Category Archives: progressive rock

The CIRCU5 comes to town: A chat with Steve Tilling

As his long-awaited CIRCU5 album lands with a satisfying thud, I secured a ringside seat with Steve Tilling to get the inside scoop. Steve has been a familiar face on Swindon stages, and those further afield over the years. So … Continue reading

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CIRCU5  – Steve Tilling (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

None other than Stephen Hawking once pointed out that for every equation he put in his books destined for the populist market, the potential audience was immediately cut in half. I fear that the word Progressive has the same effect on a rock … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CCX: Miles Above the Baseline – I, Symptom

The mercurially named I, Symptom continue their singular quest to explore the point of impact between dystopian electronica and trashy post-punk forms. But whereas last time around Triple Exclamation Mark was a blend of urgent warped rock and driven, dance … Continue reading

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The Mothers Earth Experiment – The Mothers Earth Experiment (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Before we get down to the nitty-gritty of exploring the music too closely, right from the off the two things that scream out at me as I dip my toe in its sonic waters are the sheer eclecticism and the … Continue reading

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The Semi-Hollow – Les Robot (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I know I’m always searching for music that is pushing new boundaries, testing the limits, fusing disparate threads into new forms and making truly creative inroads towards new sonic pastures. Occasionally you find it in the fleeting corners of more … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLVIII : The Day That The World Breaks Down – Ayreon

THE SOURCE is an exciting new chapter in the Ayreon saga, with contributions from renowned vocalists like James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Simone Simons (Epica), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), and Russell Allen (Symphony X). … Continue reading

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Rainbow’s End – Hollow Water (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Stephen Hawking famously said in his introduction to A Brief History of Time, that he had been advised that every equation included in the text would halve the sales in the mainstream market. I feel the same about analogies in … Continue reading

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Choose Your Own Adventure – Middlenamekill (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Middlenamekill are a band waiting for a bigger stage. You can hear it in their music, music crafted for anthemic launch pads and stadium broadcasts – big songs looking for a big space to call home. Even when you watch … Continue reading

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Her Halo – Teramaze (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I have to admit that I am often put off of venturing into reviewing a record when it has the word metal in the genre description. Although as a younger man I was brought up on many of the classics … Continue reading

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Omni\One – Halo Tora (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It takes a certain type of band to make music that is as expressive, emotive and engaging as the most eloquent of lyrics and create vocal deliveries what are as elegant and fluid as the instrumentation behind it. It takes … Continue reading

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