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Mandala - Midnight Twilight

Mandala – Midnight Twilight

Published on 16th April 2015 | by Phil Lively

Mandala is a Sanskrit word describing a spiritual and ritual symbol used in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. They place themselves in the genre of Folk-noir / Eastern-influenced progressive rock. But then, who doesn’t these... Read More

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Neil Campbell - eMErgence

Neil Campbell – eMErgence

Published on 15th April 2015 | by Bob Mulvey

With the dust barely settled on Neil Campbell's previous release, Tabula Rasa Suite appearing in November 2014, then the news of another release appearing in March 2015, may cause the cynically inclined to ponder whether this may be a case of quantity over quality. Well there are few more cynical than I, however one thing I have discovered over the last decade is that not only does Neil Campbell constantly surprise, but also - seldom repeats himself. eMErgence is another such album and although in many respects a companion release to Tabula Rasa Suite, it treads a different path... Read More

Album Reissues

Bill Nelson – After The Satellite Sings

Bill Nelson – After The Satellite Sings

Published on 14th April 2015 | by Roger Trenwith

The latest in Esoteric’s series of reissues from the massive back catalogue of singular Yorkshire artist Bill Nelson is this 1995 album, After The Satellite Sings. By 1995 I had largely, if not forgotten about Mr... Read More

Album Reissues

Yesterday - Holdfenykert

Yesterdays – Holdfenykert

Published on 13th April 2015 | by Leo Trimming

Holdfenykert, originally issued in 2006 and recently re-released by Seacrest Oy Records, is the first album by Yesterdays, a Romanian based but ethnically Hungarian progressive rock band. They started out playing Yes covers so it is... Read More

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The Samurai of Prog - The Imperial Hotel

The Samurai of Prog – The Imperial Hotel

Published on 12th April 2015 | by Jez Rowden

This review is a little overdue after the 2014 release of this third album from the extravagantly named The Samurai of Prog, but it is certainly well worth investigating. Whereas the multinational collective that make up... Read More

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We Are Kin - Pandora

We Are Kin – Pandora

Published on 11th April 2015 | by Phil Lively

This is a mature and well realised album. Pandora is awash with melodic and varied compositions that are multi-layered and complex, plus there is an underlying narrative describing a potential future. You can get lost in... Read More

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Zauss – Diafonia Leitmotiv Waves

Zauss – Diafonia Leitmotiv Waves

Published on 9th April 2015 | by Roger Trenwith

“It’s a really challenging music, and untrained ears could mistake it for an interference or diaphony. But maybe that is exactly what Zauss wants; giving life to disturbed signals, cascades of harmonic waves, alien noises and... Read More

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Stearica - Fertile

Stearica – Fertile

Published on 8th April 2015 | by Phil Lively

Stearica, from Torino, Italy, have been around for about 10 years. This is only their second album so even though I have actually been living in a box for the last decade could I be blamed... Read More

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Synaesthesia - Synaesthesia

Synaesthesia – Synaesthesia

Published on 6th April 2015 | by Phil Lively

I’ve been aware of this album for some time now. It keeps popping up in some of the Facebook groups I frequent and yet I’d just never got around to listening to it so it seems... Read More

Album Reviews

Soft Machine - Switzerland 1974

Soft Machine – Switzerland 1974

Published on 5th April 2015 | by Roger Trenwith

“Always changing, never standing still” is a phrase that as well as tying in nicely with the word “progressive” could easily be applied to Soft Machine, a band linked through markedly different phases, in much the... Read More

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