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Methexis: Suiciety

May 3, 2015

Having very much enjoyed “The Fall of Bliss,” I welcomed the opportunity to hear the follow up. That does not necessarily mean the expectation of another good album was a given. Sophomore releases tend to be either an improvement or a disappointment. “Suiciety” is not only an improvement on an impressive debut, it is a […]

Necromonkey: A Glimpse of Possible Endings

November 29, 2014

  While we lament the departure of Mattias Olsson from Änglagård, it would be a crime for an artist of his creativity to stagnate. The decision to end that chapter and start a new one with friend David Lundberg was the best thing that ever happened to him and his fans. In an interview he […]

Prog Day 2014

October 4, 2014

After the demise of NEARfest I was left without an annual prog pilgrimage. Good friends had been urging the trip to Chapel Hill for years but I could never swing it (a lot going on Labor Day weekend in this town). This year it was decided that no matter what, Prog Day would be the […]

Birth of Joy: Prisoner

March 5, 2014

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Sweet Hammond organ grooves and rough guitar strings These are a few of my favorite things Yes we have heard the classic organ and metal guitar combo before. It began in the era of Deep Purple and Atomic Rooster. Modern day […]

Birds and Buildings: Multipurpose Trap

February 14, 2014

It’s a happy day in this prog household when a new Dan Britton project is released. Even the cat likes it. Dan Briton has become recognized as one of the most inventive and original composer / musicians in the new generation of prog. Everything he is involved with bears his signature yet maintains a separate identity. […]

Steven Wilson: The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

June 16, 2013

I am a big Porcupine Tree fan, but in truth the last few albums have failed to inspire me as much as “In Absentia” and all that preceded it. Perhaps that is why I never took the time to investigate Steven Wison’s first two solo recordings.  For some reason “The Raven that Refused to Sing” […]

Yes: Detroit 4/12/2013

April 16, 2013

I was hesitant to buy a ticket for Yes when they came rolling through my area. In a review of their 2011 album “Fly From Here,” I drew heat for insinuating that the band should have hung it up long ago. Now they are touring with another former tribute band singer and two-album keyboardist Geoff […]

Riverside: Shrine of New Generation Slaves

March 26, 2013

People who became fans of Riverside with “Anno Domini High Definition” may be disappointed with “Shrine of the New Generation Slaves,” then again maybe not. Objective listeners just want good musicians to make good music. If the sonic attack of “Hyperactive” is what you are longing for, you will have to go back to the […]

Stealing the Fire: Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange Snow

February 19, 2013

There is a bit of guilt involved in writing a biography for a band when you’ve never heard the music. In a perfect world it would never happen, but I used to have the job of filling in information for some very obscure artists. The research piqued my interest yet there was no audio available […]

Methexis: The Fall of Bliss

January 8, 2013

One of my goals has always been to favor promotion of more obscure artists over those that get vast amounts of publicity. That is why I am grateful for the willingness of people like Nikitas Kissonas to make direct contact. It is guarantee not every CD sent is going to be gem. So far the […]