Michael Romeo – ‘War Of The Worlds Part 1’ (Album Review)

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Given that I live a few miles from Woking (the original British setting of H.G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds), anything related to that title naturally grabs my attention. Of course, the fact that this album happens to have been made by Michael Romeo – one of the most proficient guitarists in progressive metal, and the founder of Symphony X, a band I’ve been into since the days of V and The Odyssey – also marks it out as Read more…

Posted on 22 July 2018

Plini – ‘Sunhead’ (EP Review)

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Plini is one of the most highly respected instrumental guitarists in the world right now. Steve Vai heavily praised Plini’s first (and so far only) long-player Handmade Cities, while the Australian virtuoso’s DIY work ethic landed him on Download Festival’s Dogtooth Stage for the legendary event’s first ever instrumental guitar set. Although Plini first Read more…

Posted on 18 July 2018

Arcane Roots (Interview)

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Arcane Roots know how to throw a musical curveball. Evolving swiftly from Left Fire’s Biffy-meets-Muse approach to Blood & Chemistry’s dynamic diversity and Melancholia Hymns’ cinematic expansiveness, these guys never fail to shock and awe. With sets at 2000 Trees and ArcTanGent approaching fast, I talked to bassist Adam Burton about Arcane Roots’ plans for both festivals, the importance of spare socks, and Read more…

Posted on 08 July 2018

Conjurer (Interview)

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As I prepared to interview Conjurer drummist Jan Krause, I didn’t expect to end up covering Gary Numan, The Mills Brothers, or Peter Gabriel’s proclivity for onstage bike rides. But then, Conjurer are not exactly predictable – and with multiple festival appearances coming up this summer, expect the kind of Read more…

Posted on 01 July 2018

Between The Buried And Me – ‘Automata II’ (Album Review)

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When Between The Buried And Me dropped Automata I back in March, it quickly got progressive metal fans hyped for the day they could finally experience the whole thing Read more…

Posted on 23 June 2018

Underground Greats: Conjurer

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If, for some masochistic reason, you decide to try giving yourself nightmares, leave the cheese in the fridge and keep that copy of The Human Centipede in digital limbo on Netflix. Instead, give Conjurer a shot just before bedtime.

Either it’ll do the trick, or Read more…

Posted on 20 June 2018

Devin Townsend Project – ‘Ocean Machine Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv’ (Live Album Review)

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Few musicians manage to spoil their fans as thoroughly as Devin Townsend does. Since this guy’s generosity is backed up by consistently prolific creativity, his discography represents a treasure trove of tracks spanning multiple genres, from extreme metal and prog to more chilled out styles. There is nothing Devin Townsend can’t do, and he never fails to Read more…

Posted on 19 June 2018

Haken – ‘L-1VE’ (Live Album & DVD Review)

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Live albums have long served as career landmarks – and Haken timed theirs to perfection. Recorded at the climax of their tenth anniversary tour, L-1VE consists of a set of highlights from Haken’s back catalogue, including a 25-minute medley of tracks from 2010 debut long-player Aquarius and the full 22-minute title track from Read more…

Posted on 14 June 2018

Ghost – ‘Prequelle’ (Album Review)

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Ghost possess a reputation built on a perfectly crystallized creative vision. Rock fans the world over are by now familiar with their Satanic-Catholic image and the sight of demon-pope Papa Emeritus – and they’ve at least heard of a set of albums bursting with wicked lyrics and increasingly groove-focused rock songs Read more…

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Posted on 30 May 2018

Odd Palace – ‘Things To Place On the Moon’ (Album Review)

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If you’ve ever wondered what a jam involving The Mars Volta, Coheed And Cambria, Protest The Hero, and The Cat Empire might sound like, Things To Place On The Moon is the answer to that unspoken question. Odd Palace throw all of the above into a blender while leaning heavily on heavily effected guitars, expensive-sounding chords, and syncopated riffage – and they’ve come up with a Read more…

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Posted on 29 May 2018