Category Archives: progressive

It’s a Rotten Game – Shaun Barry (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Musical releases might be seen as just a station along a sonic train ride towards an ever more vague final destination; a place of access, an embarkation point on this journey into musical possibilities. Anyone aware of Shaun Barry’s journey … Continue reading

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Myths and Mold – Chris Bartels (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In many ways Myths and Mold exists in two simultaneous yet diametrically opposed worlds. The studio buff and technical music geek will embrace the textures that make up the music, the layering of drums, the hypnotic note peddling, the way … Continue reading

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Staub – Le Thanh Ho (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If opening track Geisterschiff suggests a return to the dark elegance and noir-ish film vibe of Elephant, as soon as Papiermond kicks in you realise that this isn’t going to be just a new journey through previous sonic pastures. Yes, … Continue reading

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Infernal Spheres – Karda Estra (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Richard Wileman has used the Karda Estra musical mode of transport to explore some very interesting places over the years. From progressive landscapes, taut horrific scores, dark noir-ish themes and even the death of galaxies, and the music always matches … Continue reading

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Reflections of Love – Les Fradkin (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

New Age music is one of those categories that are so broad as to almost not have any consensus of definition. If, however, you use it to classify music, which is used to create an inspiring, relaxing and uplifting environment … 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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This Makes Us Human – This Makes Us Human (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is interesting that the tag line of their label, Fluttery Records, declares itself to be the “home of modern classical, ambient and post-rock” as this is pretty much the perfect starting point for the album. A three-way Venn diagram … Continue reading

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Journey To X – The Brainiac 5 (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Things I like: Weird pop music. Intelligent lyrics. Bands that stick two fingers up to the idea that rock and roll is a young man’s game. Musical ideas that have no business being in the same song. Existentialism. Genuine punk … Continue reading

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Dreams of Hydrogen Days – Echo Park Orchestra (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Echo Park Orchestra have a gift that is rarely found in contemporary music, to be able to take extremes and weave them together into a middle ground experience that ticks more boxes than you were even expecting to be presented … 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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In The Sylvan Glades – Echo Park Orchestra (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sometimes music is difficult to review because you have heard it all before and find it hard to add anything new and constructive to that conversation. What is there to say about a band still trying to squeeze any remaining … 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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Colours – Vasa (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The thought of a prog-leaning instrumental, heavy rock band might induce nightmares of cape wearing keyboard players and 18-day drum solos. Perish the thought. As bands such as Town Portal and The Fierce and The Dead continue to prove, done … 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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