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Deeper and Darker: Magnet EP (The Fierce and the Dead)

If Spooky Action had something of a punky, garage-rock vibe, Magnet is darker and denser...

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Coma Ecliptic : a Progressive Metal Monster

There is more than one number that feels as though it contains a whole concept album's worth of music in seven or eight minutes....

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Loitered Lens : Magenta

Magenta play dense and complex music with a heavy and unapologetic influence of 70s Yes. ...

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A saxophone short, but mesmerising nonetheless [Knifeworld]

Psychedelic grooves, Zappa-style horn arrangements, intertwining guitar and bassoon lines, and layered vocal harmonies....

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Showing the depth of the songbook at Bury Met [Mostly Autumn]

Shaking up the setlist in such a radical way was a bold move, but a very welcome one...

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Amenra and Sólstafir Join Damnation Festival 2015

Sólstafir will be the first band in Damnation history to play the festival in two consecutive years...

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Jam in the middle of Wasp Season. Live Metal [Skyforger]

Meanwhile, the other venue in the side street had a light tank parked outside it. This was the metaller equivalent of a large open jar of jam in the middle of Wasp Season....

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Far below the Sturgeon threshold [Eschaton]

There is evidence of some technical instrumental ability here and there, but they're failing to do anything worthwhile with those chops....

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Atmospherics and Optigans, Soundscapes and Steinways [Jacco Gardner]

From swirling layered atmospherics to stripped-down minimalism and back again, it all hangs together well as a coherent whole...

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van Giersbergen Gently Storms The Garage [The Gentle Storm]

Her charisma and remarkable voice dominated the stage throughout...

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Fish brings Misplaced Childhood back on tour

It was not only a breakthrough album for the band but also for me as an artist because I was finally discovering my own individual style as a lyricist and singer....

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HRH Prog 2015

Pwllheli is a long way from anywhere at the far end of a winding single-track railway line. The train stops many, many times at little request stops, but only if you know how to pronounce the...

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A band looking to the future rather than the past [Karnataka]

t’s been more than two years since Karnataka last toured the UK. Fronted by their third lead singer (former Riverdance singer Hayley Griffiths) the new-look Karnataka made a strong impression...

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Denying the standard of musicianship (Neal Morse)

Neal Morse Band at Islington Assembly Hall, March 7...

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Someone we all thought was cool. [Johnny Marr on Chris Spedding]

he name Chris Spedding is likely to garner blank looks or ardent admiration, depending on your conversation partner. While he hasn’t shown up regularly on the lists of major guitar gods since the...

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