progressive

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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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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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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van Giersbergen Gently Storms The Garage [The Gentle Storm]

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

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Luna Rossa : Secrets and Lies

Luna Rossa increasingly feels not so much "Panic Room unplugged" as a separate parallel band in its own right. ...

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Bigelf : The Garage

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

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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...

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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....

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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....

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Lu Cozma : Lockdown

It's not a full-band recording, but neither is it completely stripped-down and minimalist. The dominant instrumental sounds are acoustic guitar and programmed rhythms, but there's a lot else in the...

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Loitered Lens : Steve Hackett

Photos of Steve Hackett live at Hammersmith Apollo, May 10th...

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Marillion Convention Weekend [Review]

Weekend-long fan conventions have been a regular feature of the Marillion calendar since the first one at an out-of-season Pontins back in 2002...

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Ebony Tower : The Magic Box Pt 1

Despite the bands occasional use of the term "prog" in promotion, they don't go in for grandiose epics. ...

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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...

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Peter Gabriel Plays So

The album upon which 'Red Rain', Don't Give Up' and the ubiquitous 'Sledgehammer' featured will be played in its entirety, along with a showcase of tracks spanning the artist's career...

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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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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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