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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 […]

RPWL: Wanted

March 1, 2014

  After the name was put in my face countless times a few years back I gave RPWL a try. It left an ‘okay at best’ impression and faded into the reference only section of my library. I always like to give artists another chance so I enthusiastically accepted the assignment of reviewing their latest […]

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. […]

Laith Al-Saadi: Real.

November 23, 2013

Laith Al-Saadi has been wowing audiences in Southeast Michigan for years. The blues based guitar style and incredible interpretations of classic tunes have made him a local legend in Ann Arbor. His abilities far exceed the “big fish in a small pond” assessment usually held for local favorites. Name your guitar heros, be they Clapton, […]

Hi There!

November 10, 2013

Apologies for my absence. I started a new job and my schedule had been turned inside out. Now that I am getting used to it I will get back to writing. As you might imagine a bit of a backlog has built up. Keep looking, a new review will be here soon.

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 […]